MEGA Maryland 2018: The Premier Small Business Conference
Over 300 AEC industry and government professionals and attended the MEGA Maryland Small/Minority Business Conference orchestrated by the Baltimore Post in association with the SAME Chesapeake and Mid-Maryland Posts, ACEC/MD, SMPS, DBIA, and WTS on October 10, 2018. In its second year, MEGA Maryland has turned into the premier Federal, State and local small business event in the region. The event started with the presentation of the colors by the Naval JROTC from Bowie High School with the national anthem sung by the Mother Seton Academy Choir followed by a presentation on the global, national, and regional economy by Anirban Basu, CEO of the Sage Policy Group.
Four tracks of training sessions providing PDHs/CEUs were held followed by our second keynote speaker, Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women’s Business Affairs who spoke about the issues that many of our small businesses face in the State of Maryland. The day concluded with one-on-one sessions pairing small businesses, government, and large businesses and proposal and business reviews. The exhibit hall was sold out with a mix of 50 small business, government, and large business exhibitors.
Special thanks go to Mindy Hinsley and Melissa Smith for coordinating the event, LTC Geoffrey Kuhlmann for being our MC and to our dedicated team of organizers who connected weekly on the phone and volunteered their time on the day of the event. We would also like to thank Maryland Reprographics, Milleker Photography, our morning keynote sponsors EA Engineering and Whiting Turner, our luncheon keynote sponsors Bernward and Leidos, and our general conference sponsors, Abscope, Frederick Ward, GM Hill, Koffel Associates, McCormick Taylor, and River to Tap.
We are looking forward to our 3rd annual conference next year!
To see more pictures from the event, click HERE!
Baltimore Post Members-Only Event A Huge Success!
In acknowledgement of our members and their support of the Baltimore Post, we hosted our very first ‘member appreciation’ social with a goal to give thanks to each of you and to raise awareness of the Post’s philanthropic and education efforts. With nearly 100 people registered, the night was a relaxed evening of socializing with industry peers and members of USACE Baltimore District including Colonel John T. Litz, the 68th Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lieutenant Colonel Geoffery D. Kuhlmann, Deputy Commander and Deputy District Engineer for the Baltimore District. Through your donations to attend, the Post raised $770 for the Education fund and $250 for the philanthropic fund.
Thank YOU to all of our members for contributing to the evening and for supporting the Baltimore Post, one of the largest Posts in the Nation!
See pictures from the event HERE!
September 2018 Infrastructure Resiliency Meeting
Our Keynote Speaker, Rick Sullivan from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) gave us insight into their challenges when building overseas. Did you know:
- DOS is a coding agency; they only use the local building codes in Japan for earthquake protection.
- They build in harsh environments; Djibouti is 140 degrees all summer long. They also sometimes have to build self-sufficient buildings with their own sewer, electric, and water systems if the local infrastructure doesn’t exist.
- Land is $60 million per acre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Also attending the meeting were members from our Student Post at the Naval Academy and 7 recipients of college scholarships the Post provides. The Student Post President, Midshipman Katie Wesdyk, spoke to the crowd saying that they enjoy interacting with SAME, but jokingly said “there are too many Army alums for our liking!” Lauren Bronsen, one of our scholarship recipients and a member of Engineers without Borders, indicated that she “wouldn’t be able to do what she wanted to do” without our scholarship. The Post increased our yearly outlay for scholarships to $30,000 this year!
- Security is the main driver for building renovation or construction. Congress requires a 100-foot buffer around embassies following the Beruit embassy car bombing. DOS is having problems finding furnishings that don’t have computer chips that connect to the internet; for example, every refrigerator manufactured now has a computer chip in it!
See our pictures from the event HERE!
Get the speaker's presentations HERE!
Parking Information for Engineer's Club Meetings
Great news! There is a new parking app available called LAZgo! where you can pay ahead and reserve a spot on the Walter's surface lot at 600 Cathedral Street (right around the corner from the Engineer's Club). You can also pre-pay and reserve a spot at 601 North Calvert Street that participates with LAZ Parking. See link below to download the app, reserve parking or for more information. Construction will be finished soon as well (fingers crossed).