Daryl Gunnarson knows plenty about project management. He’s been a certified PMP for approximately 20 years. He worked for Proctor & Gamble for 32 years where he went from a new business start-up leader to directing the integrations necessary of a professional management company operating on the world stage. He’s also 6 Sigma Black Belt, which recognizes him as a professional who leads complex improvement projects on a full-time basis.
Currently a partner in New Oaks Consulting, Daryl’s focus for his clients is on organizational planning and strategy, improving and accelerating performance, project management implementation and development, and business development and market expansion. He was asked by Springdale, Ohio-based Breakthrough Performance Group to offer PMP prep classes, and began using Achieve PMP® Exam Success as part of his class materials. Since the Sixth Edition was released, he has been exclusively using CPC training materials.
“When I started those training programs, I didn’t have the time to develop all of my own training materials. That’s when I found Core Performance Concept’s Achieve PMP® Exam Success,” said Daryl.
Daryl would have his students read the CPC text book in class and used the PMBOK® Guide as a study tool. Those students who took the PMP test had an 80 percent pass rate, which is ten percentage points higher than is needed to pass the exam. He then reached out to author Diane Buckley-Altwies and became certified to train through CPC and has since used CPC materials exclusively. In addition, he uses these materials when working with his New Oaks Consulting clients.
“I really like the flow of CPC materials and continually get feedback that they really helped people grow in their project management career,” said Daryl. “I’ve used them exclusively for the past seven years. Diane has done the due diligence and research to put good materials together, which help us hit the ground running when training future PMPs.”
But that’s not the only project management duty that’s near and dear to Daryl’s heart. In October of 2010 he and his wife opened a non-profit called New Oaks Community to offer loving, supportive, faith-based environments for abandoned and neglected children with the goal of helping them embrace their own special gifts and find loving, forever homes.
“My experience in dealing with major, multi-million-dollar projects was essential to kicking off New Oaks Community,” said Daryl. “No matter what you’re doing, you’re using your PMP tools, like risk management and communications.”
To date, Daryl and his New Oaks Community team have raised $1.1 million and have finished renovating two homes, one of which is a 27-room mansion on the Hamilton, Ohio-based property. Over 1,000 volunteers have come to lend a hand, and Daryl is spearheading a 550-task schedule, which serves as a road map for the community’s development. When complete, the community will offer an arts and crafts building, fitness center, and a professional kitchen for cooking classes to name a few.
There are currently 400 children in foster care and another 400 in kinship care in Butler County where New Oaks Community is located. Daryl believes they have the potential to impact over 1,000 kids or more.
“This is about legacy. If we just impacted 10 kids, and those kids impacted others for generations, you can change the scope and projection of many, many families,” said Daryl. “My project management and leadership experience helps me think big, which is what these kids need.”
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