1 dallas post SEPTEMBER 2012 p2 p3 p4 p5 p6 PRESIDENT S COLUMN: SAME DALLAS POST PRESIDENT JIM O BRIEN S SEPTEMBER MESSAGE. JOINT POST HARD HAT TOUR: SEPTEMBER 20TH OF DFW AIRPORT, TRIP OVERVIEW & TERMINAL A CONGRATULATIONS TO MIKE FALLON, RECIPIENT OF THE DECORATION FOR EXCEPTIONAL CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD DALLAS POST S 6TH ANNUAL SPORTING CLAY CHALLENGE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012 CONGRATULATIONS TO JIM O BRIEN, O BRIEN ENGINEERING, A NEWLY CERTIFIED SDVOSB! SEPTEMBER POST SUSTAINING MEMBERS: PARSONS, PERSAUD, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES, RS&H, RMA LAND CONSTRUCTION, RMD, ROBINS & MORTON, RJA & RTKL US SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Nancy Alvarez-Hernandez, Supervisor Business Opportunity Specialist Date: Monday, 17 September 2012 Time: Cost: Place: 11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking 12:00 p.m. Program $25 members; $22 young members/ government (add $5 for reservations made after 9/13/12) Maggiano s NorthPark 205 NorthPark Center, Dallas, TX Register with by Thursday, 13 September Complimentary valet parking. No shows will be billed. Payment at door: Cash or Checks made payable to SAME Dallas Post. ABOUT THE PROGRAM Learn how the government works, determine if contracting is right for you and prepare your business for government contracting, which may include: The basics of government contracting How the government does business SBA certification for small businesses Businesses that have found success in contracting ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Nancy Alvarez-Hernandez Supervisor, Business Opportunity Specialist Nancy N. Alvarez moved to the Dallas Texas, September 11, 2011 to assume her new role with the agency as the 8(a) Business Development Program Manager at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Dallas/ Ft. Worth District Office. As the 8(a) Program Manager, she is responsible for providing effective leadership, management and oversight required to optimize the deployment of SBA programs and services in the District and to achieve the District Office s Business Opportunity Strategic Plan (BOSP). She has oversight of a portfolio of 173 small business program participants within a 72 county geographical area covering East, West and Central Dallas. Nancy is also the SBA Women Ownership Business Representative responsible for the marketing of SBA programs and services to women owned small businesses (WOSB). She is responsible for increasing opportunities for WOSBs in federal government contracting; as well as ensuring an increase participation of women owned small businesses in SBA s Women Owned Small Business and Economic Development Women Owned Small Business certification programs. Nancy previously worked for the SBA North Florida District Office where she served the District Office in two capacities; as a Business Opportunity Specialist and an Economic Development Specialist. As a Business Opportunity Specialist, she was responsible for providing business development to 55 participating firms in three Counties; while ensuring and enforcing 8(a) program compliance. She also provided information, counseling and training in all aspects of the business development including assistance in marketing, development and implementation of strategic techniques for contracting with the Federal government and prime contractors.
