MicroTech CEO Guest Lectures at DAU

Thu, 2013-05-16 13:30 -- nitrous

As a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) Program Manager’s course (PMT 401), MicroTech President & CEO Tony Jimenez eagerly accepted the invitation of Dave Hofstadter, Professor of Acquisition Management, to be a guest lecturer on Wednesday. Jimenez presented a real-world discourse to the students on the acquisition and program management processes as they impact the small business community.

Relying on his more than two decades of acquisition, contracting, and program management experience, Jimenez shared with the students his experiences as a Level III certified acquisition corps professional and how that experience prepared him for starting his own highly successful small business, MicroTech. He also engaged the students in an animated discussion regarding how the proliferation of social media has impacted the program management experience. Jimenez wrapped up his presentation by outlining for the students how sequestration has impacted industry, especially small businesses.

The PMT Course is comprised of students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including industry fellows, the uniformed Military Services, Department of Defense civilians, as well as other Government Agency acquisition professionals. As a course prerequisite, each student must have extensive acquisition knowledge and be either a Level III Program Manager or Level III Acquisition Professional.

MicroTech Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) and Vice President of MicroTech University, Dr. William Mayall, Ed.D, accompanied Jimenez to the presentation. Mayall formerly served as the Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs and Chairman of the Strategic Leadership Department at the National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly called the Industrial College of the Armed Forces). Dr. Mayall is PMP Certified and also served as the Program Manager for his former company, CSC, in support of their Knowledge Management contract at DAU. He now applies that same passion for teaching and learning to MicroTech University, the company’s corporate learning enterprise.

During the Question & Answer session, after Tony’s formal presentation, the students were particularly interested in how he managed risk in his role as CEO given the incredible uncertainty and turbulent operation conditions facing small businesses as a result of sequestration and significant budget reductions for many government agencies. The question led to an engaging and thoughtful commentary on the many factors that influence and shape a senior leaders decision making process.

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