Gary R. Heerkens, PMP, CPM, MPM, CPC, CIPM, MMC, CBM, CIPA, PEng, MBA, IAPPM Fellow, AAPM Fellow, is president of Management Solutions Group, which provides innovative project management educational programs and enterprise-wide project management services. Prior to founding Management Solutions Group, he spent over 20 years managing projects for Eastman Kodak. As staff assistant to Kodak’s director of project management, Mr. Heerkens developed and delivered project management training, designed and developed project process methodologies, and served as an internal project management consultant at Kodak.
Mr. Heerkens is a long-standing provider for Project Management Institute’s (PMI) SeminarsWorld® program, and was project management training provider for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. He is a frequent speaker and training provider at international project management conferences and PMI chapters. He’s been invited to speak at 16 PMI global congresses, as was an “encore presenter” at the 2007 and 2008 global congresses. In 2015, he was invited to be the speaker representing the United States at the IPMA World Congress. He was one of just six people who were selected by PMI to develop a self-study PMBOK® Guide-based educational program.
Mr. Heerkens was a contributing editor of PM Network magazine from 2009-2015, writing a quarterly column on “The Business of Projects.” He has contributed articles to many popular project management newsletters and published many papers on a variety of project management topics. Mr. Heerkens authored the Project Management book in McGraw-Hill’s Briefcase Books Series; the second edition was published in 2013 and remains a leading seller today. His popular book, The Business-Savvy Project Manager was published in 2007.
He’s a member of several professional societies—PMI, IPMA (International Project Management Association), IAPPM (International Association of Program and Project Management), AAPM (American Academy of Project Management), and APBM (Association for Professionals in Business Management)—from which he holds several certifications, and has been honored as a Fellow of IAPPM and AAPM. In 2012, Solutions Network of Canada named him one of the 25 best project managers in North America. He served three terms as president of the PMI Rochester (NY) Chapter, from 1998 to 2001, and from 2005 to 2006. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State and holds an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.