2 upcoming events: DATES CONFERENCES EVENTS ALL EVENT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW. SAMEDALLAS.ORG/CALENDARS. Sept 17 Oct. 11 Dallas Post Program: US Small Business Administration Learn how the government works, determine if contracting is right for you and prepare your business for government contracting. 11:30 a.m. Maggiano s at North Park Mall Dallas Post 6th Annual Sporting Clay Challenge Dallas Gun Club 3601 South Stemmons Lewisville TX Contact Steve Lucy at or for more information. Sept. 20 Oct Dallas & Fort Worth Joint Post Hard Hat Tour: DFW International Airport Overview of the TRIP program and tour of Terminal A Meeting at 3003 South Service Road DFW Airport, TX TEXOMA and Missouri River Joint Engineer Training Symposium hosted by the San Antonio Post Default.aspx?EventID= PRESIDENT S COLUMN Jim O Brien, Dallas Post President William S. Knudsen, the only person to receive the high commission of Lt. Gen. (three star) from private citizen, at the time (May 1940) being the president of General Motors Corporation, understood well the role of small business in the American market economy. Gen. Knudsen s vision, tapped by President Roosevelt to energize wartime materiel production, lead to the arsenal of democracy, by first engaging large business to solve the mass-production averse US military hardware designs of the day, and then unleashing the apparatus that had come to define American industry and which by then had been hobbled by the relentlessly flagging economy. GM s operation relied on nearly 20,000 small business subcontractors and Gen. Knudsen rightly suspected that American business, big and small, was not only able, but was required for winning the imminent war; by war s end roughly 70 percent of all materiel used by the Allies was American manufactured. Although the definition of a small business varies throughout industry, keyed primarily on thresholds of the number of employees or annual revenue, the US Small Business Administration website reports that Small businesses: Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years. Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP. Hire 43 percent of high tech workers (scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others). Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises. Made up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters and produced 31 percent of export value in FY Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms. The role of small business in America has been vital from our founding to this day. Our speaker this month, Nancy Alvarez-Hernandez, Supervisory Business Development Specialist with the US Small Business Administration will talk about small business contracting opportunities. Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Employ half of all private sector employees.
3 DALLAS & FORT WORTH JOINT POST HARD HAT TOUR DFW International Airport Trip Overview and Tour of Terminal A September 20, 2012 We will be meeting at 3003 South Service Road, DFW Airport, TX :00 to 3:45: TRIP Overview presentation 3:45: Board busses 4:00 to 5:00: Tour of Terminal A Happy Hour: The Ranch at Las Colinas, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Las Colinas, Texas Please RSVP with Jennifer Nelson at or call her at with any questions. SPACE IS LIMITED! All attendees must wear pants that cover ankles, hard soled-flat shoes that cover the entire foot (NO tennis shoes, flip flops, clogs, mules, high heels, etc.) and shirts need to cover upper arm (i.e. no tank tops). This is a strictly enforced dress code. Those not adhering to the requirements will not be allowed on site. HALFF EMPLOYEE RECEIVES THE HIGHEST DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY HONORARY AWARD. Michael P. Fallon, PE receives The Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service for his exceptional performance of duty while serving as Director of Programs, Southwestern Division, US Army Corps of Engineers. DALLAS, Texas (16 JUNE 2012) - The Secretary of the Army, Honorable John M. McHugh, has recently bestowed the highest Department of the Army honorary award, The Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, to Michael P. Fallon, PE, for his exceptional performance of duty while serving as Director of Programs, Southwestern Division, US Army Corps of Engineers from October 2005 through April Brigadier General Thomas Kula, Southwestern Division Commander, presented the award to Mr. Fallon on behalf of Secretary McHugh during a recent ceremony in Dallas. During his tenure, Mr. Fallon skillfully guided the Southwestern Division through a period of significant change and historic workload. He led the successful delivery of more than $8.4 billion in military construction and base realignment and closure projects while expertly planning, executing, operating and maintaining a diverse $5 billion annual civil works program. He was recognized as meeting every challenge with integrity and devotion to duty and building a culture of partnership and collaboration throughout the region. The prestigious The Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service medal was first approved by the US War Department on December 29, 1945 and is equivalent to the military Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. Fallon recently retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers after 37 years of federal service that included assignments in various Corps districts and divisions throughout the US and overseas. In April 2012, Mr. Fallon joined the firm Halff Associates, Inc. in Richardson, TX, as a Vice President. Halff Associates, Inc.. Halff Associates, Inc. is a Texas-based, employee-owned, diverse and multi-disciplined professional services firm. For more than half a century, Halff has provided innovative solutions in Texas and throughout the United States offering full-service engineering, architecture, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, environmental, right of way, visual science & technology, and surveying services.
