After an initial survey of interest of PMI members in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf Region in late 1991, Richard Hauptmann filed a letter of intent to form the Arabian Gulf Chapter on April 10, 1992.
An initial explanatory discussion was held in Al-Khobar on April 23, 1992 among Richard Johnson, Cliff Newcomb and Richard Hauptmann to plan formation of the chapter. Following this meeting, a membership campaign was launched featuring both individual contact and mailings.
As a result of this, on August 27, 1992, sixteen people met for dinner at the Meridian Hotel in Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the formation of a Project Management Institute Chapter in the Arabian Gulf area. It was agreed to proceed with a formation of a Chapter and interim officers were elected:
- Richard C. Hauptmann - President
- Saleh A. Al-Yami - Vice President
- Edward H. Heard - Treasurer
- Mohammed Abdulrahim - Secretary
- Mike Roberts - Director of Membership
High interest in a Gulf Chapter was and continues to be apparent and with the second meeting in October, 1992, the membership committee was demonstrating results in increased registrations and attendance at the meetings. Thirty-six professionals attended this meeting. Our first speaker, Mr. W.A. Wenger, Vice President and Program Manager of John Brown, Inc. spoke of their organization and approach to project management. As an indication of corporate support for the prospective chapter, Saudi Aramco sponsored this meeting.
The third meeting in December featured Mr. George Hull of Bechtel, Inc. who first came to Saudi Arabia in the late 1940's. He spoke on the development and construction of Jubail, a planned industrial city which was recently listed in "The Guinness of World Records" as the largest public works project ever built.
By December of 1992, we reached the minimum requirements of 25 PMI members building professionalism through project management, and by early 1993, we had 42 PMI members, two-thirds of whom have joined PMI as a direct result of the prospective Arabian Gulf Chapter's organizational efforts.
In keeping with the Chapter's Gulf wide intentions, the first meeting of 1993 was held in the State of Bahrain on 21 January and 29 potential and registered members attended. Mr. Abdullah G. Al-Ghanim, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Project Management.
Saudi Aramco, spoke on Aramco's "Quality Improvement Program". The proposed constitution, by-laws and financial plans were presented in final draft form and discussed. An informal meeting was convened in Riyadh in late February 1993, to develop further interest in that area. This gathering was attended by the membership director, president, eight other current members and seven other interested professionals.
In March 3, 1993, the chapter application was submitted to the Vice President, Region I, Project Management Institute, in Vancouver, Canada, for the proposed Arabian Gulf Chapter of the Project Management Institute. In accordance with the by-laws, and upon review of the petition to form a local organization, the board of directors of the Project Management Institute approved this charter in March 1993.