The WTS Annual Awards and Holiday Gala are teaming up for our biggest event of the year! Come for the keynote and awards presentations – stay for the post-event Holiday Social Hour and door prizes! Join fellow WTS members and industry colleagues as we recognize this year’s outstanding students, professionals, and projects. Share in holiday cheer by gathering with us to bid 2020 farewell and welcome in the New Year. We will also take a moment to celebrate the recent appointments of key officials in our Bay Area transportation agencies.
Keynote Speaker: Alicia John-Baptiste, President & CEO of SPUR
Curtain Warmer (5:45 – 6 pm) / Welcome Remarks / Keynote Speaker / Awards and Scholarships / Holiday Social Virtual Networking Sessions
Woman of the Year: Nuria I. Fernandez, General Manager & CEO of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Honorable Ray LaHood Award (Man of the Year): Matt Henry, Left Lane Advisors
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dianne Steinhauser, Former Executive Director of Transportation Authority of Marin AND Ellen Smith, Bay Area Rapid Transit
Member of the Year: Adrienne Taylor, FMG Architects
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award: Bay Area Rapid Transit
Employer of the Year: Napa Valley Transportation Authority
Innovative Transportation Solutions Award: Oakland Department of Transportation AND Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Bay Area Toll Authority
Kathrine G. Johnson Trailblazer Award: Karen Frick
WTS Member: $25 / Non-Member: $45 / Student/Unemployed: Complimentary
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Zoom link to the event will be emailed prior to December 2.
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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
Are you a company owner wondering how to transition your business to the next generation? Or are you an employee wondering about your future and how you can become a shareholder?
Join Bill Mandel and Laura Howard to explore the process of creating an ownership transition program, the latest program trends, and common pitfalls that can derail your efforts to achieve a successful transition. Laura and Bill will discuss:
- Designing and implementing an ownership transition program that best fits your firms values and culture
- Determining the value of your firm to maximize the firms worth
- Establishing clear performance criteria for candidates for ownership and choose the appropriate mechanisms to transfer ownership from one generation to the next
- Identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders
Laura Terry Howard | Fox Rothschild LLP| Corporate Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Succession Planning Practice | San Francisco, CA. Laura was a contributor and the editor of Architects Essentials of Ownership Transition published by John Wiley and Sons. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Emory University.
Bill Mandel | Fox Rothschild LLP| Corporate Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Succession Planning Practice | San Francisco, CA. For more than 25 years, Bill has helped develop ownership transition programs for some of the leading professional service firms and speaks extensively on the topic. Bill co-authored Architects Essentials of Ownership Transition published by John Wiley and Sons and is a licensed CPA.
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- Feature post on our LinkedIn page
- Opportunity to provide a one-minute firm overview at the start of the event
- Opportunity for one person from your firm to network after the webinar with a panel member (your choice!) for 15 minutes through a Zoom breakout room after the event.
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Registration is now closed. If you’d like to participate, and you’re a BBC member firm, please email email@example.com and we’ll send you a link.
Ken Phelps is a Sr. Technical Specialist at U.S. CAD and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor and Consultant. He has been helping customers implement design and design review technology for over 20 years. Ken has been a highly rated presenter at the Bluebeam Extreme Conference for the last 3 years. This presentation will focus on increasing your efficiency by using Bluebeam Revu. Join Ken Phelps, Sr. Technical Specialist at U.S. CAD, to learn how to apply best in class markup tools. Attendees will see the ability to track everyone’s markups, assign responsibilities, and keep tabs on project progress while auditing what changes are being made to each revision. With Bluebeam Revu, you can significantly cut down the hours spent on the design review process by leveraging both the power of Revu and Revu’s integrated cloud-based solution, Bluebeam Studio, for real-time collaboration. There are no limits to what you can achieve with Bluebeam solutions.
- Redline PDFs with customizable clouds, callouts, and CAD symbols and save custom annotations in the Tool Chest for easy reuse
- Assign responsibilities and keep tabs on project progress while auditing what changes are being made to each revision
- Significantly cut down the hours spent on the design review process using Revu’s integrated real-time collaboration solution, Bluebeam Studio