Who We Are

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Management Solutions, Project Controls Solutions is a premier project controls assessment, training, advisory services, and recruiting firm. We specialize in developing customized project controls training solutions, based on quantitative assessments of our partners’ project controls capabilities, to improve organizational performance and meet our clients’ needs.

What Sets Us Apart

Project Controls Solutions grew out of Management Solutions’ decades of expertise delivering technology-driven engineering solutions. Our project controls assessment, training, advisory, and recruitment services produce project controls professionals who consistently deliver significant cost reductions, improved efficiencies, expedited project completion, and increased business value to our clients. Our best-in-class project controls training programs equip our clients with the project controls capabilities required to execute and deliver even the most difficult projects.

What We Do

Project Controls Solutions delivers customized project controls capabilities assessments, training programs, advisory, and recruitment services to a wide variety of commercial businesses and government agencies. By combining Management Solutions’ decades of hard-won, practical, project controls expertise with best in class instructors, our project controls training programs provide value well beyond the scope of a specific project. Beyond world-class technical expertise, Project Controls Solutions strives to instill a culture of innovation, humility, and forethought in our graduates that immediately creates business value for every client.

Our Team

Misty Mayes

PMP, CLSS, CCMP, Founder and CEO

Misty D. Mayes is an entrepreneur who has successfully launched ventures across the engineering, construction, healthcare, and the education sectors. Mayes is the founder and CEO of Management Solutions (MSLLC), a boutique consulting firm specializing in project strategy, delivery, and execution, serving customers in the government and private sector in the United States and Europe.

Michelle Banner

MACostE, MAPM Principal Project Controls Trainer

Michelle Banner, Project Controls Solutions (Global) Ltd Principal Project Controls Trainer, has more than 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure, nuclear, utilities, and various other industries. She is recognized as a technical expert in her specialism of Planning and Risk along with having a substantial background in cost and estimating.

Christine McLean

FACostE, UK Office Managing Director and Director of Project Controls Training

Christine McLean, Project Controls Solutions (Global) Ltd UK Office Managing Director and Director of Project Controls Training, has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas, refining, nuclear, utilities, and various other industries focused on Project Controls for Cost, Planning, Estimating, and Risk.

Misty Mayes

PMP, CLSS, CCMP, Founder and CEO

Misty D. Mayes is an entrepreneur who has successfully launched ventures across the engineering, construction, healthcare, and education sectors. Mayes is the founder and CEO of Management Solutions (MSLLC), a boutique consulting firm specializing in project strategy, delivery, and execution, serving customers in the government and private sector in the United States and Europe. In addition, Mayes founded and leads Project Controls Solutions, a global, best-in-class provider of project controls training programs. Over the past twenty years under her leadership, Management Solutions has consistently been recognized as one of the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing businesses, US Chamber’s Top 100 Small Businesses and was recognized by the Small Business Administration as the national Subcontractor of the Year. Mayes has received multiple entrepreneurship awards throughout her career but is most proud of her work advocating for other female entrepreneurs through her leadership in WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy), and her lifelong commitment to education and economic empowerment in East Tennessee.

Additional Professional Highlights

Served as the Program Manager for various USACE Headquarter, Division and District initiatives. Portfolio Manager for various DOE (Office of Science, NNSA and EM) programs/projects. Account Manager for all Healthcare projects within the portfolio for state and commercial clients and was Executive Vice President for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and was responsible for Project Management/Controls.

 

Community Outreach Highlights

Throughout her career, Mayes has worked tirelessly to support female entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, and education in East Tennessee and beyond. Currently she helps lead:

East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) – Currently serves on the Board of Directors. ETEC is s an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation.

University of Tennessee College of Engineering – Has served as chair of the college’s Board of Advisors, since the fall of 2018. Having served for two years as the Board’s first female chair, Misty has also co-chaired a new program that brings together female engineering students, female engineering faculty members and female engineers from industry to help the university attract and retain top female students and faculty.

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) – Serves on the Board of Directors as well as chairing WIPP’s Leadership Advisory Council. Additionally, she is the co-chair of WIPP’s healthcare committee that is on the forefront of working with the federal administration on trying to make sure all women business owners have a voice in the changes being made to the Affordable Care Act. She has been fortunate to be invited to the White House and was able to testify before Congress on various topics impacting woman owned businesses as well as entrepreneurship.

Webb School of Knoxville – Serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees, since the fall of 2020, and is the Board’s first female chair. Webb is PreK-12, private independent day school and is ranked among the top in the southeast. This role has enabled Mayes to focus on creating opportunities for greater visibility into STEM and robotics programs as well as being involved in the design and delivery of entrepreneurial curriculum.

Knoxville Chamber of Commerce – Serves on the Board of Directors as well as the Council for state business. In this role she continues to advocate for an entrepreneurial and robust business climate for Knoxville to enable businesses to locate, operate, and expand in the East Tennessee region.

Restoration House of East Tennessee – On the Board since 2010, and she became the chair in 2014, Misty and her team continue to volunteer their talents and time to this worthwhile organization that provides temporary housing and a hand-up to single mothers and their children.

Personal History

Misty received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, from the University of Tennessee. Misty is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma professional and a Certified Change Management Professional. Misty holds an active DOE Q clearance. Mayes lives in Knoxville with Sam, her husband of over 30 years, where they raised three sons and continue to enjoy hiking in the Smoky Mountains, biking, golf, and the natural beauty of the region.

Michelle Banner

MACostE, MAPM Principal Project Controls Trainer

Michelle Banner, Project Controls Solutions (Global) Ltd Principal Project Controls Trainer, has more than 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure, nuclear, utilities, and various other industries. She is recognized as a technical expert in her specialism of Planning and Risk along with having a substantial background in cost and estimating.

