SAME LMP Technical Series Part 1: Clean Water

Join us on October 13, 11:00 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest Mettawa as we begin SAME’s LMP Technical Series with Part 1 – Clean Water. Click here to register.

Speakers and Topics:

Speaker 1: Our first guest speaker will be Bill Soucie, who will be presenting “Emerging Micropollutants in Water – A Large Public Water Supply Perspective.” Bill is the Executive Director of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency located in Lake Bluff, IL where he started in 1995 as the Laboratory Supervisor. Bill has a Masters degree in Chemistry from Loyola Chicago and is a licensed Illinois Class A Water Supply Operator.  The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) is a modern 50 MGD Lake Michigan water treatment facility in Lake Bluff, IL using ozone, biologically active carbon filtration and UV disinfection serving 265,000 people in 13 Lake County communities. A challenge facing water purveyors are emerging contaminants of concern including PFAs.

Speaker 2: Our second guest speaker will be William Dichtel, of the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University. His presentation will be “Forever Chemicals No More? PFAS Are Destroyed With New Technique.” William’s work was recently published in the journal Science. To read more about his work, click here.

This event will qualify for CEU credit.


11:00AM – Noon: Arrival / Networking

Noon – 1:15PM: Lunch and Presentations with Q&A

1:30PM: Wrap Up


Hilton Garden Inn Lake Forest Mettawa (26225 Riverwoods Boulevard Lake Forest, IL 60045)

COAA-WI Fall 2022 Workshop

The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) and its Wisconsin chapter are hosting their Fall 2022 Workshop on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Exact Sciences in Madison, WI. Click here to register.

Come for a day of learning and networking at the home of member organization Exact Sciences! The workshop includes discussions on The Value of Architecture and Flexible Design, followed by an optional tour of the amazing Exact Sciences campus. After the workshop, there is an optional happy hour at the nearby Vintage Brewing Company. For more information, click here.

DFD Collaborative Conference – October 6, 2022

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin (ACEC) and the Division of Facilities Development (DFD) is hosting their annual Collaborative Conference on October 6, 2022 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. Click here to register.

This is your best opportunity to learn and network with engineers, architects and state agency professionals working on state building projects. This event provides continuing education credits to attendees as well as a special, reduced rate for emerging professionals!

To view the full agenda for this event, click here.

SAME LMP Technical Series – Part 1: Clean Water

Save the date for SAME’s LMP Technical Series – Part 1: Clean Water on October 13, 2022 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.


10:30 – 11:30AM: Board Meeting

11:00AM – Noon: Arrival / Networking

Noon – 1:15PM: Presentations with Q&A

1:30PM: Wrap Up

More details to come!

SAME’s 2022 Federal Small Business Conference (SBC)

Save the date for SAME’s 2022 Federal Small Business Conference, taking place November 2-4, 2022 at the Music City Center in Nashville Tennessee (201 5th Ave. Nashville, TN). Register here.

Connect with a community of leading experts, decision-makers, solution providers, business partners, and federal contracting officers. The ONLY venue where opportunities can happen for small or large businesses, and government agencies.

Past Events and Announcements

Annual Yellow Ribbon Picnic – September 8, 2022

Thank you to all of our attendees and presenters!

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

SAME National Webinars in August 2022

Listed below are our Webinars for this month with registrations links!

Electrifying Transportation on DoD InstallationsAugust 4, 2022, 1pm ET – This presentation focused on a holistic approach to installation electrification, looking at constituent mission interactions, equipment availability timelines, electric grid capacity, and grid upgrade timelines, and how these complex elements will play together in achieving a fully electrified fleet. Click here for more information.

TME Presents: Leading the Way in a Crisis EventAugust 9, 2022, 1pm ET – This webinar featured Capt. Jenee Jagoda, P.E., PMP, USAF, who was deployed to Al Udeid and was directly involved in the Afghanistan Noncombatant Evacuation Operation efforts as a member of the Emergency Operations Center. Click here for more information.

Which Engineering Specialty Is the Right Career Fit for You?August 16, 2022, 2pm ET – Learn more about the different engineering specialties, the nature of the work, industry employment trends, and tips on moving up the ranks. Click here for more information.

Leader Development COI: The Power of Y.O.U.August 18, 2022, 3pm ET – This SAME Leader Development webinar focused on three areas that directly impact your leadership acumen: Y – Your Values; O – Ownership of Behavior; and U – Understanding Others. Click here for more information.

SAME Chicago Annual Charity Boat Cruise – August 2, 2022

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Chicago and Lake Michigan Posts held their 15th Annual Boat Cruise Fundraiser on August 2nd, 2022 from 7:30-9:30pm at Wendella Boats, Trump Tower Dock (401 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL).

The 2- hour evening cruise, with our traditional pre-boarding gathering, is the highlight of our summer programs. Started in 2007, the event has raised over $45,000 for various veteran and military family support organizations, such as Fisher House—Illinois and Honor Flight—Chicago. Our goal for this year’s event is to raise $10,000 for these and other worthy organizations.

To view our flyer for this event, click here.

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

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!

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


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

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

Platinum Sponsors:

Blinderman Construction | Orion Engineers | FGM Architects


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