Meet SAME’s Continuing Education 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.
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.
Michael A. Giorgione
Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione (Ret.) served for 29 years in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and retired in 2010. He served in leadership positions around the world and held four commands during his career, including the unique assignment as Commanding Officer at the Presidential Retreat at Camp David and his final command as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific and U.S. Pacific Fleet Civil Engineer. After four years in the private sector, he moved full time to devote his time and energy to leadership development and executive coaching through LeadingLeaders. His clients include small and large companies in several different industries and he also guest lectures at several prominent universities.
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.
Rein Lemberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Lemberg has more than 30 years experience as a project risk consultant, a proven record of successfully advising clients on how to deal with risks and uncertainties in their capital projects valued at up to $14 billion. He has assessed risk and prepared risk management plans for major projects in the US, and internationally. He has analyzed technical, cost, schedule and contractual risks for conventional, design-build, and turnkey projects. He has appeared as an expert witness before regulatory bodies and in support of litigation.
For the last nine years, he has advised the California Department of Transportation on implementing and employing state-of-the-art project risk management methods, tools and procedures to manage opportunities and minimize risks for the $6-billiion San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge Project.
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.
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.
J. Woody Thompson, P.E., CxA, CEM, REP CBCP, CPMP, LEED AP
Mr. Thompson’s position with RS&H, Inc. is a Regional Service Group Leader for Commissioning and Energy. His career of 22 years spans 11 years in HVAC Test and Balance and 11 in Design and Commissioning. He holds commissioning credentials with ACG, ASHRAE and AEE. He is also an AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Renewable Energy Professional (REP), and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP). The nature of his public and private sector project experience covers a wide range of facility types and specialized studies. He has given numerous presentations concerning the Commissioning Process, to include SAME, AEE World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), GovEnergy, ASHRAE, CMAA, and DOD. He has written technical papers presented at various conferences and is published in the technical journal “Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment”.