Stakeholder Management on the Illinois Tollway Project


On November 1st, the Chicagoland Chapter of the Project Management Institute held the 3rd annual Project Development Day Event in Rolling Meadows, IL.    The title of the event was “Going beyond the Triple Constraints”, and there were 4 tracks of educational programming offered.    I was the track lead for track #3 covering stakeholder management, procurement, and risk management, and I was responsible for getting 7 speakers from a wide variety of application areas, including IT, manufacturing, construction, and transportation, as well as project management consulting firms that specialized in everything from Lean Six Sigma, public speaking/leadership principles, and strategic planning.    During the next week, I intend to give summaries of the presentations that were given at the PD Day Event.

1.  Speaker Bio

Bob Skidmore’s experience traverses numerous industries and business models.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from DePaul’s Kellstadt School of Business.

Bob has successfully managed large projects in transportation, residential development and commercial development.  He has more than 15 years of experience in both horizontal and vertical construction in both public and private industry.

Some of his major accomplishments include the Fox River Bridge Environmental Impact Study, Kane County maintenance reorganization, Mill Creek subdivision construction, construction of multiple apartment and multi-use buildings.

Bob currently is Executive Project Manager for the Illinois Tollway and is serving as Deputy Program Manager for the Elgin O’Hare Western Access project.

2.  Presentation Summary

I am waiting for the slides to the presentation from Bob Skidmore so I can do a proper summary of the event.   Stay tuned!

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