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May 2021 | Volunteer Spotlight: Troy Tamashiro

What is your elevator pitch?
Professionally, I specialize in supporting healthcare providers in payment reform, health information technology, clinical care innovations, and practice redesign consulting.  I have about 14 years of experience in project and process management with supplemental certifications in change management and enterprise architecture.  
 
Who is Troy at home and/or outside of professional space? What do you do for fun?
I am an avid Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Crossfit practitioner.  I also enjoy camping with my family.  
 
When did you start volunteering with the chapter, and most importantly, why did you join PMI-SFBAC?
I began volunteering in early 2021 so I am fairly new to the chapter. I am a huge proponent of project management and I feel getting my PMP certification was one of the most important decisions I ever made.  When I look back, many of my early wins were the result of good 'ole plain luck!  In early 2005, I led the launch of a new company.  It was a complicated initiative involving multiple dependencies and cross-functional teams.  I won't go into details, but the launch was a complete disaster and acted as a wake-up call that I needed to broaden my skillsets.  This was a very difficult time in my life that eventually led me to pursue project and process management.  Without a doubt, these skillsets have proved invaluable throughout my entire career and this is my way of giving back to the project management community.  
 
What were your first impressions of the chapter and its volunteers?
I felt PMI-SFBAC was very active and I was blown away by all of our volunteers' commitment to the cause.  You all are amazing!  
 
What was the biggest challenge you faced as a volunteer for PMI-SFBAC? How did you conquer it?
I think my biggest personal challenge has been to build connections here in California.  I was born and raised in Hawaii so 99% of my connections were contained in that state.  Furthermore, the mandate to stay at homemade things even more difficult but our supportive chapter members helped make introductions for me.  
 
What is your secret or super Project Management power? Why?
This is a tricky question because it could be seen as a good thing and a bad thing... I rarely ever get stuck in a state of paralysis by analysis.  I believe in agile planning and constant forward progression.  
 
What are you excited about for 2021 and moving forward?  
I am looking forward to summer camping and moving forward to the new norm!

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