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In today’s unusual and uncertain business climate, promoting much-needed public works projects and fighting for funding of public infrastructure is paramount. With agency resources limited, the procurement of professional services becomes more and more necessary and far more complicated than any of us would like. To address these disparities, the BBC is starting up three liaison committees with local and state agencies to open the dialog and promote partnership. These committees, consisting of leadership from the agency and organized by leaders from private sector firms, will gather quarterly to discuss a wide-range of topics as they relate to the chosen agency. Initially, these will be done virtually, but we will have these meetings face to face when it is safe to do so.
These are BBC MEMBER-ONLY meetings. If you work for one of our member firms, then you’re a member too! Check here to see if you firm is a BBC member.
Our first such meeting is a panel discussion with Caltrans District 4 on such subjects as: the Calmentor program, upcoming contracting opportunities, and range of other topics. This will also be a great opportunity for YOU to ask Caltrans questions!
Doanh Nguyen is the Caltrans Bay Area’s Deputy Director for Program/Project Management, and oversees the $8 billion capital improvement program for the Bay Area’s nine counties and seven toll bridges. From design, construction to management for over 30 years, Doanh embraces the Caltrans efforts and partnerships to improve safety and quality of life for the traveling public and the surrounding communities. Balancing work, Doanh enjoys family time, the outdoors, sports and running.
Ali Banani is the Office Chief of the Consultant Services in District 4, responsible for planning and management of the consultant contracts and inter-agency agreements in support of the project delivery. His office also oversees the Drafting Services and manages the District 4 Calmentor Program and the Professional Liaison meeting. Ali has been with District 4 for 20 years. Prior to joining Caltrans, he worked as a geotechnical engineer with several private engineering firms for over 13 years.
Carie Montero is an Associate Vice President at HNTB. She has 24 years of expertise in all aspects of CEQA and NEPA compliance, regulatory permitting, and cultural resource management (NHPA Section 106 and CEQA), as well as experience with complex transportation, design-build water infrastructure, land development, and power projects.
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As cities respond to extreme weather and public health threats, our critical infrastructure must adapt to changing conditions to continue to support our communities. Resiliency and sustainability are increasingly important priorities for infrastructure owners, designers, builders, and operators. There are a number of environmental certifications which aim to integrating these priorities into projects, such as Envision. Public agencies are using certifications such as Envision to assess and improve sustainability performance, including certification requirements in Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals, and demonstrating project success by pursuing certification awards. Join our panel of experts as we discuss Envision and other certifications in the context of infrastructure, and learn how sustainability and resiliency can lead to a competitive advantage for projects, agencies, and engineering firms.
Join our panel of experts as we discuss
- The Envision Framework and business case for firms and infrastructure
- How are owners in the Bay Area using Envision in their RFQs and RFPs
- How Envision has been a competitive advantage in our current Covid 19 environment
Morgan Abbett, HDR is a civil engineer and sustainability consultant at HDR with a focus on water infrastructure. She helps teams integrate sustainability and resiliency into projects and programs in her local Bay Area, across the US, and internationally. Morgan is an accredited Envision verifier and trainer. Morgan chairs the ASCE San Francisco Section Sustainability Committee, serves as secretary of Engineers Without Borders’ San Francisco Professional Chapter, and represents Young Professionals on the Board of HDRs Foundation.
Justin Waples, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District is a Professional Civil Engineer licensed in California, with a Water Resources and Environmental focus. Justin is a graduate of the Water Environment Federations (WEF) Water Leadership Institute and a Lead for the WEF Envision Taskforce, as well as a member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructures Outreach Taskforce. Justin is the Collection Systems prime engineer for Central Contra Costa Sanitary Districts (Central Sans) Planning and Applied Research Workgroup.
Feliz Ventura, Hatch focuses on making the business case for climate adaptation for clients shaping the built environment in the 21st century at Hatch Urban Solutions. She leads analyses of the new economic realities that stem from climate change for some of the worlds largest cities, governments and companies needing to make decisions for long-lived investments that will be subject to significant climate impacts. She has worked across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of California at San Diego.
