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Collaborative Connections E37

How much easier would life be if there was an app to streamline your business or you could outsource all of your projects to someone else? Sounds amazing right? Check out this episode of Collaborative Connections Radio Show and Podcast to hear how it’s possible.

Host, Kelly Lorenzen was on-air with Joe Pusz, PMP, Founder of The PMO Squad and The PMO Leader, Melissa McDonald, PMP, Founder of The Smart PM, and Ben Johnson, Owner of Arizona Web Pro. All four business owners shared advice, insights, and lessons learned.

Ben, Kelly, Joe, and Melissa talked about business ownership, community, philanthropy, project management, and technology. This is a great episode to listen to if you want to learn more about any of the above. These guests are experts in their field and share so many great tidbits.

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Our Featured Guests

Joe Pusz, The PMO Squad


The PMO Squad is a Phoenix-based Project Management Consulting firm. For ten years the team has assisted clients across all industries with Solutions Made Simple to improve project delivery capabilities. Here are just a few accolades:

  • 2022 Small Business of the Year – Phoenix Business Journal
  • 2022 World PMO Influencer, Finalist – PMO Global Alliance
  • 2021 & 2022 Platinum Medallion designation – Department of Labor HIRE Vets program
  • Co-Founder of Veteran Project Manager Mentor Alliance

Joe Pusz is the founder and President of The PMO Squad. PMO Joe is an internationally recognized leader in the Project Management and PMO communities. He is a Speaker, Author, and Project Management Innovator. Joe is the host of the Project Management Office Hours Radio Show and Podcast providing Project Management Leaders a voice within our community.

Joe supports our industry having served as a Judge for the Global PMO Awards, participates with the PMI Executive Roundtable on PMOs, and is a long-time member of the Project Management Institute. He has been a PMI Volunteer, Sponsor, and Mentor.

Follow The PMO Squad on LinkedInFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Melissa McDonald, The Smart PM

The Smart PM is a Woman Veteran-Owned Small Business. TSP consultants are Project, Agile, Change Management, and Smartsheet certified with more than 30 years of project portfolio management experience They are recognized 5 times as the top 5% Smartsheet Automators! We can help your organization adopt, implement, and optimize your use and knowledge of Smartsheet to fit your processes to prioritize, manage, and see the work you are doing.

The Smart PM provides dedicated support by working together to create a smarter business solution for your team and the know-how to take it to the next level. TSP team members are nationwide and provide onsite, virtual, and hybrid consulting options, as well as the availability to travel to your location.


Melissa McDonald, PMP, PMI-ACP, CCMP is the Founder and Managing Director of The Smart PM. Melissa is a Smartsheet Silver Partner. More importantly, she is a former three-time PMO Director and Smartsheet user herself. Melissa and her team at TSP will enhance your organization with project management best practices and advanced Smartsheet know-how.

Before joining the consulting industry, Melissa worked her way up in corporate American from a Project Manager to implementing and leading PMOs. And before that, she proudly served on Active Duty in the United States Army as an Engineer Officer. Melissa has spent over 20 years supporting the military community and has received the U.S. Army Forces Command Dr. Mary E. Walker Award and 2013 Volunteer of the Year for the Vicenza, Italy Military Community. She is an active member of PMI, The PMO Leader, and The Women’s National Memorial. Outside of work, she loves to road bike, hike, and travel the globe with her family.

Follow Melissa and The Smart PM on LinkedIn

Ben Johnson, Arizona Web Pro


Arizona Web Pro is a web development and automation business focused on simplifying complex data solutions.

Ben Johnson is a web developer, a data engineer, a digital nomad, a father, and tinkerer.

Connect with Ben on LinkedIn.

About Collaborative Connections E37

Kelly Lorenzen started the “Collaborative Connections” show to bring her clients and favorite charities together to meet each other, connect and collaborate in life and business.

She hopes to build a stronger community one show at a time.

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