MPUG Certificate Instructors

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Ben Howard, MVP, instructor

 Ben Howard, MVP, MCSE, MCP/MCT – Microsoft Project 2013 and Project Online Essentials, The Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Project

Awarded Community Leader for his very popular and comprehensive UK web training series. Ben Howard has over 20 years experience of implementing enterprise solutions such as MRPII, ERP, and latterly Microsoft’s EPM (Project and Project Server) solution. During that time he’s worked for IBM, DELL, and Microsoft, as well as several smaller organisations. He now runs his own EPM consultancy (Applepark Ltd), providing Project Server implementation and training services.  His has been awarded the Microsoft Most Value Professional award for Project for the last 5 years, and has published the successful “Microsoft Project 2013 Plain and Simple” book.

Sam Huffman, MVP, instructorSam Huffman, PMP, MCITP, MCT – Microsoft Project Essentials, Desktop and Server, Features Expert

Sam Huffman has been delivering training for The Versatile Company since 1996. Prior to joining Versatile, he gained insight into Microsoft Project while working at Microsoft as a member of the Microsoft Project development and support team. He has maintained his intimate knowledge of Microsoft Project with each new release and is considered a leading authority on the tool, including the newest enterprise features of all versions of Project and Project Server.

During his tenure at Versatile, Sam honed his instruction skills by delivering programs for approximately 1000 people every year. His reputation for delivering practical wisdom with an upbeat style makes him one of Versatile’s most requested instructors. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® , Microsoft Certified Trainer and has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Project since 2010.

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Bonnie Biafore, instructorBonnie Biafore, Microsoft Project Essentials Author

Bonnie is the author of twenty-six books including Project 2010: The Missing Manual, Successful Project Management (award-winner in the 2012 STC International Competition), QuickBooks 2013: The Missing Manual (now Intuit’s Official Guide to QuickBooks), Your Project Management Coach, and more. She has recorded Project 2010 Essentials, Project Management Fundamentals, and Managing Small Projects for

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Kenneth SteinessKenneth Steiness, PMP/PMI-SP, MCP, MCT- Proactive Scheduling Essentials

Kenneth Steiness is a Managing Partner & VP of Deliver for Sensei Project Solutions. Kenneth has worked in the project management and scheduling field for over 17 years, and has managed customer engagements in over 13 countries worldwide and throughout the United States. His focus is on process and the discipline of PPM and scheduling whenever he engages with clients to deploy Microsoft Project and Project Server or teaches classes on the subject. Kenneth has presented at world-wide conferences for Microsoft and PMI; and to many Microsoft Project User Groups over the years.

Larry Christofaro, PMP, instructorLarry Christofaro, PMP, MCITP  – Scheduling Essentials, Managing a Resource Constrained Project

Larry Christofaro is the president and Executive Consultant with EPM Solution Partners, with over 20 years of project management experience. He combines strengths in EPM architecture and project management to successfully manage Project, Program, Portfolio, and EPM engagements ranging from 50-2000 users. With his command of the portfolio and project process, tools, and strong communication skills, he consistently delivers winning solutions for his clients.  Larry taught the scheduling series for our MPUG audience in Twin Cities with excellent results and reviews.

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Collin_Quiring.jpg Collin Quiring, MCTS, MCT, PMP – Microsoft Project Features Expert

Collin Quiring is the Managing Partner of EPM Strategy and has over 15 years experience in project management, resource management, product development, systems  administration, and training. Mr. Quiring is a technical expert in Microsoft Project and Project Server. He has worked with all aspects of the tools from installation to configuration to daily administration, and holds the PMP, MCTS, MCT, MCP, and CIRM certifications, along with an MBA. Contact Collin at

Ira_Brown.jpg Ira Brown, Customizing Microsoft Project for Non-Techies, Microsoft Project Features Expert

Ira Brown, the founder and president of Project Widgets, is a leader in the field of project management, and is a recognized Microsoft Project expert. He has over 20 years of experience  helping organizations implement enterprise project management solutions. Brown is the widely published author of several Microsoft Project books and a frequent MPUG webinar  presenter on the topic of automating Microsoft Project. Project Widgets offers several add-on products for Microsoft Project 2013, as well as previous versions. Contact him at (302) 439-3414.

Eric_Uyttewaal.jpgEric Uyttewaal, Forecast Scheduling

Eric is one of the foremost trainers, consultants and authors on using project management software from Microsoft. He authored the book ‘Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010/2013‘. He founded ProjectPro that specializes in Microsoft Project and Project Server. Eric has been involved in large programs at the Canadian Forces, IBM Cognos, Northrop Grumman, SanDisk and Investors Group.  He was President of the PMI Ottawa Chapter in 1997. Eric is president of the MPUG-Ottawa chapter. Eric received awards from MPUG in 2012 (Community leader), from Microsoft since 2010 (MVP) and from PMI in 2009 (‘Significant Contributions to the Scheduling Profession’).

Shan Rajegopal, instructorDr Shan Rajegopal, PPM MasterClass

Global Head of Innovation and Portfolio Management Practice, Pcubed Ltd. Shan draws upon his extensive research and experience in Innovation, Portfolio and Benefits management to help companies seeking to radically improve their performance. Shan is also a much sought after international speaker, inviting his audience to embark on a journey of discovery – uncovering the successful practices and best ideas from the world’s leading global players. He is the author of “Project Portfolio Management: Leading the Corporate Vision”, and “Sun Tzu and the Project Battleground: Creating Project Strategy from the Art of War”,   Shan’s book, “Portfolio Management: Executive’s Roadmap to Innovate and Invest in Successful Projects” was released in October/November 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Rich Weller, Pcubed, instructorRich Weller, Senior Pcubed Practitioner, MBA, PMP, MCITP – PPM MasterClass

Rich Weller is a senior practitioner at Pcubed.  Over the last four years he has been working directly with CEOs from three different organizations helping them transform their businesses by implementing solutions to streamline processes, improve technology and build internal capabilities and knowledge transfer with their employees.  Rich has a MBA in Business Administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Rio Grande in Ohio.

