PMI CEO Thinking Forum, West Point, NY

September 18 and 19, 2023

The 2023 PMI CEO Thinking Forum will deliver an immersive leadership experience with expert storytelling, role playing, and a trek through a key historic battleground along New York’s Hudson River.

To take place Sept. 18-19 on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, the forum will provide practical tools to achieve high team performance by applying historical lessons to current challenges facing the plumbing manufacturing and allied industries.

For CEOs and those who think like CEOs

Open to PMI member company CEOs or executives, the forum provides a “can’t miss” opportunity to connect face-to-face with industry peers to explore solutions to mutual challenges. It’s a valuable opportunity to connect with peers for one or more executives from each PMI member company.

Past forum participants have praised the program as “highly valuable and a great time investment” because of the way it applies learnings from history to practical challenges. “The forum provides executives with a necessary pause in their hectic schedules for strategic reflection,” said PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole. “It gives them valuable time to focus on personal development and to gain new perspectives. Our West Point venue is the ideal place to do that.”

Lessons grounded in Duty, Honor, Country

At the inspirational venue of the historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, participants will learn lessons grounded in the U.S. Army leadership philosophy of “Be, Know, Do” and the West Point values of “Duty, Honor, Country.” PMI member executives will meet for cocktails, dinner and opening remarks on the evening of Sept. 18.

The next day will focus on leading teams to high performance. Major Gen. Douglas Crissman, U.S. Army, Retired, will lead the program. A member of Thayer Leadership’s elite faculty of emeritus military officers, he will serve as a coach and mentor to PMI member executives. He will share his experiences and leadership techniques during an interactive leadership development process that will help participants translate knowledge into action.

This day also will feature a “staff ride” experience led by Col. Maria Del Pilar McDermott, U.S. Army, Retired, Ph.D. This experience will allow participants to walk where George Washington and his staff prevented the British from seizing the Hudson River. Dinner will be served at the hotel’s MacArthur’s restaurant. Participants are encouraged to stay a second night and travel the following morning.

At the conclusion of the forum, participants will take away high-value information to better lead teams in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world, bring values to life, and motivate teams through an empowered workforce.

Registration is open!

Registration will cover the PMI CEO Thinking Forum, two overnight guestroom accommodations at Thayer Hotel, and all meals. If you have questions about the program, please email them to PMI Director of Programs and Administration Jodi Stuhrberg at