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
All funds collected from ticket sales will be considered donations and will go directly to the WTS Foundation for scholarships. Ticket purchase is a financial commitment, and no refunds will be issued. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your ticket to another person by updating the attendee information through this site.
Zoom link to the event will be emailed prior to December 2.
For more information about the event or on how to purchase event sponsorships, please contact:
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TICKETS are FREE for BBC Member Firms! If your firm is a member, you’re a member. Check out our member list HERE.
A limited number of $100 sponsorships still remain and are available on the ticket link. Only BBC member firms are allowed to sponsor.
Sponsorship (click the tickets link) includes:
- Company name/logo (with hyperlink) on promotional materials
- Acknowledgment of your support 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 ends with either Gensler, SJC or OAK panelists (choose one) for 15 minutes through a Zoom breakout room.
Thank you to our first sponsor:
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 San Francisco International Airport 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. Join SMPS SFBAC in celebrating the holidays and the new year ahead! This will be a virtual event complete with a virtual mentalist, raffle prizes, and networking opportunities. This is an event you will not want to miss! Make sure to dress up—whoever is dressed the most festive will win a prize!
50% of the event proceeds will be 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.
Zoom link will be sent out closer to event. Registration for this event closes at 8:00AM on 12/7/20. All ticket sales are final. Tickets are transferable.
$10.00 SMPS Member
$10.00 Member of Partner Organization (ACEC BBC Member Firms can use this ticket price!)
$25.00 Non-Member Ticket
No sponsors. No speeches. Just fun, prizes, a raffle, and cocktails!
Cost includes a delivered cocktail box kit that everything you need to make 4 cocktails + snacks! Choice of vodka or bourbon (attendee chooses one)
- Cocktail Lesson on how to make both drinks
- Announcement of Scholarship Winners
- Announcement of EEA Winners
- Virtual Games with Prizes!
- Raffle Winners Chosen
Are you an owner of an engineering firm wondering how to transition your business to the next generation? Or are you an employee candidate wondering 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
– 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 firms 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 firms Business Succession Planning Practice | San Francisco, CA. For more than 25 years, he 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. Bill is also a licensed CPA.