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Recognition

OBG Sustaining Firm Winner

Sustaining Member Firm of the Year: OBG

in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to SAME and/or the Military Engineering Profession

OBG, an integrated engineering solutions company, has been a sustaining member of the Philadelphia Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) since 2005. Since this time, the company has made numerous contributions to the Post, demonstrating its strong commitment to the organization. OBG's first foray into Post service was during the 2007 SAME JETC with leadership of the successful off-site fun run- the Philly SAME Boathouse 5k. OBG has participated in many Post committees and events, including the Philly Post Resiliency Committee/Resiliency Symposium (2011-present); Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Wast Sites Symposium (DCHWS) Planning Committee; Young Professional Development Event (2014-2016); Small Business Conference Committee (2013-2018); Monte Carol Charity Night Committee (2013, 2014,2015)Liberty 2014-2018); Continuing Education Initiative Committee (2014); and the Young Member Events Committee (2014, 2015), National Small Business Conference (2015-2018), and National Post Leaders Workshop (2015, 2018).  In addition, representatives from OBG were elected to the Philadelphia Post Board of Directors 2013, and the company has provided monetary sponsorships for several events. 

Dan Amate Young Member Award photo

Young Member Award: Mr. Dan Amate, GZA

in Recognition of Superior Achievement by a Young Member

First becoming a member of the Philadelphia Post in 2012, Mr. Amate volunteered as a mentor for the Young Professional Development Event in 2014. He presented at the Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites Symposium (DCHWS) in 2015 and 2017 and was elected to the Philadelphia Post Board of Directors in 2016. Since then, Dan has become the Deputy Chair of the Outreach Committee and an active member of numerous committees including : DCHWS, Resilience, Run to 2020, and STEM. AS part of Outreach, Dan interacts with the Drexel Student Post to organize the Young Professional Development Event. He recently attended the national Post Leaders Workshop as a representative of the Philadelphia Post, and often volunteers at the registration table at our monthly events. 

Mr. John J. Smith Notable Achievement Award photo

Notable Achievement Award: Mr. John J. Smith, J.J. Smith Environmental Consultants

in recognition of outstanding contribution to SAME and/or the military engineering profession and its practice

Mr. Smith has 30 years' experience with the US Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters. As National Design and Construction Engineering Manager for the national Superfund Program, he developed and oversaw management strategy for the $350M/yr. program; analyzed project delivery options for large, complex hazardous waste cleanups; developed and taught training classes for Superfund project manager; and served as senior management liaison to the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Smith holds a BS and MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University. Mr. Smith provides environmental consulting services  to the professional community. He assisted in developing an supporting the SAME/USEPA jointly sponsored professional development symposium- the Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites Symposium (DCHWS)-held annually since 2015. He contributed to the technical program development and event logistics, served as master of ceremonies and is engaged in planning the 2019 programs. The success of this annual event has contributed to support of the SAME Education Mentoring Fund. 

Amy Basehoar Service Award photo

Service Award: Ms. Amy D'Alonzo-Basehoar F. SAME KOMAN Holdings

in Recognition of Extraordinary Effort in Maintaining and Advancing the Objectives of the Post

Ms. D'Alonzo-BAsehoar is active at all levels of SAME. including as an At-Large Director for the Philadelphia Post; Co-Chair for the Steering Committee for the Philadelphia Post's DCHWS hosted in conjunction wit the USEPA; Regional Fellows Point of Contact for SAME's North Atlantic Region; Social Media Coordinator for the New Jersey Post; and Member of SAME's National Awards and Recognition Committee. She has been serving the Society as a member of the National Awards and Recognition Committee since 2008 and in June of 2015 became the Committee's Chair. Most recently, she was the Chair of the Recognition Committee fort he Baltimore Post, a position she held for 14 years. Amy was elevated to the rank of Fellow by the SAME Academy of Fellows in 2014. This achievement, which  is the highest classification one can receive withing SAME, is a result of Amy's dedicated and outstanding service to both SAME and the A-E-C profession through out her career. Amy has a distinguished track record as a business development professional and client and proposal manager in the private sector since graduating from Alvernia College with a bachelors' degree in Marketing and Communications. Amy is also a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Philadelphia; a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania; and Chair of the Church of St. Benedict's Family Life Committee. 

Urban Engineers Sustaining Member Firm of the Year photo

Sustaining Member Firm of the Year: Urban Engineers

in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to SAME and/or the Military Engineering Profession

Urban Engineers, Inc. (Urban) is an employee-owned, ISO 9001:2008 certified multidisciplinary design, environmental, planning and construction services consulting firm. Founded in 1960, Urban’s 450 employees in 14 offices across the country provide services for facilities, buildings, ports and waterways, public transportation, railroads, airports, utilities, bridges and highways. Urban has been a Sustaining Member of SAME for over 20 years, had employees actively serve on the Philadelphia Post Board of Directors over that period and has had two employees serve as Post President. Urban has been an active, reliable and consistent supporter of numerous SAME functions including the Philadelphia Post’s Liberty Golf Classic and the NYC/NJ Post Golf Outing.

