Meet Your Instructors

Meet Your Instructors

Paul Powers

Paul Powers, Project Management InstructorPaul Powers is currently a Senior Project Manager in the business intelligence industry employed by a data visualization leader called Qlik. He works as part of a global project management team implementing solutions for both private and public organizations. Prior to his tenure at Qlik, Paul was a Senior Project Manager for James Madison University. He managed a variety of projects to include document collaboration, responsive mobile design, and information technology service management.

In addition to JMU, Paul spent 17 years in project management consulting roles for the large global organizations of IBM, McGladrey, and Infor. During his consulting tenure, Paul advised many industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, government, financial services, telecommunications, real estate, banking, and retail. His client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to national retailers. While consulting with the federal government, he worked on two award-winning project teams and was recognized as an innovator for business intelligence software implementations.

Paul became PMP® certified in October of 2010. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Economics from the University of Tennessee. He has an extensive software training background. In addition to teaching, he has served as a project management mentor to entry-level IBM consultants. Paul has also built project management systems utilizing Qlik and SharePoint products.

Paul and his wife practice forestry on their property bordering the George Washington National Forest. He, his wife, and adopted Plott hound enjoy outdoor activities in the Shenandoah Valley area.

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David M. Hylton, PMP®


David Hylton is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with over 19 years of experience in Project Management. He has been employed with Sentara Healthcare (formerly Rockingham Memorial Hospital) since 2002. At RMH, David developed and managed large electronic health record programs and helped develop a Project Management Office (PMO.) At Sentara, David is part of the IT Program Management Office (PMO) where he has participated in the development of the PMO and provides project management oversight for IT projects.

David is a graduate of JMU and lives in Broadway, VA. David obtained the Project Management Institute’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) credential in 2010 and the PMP® certification in 2012.