In July, the PMI EMEA e-Link had the opportunity to speak with Laszlo J. Kremmer, MBA, CLC, PMP, PMI Region 8 Mentor for Eastern Europe. Mr Kremmer joined PMI and the PMI Budapest, Hungarian Chapter in 2009, and was elected as vice president of operations from 2012 until starting his new role as mentor in May 2015.
PMI EMEA e-Link: How did you get involved with PMI?
Laszlo J. Kremmer: I currently work as initiatives programme manager for one of the largest global financial service providers in Budapest, Hungary. My history with PMI began in 2008, when my previous employer’s business partner said we needed two project managers on the team to renew our premier business contract. I wrote my final university thesis on project management, so I was familiar with PMI and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) already. Myself and a colleague prepared for the Project Management Professional (PMP)®credential exam and I obtained my PMP® credential in 2010.
PMI EMEA e-Link: What have been the key advantages of your experience?
Laszlo J. Kremmer: There are many advantages of volunteering with PMI. It enables you to build self-confidence and represent the profession internationally. But most importantly, it shows your peers, supervisors and clients your commitment to project management, PMI’s code of ethics, and your ability to perform to a certain level. I am confident my current employer selected me because my credentials showed commitment to the profession.
PMI EMEA e-Link: What motivated you to become PMI Region Mentor?
Laszlo J. Kremmer: I was lucky enough to be elected by my peers as vice president of operations at my local PMI chapter for three years. However, I believe that a project manager should always be looking for new ways to develop and move forward, so when I was notified that PMI was looking for a new PMI Region 8 Mentor for Eastern Europe, I paid close attention. After looking at the requirements, I felt this is what I had been looking for and submitted my application. It looked like a great opportunity to learn from other professionals and give back to the community in a diverse multicultural environment.
PMI EMEA e-Link: What initiatives and projects are you planning to implement as PMI Region Mentor for Eastern Europe?
Laszlo J. Kremmer: The Eastern European region is very dynamic. There are five local PMI chapters in the area consisting of nearly 800 members and over 500 PMI certification holders. I would like to work with these chapters to increase the number of members they have and strengthen their retention rate. I would also like to help two potential new PMI chapters in the region (Armenia and Georgia) complete the PMI chapter formation process this year. Finally, I would like to encourage closer collaboration between the region’s PMI chapters. This will allow both long-standing and younger chapters to support and learn from each other.
PMI EMEA e-Link: Do you have any advice or tips on how to become a successful project manager?
Laszlo J. Kremmer: Although I have over 30 years of experience, I couldn’t recommend one approach. My general advice would be: if you want to become a successful project manager, you have to look for different project opportunities and you have to learn by doing. As soon as you have enough hands-on project experience, aim even higher. Throughout your career, you have to listen, listen and listen to your clients, peers and fellow project managers. I believe a PMI certification is an important step in a project manager’s career development.