Ms. Banner is experienced in delivering EPC, R&D and Engineering contracts for infrastructure, utilities and nuclear. She is experienced in all aspects of project delivery from bidding through to commissioning and close out.

As a recognized expert, Ms. Banner has written and delivered training both internally and for external clients on topics such as Earned Value Management, Schedule Management and Resource Management. She has also had a leading involvement in the development of end point assessment material for TASC (assessing Project Controls competence up to degree level).

As the Principal Project Controls Trainer for Project Controls Solutions, she is responsible for creating and delivering Project Controls training to cohorts ensuring they are upskilled in every Project Control discipline area, their skills are enhanced in understanding the whole project delivery lifecycle and their behavioral skills are improved.

Professional Highlights

Served as the Planning Manager for Jacobs (previously Wood) – Nuclear Division. Ms. Banner was responsible for the functional leadership and capability growth of the Planning and Risk Team (+20 individuals) both in the UK and abroad.

Community Outreach Highlights

ACostE – Ms. Banner is an active member of the ACostE and has delivered a series of webinars during 2020 on several project controls topics.

ACostE represents the professional interests of those with responsibility, at all levels, for the prediction, planning and control of resources and cost for activities that involve engineering, manufacturing, and construction.

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) – Ms. Banner is involved in the development of Project Controls Apprenticeship standards and vocational qualifications through the employer led trailblazer group.

ECTIB is the skills, standards, and qualifications body for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain.

 

Personal History

Michelle has a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, is a PMO Practitioner and has completed Association for Project Management (APM) Risk Management (Level 1 and Level 2). As an industry expert, Ms. Banner most recently presented at the Project Controls Expo in 2020 on “Humans vs Machines” exploring the perception of Project Controls as more data driven technology emerges.

Christine McLean

FACostE, UK Office Managing Director and Director of Project Controls Training

Christine McLean, Project Controls Solutions (Global) Ltd UK Office Managing Director and Director of Project Controls Training, has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas, refining, nuclear, utilities, and various other industries focused on Project Controls for Cost, Planning, Estimating, and Risk. She is recognized as a global technical expert in Project Controls, a Fellow of her Professional institute and holds the highest qualifications in Project Controls. Ms. McLean is experienced in bidding and in project execution for FEED, EPC and PMC contracts of major refining, petrochemicals, Nuclear and LNG projects, which are often multi-country/entity and multi-currency. She is an experienced Project Manager of high class, professional winning bids including technical, commercial, legal, finance, sales, and operations. She is an ECITB accredited trainer and is registered as an Assessor for TASC (assessing Project Controls competence up to degree level).

She has written and delivered training for the ECITB to be used by other companies for training as well as delivering both internally and externally to international clients in all aspects of Project Control, Risk Management and Commercial Management. As the Director of Project Controls Training at Project Controls Solutions (Global) Ltd, she is responsible for the functional leadership in creating and delivering Project Controls training to cohorts ensuring they are upskilled in every Project Control discipline area, their skills are enhanced in understanding the whole project delivery lifecycle and their behavioral skills are improved.

Professional Highlights

Served as the Head of Profession Project Control for Jacobs (previously Wood) – Nuclear Division. Ms. McLean was responsible for the functional leadership of the multi-discipline team (+200 individuals) covering Planning, Cost, Risk and Post Contract Estimating both in the UK and abroad.

Community Outreach Highlights

ACostE – Ms. McLean is a Fellow and began serving as a Director and has since become a Vice President in 2020. ACostE represents the professional interests of those with responsibility, at all levels, for the prediction, planning and control of resources and cost for activities that involve engineering, manufacturing, and construction.

Business & Administration for Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) – In 2017, Ms. McLean was appointed by IFA (UK Government body) as a route panel member for Business and Administration as an industry expert. IFATE oversee the development, approval and publication of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans as well as the occupational maps for T Levels and apprenticeships.

The Assessment Service Centre (TASC) – Ms. McLean serves as a board member for TASC and a qualified assessor. TASC was established by the ACostE, the home for Project Control Professionals, and the industry’s learned professional society to provide practitioners with the professional qualifications demanded by today’s competitive business environment.

 

Personal History

Christine holds a QCF Level 5 in Project Controls, has her Diploma in English Law, has a Professional Certificate in Management, and has completed Association for Project Management (APM) Risk Management (Level 1 and Level 2). As an industry expert, Ms. McLean has presented at multiple Project Controls Conferences around the world, most recently she presented at the Project Controls Expo in 2020 on Project Controls Maturity. Ms. McLean was also short listed for the Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration from the Association for Project Management (APM) in 2020.

Social Impact:
Expanding Economic Opportunity

Creating a Place at the Table

Throughout her thirty-year career in project controls, Management Solutions’ founder Misty Mayes has been passionate about supporting the next generation of project control professionals, especially those from historically under-represented backgrounds. Project Controls Solutions was founded to expand access to the project controls profession. Our training programs create a pathway for aspiring project controls professionals to develop the skills and capabilities they need to build a meaningful career in a fast-growing profession.

Expanding Opportunities for Women

After building Management Solutions into a preeminent project management consultancy, Misty has devoted significant time and resources to expanding opportunities for women and under-represented groups in project controls and beyond through her advocacy for female entrepreneurs on Capitol Hill and her championing of both secondary and post-secondary education throughout Greater Appalachia.

Project Controls Solutions’ Mission

Project Controls Solutions evolved out of our belief that the project controls profession can create well-paying, sustainable careers for individuals. Many of the students Project Controls Solutions has trained come from rural, economically disadvantaged, or majority-minority regions. Project Controls Solutions wants to be at the vanguard of efforts to provide meaningful work, dignity, and improved quality of life and social mobility to people no matter where they live or who they are.

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