Mike Brown, SFPUC As the SFPUC Environmental Finance Manager, Mike has issued more than $6 billion in long-term debt and $1 billion in short-term debt for San Francisco’s water, wastewater and power capital programs, including $2.5 billion in Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) certified green bonds. Mike is a member of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies Sustainability Committee, CBI Water Criteria Industry Working Group, California State Treasurer Green Bond Market Development Committee, and Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network.
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Ryan Fetters, Principal at Gensler, and Aviation Design Director will moderate this panel of representatives from all Bay Area airports for an engaging discussion that will included: an update on airport operations given the pandemic (i.e., operating procedures, guidelines, regulations, etc.), the impact on the pandemic airport procurement budgets, and future projects, whether projected or budgeted.
Join us for the the Regional Airport Panel with representatives from all Bay Area airport representatives include:
- Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation at Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- Geoff Neumayr, Chief Development Officer, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Judy Ross, Assistant Director of Aviation, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Ryan Fetters is a leader in aviation design and contributed to some of Gensler’s most notable projects, including his ongoing work with SFO for the last ten years. He is a regular speaker and panelist and has authored numerous blogs and articles on the topic of human-centered design. In 2014, he was selected as one of VMSD Magazine’s “Designer Dozen,” which highlights up-and-coming designers under the age of 35. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University.
Bryant joined the Port of Oakland as Director of Aviation in March 2016. He leads a staff of over 250 and is responsible for the management and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK). With annual revenues exceeding $200 million in 2019, the Airport is the top revenue generator of the Port’s three business lines. OAK is the 5th busiest passenger airport in California and is the busiest air cargo airport in Northern California. Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Bryant is a 25-year Aviation Industry veteran. Before joining the Port of Oakland, he was Director of Long Beach Airport in Southern California. Prior to that, he served as Director of Airports for the Shreveport Airport Authority in Louisiana. Bryant is deeply involved in industry organizations such as Airports Council International – North America, where he is currently a member of its U.S. Policy Council, Vice Chair of its Medium Hub Committee, and is the Board Liaison for its Business Diversity Committee. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is a member of its Policy Review Committee. Locally, he serves on the Boards of both SPUR Oakland and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL.
Judy Ross, AAE, CAE
Judy is the Assistant Director of Aviation for Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) since April 2018. She served as Interim Assistant Director of Aviation since 2017 and Deputy Director of Aviation – Planning and Development at Silicon Valley’s airport since 2015. This experience has included managing the administrative functions of the Airport Director’s Office as well as the five Airport divisions: operations, facilities and engineering, finance, planning and development, and business development. Her vast knowledge of the aviation industry and steady management approach was developed through her three years at SJC, as well as at other U.S. airports. She served as Deputy Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for seven years; Director of Airport Planning and Development at Little Rock National Airport for two years; and while at San Diego International Airport for 10 years, she was Manager of Program Controls, as well as holding other positions. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) where she is an Accredited Airport Executive (AAE). Additionally, she serves as the President of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE, where she is also a Certified Airport Executive. She earned a Master’s degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.
Geoff Neumayr, SE
Geoff is the Chief Development Officer for the San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design & Construction Division and oversees the planning, design and construction sections. He has over 34 years in design and construction professional in both design & construction. Geoff is currently responsible for the Airports $7.3B capital improvement program. Under Geoff’s leadership the Airport has completed the renovation of Boarding Area E & Terminal 3 West as well as the new Air Traffic Control tower. He is a big proponent of the team concept for the design and construction of public infrastructure projects, and is a proponent of the use of Progressive Design Build as implementation approach for integrated project delivery. Geoff currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s College of Architectural & Environmental Design. He also serves as Chair for the Airports Council International Project & Construction Delivery Group, is a member of Airports Council International Operations & Technical Committee, serves as a member on the International Partnering Institute’s Board of Directors, is a member of the Design Build Institute of America’s National Board of Director’s, and is the Chair for the Design Build Institute of America’s Progressive Design Build Committee. He is a graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in Architectural Engineering.
‘Tis the season to be merry and bright. SMPS SFBAC celebrated the holidays and the new year ahead!
