National Organization of Minority Engineers
NOME Leadership Summit 2018
Targeting Growth and Expansion
The Summit is designed to offer the latest information, education and
opportunities in the industry; and to facilitate networking among
government officials; agency leaders; large, medium, small, minority
and women owned businesses.
June 14, 2018
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North City front Plaza Dr. Chicago, Illinois
7:45 – 8:25 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35 AM Welcome – Diana Hennington Executive Director, NOME Michael Sutton, President NOME
8:40 – 9:40 AM Kickoff Speaker - A Political Analysis - Speakers: Eric Elk, FULCRUM ILLINOIS Brian Bernardoni, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy Chicago Association of REALTORS
9:50 – 10:35 Utility Panel - Speaker: Randy Connor, Commissioner, DWM Keisha Parker, Sr. Manager, Supplier Diversity Exelon Corporation
10:45 – 11:45 AM Education Workshop - PDH Credits “Are You In It To Win It or In It For Sustainability?” Presenter: Janice Thomas, Sr. Div. Director, Business Diversity and Community Relations, Metra
12:00 PM Leadership Luncheon & Excellence Awards
12:30 – 1:25 PM Program Speaker - Audrina Bigos CBS Chicago, WBBM – TV Enjoy Your Financial Fitness Speaker: Gwendolyn Kirkland Kirkland Turnbo & Associates
Premier Awards to NOME members
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc. – Acting as a Prime
Delta Engineering Group, LLC – Acting as a Sub
Milhouse Engineering and Construction, Inc. -
Acting as a Team
Champion Award Presentation
Rebekah Scheinfeld – Commissioner,
Chicago Department of Transportation
Jamie Rhee – Chief Procurement Officer,
City of Chicago
1:35 – 2:50 PM Transportation Panel - Panel Discussion Transportation Panel Learn about the next rail, road and air transportation projects Panelists: Dorval Carter, President, CTA Alejandro Leon, Deputy Commissioner, Design & Construction, CDA Justine Sydello, Deputy Secretary, IDOT Chris Krakar, Deputy Chief Engineer, Metra Elizabeth Gorman, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway
2:55 – 3:55 PM Education Workshop - PDH Credits - Chicago River Walk Project - Presenter: Dan Gross, Sr. V. P. Illinois Construction Group Manger, Alfred Benesch & Co.
4:00 – 4:30 PM Session Speaker - County News and Updates - Speaker: John Yonan, Superintendent, Cook County Department of Transportation
4:30 – 5:00 PM Closing Speaker - Closing Speaker - Presenter: THE OBAMA FOUNDATION - Speakers: Roake Frankel, Director of Planning and Construction Jamie-Clare Flaherty, Director of Strategic Initiatives
5:00 – 6:00 PM Business Connect Reception - “SPOTLIGHT” - The Illinois Tollway Speakers: Gustavo Giraldo, Chief of Diversity & Strategic Development, llinois Tollway Pete Foernssler, Deputy Chief of Program Implementation, Illinois Tollway
Congratulations to Our Champion Award Winners
Some of our confirmed participants are:
Commissioner Randy Conner: Chicago Department of Water
Elizabeth Gorman: Executive Director, Illinois Tollway
Pete Foernssler: Deputy Chief of Program Implementation, Illinois Tollway
Dorval Carter: President, Chicago Transit Authority
Gustavo Giraldo: Chief of Diversity & Strategic Development, Illinois Tollway
Janice Thomas: Senior Director – ODCR, Metra
Justine Sydello: Deputy Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation
Alejandro Leon: Deputy Commissioner – Design & Construction, Department of Aviation
Chris Krakar: Deputy Chief Engineer Metra
Dan Gross: Sr. Vice President Construction Management Services Director Great Lakes Alfred Benesch & Company
National Organization of Minority Engineers
Welcomes Their Newest Members
“OSEH Inc. is a professional consulting firm licensed to provide specialized services in Civil Engineering Planning and Design. Our mission is to design and develop infrastructure through innovative, quality and timely services that foster economic growth for our clients. Our firm was founded on three core values; Innovation, Excellence and Good Stewardship.
CKL Engineers, LLC
As President/CEO, Ms. Whiteside develops and maintains client relationships for the firm. She directs all engineering and planning projects acquired by the organization and oversees the development of innovative project ideas for community areas in blight. Ms. Whiteside manages projects in the areas of civil engineering, aviation, public infrastructure, utilities and site development. She is a trained civil engineer and is licensed in the State of Illinois. Her capabilities are in field engineering, erosion control inspection, resident engineering, construction contract administration, planning studies, design plan development and utility coordination.
Ms. Whiteside is active in national political endeavors and local philanthropic causes. She was a 2016 presidential campaign fellow and formerly served as Board Member of St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, a substance abuse recovery home for women and children, in the Woodlawn Community in Chicago. She currently serves as a member of the Nominating Committee for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and hold memberships in City Club of Chicago and Women in Energy. Ms. Whiteside holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a member of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.
ITS Engineering Ltd.
ITSE is an Illinois licensed Professional Engineering Corporation, founded in 2014 and certified as an Illinois Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.
