Boston Chapter


    About the Boston Chapter

    Welcome to the Boston Chapter of the PDMA.  Our focus is on managing organizational and innovation processes for consistently producing a successful pipeline of new products and services.  Our chapter is community-based and we welcome all professionals in the Greater Boston area to take part in our activities.

    Chapter Contacts

    Jean-Francois Hould

    Frank Citrone


    Upcoming Events 

    Pizza and Beer: A Dynamic Duo!

    Join us for a study of two very different products that are connected by the common threads of innovation and fermentation -- pizza and beer! As consumers raise the bar on sensory satisfaction, companies strive to respond with novel products to satisfy their expectations.

    Learn how two local companies are breathing new life into maturing industries while creating value through use of an age-old technology --- fermentation. Follow the product development process from concept to palate and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

    Enjoy this kick-off to summer with freshly-made pizza from Bay State Milling and craft beer from Castle Island Brewery.

    Register now.


    Thursday, June 9th, 2016

    • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Tour the Rothwell GrainsEssential Center, Sample Pizza & Beer Pairings and Network     
    • 7:00 – 7:45 PM: Speakers
    • 7:45 – 8:15 PM: Q&A
    • 8:15 – 9:00 PM: Post-Event Networking 

    Location: Bay State Milling Company

    The Rothwell GrainsEssential Center
    100 Congress Street, 1st Floor
    Quincy, MA 02169 (Crown Colony Office Park)

    10 minute walk from the Quincy Adams Red Line stop


    You'll never have more fun learning about product innovation. And how's this for an outdoor venue!


    Non-members: $25
    PDMA Members: $20
    Students: $15

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    Speaker Bios




    Colleen M. Zammer - Director of Product Marketing, Bay State Milling Company

    Colleen is responsible for the development, launch and support of plant-based ingredients for grain-based foods that support Bay State Milling  Company’s core purpose of providing healthful and affordable food choices for consumers.

    Colleen has a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Framingham State University and her 27 year career in the food industry has spanned technical consulting for large and small food and ingredient companies, development and commercialization of new branded foods and beverages as well as sales and marketing of ingredients for a variety of food and beverage products.

    Nicholas Ahrens - Product Applications Culinologist, Bay State Milling Company

    As Product Applications Culinologist for Bay State Milling Company, Nicholas brings a chef’s perspective to the development of innovative ingredient solutions focused on the use of the company’s flours, grains and edible seeds. He has strong culinary product development experience gained at one of the largest food manufacturers in the US. Nicholas is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde, NY and is an ACF Certified Chef with relevant experience in product ideation and evaluation. He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, the Research Chefs Association and the Bread Bakers Guild of America.







    Matt DeLuca - Head Brewer, Castle Island Brewery Company

    Matt fell in love with craft beer while attending college in Vermont in the early 2000s.  Shortly after graduation, Matt was hired to work the packaging line at the iconic Harpoon Brewery in Boston, MA.  Over the next 9 years, Matt was able to work his way to Senior Brewer while working in every department of production including brewing, cellaring, packaging, and quality control in the laboratory.  During the summer of 2015 Matt accepted the offer to become Head Brewer at Castle Island where he manages all facets of production operations.


    Past Events

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

     Design & Thinking: Documentary Film Screening and Round Table Discussion 

    Boston PDMA held a showing of the "Design and Thinking" documentary by Mu-Ming Tsai, followed by roundtable discussions. The event took place at Northeastern University and we were pleased to welcome executives from leading companies in the Greater Boston market along with many students. It was very exciting to connect such a diverse group of innovators! Discussions were lively, insightful, and incuded related topics such as:

  • Strengths and limitations of "Design and Thinking" approach
  • Impact of innovation process to organizational structure and culture
  • How we can promote organizational adoption of "Design and Thinking" principles
  • Applicability of "Design and Thinking" to different industries 

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

    Innovation in Packing: How Leading Edge Companies are Changing the Way We Consume

    Moderarated by Nora Gildea, VP of Marketing, MIDIOR Consulting, this event highlighted that what surrounds a product is often just as important to success as the product itself. The Greater Boston PDMA hosted a panel with speakers from companies that are changing the way products are delivered and consumed. The discussion touched on a range of topics:

    • The market drivers behind these new packaging formats
    • The innovative technologies that support novel functionality
    • The development challenges with integrating products and packaging
    • The decision-making process behind how these new packaging designs are delivered to consumers

    Panel for the evening included:

    • Joe Adiletta, Director, Client Engagement & Programs, Liquiglide
    • Jurjen Jacobs, Vice President Marketing & Innovation, Velcro Companies
    • Bob Altabet, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, RBC Technologies
    • Joshua Resnikoff, Co-CEO and Founder, Cuppow

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

    Innovation in Scientific Instrumentation

     Moderated by Daryl Belock, VP of Innovation and R&D Collaboration at Thermo Fisher Scientific, this panel discussion explored perspectives on Product Development in a the very specialized market of Scientific Instrumentation. Experts from local Scientific Instrumentation companies will discussed how they drive innovation and customer engagement to bring the most value to their products. Other topics explored by the panel included how to identify and engage a pilot or lighthouse customer, setting and achieving audacious goals by incorporating customer feedback and uncovering non-product related value propositions.

     Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

    The Business, Science and Art of the User Experience

    This presentation explored why user experience is one of the hottest topics in product & service design and how product developers are meeting the rapidly changing requirements for UX design in delivering new products and services. Based on his nearly three decades of experience in the tech sector, Professor Bill Gribbons, founder of the User Experience Center at Bentley University, spoke about the behaviors and science underlying a successful user experience and how such understanding provides the foundation for an informed product design practice. The presentation highlighted case examples of successful, and not so successful, user experience design initiatives..

    Wednesday April 8, 2015 

    Zipcar: Disruptive Innovation Today and In The Future

    Brian Harrington, Executive Vice President & CMO at Zipcar was the speaker for PDMA Greater Boston’s April event. Today, Zipcar has grown to over 900,000 members, 800 employees, is expanding globally and less than two years after it’s IPO in 2011, was acquired by the Avis Budget Group. In a highly interactive session at Northeastern University, Harrington explained that, at its core, Zipcar thinks of itself as a technology company that happens to own 10,000 cars. Today, as in 2000 when Zipcar was first founded, its mission is to enable simple and responsible urban living. Harrington’s presentation highlighted recent changes in the competitive landscape for Zipcar and plans for continued innovation to meet the challenge.

    Thursday, February 26th, 2015

    Creativity: It’s Not Just About the Front End of Innovation

    The Boston Chapter of PDMA kicked off 2015 with a presentation about deliberate creativity by innovation and creative problem solving consultant, Courtney Zwart at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. Creativity, the production of novel ideas that serve a purpose, is the starting point for innovation and an essential input for growth in our companies and in our economy at large. But creativity also has application well beyond the front end of innovation and can be deliberately invoked to assist with challenges and opportunities presented at all stages of new product development. The presentation highlighted the factors that enhance creativity, how creativity can support business goals and what good management practices are required to translate creativity into innovation for commercial outcomes.

    Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

    Innovation Case Study: The Creation of the Next Generation in Retail Checkout by AOA Xinetics and Kroger

    Case Study: AOA Xinetics/Kroger Co. Development of the Advantage Checkout System

    The Greater Boston’s Chapter December event at the Microsoft NERD Center had Cameron Dryden from AOA Xinetics, a division of Northern Grumman, speaking about the challenges of developing the Advantage Checkout system in collaboration with Kroger and his philosophy for innovation.

    Over the years Cameron has led many new product development teams that have come up with innovative products, many of them incorporating the 15 plus patents he holds. Cameron believes there are three paths to innovation - Contradiction, Connection, and Creative Desperation - which come from Gary Klein’s 2013 book, “"Seeing What Other’s Don’t".

    During the presentation he outlined his own proven principles for actually implementing the process of innovation. Cameron’s four guiding principles are:

    1.  Believe your goal is possible
    2.  Iterate quickly
    3.  Test every parameter possible
    4.  Don’t hide problems

    Overall, Cameron’s message for success was twofold: believe in yourself and break down challenges into achievable goals.

    Tuesday, November 6th, 2014, Boston, MA  

    Innovation and New Products in the Food & Beverage Industry

    • Panel discussion exploring the hottest trends in the food and beverage industry.
    • Local executives sharing their experiences with introducing new products in the rapidly changing food and beverage space.Product Management and Development teams
    • Wide variety of companies - from startups to larger, more established firms

    Sponsored by the MIT Sloan Alumni Association of Boston

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, Tewksbury MA  

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Site Tour and Product Demo

    • Private tour of Thermo Fisher Scientific operations in Tewksbury Massachusetts 
    • Interactive product demonstrations led by Thermo Fisher Scientific Product Management and Development teams
    • After event networking at Longhorn Steakhous

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Capitol Theatre, Arlington MA

    "Design and Thinking" Film and Panel Discussion in Partnership with DMI

    • Private screening of critically acclaimed documentary "Design and Thinking" followed by an expert panel moderated by James Morley Read, Professor of Industrial Design at MassArt on how inspired use of design can drive new product innovatio

    Saturday, May 17, 2014, Sydney’s Grill, Cambridge MA
    Cambridge Networking Brunch

    • Open-to-all networking event to connect local PDMA members and other product development professionals in the greater Boston community

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Microsoft New England R&D Center, Cambridge MA
    Increase Productivity with Knowledge Driven / Lean Product Development

    • An evening with product development transformation expert and former President & CEO of Benthos, Inc., Ron Marsiglio to explore Knowledge Driven Product Development (KDPD) process

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham MA
    Leveraging Intellectual Property for Competitive Advantage

    • An evening with intellectual property expert Ben Taylor, Director at ipCapital Group, to explore the value and strategies associated with intellectual property management

    Monday, December 2, 2013, Microsoft New England R&D Center, Cambridge MA
    Overcoming Challenges and Sharing Best Practices in Product Development and Management

    • Networking and roundtable discussions hosted by local PDMA members exploring five hot topics in product development and innovation.

    Thursday, June 13, 2013, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham MA
    Measuring Product Innovation

    • Cross-industry panel of product leaders moderated by Susan Loconto Penta of MIDIOR Consulting exploring how companies measure and drive innovation in new product development

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