January 5th Meeting RSVP Today

Join Fort Worth SAME on Monday, January 5th  as SAME Fellows and Young Members discuss the importance of planning,  and share their personal and professional plans for the New Year.
What makes good strategy?  Does your office make plans?   What’s the nature of your personal and professional plans?  What are the consequences if you fail to plan?  How far in the future should you plan? How much detail goes into your plans?  What are your resolutions for 2015, and how do they compare to those of our distinguished panel? Kick off the New Year with lunch at the Petroleum Club, celebrate the relationships that make SAME work, and join us in hearing the diverse perspectives of our distinguished panelists who represent a cross-section of our membership.  Whether you are an architect, engineer, environmental consultant, business development specialist, military professional, or Grammy-winning performer, you will undoubtedly benefit from hearing these SAME leaders discuss their planning tips.

RSVP to Angie by 12/31 at noon: amccullough@cmjengr.com (pay at the door or pay on the home page by following either the young member paypal link or the regular member paypal link…please still RSVP to Angie)

Major General (Retired) Rich Mentemeyer is majority owner of Tritech Construction.  He served for more than 32 years of distinguished Air Force service.  A command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, he has extensive planning experience and was the initial Director of Mobility Forces for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Air War College, Webster University, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he serves on several non-profit advisory boards including Snowball Express and the SMU Lyle School of Engineering Board for Knowledge.

Colonel (Retired) Jim Weller is a principal in JM Weller Consultants.  He served for 25 years in the Army, including command of the Corps of Engineer’s Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS, and  the Fort Worth and Walla Walla Engineer Districts.   He served with the 52nd Engineer Battalion during Desert Storm.  He is a graduate of West Point, the Army War College, Georgia Tech, University of Southern California and the Naval College of Command and Staff.  Following his military retirement he worked at Texas Christian University and as the Regional Commissioner for GSA/PBS in Fort Worth.  He is a PE, a PMP and a member of the local Patriot Guard Chapter. 

Meloni McDaniel is Director of Member Programs & Services at TEXO, the DFW Construction Association.  Since graduating from The University of Oklahoma in 2005 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a minor in Construction Management, her experience includes: architecture, construction, business development and she now develops leadership training opportunities for construction companies across the DFW area.  As a licensed Architect, she is passionate about advancing the fields of architecture and construction and is active with the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, which focuses on STEM education, and the MacArthur High School AEC Program.

Eric A. Canales, P.E. is a Project Manager at URS Corporation.  He has over 18 years of experience in a variety of areas including highways, toll facilities, transit, municipal, site development, aviation and planning.  Eric graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. 

Sarwenaj Ashraf, P.E. is the Capital Region Dam Safety Lead in the Geotechnical Branch of the Ft Worth District, Army Corps of Engineers.  She also serves as the Vice President of Young Member Programs for the SAME Fort Worth Post. She holds B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Stephen Knox, P.E. is a Structural Engineer with HNTB and is active in the Fort Worth Post’s Young Member Programs. He has experience in both the public and private sector.  He graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans.

Julie Fisher, F.SAME, began her 34 year career in the AEC Industry in the early 1980’s when she established her own construction company. She now serves as Director of Business Development for Farnsworth Group, Inc. Strategy and careful planning are key factors to the success of her 15 years as a small business owner as well as to the success of building the Farnsworth Group Texas presence. Simultaneous with her professional career, Julie dedicates volunteer hours to SAME on the local, regional and national levels; serving 8 consecutive years on the SAME National Board. Julie’s resolutions for 2015 include: a) performing random acts of kindness; b) striving to better the harmonious balance of personal family life with a successful career; and c) fulfilling her personal motto of “Don’t Confuse Activity with Achievement”.



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