Learning Catalysts

Project Leadership Course, teach project management, PMP, Project Management PDU, Project Management Training, Project Management Learning, Project Learning, Project Manager PMP, Project Manager Training, Executive Level PM Review, Hi-Level Project Management Review, Stakeholder review, Project Stakeholder understanding, Learn Stakeholder Management, Learn Stakeholder Communication, How to effectively communicate with stakeholders, PDU, PMI PDU, earn PDU's, earn PDU, Teaching Project Management, Learn Project Management, Teach PMP, PMP LearningChristopher (Chris) J. Wright, CPLPTM, MPM, PMP®
Founder, President, and Senior Learning & Development Catalyst
Christopher (Chris) J Wright is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Certified Professional of Learning and Performance (CPLPTM) with over twenty-two (22) years of project leadership, mentoring, consulting, and organizational learning and development experience. 
Mr. Wright specializes in maximizing human capital performance through optimally aligned adult learning systems, leadership development and effective project management expertise.
Mr. Wright’s primary strengths and proven expertise are in the following areas:

  • Project and Program Management
  • Strategic – Portfolio Alignment
  • Employee Learning and Development
  • Competence Development
  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Meeting and Workshop Facilitation
 

Chris is Founder, President, and Managing Principal of TANDEN, a human and organizational performance optimization firm based in Raleigh, NC.  TANDEN is in the business of helping organizations successfully reach their desired project delivery goals and maximizing efficiencies through relevant and targeted adult learning programs.   TANDEN provides learning and development, project management and leadership consulting services designed to bolster the skills and aptitudes of the organization’s human capital – its team members.  At TANDEN, Mr. Wright has worked with organizations in a multitude of industries including: Health/Hospital Care, Crop Science, Financial Services, Department of Defense, Consumer Retail, Food and Beverage, Consumer Food and Beverage Products, City and State Governments, Higher Education, Wireless Telecommunications, and Information Technology. Prior to TANDEN, Chris worked as a Senior Program and Project Manager in the wireless telecommunications industry leading cutting edge wireless data/Internet projects.   Chris has a Master’s degree in Project Management (MPM) from Western Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Spanish from Georgia Southern University.  He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the Project Management Institute (PMI)® where he served as the Vice President of Education for the North Carolina chapter of PMI (NCPMI). Mr. Wright has also been certified by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as an Instructional Practitioner (formerly known as Professionally Qualified, or PQ) through its Bridge Program. Chris serves as a Board Member and Event Director for a Raleigh-based charitable organization, The Bald Entrepreneurs.  In the past six years, The Bald Entrepreneurs has raised over $450,000 for childhood cancer research.  In his spare time, Mr. Wright is a baseball coach, writes about historical ironies, and also enjoys the great outdoors.

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Senior Learning & Human Performance Catalyst

Dr. Gary Evans is a certified Senior Project Management Professional (PMP)® with over 25 years of information technology management and project leadership experience. Dr. Evans’ primary expertise is in the areas of: project/program management, project management training and mentoring, organizational project management assessment, PMO strategy/start-up, organizational change management, and business process analysis and redesign. Dr. Evans has extensive training, facilitation, and course/seminar development experience to complement his hands-on project leadership endeavors. In addition to being a certified facilitator for Tanden’s

Project Leadership SeriesSM , Gary is a Senior Instructor for the North Carolina Project Management Institute chapter’s PMP®
Certification Exam Prep course.

Gary’s primary strengths and proven expertise are in the following areas:
• Project Management Training
• PMO Design and Implementation
• Organizational PM Practice Assessments
• Business Analysis Consulting
• Project Management Methodology and Process Development and Integration.

Prior to serving as a Tanden consultant and educator, Dr. Evans gained extensive experience leading projects, program management offices, and information technology initiatives in a multitude of industries including: Transportation, IT Staffing, Government, Software Development, Clinical Research, and Pharmaceutical. Gary has a Ph.D., in Pharmacology, a M.A., in Psychology, and a B.S., in Biology and has served as the Vice President of Programs and Strategy for the North Carolina chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

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Senior Learning & Human Performance Catalyst
Allen Evitts is a certified Senior Project Management Professional and PMP® with over 15 years of experience leading technical and IT-oriented project teams. He is a veteran instructor with both classroom and workshop experience. Mr. Evitts is actively involved with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® as a speaker and trainer and has a Master’s degree in Communications. With 30 years of training experience, he currently provides training services to project management training providers, and is regarded as a highly effective adult learning and development facilitator.

