Instructors/Partners

Mark Tolbert, PMP

Mark has been teaching PMP Prep classes since November of 2007 for a number of leading education companies. The first time success rate for students in his classes on the PMP exam has consistently exceeded 95%. Mark has designed an new PMP Prep program, built on core ideas and best practices he has learned over the past two years. Add to this several new concepts and approaches to help students learn the PMI definitions view of project management, and you have the best foundation available to help get prepared for the PMP exam.

Mark has over 30 years experience in I.T., including 27 years at Hewlett-Packard. He successfully managed support programs and projects within HP Services from 1994 through 2007. The programs and projects included a large E-Selling program, a multi-vendor support program for a large telecommunications company, data center relocation projects, and MDM (Mobile Device Management) programs.

Mark earned his PMP in 1995, and has been very active in the Washington, DC PMI chapter for the past 16 years. He has served on a number of board positions for the chapter, and has taught PMP Prep classes for the chapter for the past seven years. From 2009 through 2013, Mark served on the board as the trustee for the chapter.

Mark is very passionate about project management, and believes adopting the best project management practices and skills is crucial to the success of enterprises today.

Mark is a long time resident of Northern Virginia, and currently lives in Annandale with his wife Linda. They have three boys who are all working in I.T. careers today.

Thomas C. Erickson, MSEM, PE, PgMP

Tom Erickson’s career spans 40 years of program and technical management in fields as diverse as software development, communications, business development, test engineering, airfield lighting design, digital control systems and construction management. He holds a B.S. in Electronic Engineering (Circuit Design) from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Engineering Management (AI & HF) from George Washington University. He started his professional career as an Air Force Acquisition, Engineering and Program Management officer and Reservist. Beginning in 1985 he worked for Lockheed Martin in a variety of program and technical management roles. He was one of the first 31 individuals world-wide awarded the PgMP from the six-week Pilot Credential Program. In addition he is a Registered Professional Engineer (EE, Vermont) and has been a certified Program Leader for Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving & Decision Making techniques. He has taught:

  • Rational management to engineers;
  • Systems engineering and design to accountants;
  • Software programming to administrative assistants; and,
  • Computer center business operations to HR professionals.

He is a lifelong continuous learner and mentor who believes that everything worth doing involves learning, teaching or having fun. His current research interests include enterprise agility and projects as knowledge transformation. He is a frequent speaker at PMI meetings and in the past has delivered presentations on topics that included “An Introduction to the PgMP Credential”, “Risk Management – 1st Principles”, and “The Serenity Factor in Risk Management”. Most recently he has been engaged developing and integrating enterprise risk management practices.

Gordon Young, PMP

Gordon Young holds a Masters degree in instructional design. He earned his PMP in 2005 while at Nextel, just prior to their merger with Sprint. He spent the next 14 months delivering structured overviews of the PMP credentialing process and concepts to headquarters staff in customer operations, product development, marketing, finance, and legal functions.

Prior to his PMP, Gordon worked with AT&T in their Network Services Division, providing instructional design assistance to technical trainers and writers. Gordon led a team of knowledge analysts at Qwest Communications and completed several training programs for GE Capital in Atlanta while earning his Six Sigma Greenbelt and working with an off-shore media development team in India to shorten the cycle time for e-learning products used by GE’s call center support teams for e-commerce.

In 2009, after a two-year engagement in an electronic records management project with defense contracting giant KBR, Gordon began teaching PMP Exam preparation courses full time. Each year Gordon delivers 40+ sessions of a four-day exam preparation course. Gordon receives consistently high ratings from students on his ability to bring life and relevance to the PMBOK Guide material.

A. Chris Fristad, MBA, PMP

Chris has over 20 years of executive experience in streamlining corporate operations, optimizing technical and human resources, and proactive business development. With a reputation for developing highly skilled cross functional teams and driving performance beyond corporate expectations, he has garnered an impressive history in program/project management, process re-engineering and strategic planning.

Chris has led and authored many corporate initiatives. Several highlights include:

  • Creating Systems Engineering and Project Management training programs
  • Authoring a manual to assist corporate level personnel with management of multiple large projects
  • Developing a manual: “Large Construction Project Manual Guidelines for Preparing a Project Execution Plan” for Kellogg, Brown and Root Government Operations
  • Authoring manuals defining effective policies and procedures to ensure corporate compliance
  • Leading efforts for migrating legacy financial systems to new target systems

Chris is a past president of the PMI WDC Chapter and is currently serving as a Director at Large. He began his tenure as the president in 2003 by setting a vision and mission for the Washington DC Chapter; implementing new processes to re-engineer the board to become more strategically oriented rather than operationally focused.

Chris has demonstrated excellent results as a leader, communicator and educator. With both executive experience and a technical background, Chris strives for seeing the “big picture” to proactively resolve challenges.