E37 Andy Jordan with Roffensian Consulting and Ray Ragan with Vantage West
Are you a PMO Leader? If yes, this is the show for you! Andy and Ray share their stories about what helps to make PMOs successful, why they fail, and what the future looks like. Andy joined us from Honduras and we leveraged his vast experience to learn some of the common pitfalls which lead to PMO failure. More importantly he shared the need to align the PMO to Strategy to be successful.
Andy also shares what we can expect with the future for PMO Leaders. Ray’s military background has provided him a unique perspective and experiences for leading his PMO. The results have been impressive with significant improvement and success. Listen to hear Ray share the steps he has taken to lead his PMO and the benefits enjoyed by his organization.
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Roffensian Consulting is a management consulting firm based in Roatan, Honduras. It supports clients in North America and beyond with strategic management support, particularly regarding portfolio management, PMOs and related areas. It delivers results by helping clients to improve their business results through more effective execution of strategy from goal setting to benefit realization.
Andy Jordan is the President of Roffensian Consulting. He has led numerous business critical initiatives in Europe and North America and has built, rebuilt and managed PMOs in multiple industries from banking and investments, to software development, from corporate education to government.
Andy is a well known and in demand thought leader on PMOs and portfolio management with more than 1,000 contributions to ProjectManagement.com, as well as presenting hundreds of webinars, conferences and keynotes.
He is the author of Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations, of the LinkedIn Learning course Portfolio Foundations and has a new course, Delivering Results with a Business Driven PMO, launching on LinkedIn later this year.
From the very beginning, Vantage West Credit Union existed to suit the needs of the community. In 1955, we started in a one-room barrack at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base with the mission to help Tucson’s airmen and their families. Back then, the humble DMAFB Federal Credit Union, as we were then known, served a little under 600 Members and had less than $60,000 in assets. By the end of the 1960s, we had already grown to nearly 14 thousand Members, sowing the seeds for the rapid growth we would see in the decades to come.
Vantage West got its current name in August of 2006, when the Board of Directors gained regulatory approval to convert from a federal to a state charter. The new name better represented the diversity of our Members and paved the way for continued expansion across the state of Arizona.
In 2010 and again in 2014, Vantage West expanded by merging with First Edition Community Credit Union and the former Tombstone Federal Credit Union. Despite explosive growth, Vantage West has retained its core mission of investing in our surrounding communities. Our Members are loyal to us because we’re loyal to them. As we continue to thrive, we are able to better serve our Members and communities so they may thrive too.
Ray K. Ragan, MAd (PM), PMP is the Assistant Vice President of Project Management for the Tucson-based Vantage West Credit Union. Prior to joining the Credit Union movement, Ray worked in defense and FinTech, bringing machine learning, intelligence systems, along with speech and predictive analytics to enterprise scale.
Ray holds a Master’s degree in Administration from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in Project Management and a Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk from Stanford University. He is a credentialed Project Management Profession (PMP) and has several Agile Project Management certifications.
Ray is a highly decorated U.S. Army Reserve officer, serving combat tours in Iraq and the Philippines and multiple mobilizations around the world.
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