Steve McNeil is an IT Specialist and Project Manager with IBM Global Business services. Steve's professional career has been spent developing software solutions for hotel operations. First focusing on condominium systems with a local Wichita company called Logistix, where he did custom work for resort properties including Amelia Island Plantation, Tan-Tar-A, and Saddlebrook Resort. Steve then spent over 25 years in IT Systems development with Marriott. During this period Steve designed, developed, and led many projects for Marriott's Full Service Property Management System. In 2013, his role was transitioned to IBM when Marriott out-sourced their IT divisions. In his new role, Steve provides project management and technical guidance in IBM's team for Marriott's system. Steve's efforts are now focused on integrating IBM processes, developing the skills of the off-shore development and support resources, and driving projects to increase efficiency for the help desk associates.
When faced with a planned change in Marriott business, Steve made the decision to pursue the PMP Certification. Feeling this would help futue employer's identify with and confirm the skills and experience throughout his career, Steve earned his PMP Certification in 2010. After attaining PMP Certification, Steve has volunteered as an instructor for the chapter sponsored prep classes. In January of 2015, he joined the PMI Wichita Chapter board as V.P. of Professional Development. In this role Steve, along with the rest of the board is working to develop opportunities to add value to chapter members.
Having four sons, Steve spent close to twenty years volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America. During this time he held the roles of Den Leader, Cub Master, and Committee Chair. Many of the scouts, including each of his sons, earned the Eagle Rank in scouting during this time. The activities with scouting also provided Steve an escape from the constantly connected demands of his professional life. His favorite trips included, scuba diving in the Florida Keys, canoeing in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, spelunking in Oklahoma, and hiking in New Mexico. Several of these environments had no electricity or cell service available for days at a time. Perfect!
The responsibilities of the Education VP for the PMI Wichita chapter revolve around the education and training of the project managers in the community. This office coordinates and runs the Prep-Class for the PMP and CAPM exam, each March and each September. This office is also repsonsible to coordinate and run the annual Professional Development Day (PDD) in the fall. The reach of the VP of Education goes beyond the boundaries of the city of Wichita, as trips to other cities (Salina, Manhattan) are made to help share and grow project managers everywhere.