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Ann Tomalavage of Malarkey Consulting

Develop World-Class Project Managers

Ann Tomalavage has walked in the shoes of the project manager. As a civil engineer, she has worked as a project manager for over 35 years in top-level firms. Ann developed a solid understanding of what it takes to become world-class. Typically, project management training ignores several key areas that contribute to the overall success and profitability of firms. They are:

  • Understanding profit drivers: deadlines, reporting, billing for additional work, team efficiencies
  • Advanced communication skills: negotiation, relationship building, communication with team, clients, and the company.
  • Practice and support: accountability, metrics, mentoring and PM Scorecard

It’s not enough to merely understand project management at a basic level. Profitability must be maintained throughout every project.
Malarkey has had the privilege of working with some of the best names in engineering in both public and private sectors. Key clients include Pennoni Associates, Urban Engineers, Iowa Department of Transportation, and the Crow Nation Infrastructure Department.

In addition to her clients, for over 20 years, Ann has been the sole provider of in-person project management foundations training for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) nationwide ( Of more than 200 ASCE professionals teaching nearly 100 civil engineering topics, Ann is consistently rated among the top four of all ASCE instructors.

“Ann has been instrumental in helping our firm strengthen our training program. She has provided us with creative training methods delivered in an organized and entertaining manner. She uses her consulting background, skills and expertise to convey complicated materials in an easily understandable format allowing for greater retention by attendees.”

Kevin J. Davis, P.E., Vice President, Chief Engineer – Environmental, Pennoni Associates, Inc.