2018 Agenda

7:15 AM

Registration, Breakfast, Networking, & Exhibits

Sponsored by skanska

8:15 - 8:20 AM

Conference Program Introductions

Amy Zucchi, The Karlyn Group



8:20 - 8:25 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Ida Perich, Assistant Director, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, The Port Authority of NY & NJ

8:25 - 8:50 AM

Eliminating Barriers

Michael Massiah, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Port Authority of NY & NJ

Michael will discuss what the Agency has done to eliminate barriers from both a policies and procedures and cultural and behavior perspective.


8:50 - 9:10 AM

How Eliminating Barriers Created Opportunities for a Local MWDBE Firm

Barbara Armand, President and CEO, Armand Corporation

Barbara Armand will discuss her leadership approach to business growth and the development of staff required to sustain a growing business. Barbara believes deeply in “paying it forward” and understands that supporting the success of her associates increases the success and capacity of her company.

9:10 - 9:30 AM

Update on the 2017 - 2026 Capital Plan

James Starace, P.E.  Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of NY & NJ

In February of 2017, the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority approved a $32.2 billion 2017-2026 Capital Plan. This session will highlight updates and modifications to the plan. Find out how your firm can get involved.

9:30 - 9:55 AM

The Future of Engineering - A Look Ahead

Lawrence Williamson, P.E., PMP, Executive Vice President, Mott MacDonald
Antwanye E. Ford, President & CEO, Enlightened, Inc.

Lawrence and Antwanye will share insights on Global Best Practices and how companies are beginning to assess topics such as smart cities, Integrated Design and construction, Project Delivery Methods, Transports and the coming technology wave.

9:55 - 10:25 AM

Networking, Refreshments & Exhibits

Join sponsors, exhibitors and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in the hall to network and learn about opportunities.

10:25 - 11:10 AM

Construction in Real-Time: An Inside look at Managing Construction Projects at Airports, Piers and Rail Systems.

Moderator: Carroll Bennett, Chief of Staff, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, The Port Authority of NY & NJ

Panelists: Damian McShane, Program Director, PATH
William Radinson, Assistant Director, Aviation
Jorge Chavez, Assistant Director, Port Department, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Dennis Stabile, Assistant Director, Tunnels, Bridges, & Terminals, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

This panel will discuss the challenges of working underwater, in narrow tunnels with tight windows of operation and construction during and in between takeoffs and landings.

11:10- 11:55 AM

Successful Collaborations - Lessons Learned

Moderator: Antwayne Ford, President/CEO Enlightened Inc.

Debra Simonelli, Vice President of Construction Management, CSA Group NY Architects & Engineers, PC  
Wilbur C. Milhouse lll, P.E. President & CEO, Milhouse  Engineering
J. Naomi Glean, EEO Officer, WDF Inc.
Lawrence Williamson PE, PMP Executive Vice President, Mott McDonald
Rafael Perez, President, GCCOM Construction Company, Inc
Keely Thibodeaux, Principal-in-Charge, Landmark Consulting LLC

Now more than ever, the Port Authority needs MWSDBE vendors to assist in building the region. This panel will discuss key ingredients of successful and diverse collaborations on their projects throughout the area. They will share their experiences and how their firms embrace diversity and inclusion to Keep the Region Moving.

11:55 - 12:15 PM

Expanding and Connecting the Region: Upcoming Opportunities You Should Know About

Steven Plate, Chief of Major Capital Projects, The Port Authority of NY & NJ

Vendors, Contractors & Consultants attending the 2018 conference will hear directly from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey  about procurement strategies they should know about to make their job easier.

12:15 PM

Closing Remarks / Conference Concludes

 Amy Zucchi, Co-Founder, The Karlyn Group