Annual Yellow Ribbon Picnic – September 8, 2022

Thank you to all of our attendees and presenters!

Our day started out with everyone helping with the picnic set up, then sitting down together for a delicious lunch. Our speakers then took over, starting with MA1 Hawkins and Command Master Chief Corey who spoke about their long careers in the Navy. Then Liv Hatch spoke about her experiences from the SAME STEM summer camp, followed by Brittany Costa and JP Arangure from North Chicago Community Partners Program. Tony Billotti finished it up speaking about SAME.

Thank you to everyone who brought food, utensils, etc. and school supplies that were donated to the North Chicago Community Partners! We very much appreciate everything that was contributed!

Joel Sensenig, SAME’s elected director in Veterans Support, talks with our guests
Brittany Costa from the North Chicago Community Partners speaking about their program
Tony Billotti, head of Programs at SAME, sharing some words with attendees

Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) – July 13-14

The 16th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference was held on July 13-14 in-person at Volk Field Air National Guard Base in Camp Douglas.

Day 1: Grants and Funding

Day 2: Selling to the Government and Corporations.

Full agenda details can be found at www.wigobc.org.

SAME Annual Golf Outing – June 17 at Midlane Golf Resort

This year the annual SAME LMP Golf outing hosted 40 golfers and raised over $5,000 for their scholarship fund. LMP awarded $12,000 in eight scholarships for 2022.  Scott Jackson, champion of the scholarship program for SAME LMP,  presented the check to 3 of the recipients.

Joel Sensenig, Past President of SAME LMP, sharing comments with the golfers. 
A great day for the golfers 

After the golf, the new SAME LMP Officers were installed – congratulations to all.

Join us in congratulating the new leadership of the Post!

PositionName
PresidentCharles Frangos 
Vice PresidentDave Yandel
Secretary Aina Vilumsons 
TreasurerSteve Blinderman 

Elected Directors
Elected Director 1Tony Bilotti
Elected Director 2Nik Dobberpuhl
Elected Director 3Ken Endress
Elected Director 4Dave Guseman
Elected Director 5Scott Jackson
Elected Director 6Dave Marasco
Elected Director 7Melissa Meade
Elected Director 8Todd Polacek
Elected Director 9Joel Sensenig
Elected Director 10Chi Zang

SAME – LMP Industry Day

Thank you to all our attendees and presenters!

Presentations by the speakers will be posted to this site early next week.

Congressman Schneider
Colonel Paul Culberson (USACE), Fran Gomes (VA), and LCDR Kip Bordelon IV (NAVFAC)
Steve Blinderman (Blinderman Construction) with Congressman Schneider
Charles Frangos (Orion Engineers)
David Guseman (Blinderman Construction)
Kurt Woolford (Lake County Stormwater Management Commission), Tara O’Malley (Regional Transportation Authority Illinois), and Tim McMahon (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)
Jennifer Killen (Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways), Manar Nashif (Illinois Tollway), Timothy McMahon (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)

Platinum Sponsors:

Blinderman Construction | Orion Engineers | FGM Architects

Gold Sponsors:

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

Presentations

Andrew Hunt – click here.

Fran Gomes – click here.

Paul Culberson – click here.

Kip Bordelon – click here.

Jennifer Killen – click here.

Manar Nashif – click here.

Jose Rios – click here.

Kurt Woolford – click here.

Tara O’Malley – click here.

Tim McMahon – click here.

SAME – LMP Industry Day

SAME LMP Industry Day is going LIVE!

Click here to register.

A copy of the agenda can be found here.

Join area Federal agency representatives, small and large businesses, business resources and special guests in a full day session of education, networking and funding updates. Click here to register.

Date: May 26, 2022

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 26225 Riverwoods Blvd, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Presented By: The Society of American Military Engineers – Lake Michigan Post (SAME – LMP) and The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)

Keynote Speaker: Congressman Brad Schneider

Schedule: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Breakfast and Registration: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
  • Program: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Federal Focus
  • Lunch, Keynote Speaker, and Networking: 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Program: 1:00 – 4:00 PM Regional/Non-Federal Focus

Program Speakers Include:

  • Cmdr. Andrew Hunt, Public Works Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes
  • Fran Gomes, Director, Central Region, Office of Construction and Facilities Management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Col. Paul Culberson, Commander and District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District.
  • Timothy McMahon, Plan Implementation and Legislative Affairs, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Leon (Kip) Bordelon IV, Procurement Analyst, Acquisition Management Division, Great Lakes Region, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Lt. Cmdr. Alex Palmer, Deputy Public Works Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes
  • Tara O’Malley, Principal Financial Analyst, Regional Transportation Authority Illinois (RTA)
  • Kurt Woolford, Executive Director, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
  • Jose Rios, Region 1 Engineer, IDOT
  • Lanyea Griffin, PE, Interim Executive Director, Illinois Tollway
  • Jennifer Killen, Superintendent, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

New SAME Members will receive $50 off the price of registration.

To join SAME, visit this link. For questions on purchasing event tickets as a new SAME member, contact SAME LMP at SAMELMP100@gmail.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact SAMELMP100@Gmail.com for more information. Sponsorship Levels are Platinum – $500 and Gold – $250

Platinum Sponsors:

Blinderman Construction | Orion Engineers | FGM Architects

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Gold Sponsors:

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

2022 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo

The Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC) will be held on May 9-12 in Aurora, Colorado. Registration will be available in February.

JETC includes over 70 hours of educational and training sessions, networking activities, and an exhibit hall. The event will also feature a number of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) recognition events and celebrations.

For more information about the event, please visit Samejetc.org.