Mr. Evitts’ primary strengths and proven expertise are in the following areas:
• Project Management Training
• Coaching and Mentoring
• Presentation Skills
• Cross-Cultural Communications and Interpersonal Communications skills
• Curriculum Development
• Project Management Office Development
Mr. Evitts has ample experience in course and workshop delivery, and has also worked as trainer, mentor and coach. Allen previously served as an instructor with Emory University and Georgia Perimeter College. He has been a contract player on the corporate stage for 18 years and has worked as consultant with AT&T, General Electric, NC Department of transportation, Rubbermaid, Cingular Wireless, BellSouth, The Federal Reserve, and the United States Postal Service.
His project management accomplishments include:
• Led a global telecom to its first successful integration of a GPS system to their fleet of vehicles
• Led the enterprise wide integration testing effort (involving 200+ separate applications) for a major wireless company.
• Managed a commissioning group ($1 Billion plus commissions annually) through a billing conversion which radically changed the algorithm by which employees and contractors were being paid.
Mr. Evitts has a M.A. in Communications from Georgia State University, a B.A. from Maryville College and has conducted doctorate studies at Emory University. He is the author of several project management courses and workshops. In addition to his professional pursuits, Allen also “dabbles” in theatre as he has directed over 50 plays during the course of his nearly 20 years of acting and teaching.

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Senior Learning & Development Catalyst

Atul Peres-da-Silva is a certified Senior Project Management Professional (PMP)® with over 20 years of experience in leading technical and IT-oriented project teams. Atul is adept at bringing focus, energy, and enthusiasm to the management of projects, personnel, and budgets. Further, Atul has been consistently recognized as “Top Talent” while initiating process improvements and fostering relationships that improve operational efficiency, enhance customer value, and reduce costs. Peres-da-Silva is accomplished in the analysis of complex business and software solutions.
Mr. Peres-da-Silva’s primary strengths and proven expertise are in the following areas:
• Project Management
• Customer Relationship Management
• Resource Management & Negotiation
• Change Management & Focus Groups
• Work Flow Analysis
• RUP & SDLC Methodologies
• Communications Excellence
• Mentoring, Training, and Recruiting. Atul has extensive training and facilitation experience to complement his hands-on project leadership endeavors. In addition to being a learning facilitator for many commercial and educational institution clients, Atul is also a Senior Instructor for the North Carolina Project Management Institute (NCPMI) chapter’s PMP®.  Certification Exam Prep course.  Atul has a Master of Science in Business Management from North Carolina State University and is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® where he has served on the Executive Board in many roles including Chapter President.

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Senior Learning & Development Catalyst



Mike Portera is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® with 20 years of experience in leading technical and IT-oriented project and program teams. Mike also holds a Masters of Project Management (MPM) from Western Carolina University.

Mike is a very focused and impassioned individual who brings dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm to both the projects he manages and the classes he instructs. Mike’s career started in Finance and quickly moved to an IT- centric focus during the early 1990’s. His combination of experience in network engineering and project management acumen helps him provide a keen level of insight into the project teams he has led and the assignments he has been challenged with over the past 20+years in various tele-communications, transportation, and Federal government agencies.

Mr. Portera’s primary strengths and proven expertise are in the following areas:
• Project Management
• Technical Requirement Analysis
• Project Leadership / Training
• Communication Management
• Work Flow Analysis and Detailed process creation and review
• Business Management

Mike has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry leading projects and programs in managed services, internet hosting, cloud computing, virtualization, LAN/WAN development, client/server deployment, and desktop software initiatives. In addition to his hands-on project experience, Mike is responsible for the design, support, and administration of both the Tanden LLC and Project Leadership Series websites.

Mike has a high level of proficiency in the MS Office suite, Visio, Project, OneNote and is also proficient in WordPress, CSS, HTML, PHP, Visual Basic, and Web Security. Mike is an active member with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation) and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee where he is helping develop a 3-5 year plan for fund-raising and project initiatives. In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing tennis and long-distance running. He is always training for a half-marathon somewhere in the NC area and recently completed his 3rd consecutive Chicago full marathon.  Mike is an active member of PMI and the local North Carolina Project Management Institute (NCPMI) Triangle chapter.

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