Jacques Goupil, instructorJacques Goupil, PMP, MCP, MCTS – Microsoft Project Features Expert, Reporting Series, Project Online/Server 2013 Workflows

Jacques is the Business Development Managing  Director at PPM Works, Inc.,  a consultancy focused on delivering project, portfolio, and business management solutions. He has been implementing Microsoft Project solutions since 1998 and has over 15 years of professional experience in project management software design, implementation, and development.  Coming from a Program Management background, Jacques has successfully implemented PMOs at many Top 50 firms and he shares his experience and knowledge as a guest speaker and panelist at several industry conferences (including the Microsoft Project Conference, Project Management Institute (PMI)® Conferences, and the Project Summit).  He was selected by Microsoft as the Lead SME for the Microsoft Certification Exam, Managing Projects and is a Certification Instructor Microsoft Project Users Group.  He is currently on the Board of Directors at the Boston YMCA and two Microsoft Project Users Group Chapters.  Jacques motto is ‘Health and Family first’ and he shares his passion as a community volunteer and family advocate.   Most recently Jacques delivered a full credit Professional Development Day for PMI and presented at Project Summit 2013 on topics including Project Server 2013, Project Online, as well as PMO Development.

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Bill Raymond, instructorBill Raymond, Microsoft Project Essentials Certified Project Manager, Boston University Microsoft Project MVP

Bill Raymond has served the Project Management industry for nearly 20 years. A business person at heart, with a strong technical background, he is able to focus on delivering successful projects while architecting technical solutions to improve team performance.  His project experience ranges from managing commercial software releases to implementing ERP systems and developing business processes to build corporate governance policies and standards.

Throughout his career, Bill has always embraced new technologies to help companies organize, prioritize and manage their largest projects.  With his technical background, he has helped organizations in realizing the full potential of their project management and collaboration tools to improve efficiencies in project timeline management and communication. Bill is current the Vice President of Products & Services at Program Planning Professionals, Inc. (Pcubed) and has held the prestigious title of Microsoft Project MVP since 2001.  In 2009, Bill was awarded a Community Leader Award by MPUG.

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Daniel Bell, MS Project NowDaniel Bell, PMP, MCT, MCP, MCTS – Microsoft Project Features Expert, Reporting Series

Daniel Bell is the Founder and Managing Partner of MS Project Now. He has a strong background in enterprise project and portfolio management (EPM), specializing in the implementation of the Microsoft Project and Portfolio Server applications. In addition, Dan has extensive experience with database maintenance and design, systems architecture planning, networking technologies, and server operating systems, as well as experience building servers from the ground up. Dan enjoys balancing his work commitments with skiing, exercise, playing the guitar, and coaching members of youth sports.


 Scott Clausen – Project Online/Server 2013 Workflows

Scott Clausen has been helping client customers with Microsoft based Project and Portfolio Management solutions for over 13 years. Scott is presently Managing Director, Delivery at PPM Works, Inc. (a full service Microsoft Silver PPM Partner). Scott is an expert at envisioning and delivering solutions that leverage full capabilities of Project Server, SharePoint and SQL Server Business Intelligence platforms. Scott has worked in numerous industries with customers of all sizes. Having launched 40+ Project Server environments, Scott is well versed at architecture design, upgrade planning, requirements gathering, configuration best practices, test plans, training, workflows, PSI, C#, SharePoint solutions, SQL reports and troubleshooting issues. Scott holds a MBA from UC Berkeley and is an active PMP and MCP with 19 exam certifications.

Eamonn McGuinnessÉamonn McGuinness, Managing Projects with SharePoint

Éamonn McGuinness is the CEO of BrightWork.  From 1995 Éamonn  has been involved in the development of commercial software products on Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange 2000 webstore, SharePoint 2001, SharePoint 2003, SharePoint 2007 and now SharePoint 2010, with the same basic product mission (process driven project management).  Éamonn has been on various Microsoft SharePoint advisory councils since 2001.  He has over 25 years of executive experience at various technology organizations including The Armed Services, The United Nations and Digital Equipment Corporation.  He received his MSc from Dublin City University, Ireland.  Since 1987 Éamonn has been involved in various international process and project management standards and was a TickIT/ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and a Software CMM (Capability Maturity Model) Lead Assessor.  At BrightWork he has worked with organizations like Microsoft, Boeing, Eastman Kodak, Fedex and US Army assisting with the introduction of very pragmatic project management practices and project offices.


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“Essentials” Series:

Project 2003/2007 Essentials

Project 2010 Essentials

Desktop 2010 Essentials

Project Server 2010 Essentials

Project 2013 Essentials and Project Online

Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Project

Reporting & Scheduling Series:

2010 Scheduling Essentials

2010/2013 Proactive Scheduling Essentials

2010/2007 Reporting Essentials

2013/2010 Reporting Essentials

Forecast Scheduling

Other Series:

Managing Projects with SharePoint

Project Portfolio Management

Managing a Resource-Constrained Project

Project Online & Project Server 2013 Workflows

Beyond Macros – Customizing Microsoft Project for Non-Techies

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