8:30 PM - 9:00 AM
Welcome to 2022 MEGA Maryland
Dierdre Crowl and Liz Kick, Conference Co-Chair
Glenn Simmons, Acting Executive Director MarylandSaves
Glenn has more than 30 years of government and non-profit marketing and project management experience. Glenn is a senior project strategist and team manager, driving highperformance teams to achieve measurable and efficient results against identified institutional goals. Glenn served for more than 10 years at the Johns Hopkins Institutions, including 7 years as the Managing Director of the Creative Services Group at Johns Hopkins University. In this role, Glenn operated as the Executive Director of an in-house creative and production agency in support of all the university schools, centers and institutes. During his time there, Glenn and his team worked with the president and provost of the university, school deans and senior university staff and outside agencies to develop strategic communications plans and then implemented various branding, and marketing solutions and events, including all online and conventional media. Glenn managed the profit & loss function of the Creative Services Group as it was mandated by the university to be financially self-sufficient. Glenn and his team of designers and writers created annual reports, museum displays, print, radio, television and outdoor advertising as well as the Johns Hopkins Medicine comprehensive digital signage system. Glenn has held senior positions at several leading and technology-driven printing and production companies in Baltimore. He attended West Virginia University and earned his degree in Journalism with an emphasis on advertising copywriting.
9:00 aM - 10:30 aM
Federal Client Panel (SAME Baltimore & Chesapeake)
The Howard County Courthouse: A New Way Forward
Tony Price (SAME Chesapeake). Backup Tedd Wheeler (SAME Baltimore)
CAPT Juliana Strieter (Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Washington Executive Officer, NAVFAC Washington)
Kirk Phillips (Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC)
E.J. Jean-Jacques (Director, Office of Facilities Acquisition, Eastern Region, Office of Construction and Facilities Management, VA)
LCDR Mike Rathbun (Aviation Forces Liaison Office of Civil Engineering
Mary Foutz (Chief, USACE Baltimore District, Engineering Division)
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Chesapeake Bay Projects and Grants Preview
Dr. Peter Goodwin (UMCES)
Sarah Koser (Chesapeake Bay Trust)
Eddie Gonzales (NPS)
Jeff Fretwell (MDE)
Jake Reily (NFWF)
Resiliency has become a hot topic over the last decade, which has certainly posed many challenges for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The size and influence of the watershed demands collaboration and efforts extending across multiple agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry. This multi-agency/organization panel will explore the upcoming projects, funding opportunities, and potential challenges for the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the opportunities for Industry leaders to participate in these efforts.
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
The Power of Mentoring in Today’s Changing Times
Danielle Hankins (PE Project Manager, Water Resources at RK&K)
Pam Destino (PE Vice President at Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP)
Janet Frenkil (TSMO Director at VHB)
Veronica McBeth (MSL Senior Advisor, Office of the Administrator, Federal Transit Administration)
Christine Sutkowski (PE Project Manager, RK&K)
This panel includes a moderator and four female leaders in the local transportation industry from both public and private sector to discuss how the WTS Mentorship Program has aided in their professional development. The panel examines issues related to career pathways, connections, and ultimately employee engagement – especially at a time where so many are looking to recruit/retain top talent. The expert panelists share successes of being a part of industry led mentoring program
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Former Baltimore Orioles catcher and 1983 World Series MVP, Rick Dempsey, is considered the greatest defensive catcher of his era.
Rick will share his insight on leadership and teamwork. His charming personality and amazing stories, both about baseball and life, will inspire the MEGA Maryland audience.
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
Local Client Panel
Megan Kellner (Arcadis and President of SAME Mid-Maryland)
Lisa Eicholtz (Bureau Chief, Engineering and Construction, in Baltimore County)
Tim Cupples (Acting Deputy Director for MCDOT)
Christopher Phipps (Director of DPW for Anne Arundel County)
Come Conduct Industry-Government Engagement (IGE) with key Local stakeholders to identify issues, collaborate solutions, and document progress. Identify, establish and nurture strategic and organizational partners at the Local level and determine how the Post can collaborate with those entities and execute partnering and joint programs.
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
K-12 Educational Seminar
K-12 Panel – Forecasting Opportunities
Matt Sol (BKM)
Chris Morton (Supervisor of Facilities Management for Harford County Public Schools)
Shuchita Warner (Director of School Construction for Calvert County Public Schools)
Kaylee Haupt (Baltimore County Public Schools, Senior Supervision of Design)
Chris Schwartz (Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Project Manager, Capital Construction)
Maryland public K-12 schools are overcoming a variety of obstacles in today's world. Hear how enrollment and facilities have been impacted or forever changed by COVID and learn how the A/E/C industry can help! During this session, each panelist will share information on upcoming procurement opportunities, how they are planning for the future, and how different contracting methods are approached at their institutions.
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
State client panel
Nathan Voth (DBIA MD Chapter, President / Whiting-Turner)
Barry Miller (Capital Projects Leader (MD Dept. of General Services)
Bill Olen (Executive Director, Planning & Construction, University of Maryland)
Coree Cuff (Vice President, Project Development & Implementation Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority)
Conduct Industry-Government Engagement (IGE) with key State and Client Agency stakeholders to identify issues, collaborate solutions, and document progress. Identify, establish and nurture strategic and organizational partners at the Agency level and determine how the Post can collaborate with those entities and execute partnering and joint programs.
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
CPARS Educational Seminar
CPARS – Changes Are Coming!
Michael Blount (AECOM SVP)
Industry: Michael Blount (AECOM SVP)
Through general conversations at many SAME, AGC and DBIA events there has been an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) process by construction and architectural/engineer service companies. Many of the complaints revolved around the consistency of the ratings and lack of collaboration in the process. The government benefits from a consistent and reliable performance rating system to positively incentivize performance and support future acquisition decisions.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Joe Schroedel (SAME National Executive Director)