7-Eleven CIO Wes Hargrove to Discuss Continuous Improvement Projects at UT Dallas on 14 August


Information system and technology projects key to improving processes at convenience stores across North America

30 June 2014 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Organizers of the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held during August 14-15, 2014 in Richardson, Texas, USA have announced that the second keynote speaker for the conference will be Mr. Wes Hargrove, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for 7-Eleven Corporation.  The2 Day UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is being held in the NaveenJindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The theme of the 8th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is “Maximizing the Value of Project Management”.  Registration is open; for information click here.

140630-pmwj24-7eleven-IMAGEWes Hargrove is senior vice president and chief information officer for 7-Eleven, Inc. will speak at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, 14 August about the company’s investment in information technology. He is responsible for the company’s enterprise technology capabilities and the continuous improvement of the 7-Eleven retail information system, a key technology initiative to improve retail processes for the company’s stores in the United States and Canada.

Hargrove brings more than 36 years of experience with 7-Eleven and has an extensive background in 7-Eleven’s logistics, merchandising and operations divisions. His 7-Eleven career began as a management trainee, and he has held various positions including store manager, market manager, CDC operations manager, division logistics manager, senior product director of non-foods, senior director of merchandising business systems and vice president of logistics. Wes has a bachelor of arts degree in business from Adams State College.

Five years ago, Joe DePinto, President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc., asked proven business leader Wes Hargrove to take the helm of IT. Drawing on his 35 years of experience in the logistics, merchandising and operations divisions at 7-Eleven, Hargrove immediately went to work integrating IT and the business, reorganizing the department from a business perspective. Although new to the CIO role, Hargrove’s background prepared him to build the efficient business partnerships that result in strategic business solutions. Hargrove will discuss his journey into the CIO role and offer important lessons on how to effectively execute initiatives that drive exceptional enterprise value. They select and strategically structure priorities that align the IT function with business needs. Hargrove describes how through continuous improvement he prioritizes projects, obtains support from stakeholders and executes executive business priorities through innovative technology.

Other Keynote speakers announced for the 8th Annual UT Dallas PM Symposium include Ron Patterson, Assistant Manager for the City of Frisco who will speak on “The Dallas Cowboys move to Frisco”; Michael DePrisco, Project Management Institute (PMI) Vice President who will speak on “2014 Rules of the Profession”; Andrew Bragg, International Project Management Association (IPMA) Vice President and CEO of the Association for Project Management (UK) who will speak on “The Value of Project Management”; and David Harvey, Sr. Director of Strategic Planning for Southwest Airlines who will close the symposium with a presentation on “Leading Change at Southwest Airlines.”

The UT Dallas symposium will include an Opening Ceremony with keynote speakers, professional paper presentations by approximately 45 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception, keynote presentations by representatives of IPMA and PMI on Friday morning, and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker and door prizes.   Participants can receive 16 PDUs for attending.  Early registration with best price extends until 14 July 2014; discounted group pricing is also available. To register, see keynote speakers, view presenters’ abstracts and for additional information, go to pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is organized by the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World Journal.  If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas, plan to attend this world class symposium.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education division of the UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a global online publication produced by PM World in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World also produces and maintains the PM World Library, a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net; to learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.