50% of the event proceeds were donated to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
No sponsors. No long speeches. Just fun, game and raffle prizes, and cocktails!
- Professional Bartender giving Cocktail Lessons!
- Announcement of Scholarship Winners!
- Announcement of Engineering Excellence Award Winners!
- Virtual Trivia Game with Prizes!
- Raffle Prizes!
All proceeds from raffle sales went to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
BBC Member Firms: Register as Guest and Select “a Member of Partner Organization” (tickets $20). Add N/A for Member #.
Moving client interactions and business development activities into a virtual and new environment is stressful, confusing, uncertain, and let’s face it, not very exciting. It also shifts the way we set up our BD strategies and move them forward. It could be a while before we have face-to-face meetings over coffee or shake hands at a conference, yet talking to clients and winning work has not stopped. Join us to discover some elements for building BD strategies in a virtual environment. Some of these elements are standard, must-have elements that have changed or are changing and alongside some elements that will never change. The session includes interactive breakout rooms with real-time application of concepts presented.
Frank Lippert and Kathryn Ness with GO Strategies will walk attendees through the elements and help put the pieces together so they can craft a BD strategy that works in the virtual world for their firms. Having taught business strategies in architecture, engineering, and construction firms in public and private markets across the U.S., they have seen and heard it all. And they’ve learned a few tips and tricks to make relationship building and business development easier, even when it’s virtual. Come join the fun!
Learning objectives include: 1) understanding the elements of social media and technology to connect with new and existing clients, 2) how to apply the never-changing elements of BD to today’s virtual world, and how to piece the elements together to build a strategy that’s right for your situation.
Frank Lippert, FSMPS, CPSM – GO Strategies
Frank is the founder of GO Strategies. He provides strategic pursuit planning, strategic market capture planning, and the functional seller/doer training to clients throughout the US. Frank is all about helping teams work more effectively and more efficiently with processes, schedules, and tools that keep A/E/C firms’ business development strategy and marketing efforts on track. A good strategy and a focused approach to winning work with your target clients can save time and money, ease frustration, and lead to a happier workplace. Good, healthy, well-thought-out marketing practices lead to better team engagement, long-term marketing staff happiness, and more wins.
Frank has worked at small, medium, large, and mega-sized engineering companies in his 30 years in the A/E/C industry. He speaks regularly at SMPS, ACEC, WTS, APWA, and SAME conferences. Frank has served as the SMPS National Board chapter delegate and national president. He has been recognized as an SMPS Fellow (FSMPS) and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). Now living in Sacramento, California, he works diligently to help up-and-coming marketing and business development professionals reach their full potential.
Kathryn Ness, CPSM – GO Strategies
Kathryn brings an energy and vitality to the team that significantly promotes the mission of “making everything about marketing and business development easier.” With more than 20 years in the A/E/C industry, Kathryn brings an in-the-trenches perspective for how things work and, more importantly, how things can work better. She has held marketing and business development positions at small, medium, and large firms. Kathryn brings a professional, direct communication style that cuts through endless meetings and discussions and keeps teams on-point. Her sense of humor is balanced with a sense of getting-the-job done. She is an excellent listener and provides creative solutions that work, not abstract theory that sits on shelves.
Kathryn has facilitated client capture planning, pursuit planning, and seller-doer trainings. She understands the trepidation and nervousness that technical professionals go through as they “sell” themselves in relationship process. Her technique of putting a human element to building relationships has put comfort into the uncomfortable for anxious business developers. She has presented at conferences, including ASCE Roads and Streets, ACEC ASHE, SAME SBC, AICAE, and at SMPS PRC and at chapters (Arizona, Oklahoma, Los Angeles, New Mexico, San Francisco, Chicago, and Sacramento). She served a past chapter president for the Sacramento Chapter, and is currently a committee chair for APWA Sacramento Chapter.
SamTrans District Chief Officer, Planning, Grants, and the Transportation Authority, April Chan, will address upcoming projects, funding, studies, and how the San San Mateo County Transportation Authority responds to the new normal.
Thursday, January 21st
11:45 to 1:30 PM
ACEC Members – Free
Scholarship Donations gratefully accepted