The current Urban member of the Philadelphia Post Board of Directors, Roy Denmark, has been a member of SAME and the Philadelphia Post since 1985, served as Post Secretary from 1986–1991, has served on the Board of Directors since 1999 and served as Post President from 2014–2015. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Philadelphia Post’s Liberty Golf Classic, which is the Post’s primary Scholarship Program fund raiser since its inception in 1987.

Michael Badeau Young Member Award photo

Young Member Award: Mr. Michael Badeau, Stell Environmental

in Recognition of Superior Achievement by a Young Member

Michael Badeau first joined SAME and the Philadelphia Post in 2012 after attending a Young Member event that left a lasting impression on him of the Society’s core values and the extraordinary people that perpetuate them. This first impression inspired an active membership and participation in many other Post activities.

Mike has been an active member of the Post’s Small Business Committee, involved in all aspects of the planning and execution of the Post’s Annual Small Business Conference, including communicating with the presenters and hotel IT staff. He also serves on the steering committee for the annual Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites hosted by the Post, helping to revive the popular event in 2015 and contribute to its current success of more than 300 attendees annually. In this role he compiles all the presentations and supports the onsite A/V needs during each panel discussion. He works closely with each presenter and the emcee for the two-and-a-half day event. In 2017, the Post sponsored his attendance of the Joint Engineer Training Conference in Columbus, Ohio, for which he served as a volunteer. Because of his successful involvement in Small Business events at the Post level, Mike was recently asked to join the National Small Business Council in assisting the Vice Chair of Communications with providing information relevant to Small Business throughout SAME.

Mr. Lyle Trumbull Notable Achievement Award photo

Notable Achievement Award: Mr. Lyle Trumbull, OBG

in recognition of outstanding contribution to SAME and/or the military engineering profession and its practice

Lyle Trumbull is a Senior Technical Director of Emergency Response and Risk Assessment at O’Brien & Gere and has been an active member of the Post since 2005. His first foray into Post service was during the 2007 SAME JETC where he organized the successful off-site fun run—the Philly SAME Boathouse 5K. His next phase of service took the form of participation on the SAME Philly Post Resiliency Committee (2011–2015) where he helped fulfill streamer requirements. He is currently the Chair of the Resiliency Committee and is spearheading the Post’s first Resiliency event scheduled for November 2017. Since 2016, Lyle has been on the planning committee for the DCHWS conference, and has been responsible for organizing the Professional Development Hours for this event. He was elected to the Post Board of Directors in 2013 and is also the Co-Chair of the Program Committee. Finally, Lyle has been the primary organizer for the Philly SAME Young Professionals Development Event at Drexel University since its inception. For three years, this event has provided networking, professional development workshops, and speaker roundtables for SAME young members and STEM students from local universities.

Jeffrey York Service Award photo

Service Award: Mr. Jeffrey York

in Recognition of Extraordinary Effort in Maintaining and Advancing the Objectives of the Post

Jeff York has been an active member of the Post since 2002, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005. In 2007, Jeff was instrumental in the success of the National SAME JETC when the Philadelphia Post hosted this event. In addition to serving on the Planning Committee, he acted as the Opening Ceremony Coordinator for this event. No pressure there! He was the presented with a Regional Vice President’s Medal for his outstanding efforts.

Jeff served as Co-Chair for the inaugural Annual Signature Monte Carlo Charity Event in 2008 and continued to serve on the committee for the next six years. As a result of Jeff’s dedication and the support of many individual and sustaining member companies, the Signature Event generated over $40,000 in proceeds to help support wounded veterans and their families in the region. In 2010, Jeff represented the Philadelphia Post by attending the SAME Post Leaders Workshop. He has also served as past Co-Chair for the Young Members Committee, a member of the Nominating Committee, and currently serves on the Finance Committee and Signature Events Committee.

Jeff has always been active in post events, including board meetings, sporting events, Young Member events, and Signature Events. Overall, Jeff’s significant dedication, support, and enthusiasm during his involvement embody the fundamental mission of the SAME Philadelphia Post.

Membership Anniversary Milestones

A list of the Membership Anniversary Milestones can be found at this link.

Event Photos

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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.

2013

Sustaining Member Firm of the Year: Dewberry

Young Member Award: Wendy Parker, AMEC

Notable Achievement Award: COL George Cressman, Bohler Engineering

Service Award: Karen Buniak, TTI Environmental


2014

Sustaining Member Firm of the Year: Weston

Young Member Award: Kierston Koory, Lewis Environmental

Notable Achievement Award: Rad Delaney, AECOM

Service Award: CAPT Charlie Shields, USN


2015

Sustaining Member Firm of the Year: TTI Environmental, Inc

Young Member Award: James S. Blake II (OBG) 

Notable Achievement Award: COL Andrew G. Wilcox (USMC) 

Service Award: James M. Romig (CDM Smith)