Premier Federal Business Opportunities Symposium Staged in Southern California- November 8th, 2012


Another exceptional, well attended event was facilitated by the SAME-Orange County Post on November 8th, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Orange County.

The Symposium encourages dialog and the development of connections between the engineering industry and Federal entities.

The theme of “Changing Times: Future Opportunities and Challenges” was addressed by an impressive group of speakers.

John Coon, NAVFAC Southwest Chief Engineer, Capital Improvement Business Line Manager kicked off the event discussing upcoming capital improvement projects followed by Lawrence Lansdale, Navy BRAC-PMO Environmental Director expanding on the new directions being taken in the BRAC Program.  An update on acquisition strategies and upcoming solicitations presented by Derral VanWinkle, Environmental Restoration Program Manager, NAVFAC SW was well received by the audience. 

Joseph Calcara, Director of Programs, South Pacific Division of the Army Corps of Engineers elaborated on specific opportunities with the USACE SPD in the coming year.  Followed by Valerie Martinez, President/ CEO of a SC communication company discussed in detail the High Speed Rail (HSR), a $65 Billion project and the participation goal of 30% for small businesses.

“From Stimulus to Sequestration- Where are we headed?” was the topic for the Keynote Panel comprised of Capt. Clifford M. Maurer, CEC, Commanding Officer, NAVFAC SW, and Joseph F. Calcara, USACE. The moderator, Michael Giorgione, Rear Admiral, CEC, USN (Ret.) facilitated a lively discussion.

The Organizing Committee, led by Ms. Sharon Bison of SCS Engineers, was very pleased with the level of sponsorships and attendees, and gave Veterans Outreach Awards to the following firms; Chambers Group, IO Environmental and Infrastructure, SAIC and URS.  A brief company presentation was made by our Gold Sponsor, Stronghold Engineering.  Vida Wright, SAME Regional Vice President provided a brief update on the region and SAME National and participated in presentation of donations to SAME-OC charities, the American Cancer Society and Semper Fi, supporters of the families of wounded warriors. 

Contact: Penelope Cornwall –Board SAME – OC
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