4 6th Annual sporting clay challenge Thursday, october 11, 2012 Dallas gun club 3601 South Stemmons, Lewisville Texas SPONSORSHIPS underwriting The following sponsorship levels are available for this year s Sporting Clay Challenge: Gold Team Sponsor - $1000 Silver Team Sponsor - $750 Field a 4 man team Name on Event Field a 4 man team Recognition at Signage Recognition at event 2 event 2 Volunteers to man station Volunteers to man station Station Sponsor - $250 Your company s opportunity to meet & greet shooters at your station Sponsor may provide Company sign, puller, scorekeeper, promo info and giveaways at station Individual Shooter - $200 Donor You decide the amount of your contribution to the Scholarship Foundation. No team support for Foundation only You can support the Dallas Post Scholarship Foundation by helping to defer these costs: Ammunition $3,000 Lunch $1,500 Mexi-Buffet $1,500 Raffle Prize $1,500 Bar $1000 Drinks & Snacks on Course $500 Event Signage $500 Trophies & Prizes $500 Mail this form with payment to SAME Scholarship Foundation c/o Stephen H. Lucy, PE, JQ, 2105 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas Call or at or with any questions. entry fees The Scholarship Foundation is offering the following sponsorship levels for this year s event: Main Contact Name TEAM Gold Team Sponsor - $1000 (1 team) x $1000 = Silver Team Sponsor - $750 (1 team) x $750 = Individual Shooter (1 team) x $200 = Donor (None are too big or too small = Station Sponsor Sponsor may provide Company sign, Puller, Scorekeeper & Promo information Company Address Phone Team Members Ammo (12 or 20 ga) Name 1 x $250 = TOTAL ENCLOSED $ BE SURE TO REGISTER EARLY Name 2 Name 3 Name 4 Note: Non-member NSCA/NSSA Class B and above shooters are not eligible for shooting prizes.
5 DALLAS-BASED FIRM BECOMES A SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS ESTABLISHED IN 1987, O BRIEN ENGINEERING, INC. IS NOW AN SDVOSB DALLAS, July 31 - O Brien Engineering, Inc. (OEI) has recently become a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Operating as a Veteran Owned Small Business for 25 years, OEI s founder, 100% owner, and principal-in-charge, Jim O Brien, has been deemed by the Veteran s Administration to have a service-connected disability, allowing his business to become an SDVOSB. One month shy of his 18th birthday, Mr. O Brien enlisted in the US Navy. While in the Navy he served as an Electronics Technician, secret clearance, which helped to pave the way for his interest in engineering. Upon discharge from active duty in 1974 and while serving in the US Naval Reserves, he enrolled in Texas Tech University in the civil engineering and water resources program. Upon completion of his Bachelor's degree and one year of graduate studies in water resources, Mr. O Brien moved to the Dallas area. In 1987, Mr. O Brien started OEI, focusing his firm s services on complex hydraulic and hydrologic modeling and analysis; this discipline remains a core competency today. In 1992, the firm started offering dam safety related services. Over the decades, OEI has developed significant strengths and a deep resume in dam safety, providing rehabilitations, dam break analysis and inundation mapping, permitting, hazard classifications, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, dam safety evaluations and inspections, and independent technical reviews for clients such as USACE (Vicksburg District), Texas Army National Guard, higher education, land developers, and private owners. As a subconsultant, OEI has been involved in a number of recent wins: USACE Dam Risk Assessment Tulsa IDIQ (Prime: URS), USACE Vicksburg Dam Safety Evaluations (Prime: URS), NRCS Louisiana Dam Rehabilitations and Dam Design IDIQ (Prime: TetraTech), and USBR Denver Dam-focused initiatives IDIQ (Prime: URS). As a small firm, OEI s involvement in professional organizations is impressive. Mr. O Brien has emphasized the importance of his employee s participation in organizations and has led by example by his dedication to the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), particularly the Dallas Post. Joining the society in 2002, Mr. O Brien very quickly became an active board member, serving continuously in various capacities since his first role as the Small Business Liaison. He has also held the positions of Membership Director, Programs Director, and now President. We are very excited about this qualification for our company, Mr. O Brien says, With the government mandate to use a certain percentage of SDVOSB involvement on federal contracts, we can even further develop our federal experience. We look forward to continuing to serve the government and our prime clients. About OEI: O Brien Engineering, Inc. is a civil engineering, environmental, dam safety, and strategic regulatory permitting firm providing services throughout Texas, on locations in many other states, and with international experience as well. The firm was founded in 1987 in Dallas, Texas, and has served a variety of clients including federal, state, municipal, higher education, industrial, and private entities. The firm was recently awarded a GSA Federal Supply Schedule (GS-00F-0009X) and a related state multiple award schedule contract through the TXMAS program (TXMAS ). More information can be found at OEI s website: If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule a call with Jim O Brien, please call Sarah Cole at or her at
