Ask native Memphian and recently hired Director of Project Management Pat Scholes about his career path, and what ensues is a fascinating glance at a varied, yet connected journey.
An electrical engineer by education, an interest in media technology led him to join the engineering division of Memphis-based Ardent Media early in his career. “I certainly wasn’t talented enough playing musical instruments, so I decided to learn how to work on and design technical instruments.” For more than a decade he managed the implementation of a range of media technologies and processes and ultimately served as president of one of the company’s divisions.
Recognizing his blend of technical and business backgrounds, Morgan Keegan (MK) recruited him to join their digital media finance group. “My first several years at MK were focused on providing technical due diligence and project management of public and private financings of emerging technology companies.” This business experience, coupled with his prior tech leadership background, resulted in him being tapped to serve as the PMO Director for the company.
Scholes’ project management leadership skills were next applied at AutoZone for a number of years. “Looking back on my career, I have a strong interest in technology that enables folks to create, to do what they do best for the benefit of others.” He describes his path as moving from “wealth care, to car care and now to health care.”
He views his vocation here in the truest sense of the word: a calling. “When I learned of the PMO opening here, I was immediately attracted to the opportunity to be involved in a faith-based organization whose mission it is to help people on a number of levels.”
When he arrived at Baptist in February, Scholes was immediately impressed with the welcoming culture and a leadership that is committed continuous process improvement. “My nature is to take a collaborative, team-oriented approach, and it’s refreshing to see these among the core values here.”
He views the fundamentals of project management as serving as translator, planner and communicator. “We are here to serve the needs of the service-line professionals and the professionals who provide the technology solutions that allow us all to meet the needs of our patients.”