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Small Business and Developing Leaders Conference

March 19, 2019

Hosted Jointly by the Los Angeles and Orange County Posts!

Major General Mark Toy, Commander of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) will be flying out for this event and serving as the keynote speaker.

MG Toy will be discussing his thoughts on developing our nations next generation of engineers/scientists/military leaders from diverse backgrounds.  The general theme of the event will be on Small Business contracting on Architecture/Engineering/Construction, but we are asking all of our speakers to discuss leadership development.

We will also be inviting members of our two Student Chapters (OC-Saddleback Community College & LA-Los Angeles Trade Technical College) to attend, and we will also include both the Sunburst Youth Academy and STARBASE Programs.


MG Mark Toy, P.E., Commander of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) and Past SAME-LA President

Robert “Bob” Gilbert, Chief Development Officer, LAWA

SCE SONGS Rep to provide an update on the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Decommissioning Project

MAJ. Scotty Autin, P.E., Deputy District Commander and Eric Ravelli, Deputy of the Office of Small Business Programs, Los Angeles District USACE

Chief or Program Manager TBD, Los Angeles District USACE, to discuss current and upcoming programs and opportunities

Invited – Kathie Beverly, P.E., NAVFAC, Southwest Division, Office of Environmental Programs

Wendell L. “Buddy” Barnes, P.E., F. SAME, SAME National President-Elect and Chair, Academy of Fellows

Special Confirmed Guests:

Congresswoman Napolitano, U.S. Representative, California’s 32nd District

Congressman Lowenthal (or designee), U.S. Representative, California’s 47th District

Invited – Mike O’Toole, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) (Reserve Integration)

Come help us welcome MG Toy and hear about small business Prime and teaming opportunities!


 $45.00 Members / $70.00 Non Members

Additional $15.00 for Walk-Ins      

No Charge for Active Military Service Personnel (In Uniform)

For reservations use our online registration and payment option.


SAME-OC is offering a – Platinum & Lunch Meeting Sponsorships!  Platinum & Lunch Sponsorships will be on a first-come first served basis.  The cost to be a Lunch Sponsor is $275 (large business)/$175 (small business) and includes the following; one reserved seat at one of the Speaker’s Tables; acknowledgement from the podium; invitation to bring literature and business cards to place at each seat; recognition & logo included with email notifications.  Platinum Sponsorship includes the above plus, up to two registrations and two seats at the Speaker’s Tables including one seat at MG Toy’s Table (if possible)—the cost is $500.




March 19, 2019


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