6 SUSTAINING MEMBER FIRMS OF THE MONTH Parsons Delivering innovative solutions since For the past 65 years, our significant contributions to the world s infrastructure have improved the quality of life for current and future generations. We are known as a preeminent source of first-of-a-kind/ one-of-a-kind solutions for commercial, federal, transportation, and water resources. We deliver engineering, construction, systems and resource integration, project and program management, and environmental services to a wide range of global customers. Our thousands of multidisciplined staff embrace our core values of safety, quality, integrity, diversity, innovation, and sustainability. Working together with our customers, teaming partners, and community stakeholders, our remarkable achievements solve their problems. Parsons federal facilities portfolio includes more than 430,000 buildings that are on 650 million acres throughout the nation. Many are more than 60 years old, while the need for new facilities is being driven by base realignment and closure (BRAC), global repositioning of troops, increases in military strength for the Army and Marines, and an increased need for border protection. This mixture of older buildings and a need for new facilities is driving a renovation and new construction boom that could last through Persaud Companies, Inc. We build the future. We deliver big. Persaud is an 8(a) contractor that combines the expertise of a large company with the contractual benefits, agility and personal service of a small firm. We have supported customers from the Department of Defense to healthcare clients. As a Job Order Contractor, we make it easy for government to do business with us. We handle all requirements with efficiency and flexibility. Expect high energy, a can-do attitude, high-security expertise... and an easier process for you. Quality We re perfectionists... we do what it takes to get the job done right the first time. We think up-front, provide seasoned staff, and control quality at every step. Versatility Clients appreciate our ability to tackle tough projects and our willingness to take on projects of any size, from a single element to full development. Flexibility When requirements change, we re ready to modify as needed. We provide an easy process and results that make you look good. Professional Services Industries, Inc. With more than 100 years successful experience in servicing government and public sector clients, PSI is a leading provider of engineering, consulting and testing services. Our government client list includes cities and municipalities, state and federal government agencies, and the military. PSI is a trusted provider of One Company, One Call services to numerous government entities. We are a leader in providing environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing & engineering, industrial hygiene services, facilities & roof consulting, and specialty engineering & testing services. Whether your project needs are related to constructing, renovating or expanding a government facility; or to an asbestos, environmental, roof or pavement issue; PSI delivers a variety of required engineering, consulting and testing services to support site selection, design, construction and property management. We have significant and proven experience working with government clients from engineering, construction, facilities and purchasing staff to other A/E/C firms and prime consultants serving the public sector. Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc. RS&H, whose tradition began in 1941, is a facilities and infrastructure consulting firm whose client-centered programs provide value-added solutions to clients around the world. RS&H provides a full range of design and consulting services to Department of Defense agencies, delivering and maintaining quality, sustainable facilities to meet their mission. Our extensive experience providing DoD facilities and infrastructure allows us to help our clients from project inception through construction completion anywhere in the world. We provide design for all buildings types and site development, programming, planning and GIS services. The RS&H staff understands the acquisition and design processes and includes all design disciplines in house, including specialists in fire protection, communications (RCDD), energy, sustainable design, environmental and building/systems commissioning and BIM. We also have special and unique skills to help meet mandated energy and sustainability requirements. RS&H has 33 offices throughout the US including Texas offices in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Tyler. In addition to our federal client practice, RS&H has an extensive design program supporting aerospace, commercial aviation, transportation, and the commercial building sector. Visit us on the web at
