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Next-Generation Project Managers Showcase Skills

August 09, 2018

Congratulations to the 38 participants who completed the Freese and Nichols Project Manager Certification course.

The final step, Presentation Day on Aug. 1, featured learning on multiple levels. In seven different rooms across the Fort Worth office, course participants took turns presenting a project to panels of senior leadership members. Presenters explained the project, its hurdles, client-relations expectations, internal and external communications, Key Focus Indicators and lessons learned. Reviewers — including direct supervisors, principals and vice presidents — then asked questions and shared perspectives and additional tips for success as a project manager.

Allison Blake, Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Dallas, called the training course “really beneficial” for taking on increasing leadership: “I feel like I’ve been given the keys to be a project manager and then a trusted adviser within our company and for our clients.”

Participants ranged from young engineers to experienced project managers who recently joined the company and wanted to learn quickly about Freese and Nichols’ processes and collaborative spirit.


The certification course included four day-long workshops plus homework: videos, assessments and surveys. Several participants said the assessments helped them examine and improve on their own management style. Gathering in Fort Worth for the presentations gave staff another chance to spend time with company leaders and colleagues from across the company.

“Getting feedback from senior leadership and being able to rub shoulders with other PMs has been really helpful,” said Mark Pauls, Water Resources Planning/Stormwater, Houston, who presented on drainage analysis for the City of Sugar Land.

Alan Greer, Business Development, Fort Worth, said he is impressed to see the younger generation showing interest early on in business aspects of the company as well as the technical side.

“Our staff is learning PM skills at a younger age, and it’s also great being able to meet these people,” he said.

Reviewer Alan Hendrix, Transportation Design, Dallas, told presenters, “I like the fact that all of you mentioned the FNI family and teamwork in your presentations. With such a great network of resources here at FNI, if you need help, there’s always someone who crossed the bridge before you and is willing to lend a hand.”

The reviewers and managers took the participants to lunch afterward to celebrate and share more wisdom.

 Project Manager certification is just one of the many professional development opportunities Freese and Nichols offers its employees.

  • If you're pursuing a degree or other college-level studies, you might be eligible to receive up to $15,000 toward your expenses. 
  • Freese and Nichols will pay 100 percent of your dues for you to join one technical or professional organization, or 50 percent of your dues to join two. 
  • Freese and Nichols will also help you earn your license or certification.  Depending on the level of recognition, you may be reimbursed for exam fees or study materials and receive a spot bonus when you pass the exam. 
  • Even more resources for professional development are provided through Freese and Nichols University, including courses, targeted training (including APM, client rep certification, leadership development and new manager training), mentoring, digital media assets, group development, client training and more. 
  • Learn more about professional development opportunities at Freese and Nichols here