On Wednesday November 13th at 5:00pm in room W208, Mark Calkins from Bluehost Web Hosting, will give a presentation on role of a product manager within the Pragmatic Marketing framework. Mark is currently the VP of Product Development at Bluehost.com. He is a seasoned technology executive with over twenty years of experience in product management, marketing, and operations. His positions have been with small, medium and large technology companies in SaaS, enterprise, business and mobile applications, communications and network software fields. 

Mark's specific areas of expertise are building dynamic teams, strategic planning, identifying market requirements, executing successful product launches and marketing campaigns, and driving new customer acquisition. Mark received his BA in Communications from BYU and his MBA from Santa Clara University in California.

Website: markcalkins.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/markcalkins

Ryan Seamons, BYU MBA 2013 and LinkedIn Product Manager, will be speaking Oct 8th at 5pm in 280 TNRB (old side of building). Ryan will present about how LinkedIn creates visionary products and share principles that can help us all become better product managers. This event is open to all students, whether or not you have joined the PMA.

UPDATE: Here's some of what Ryan shared:
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Do you have a passion for tech products? Are you interested in a career where technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, and strategy converge? Come learn about product management, an exciting career positioned at the core of today's tech companies.

Come grab a cookie and listen to an overview of Product Management, followed by our very own second year MBAs' experiences in PM internships. We'll be meeting in W210 TNRB on Thurs, 9/19 from 11am - 12pm.

Be sure to subscribe to the PMA calendar!

We've learned how product managers can drive innovation and create awesome products that both align with the vision and meet customer's needs. But some of us have been left wondering... how do I get buy-in to accomplish the vision?

The product roadmap is central to the product manager's role. It's the currency that can purchase executive support and the resources needed to accomplish the product vision. Come learn how to strategically build a roadmap that promises the greatest return to stakeholders. Whether you plan to work as a product manager, or in any product or tech-related role, this workshop will benefit you.

The workshop will be held April 4, from 5-6pm in W310 TNRB. John Epeneter, a Sr. Product Manager with over 20 years of industry experience, will teach techniques to manage a product roadmap and provide students the opportunity to get their feet wet with a mini-case. John is currently a Sr. Product Manager at Control4, a provider of home automation systems, and is experienced with product management in both software and electronics hardware.

The Product Management Association is excited to host Christian Matsumori, Sr. Director of Product Management for AtTask. Christian will be speaking about making products that change the world. The lecture will be held in W310 TNRB at 5pm on Tuesday, Mar 5. He will also talk about the MBA product management internship available at AtTask this summer.

Christian has years of experience in product management and related roles with companies such as AtTask, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft (primarily Xbox). He is currently serving as a member of the Marriott School's Marketing Advisory Board. 

Curious to learn more about what product management really is? Josh Albrecthsen, Chief Customer Advocate at Property Solutions, will bring you up to speeed in his presentation to the Product Management Association. The event will be held in W310 from 5pm-6pm on Feb 13th. Come check it out!

The Product Management Association is excited to host Peter Clegg Nov 27th as a guest speaker. Peter is currently the Director of Product Management at HireVue, a startup software that produces a web-based interviewing product. Peter is a graduate of BYU's MBA program and has over 25 years of Product and Project Management experience.

Peter will speak about the role of a product manager within new product development, including ideation, validation, prototyping, and development. A Q&A session will follow.

The event is scheduled for 4:30pm-5:30pm, Nov 27th in W408 of the Tanner Building. Please visit the BYU PMA calendar for up-to-date details.

The Product Management Association hosted its kickoff event. Dr. Knutson, Associate Professor of Computer Science, presented a guest lecture entitled "Product Management in the Software Industry." He shared some interesting comments on managing software engineers.
Dr. K also provided information on CS 428, a software engineering course that simulates a software company. He is interested in recruiting MBA students to the class offered Winter semester (this year/next year).