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CDM Smith Sustaining Member Firm of the Year photo

Sustaining Member Firm of the Year: CDM Smith

CDM Smith is an employee-owned international water, environmental, transportation, energy and facilities company serving federal, commercial, state and local clients since 1947, with 5200 professionals in over 100 offices. CDM has been a Sustaining Member of SAME for over 25 years. CDM is a SAME Silver Partner, supporting over 40 posts where its employees are active contributors, serving on the Board of at least ten. This year alone, CDM staff are in leading roles for the Mobile, Omaha and Boston Industry Days, Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Philadelphia, DCHWS West (Denver), the Seattle Programs Committee, and the New Jersey Scholarship Committee. CDM also has seven Fellows and one national Board Member, and Federal Unit President, Gwen Baker, is a participant in the SAME CEO Roundtable.

Here in Philadelphia, Jim Romig has been Treasurer since 2008, and Rad Delaney serves as a Senior Active Director. Two years ago, CDM personnel from Philadelphia and New Jersey took the lead in reanimating DCHWS which evolved into an event that has been successful for the Philadelphia Post, turning a profit for both years, bringing in new sustaining members, increasing individual member interest, and expanding to other cities as well. The first DCHWS West is scheduled for this October.

Gordon Araujo Young Member Award photo

Young Member Award: Mr. Gordon G. Araujo Jr, REGENESIS

Gordon Araujo has been a member of the Philadelphia Post since graduating college in 2006. In 2015, Gordon was appointed the post webmaster and elected to the Board of Directors. He chairs the Communication Committee and is also a member of the Young Member Committee, the Small Business Committee, and the Membership Committee. As Communication Chair, Gordon modernized post communication and event registration efforts, reorganized the committee, and implemented a new communication program utilizing social media, tracking, email engagement, migrating the post webpage to the SAME National website, and scheduling event messaging to post membership. Gordon’s efforts on all his committees have been critical to the success of post events. He was also on the steering committee for the DCHWS conference, managing their communication efforts and is now on the steering committee for the NJ/NY Post North Atlantic Industry Day, which will be held in October

USACE Philadelphia District Notable Achievement Award photo

Notable Achievement Award: USACE, Philadelphia District

After Hurricane Sandy, the USACE Philadelphia District team faced the task of clearing critical shoals from federal coastal navigation channels and tackled the added challenge of beneficially using dredged material to restore marsh and build coastal resilience. These efforts used a Regional Sediment Management approach and used Engineering with Nature techniques which required significant collaboration between partners from federal, state and local governments, private industry, and non-governmental organizations. The team came together quickly, seizing opportunities to make these projects happen using post-Sandy Operations and Maintenance emergency supplemental funds and, in some cases, leveraged grant money from partners.

Completed work includes clearing critical shoals from the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway with placement to create successful nesting bird and other species habitat on Ring Island, NJ, completed in 2014; a thin-layer placement project to restore degraded marsh near Avalon, NJ, completed in 2016; and a critical marsh restoration project at Mordecai Island, NJ, completed in 2016. These projects now serve as models for future efforts to accomplish missions within the district and across the country.

The Philadelphia District has always been an integral part of the Philadelphia Post, helping to achieve the SAME vision of uniting the public and private sector.

Jerald Jones Service Award photo

Service Award: Mr. Jerald A. Jones, USACE Philadelphia District

Jerry Jones has been an active member of the post since 1994, and has been on the Board of Directors since 1997. Jerry has been the primary organizer of the Liberty Classic Golf Tournament since 1997. The Liberty Classic is the key fund-raising event that supports the Post Scholarship Fund. In 2007, when the National SAME JETC was hosted by the Philadelphia Post, Jerry coordinated with two different golf courses to accommodate the number of participants.

As a result of Jerry’s dedication and the support of many sustaining member companies and other involved organizations, the Liberty Classic has been able to generate over $200,000 in proceeds to benefit the Scholarship Fund over the past 20 years. Jerry has risen to the challenge of keeping the event relevant and interesting to continue its past successes. He has always been active in post events including board meetings, sporting events, young member events, and signature events. He represents the Philadelphia District Corps of Engineers’ support for SAME and encourages others in the District to participate as well.