ITS Engineering specializes in the Phase I and Phase II engineering of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and also provides ITS related technical support to Phase III engineering firms. The firm is a leader in the application of advanced sensor, display, computation and communications technologies such as vehicle detection, video systems, wireless communication, fiber optic networks, IP packet switched digital messaging, and Connected and Automated Vehicle technology. ITSE is the sub-consultant to call when forming a winning team for a PSB or PTB response where ITS expertise is required.
Its Principal, Darryl Dawson, is a licensed professional engineer with over 40 years of industry experience including over 20 years as a defense prime contractor. He is a published subject matter expert in the field of Connected and Automated Vehicle infrastructure for transportation agencies and has presented multiple technical papers at ITS America’s World Congress. His transportation industry experience includes systems design, advanced development and integration projects for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Illinois Tollway, where he served as its “ITS Deployment Engineer” from 2010 to 2014. He earned a BS EE/CS from MIT, a MS in Technology Management from IIT and is a communications infrastructure and digital networking specialist. He has served as the Illinois Tollway’s MOA Manager for its Connected Vehicle Affiliated Test Bed Agreement with U.S. DOT since its execution in early 2014.
ITSE is a member of the national Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition, and is currently reviewing the draft Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) V2I Deployment Guidance document and other deployment tools prior to public release.
Malone & Associates, LLC
Malone & Associates, LLC is a consulting firm specializing in Business Development, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.
Our focus is to develop effective business and sales strategies, secure a winning position among competitors – and provide vision and consultation for fostering strong business relationships amongst private, public, and non-profit organizations.
Pamela Malone-Webster is the General Manager and President of Malone & Associates, LLC. With over 25 years of experience building, maintaining and managing working relationships with private, public, and non-profit organizations in the water and energy industries, Pamela is a trusted advisor and advocate for her clients.
Specializing in government relations and regulatory affairs, Pamela provides her clients with vision and insight regarding changes in energy and water regulations and legislation. Doing so helps them secure a winning position with utility and municipal customers.
It is Pamela’s mission is to offer solutions for long-term growth, brand awareness, and increased sales for her clients.
Please let me know if you need any additional information. Thank you!
Contact Person: Andrea Reid Marketing Manager and Executive Assistant
Address: 8778 Spectrum Blvd #113 San Diego, CA 92123
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
Metra is geographically one of the largest commuter rail systems in the nation serving a six county region of more than 3,700 square miles. This complex system is comprised of 11 rail lines operating over more than 1,100 miles of track, 800 bridges, and 2,000 signals. Metra’s 241 stations, including five stations in the Chicago Central Business District, are served by 700 trains each weekday. As part of a regional transportation network, Metra provides safe, reliable, efficient commuter rail service that enhances the economic and environmental health of Northeast Illinois. Metra also overseas and maintains more than 400 station platforms and provides more than 90,000 parking spaces. Since 1985, Metra ridership has grown by 31.1 percent and train miles have increased by 32.3 percent.
The mission of Metra’s Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights is to ensure small, minority, and women owned businesses have equal opportunity to receive and participate in Metra contracts. To achieve this goal OBDCR actively sets out to create continuity in communication between Metra and key stakeholders.
Contact Person: Janice R. Thomas, Senior Director, Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights
Address: 547 W Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois 60661
Tel. No.: (312) 322 6323
Fax No.: (312) 322 4077
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
GANDHI AND ASSOCIATES, INC.
Gandhi and Associates, Inc. (GAI) is a consulting engineering firm established in 1982 providing engineering services in Traffic Studies and Traffic Counts, Lighting Design, Traffic Signals, Highway/Transportation Planning and Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Construction Engineering, and Structural Design. The staff of GAI includes highly qualified and competent personnel in lighting, transportation, civil, electrical, mechanical, and construction management.
Gandhi and Associates, Inc. is certified as MBE and DBE with the City of Chicago, IDOT, Cook County, WisDOT, and InDOT.
Since its founding in 1982, the firm has shown a modest but steady growth. The staff of GAI includes highly qualified and competent personnel in construction engineering, traffic signals, lighting, transportation, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. The firm takes pride in being able to deliver an excellent engineering design on schedule and within budget.
Since 1982, GAI has assisted the City of Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation, various engineering firms, municipalities, and developers in lighting design, traffic signal design, environmental analyses and studies, intersection design studies, traffic studies and traffic counts, pavement and roadway design, drainage design, and surveying.
In the area of lighting design, traffic studies and traffic counts, traffic signals, and highway engineering, the firm has successfully completed projects both as a prime consultant and as a subconsultant for Illinois Department of Transportation, the City of Chicago, various municipalities, and for private developers. Project types have ranged from total reconstruction of streets and highways to intersection capacity improvements. The services provided were geometrics and pavement design, storm sewer and drainage design, traffic signal design, roadway lighting design, traffic signs and pavement markings, environmental studies, and construction engineering.
Contact Person: P. K. Gandhi, PE, PTOE
Address: 6035 N. Northwest Highway, Chicago, Illinois 60631
Tel. No.: (773) 774-5910
Fax No.: (773) 774-3815
E-Mail Address: email@example.com