Jim Aksel, PMP, PMI-SP

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About Me

Here's my story and I'm sticking to it

I am a native of Syracuse, NY and have been working in the aerospace sector since 1976.  My first assignments were at General Electric Military Electronics in Utica, NY.  From there I moved on to Boeing in Seattle, WA for several years where I worked in new product development and did a lot of computer work.

From there, we went down to Los Angeles, CA to work on the B-2 Bomber program. I held several positions of increasing responsibility all related to the electronics of the B-2 and keeping it well supported. This is where I learned most of my Project Management skills including Earned Value and Microsoft Project.  I got to rub elbows with some of the big names in the EVMS world as well.

Always looking to improve myself, I was contacted by Toshiba America who wanted me to set up their Program Management Office in one of their divisions. Toshiba taught me the value that should be expected for a dollar of effort and what people are really willing to pay for in a project.
From there, I moved to Rockwell Collins (also in Southern, CA) where I lead the engineering effort for several commercial ventures for in-flight entertainment including Aeroflot, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways among others. International business gives a whole new aspect to project management.

Since that time, I have been working as a consultant inProject/Program Management offices for plenty of companies. Our clients include Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Southern California Edison, Home Depot, Arco, Lockheed Martine Skunk Works, L-3, General Atomics, Textron and some others. We are expanding.

Other program experience includes C-17 supportability, and some unmanned aerial programs.  I also assisted in setting up and organization the PMO for Southern California Edison's SMART meter program (typicall of what most large utilities are doing in the US).

Additionally, I have authored portions of the Program Management Institutes Practice Standard for Scheduling, the US Departement of Defense Earned Value Implementation Guide, and revisions ot vairous scheule and financial reporting requirements for DoD contracts.

Along the way I picked up a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Aerospace from Clarkson University, a Master of Arts in Management from University of Redlands, another Master of Science in Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University. It is important to keep current with these skills so I completed a professional certificate program in Program Management through Villanova University, and sat for the Project Management Professional exam. I am a current PMP in good standing.

I live in Southern California with my wife; we have two grown sons who live in the area. We  have four grandchildren with more to come I pray.