7 SUSTAINING MEMBER FIRMS OF THE MONTH RMA Land Construction, Inc. RMA Land Construction celebrates 30 years in the construction industry. RMA is a well-established business, with a longstanding history of quality performance and an impeccable safety record. RMA has developed a distinct style of highly expeditious, technologically superior, and cost-effective services. These services include estimating, scheduling, cost tracking, management, design-build management, and customer service that support our core construction, design-build, environmental, repair, and renovation capabilities. The RMA Way - RMA goes the extra mile to complete each project on time without compromising quality, customer service, or safety. Our employees are repeatedly recognized by our clients for excellence in service, craftsmanship, and dedication to quality. Our hands-on attention to detail makes the difference in project results through maximizing the project flow while minimizing conflicts, project delays, and cost overruns. A commitment to superior standards is practiced at every level in our organization. In fact, each person helps to define our culture which is centered on high customer and employee satisfaction. RMD Consulting, LLC RMD Consulting, LLC is an engineering firm engaged in the design of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems for facility renovations as well as new construction. RMD professionals work with owners, architects, engineers and contractors to provide quality, value-based building systems solutions. Projects have included health care facilities and hospitals, industrial and manufacturing facilities, K-12 and higher educational facilities, and federal buildings and security-sensitive sites. Currently, RMD is providing professional services for two IDIQ Contracts for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one in South Texas and one at Jack C. Montgomery VAMC in Oklahoma. Additionally our firm has a design/build project in Oklahoma City. Headquartered in Dallas, RMD also has an office in Little Rock, Arkansas. RMD Consulting is a Certified (CVE) Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) founded by Navy veteran Robert Mike Dawes, PE, LEED AP. Robins & Morton Our Government Services Division is committed to supporting the mission of our fighting men and women, both active and veteran. We are currently working with several Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) branches. Robins & Morton has a DoD approved subcontracting plan and is committed to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and their goal of supporting small business growth. We are also an approved Department of Veteran Affairs mentor protégé participant and have partnered with Service Disabled Veteran firm, Coburn Contractors, LLC, to pursue VA and other government related opportunities. We are currently entering into the SBA and Navy mentor protégé programs. We are an active supporter of small business subcontracting initiatives and constantly strive to exceed the goals put out by all government agencies. Rolf Jenson & Associates You can rely on RJA to work alongside you and your team to ensure the project is a success. Since 1969, we have built a reputation as the finest fire protection code consulting firm in the world. Today we are redefining the art and science of fire protection engineering to provide total protection and life safety solutions for our clients throughout the world. Yet, we re still firmly committed to our founding principles technical excellence and fast response. At RJA we pride ourselves on providing a full range of consulting services, not just a one-size-fits-all solution. We thrive on state-of-the art projects where innovative solutions and out of the box thinking are required to meet the high standards of our clients. RTKL RTKL draws upon our global resources to provide clients with the most comprehensive set of end-to-end planning, architectural and creative services available in the marketplace today. Always at our table: great architecture rooted in smart planning and urban design, but we take that model to the next level with services like interior design and environmental graphic design, and intelligent engineering and applied technology services. In the end, we create fluid, cohesive, sustainable environments that serve the needs of today and stand the test of time. By staying abreast of trends that affect business everyday, we design places that facilitate corporate agility, innovation, culture and collaboration. Our workplace experts have worked with major corporations, law firms, professional associations and government agencies to deliver specialized services to best serve the bottom line.