Tampa Bay PDMA Chapter Announces Details of May Meeting

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) announces the details of its next bi-monthly meeting, including a tour of The Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection.

Tampa, FL, April 08, 2010 --(PR.com)-- The Tampa Bay chapter of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) announces the details of its next bi-monthly meeting:

Date: 5/25
Time: 6:00-8:30
Location: Raymond James Financial Center
Tower 4
880 Carillon Parkway
St Petersburg, FL 33716

This session will be web-cast – register online for details.

Agenda: 6:00-6:30, Registration and networking
6:30-7:15, Tom & Mary James Art Collection Tour
7:15-7:30, Return to meeting room
7:30-8:15, Discussion: New Product Development Professional Certification Update – Ernie Harris
8:15-8:30, Closing

Art Collection Description:

The Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection, one of Florida’s largest private art collections, consists of over 1,800 works of art. It includes original paintings, sculptures, and graphics. More than 90% of the collection is owned by Tom James, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Raymond James Financial, and his wife Mary. The collection is on display at the firm’s corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. The collection resides on different floors of each campus building, according to style and theme.

Mr. James selected almost every piece of artwork himself. While some of the artists in the collection are now deceased, he believes strongly in the patronage of living artists, and has purchased the majority of the collection during the artists’ lifetimes.

Although the collection began in the late 1950s with predominately American artists, primarily from Florida, it has grown to include works by such artists as Alfredo Arreguin, Alexander Calder, Mihail Chemiakin, Salvador Dali, Jacob Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, Leonardo Nierman, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Jamie Wyeth and Victor Vasarely, among others. In the mid 1980s, while on trips to Colorado and New Mexico, Mr. James began to collect Western and Southwestern art. At the present time, more than half of the collection consists of Western/Southwestern styles of art, including works by Roy Anderson, Earl Biss, J. D. Challenger, Glenna Goodacre, Allen Houser, Frank McCarthy, Dave McGary, Dan Namingha and Ray Swanson.

Discussion Overview:

The group will be discussing the NPDP certification; the certification process, materials, and content covered, as well as the costs of achieving and maintaining certification. Statistics will be provided on the number of NPDP certified professionals, their locations, employers, and other relevant information. Lastly, chapter president Ernie Harris will recount his recent experience with the exam. (He passed.)

PDMA Tampa Bay Chapter
Nancy Carter