Meet SAME’s Continuing Education Program Instructors
SAME strives to provide continuing education courses to our members that highlight current topics of interest to the A/E/C industry worldwide. Our instructors are selected based on their experiences and knowledge of the topics they present. We recently interviewed our Instructors to find out what motivates them to be outstanding teachers.
Zachary MacDonald-Bedford, LLC
Zachary Bedford has been an instructor for over 30 years. His love of teaching developed from his infatuation with the Project Management Institute’s processes and philosophy. He believes that their "PMBOK" process is a great tool for project managers. Bedford strives to provide his students with the tools to use, and the right project management principles to apply on projects so they can be successful in the future. The beauty of his SAME course is the gathering of contractors, military service members, government agency personnel and industry partners together to learn best practices from each other.
Gilbert S. Brindley, P.E., CPSM
Benjamin Brindley & Sons, Inc.
Gil Brindley is President of Benjamin Brindley & Sons, an engineering and construction management firm that specializes in meeting the needs of the insurance industry. As an owner and principal, he is a seller-doer, responsible for getting the work and executing the engineering. He has been a member of SMPS since 2000, belonging to 4 different chapters and serving as Membership Chair, Programs Chair, President-Elect, President, Past-President, Education Chair, and National Business Development Institute Chair.
Michael T. Buell, CPSM
Michael Buell has been a marketing and business development professional in the A/E/C industry over the last 18+ years. He has worked with construction, architecture and engineering consulting firms from small to global in size. Throughout his tenure in the A/E/C industry, Buell has always pursued leadership opportunities. These efforts have afforded him a stellar reputation as a strategic marketing and client development resource for hundreds of marketing and technical professionals throughout the country in addition to a proven and integral leader with the firms he represents.
Karen O. Courtney, AIA, FSMPS
L’Acquis Consulting Engineers
Karen Courtney has been a marketing director and business developer for 25 years in AEC firms ranging in size from medium to extra large. She is both a registered architect and interior designer. She has worked for architecture, engineering and construction management firms, giving her a unique perspective of the challenges faced by each segment of the industry in building business. Courtney was a founding member of the Maine SMPS chapter and has been a member of chapters in Austin/San Antonio, Boston, Maine, Seattle and Indiana. Her service to SMPS nationally includes serving as National SMPS President in 2004/2005 and seven years as a board member, with two terms as Secretary/Treasurer. She is a founding member of the SMPS Business Development Institute and has taught BDI classes for five years.
Kowalenko Consulting Group, Inc.
Emma Kowalenko, Professional Development Coach and Mentor, founded Kowalenko Consulting Group, Inc. (KCG) in 1988. She has developed organizational marketing and communication plans, trained professionals in communication and project management skills, designed and facilitated team building sessions and retreats for public and private sector clients; developed plans and presentation materials for outreach to public sector constituents; and developed cultural and foreign language immersion programs. Kowalenko is Past President of SAME Lake Michigan Post (2010) and Board Member of Chicago and Lake Michigan Posts. KCG is a Woman Owned Small Business, DBE, and SBA certified 8(a) SDB.
Camille Krolikowski provides consulting services for Architect-Engineering and Construction firms seeking contracts with various government agencies. She has held the dual position of Assistant Chief of Engineering, as well as Chief, Engineering Technical Specialties Branch, Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where she chaired numerous selection boards. From 1996 to 2001, Krolikowski fulfilled a tour of duty with the Corps’ Europe District office in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she was the Program Manager for the $800 million Barracks Modernization Program. She began her career in federal service with the USACE Mobile District, where she was Chief of the Architectural Section. Prior to her federal career, she practiced architecture in Mobile, Alabama.
Lally Energy Saving Solutions
Brian Lally began his teaching career with US Army Corps of Engineers in the early ‘80’s. Since that time, he strives to present information on how to effectively use energy in buildings. Sharing information and experiences and then seeing that knowledge applied by his students is very rewarding to him. It is his hope that all of the students in the course glean useable information and techniques on affordable energy solutions that they can implement when his students return to their offices.
Guidon Design, Inc.
Luke Leising has a passion about sustainability and “Green Design”. He pulls from his own personal experiences during each session to engage the attendees as much as possible. He looks to provide LEED and sustainable design methods that can successfully be implemented in their projects. As an Architect and Engineer, Leising understands the challenges both federal agencies and consultants have when implementing sustainability. His goal for the course is to ensure that his students to do not dismiss sustainable design in their projects due to cost or complication, but rather to embrace it and know that the long term rewards of designing a “green” building out way the up-front costs and complications.
Jon Martens has more than 35 years of in-depth and diverse facilities experience. He is an IFMA-certified instructor and is internationally known for his expertise as a master instructor for the CFM Exam Review Course. He is the author of the CFM Study Guide, first published in August 2004, and has authored, co-authored, and been the consultant subject matter expert for numerous seminar development, college courses, and instructional materials for organizations in the facilities profession. Martens is a principal at JEMCOR LLC, which provides expertise in dealing with organizations in all aspects of facilities management, operations, maintenance and consulting activities within the built environment.
William A. Sorrentino, Jr., P.E., PMP, DBIA
Sorrentino Consulting, LLC
Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a certified Project Management Professional and a Design Build Professional with over 35 years of exceptional design and construction experience. Prior to launching Sorrentino Consulting, LLC, he served as a Vice President at STV Incorporated. He created the Norfolk, Virginia office providing full engineering and architectural services to federal, municipal and private clients. Prior to working with STV, Bill served as the Chief of Engineering and Construction as well as the Deputy District Engineer for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk responsible for delivery of all programs and projects.
Katherine Stockton has been teaching the course, Best Value Source Selections for DoD Projects, for SAME since 2009. She feels there is a growing knowledge gap in the federal contracting acquisition career field that has been further widened by the flood of retiring baby-boomers in recent years. As part of that group of retirees, she has decided pass along that knowledge and try and plug that gap. Her classes are small, intimate gatherings that provide the students with a hands-on approach to federal procurement procedures and best practices.
Maureen Q. Weller,
JM Weller Consultants, LLC
Since her retirement from Federal Service in June 2012, Maureen is providing consulting services to firms doing business with federal agencies and teaching federal contracting processes and procedures. She brings over 35 years of federal contracting experience, with 17 years as a warranted contracting officer, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, culminating as the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting responsible for the execution and oversight of a contracting organization of approximately 500 contracting professionals. She is particularly well versed in the areas of construction, AE, and environmental contracting, as well as federal contracting policy and regulations. During her USACE service she gained extensive experience in the Baltimore District, Fort Worth District, Europe Division and USACE Headquarters. Throughout her career she was involved in the military, civil works, and interagency and international support missions of USACE.
Ms. Weller earned a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is DAWIA Level III Certified and earned membership in the Army Acquisition Corps, serving in a Critical Acquisition Position. She is a member of the National Contract Management Association and Society of American Military Engineers.