PMI MT Chapter - covering Montana and Northern Wyoming

2024 Professional Development Day & Annual Meeting

PDD Details

What: PMI Montana Chapter is hosting the 2024 Professional Development Day and Annual Meeting in Missoula, MT.  This event provides dynamic speakers, networking, social and community engagement opportunities, PDUs, and more!

When: Sept 27-28, 2024 (2-day event)

Where: Missoula College, 1205 E. Broadway St., Missoula, MT, 59802 Room 340


  • Chapter members: $100
  • Non-chapter members: $150
    • Save some money!  If you are not a chapter member, you are encouraged to join the chapter before registering so you can take advantage of the member rate.  The annual fee is only $35/year, and $25/year for students.

Cancellation policy: 

  • 100% refund is available if requested 15 days or more prior to the event.
  • All requests for refunds must be made in writing to
  • Registrations are non-transferrable.
  • No refunds if you don't show up.

Speakers: See below.

Other Opportunities: Headshots & Handshakes.

Total Possible PDU's: 9


Hotels with a PMI rate for the PDD Weekend:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 150 Expressway, Missoula, MT 59808

Rate is good for Friday night 9/27 and/or Saturday night 9/28

$209.00 per night


  • Run of House room type determined at check it which would be 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed.
  • Breakfast.

There are 15 rooms available to our membership at this rate for each night.

This hotel is located 5.3 miles from event location.

To make reservation: Call hotel directly (406-830-3100) and tell them you are a PMI MT Chapter member.


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – 5252 Airway Boulevard

Rate is good for Friday night 9/27 and/or Saturday night 9/28

$229.00 per night


  • 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed.
  • Hot breakfast.
  • Pet friendly (additional $50 fee applies).

There are 20 rooms available to our membership at this rate for each night.

This hotel is located 6.8 miles from event location.

To make reservation: Call hotel directly (406-205-4388) and tell them you are a PMI MT Chapter member or use this link: 

Book your group rate for Project Management Institute of Montana


Keynote Speaker

Emanuel Rose

Emanuel Rose was born and raised on the West Coast of the United States. He has spent over thirty years earning a reputation in cutting-edge marketing. As an author and expert, Emanuel leverages AI for direct-response advertising and content marketing at his digital agency, Strategic eMarketing. His passion lies in helping companies achieve business success with authentic storytelling. Emanuel’s unique approach to marketing strategies has resulted in countless clients reaching their goals.


As the Founder and CEO of Strategic eMarketing, a digital marketing agency in Reno, NV, he serves clients nationwide. Emanuel manages prospecting, sales, client service, and a team of 10 creatives and support staff. He is also responsible for developing strategies and tracking the progress of marketing campaigns. With over 14 years of experience in the agency, he has established himself as a reputable expert in lead generation, branding, advertising, and digital agency operations.


Continue reading Emanuel's bio here.



Featured Speaker

Brandon Kelly

Brandon is a master at triumphing against all odds.  He fought and won a battle against cancer once at fifteen and then again at twenty-two.  He survived being hit by a drunk driver which left him in the hospital for a long time.  He has survived two major accidents with two dump trucks and had to learn to basically walk and talk again. He overcame living on his own as a teenager and other major setbacks. His positive attitude and driving focus enabled him to enjoy success when others thought the plug should be pulled. 


When others told him he couldn’t participate, he trained until he won.  When he was told something was impossible, he created a new way or path and made it happen through sheer will power and finding others willing to try.  He has successfully coached and mentored dozens of businesses.


Brandon is a business expert as well as a professional motivational speaker and trainer. He is the author of the self-help book 101 Ways to sell your house and keep the commission and is finishing his second and third book The ABC’s of Business Survival, Revival, and Thrival in the modern economy, and The Distinctive Watermark Principles: How to Elevate Your Efforts to Greatness!.

He has had leadership and adventure in all 50 states and in 30+ countries including having been presented the 2nd highest award for serving youth in Scouting around the world by the HMS King of Sweden while a guest of the HMS Queen of England in 2007.   He has been presented two lifesaving awards for courage and heroism from the Boy Scouts of America, as well as most every award from the BSA for Leadership, training and mentoring. 


Read more about Brandon on his website.




Suzanne Elsick


Suzanne Eslick is a seasoned Site Planner and Project Manager at Boeing Helena, with 11 years of experience at Boeing and 9 years with PMI. Suzanne is dedicated to fostering diversity, inclusion, and excellence in project management.  Montana-born and raised, Suzanne enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her family. She brings over 40 years of experience in engineering and graphic artistry to her role.


Suzanne has held various engineering roles at Boeing and is currently leading the People Innovation Project, focusing on developing self-aware leaders. She also mentors as an Executive Director with Maxwell Leadership and serves as the VP of Communications at the PMI Montana Chapter.


Suzanne champions a work environment where authenticity and diverse perspectives are valued, driving creativity and innovation in projects.




Stephen Stanton

Stephen's PM career began at Advanced Technology Group (now Cognizant's Revenue Management practice) and has continued to flourish at The Whole Group as the VP of Outcome Acceleration. He has played dual roles as PM and Solution Architect, and PM and Practice Lead, focusing on creating teams and frameworks that support scalable project management practices. Stephen joined the board of the PMI Montana Chapter in 2023, reflecting his dedication to mentoring and job creation within Montana.


A Montana native, Stephen has traveled extensively, including overseas during his Army service, before settling back in Montana. He holds a degree in business administration, a minor in computer science, and an MBA. Stephen cherishes exploring the world with his family and is passionate about mentoring and education.




08:30 - 09:00 AM

     Registration / check-in

09:00 - 09:30 AM

     Travel to Tour

09:30 - 11:30 AM

     U of M Tour or speaking

11:30 - 12:30 PM

     Lunch – On your own

12:30 - 12:45 PM

     Registration / Check-in

12:45 - 01:00 PM

     Welcome / Opening Remarks

02:00 - 02:15 PM


03:30 - 05:00 PM

     Networking / Headshots

08:30 - 09:00 AM

     Registration / Check-in

09:00 - 09:30 AM

09:30 - 09:45 AM


09:45 - 12:00 PM

12:00 - 01:00 PM

     Lunch: Catered

01:00 - 03:00 PM

03:00 - 03:30 PM

     Closing Remarks