Mark Phillips contributes to National Engineering Forum in United States



5 December 2014 – Chicago, Illinois, USA – Mark Phillips, president of Vertabase and author of Reinventing Communication, participated in a gathering of thought leaders that will drive the agenda for a national discussion on the future of American engineering. Mark Phillips (pictured) joined the National Engineering Forum’s regional dialogue in Chicago on October 30, 2014.

141205-pmwj30-phillips-PHOTOThe event, hosted by University of Illinois President Robert A. Easter and keynoted by Chicago Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, brought together executive leadership from industry, government, media and academia to acclaim Chicago’s place in American engineering history, along with its unique position and key role in preserving and sustaining America’s engineering enterprise.

“We are proud to partner with leaders like Mark Phillips as we advance this national conversation around the 3C’s – the engineering challenges of capacity, capability and competitiveness – that must be addressed to ensure our nation’s continued security and prosperity,” said Jeff Wilcox, vice president of engineering at Lockheed Martin, a founder of NEF.

Mr. Phillips is a member of a growing roster of thought leaders invited to join the National Engineering Forum’s action-oriented dialogues being held in engineering hubs across the country.

“The participation of leaders like Mark Phillips is the lifeblood of the National Engineering Forum regional dialogues. Engineers are the wellspring of ideas and the drivers of innovation in our nation,” said Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness and a founder of NEF. “Their collaboration will be the key to finding solutions to the 3C’s.”

At the event, Mr. Phillips participated in the robust discussion of the factors that make Chicago important to engineering and what needs to be done to sustain the region’s engineering leadership. NEF participants also discussed actionable steps to ensure our nation’s engineering capacity and capability underpins our continued competitiveness in a global economy.

In addition to heading the project management software company Vertabase, Mark is a leader in the earned value management community, currently serving as vice president of the College of Performance Management. He has authored articles for the PM World Journal and other publications, and is the author of Reinventing Communication: How to Design, Lead and Manage High Performing Projects published by Gower in 2014.

Vertabase is a customer focused company based in Michigan, USA. The company’s flagship product, Vertabase project management software, has been on the market since 1999 and is used by thousands of customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.vertabase.com/.