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November 14, 2012
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JN awarded Project Management Organisation of the Year

David Cooke (right), president, Project Management Institute (PMI), Jamaica Doctor Bird Chapter, presents Pam Thompson, chief project officer, enterprise project management office at Jamaica National Building Society, with the Project Management Organisation of the Year Award for successful implementation of the JN Financial Services centre project at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St James. The award was recently presented at the Knutsford Court Hotel. - Contributed

The Project Management Organisation of the Year Award has gone to the Enterprise Project Management Office (ePMO) of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) for its successful implementation of the JN Financial Services centre project at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St James.

Jamaica National won the award ahead of Jamaica Aluminium Company (Jamalco), and Pan Caribbean Financial Services.

National Water Commission and Jamaica Energy Partners were awarded certificates of merit.

The award presentation by the local Project Management Institute (PMI), Jamaica Doctor Bird Chapter (JDBC), took place recently at the Knutsford Court Hotel.

"The JNBS team demonstrated outstanding commitment to project management," stated David Cook, president of PMI JDBC.

"We commend JNBS, which is emerging as a leader to carry the torch of sound project-management principles, which is one way forward for a profitable and productive future."

The PMI is the largest global-membership association for project-management professionals worldwide.

outstanding project

Its local affiliate, the PMI JDBC, with more than 120 members, awards annual prizes to organisations which exemplify outstanding project support, internal project administration and management of projects in line with the principles and practices accorded with the PMI.

"Project management is at the centre of our operations," said Earl Jarrett, general manager of JNBS. "It is essential as, on a day-to-day basis, we execute projects to improve our member experience and improve our efficiency."

Jarrett pointed out that the development of the JN Financial Services centre was vital to JNBS as it epitomises the society's thrust towards a new approach to banking.

It is a cashless centre which boasts high technology including Jamaica's first cash-recycler ATM.

"It is quite an accomplishment to receive such an award," stated Pam Thompson, chief project officer, ePMO, JNBS.

"All the work that we put in has paid off," she said.

Thompson pointed out that JNBS now has nine members of staff who are project managers, eight of whom are PMI-certified. She added that that a year ago, only one member of staff in the unit was certified.

She said her unit had also played an integral role in the JNBS ISO Project, which resulted in its attainment of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification.

The Society attained ISO 9001:2008 certification in August 2012, the first financial institution in Jamaica to attain this qualification.

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