Senior Director of Regional Operations
Alvin Doss is a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and IPM. He joined the company in 2001 and made the transition from Captain to consultant. Today, Alvin is a director of the St. Louis office by day, and by night a proud husband and father of three sons. A music devotee, especially of old-school rap, Alvin made sure his kids memorized the lyrics to “King of Rock” by Run DMC, “so they have some understanding of how great rap music sounds.”
What was your impression of IPM when you interviewed?
I was transitioning to civilian work and was fortunate to be heavily recruited. I was trying to find an organization that was aligned with my values, and IPM was that organization and continues to be a special place. I remember the conversations with [CEO Rich Panico] on culture, excellence, and values. He said, “It’s something we’re living every day, but if at any moment we’re not, please barge into my office and let me know.” I haven’t had to do that.
How did your experience prepare you for working at IPM?
In the Air Force, I was working as a project manager, so that’s where I cut my teeth. It’s where I learned the methodologies, the techniques, and especially the leadership. Project management is synonymous with leadership—team dynamics, dealing with diverse groups, figuring those things out—and I had much of that experience in the military. As a junior military officer, upon entering the Air Force, I was immediately exposed to opportunities to organize and communicate information, lead very diverse teams, and account for and manage risks to achieve a stated goal. Consequently, I had essentially been trained and tested in the fundamentals of project management.
Still, I became a better project manager at IPM. At IPM, I was able to garner a better understanding of the project management methodology, leverage best practices, learn from accomplished consultants, and sharpen my skills by supporting a myriad of projects within different industries.
What’s kept you happy and challenged?
First, all the amazing people to learn from! They’re the most unique and sharpest people I’ve met. Also, I was transparent about wanting opportunities. I wanted to get my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and then I wanted to get my Six Sigma Black Belt. I got promoted, moved to St. Louis to manage that office, and got my MBA. Everything I wanted to do, I vocalized, and IPM partnered with me to make it happen. And I brought new skills and tools back to the table.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
I thoroughly enjoy being a father and could easily give a 40-minute presentation on fatherhood. I would definitely be able to capture what’s special about the relationships, challenges, and lessons I learned even though I was sitting in the “teacher’s chair.”
What do you like to do with your family?
Just spend time together. We just skied with them on vacation. But every day, I love having discussions about our day or about what’s going on in the world. We love to hang out, watch Marvel movies, and golf.
What’s your favorite hobby?
I really don’t have one. I spend a lot of my spare time doing volunteer work in East St. Louis, where I grew up. I go to the schools, read to kids, and make myself available for guidance. Some of my volunteer work is through the fraternity I’m involved with, Alpha Pi Alpha. I enjoy it, and I think it’s necessary.