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December 14, 2016

Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter (map)
11:30am – 1:30pm

Topic:  Insider Insights:  Lessons Learned from Working in Federal Contracting

On December 14, SAME Honolulu and SMPS Hawaii will bring you “exclusive” insider insights from those on the other side of the table.  Presenters will offer their viewpoints on how successful companies get work from Federal agencies, what you can do to improve your odds of winning the next time you submit your proposals, and how to work with Federal agencies after you are awarded a contract.

Our panel of presenters includes four retired Federal “Senior Civilians/Executives” who currently work in the private sector. Their range of experience covers NAVFAC programs, USACE programs, and Federal contracting.  Denny Watts, principal of DWC Construction Advisors & Consultants, will serve as the moderator.

denny-watts_photo_edited Denny Watts, Principal, DWC Construction Advisors & Consultants
Denny has over 45 years of experience in the construction industry. He was instrumental in bringing Design-Build (D-B) work to military construction in the Pacific. Denny has led a number of large construction firms including Watts Construction, Dick Corporation, Dick Pacific, and Fletcher Pacific – building many projects around the world. He retired at the end of 2012 to pursue community projects and veteran initiatives. In 2014, Denny decided to reenter the business world by forming DWC Construction Advisors & Consultants (DWC), developing business strategies and planning throughout the U.S. mainland and Pacific Rim. Since inception, DWC has grown to include more business-to-business opportunities for companies associated with the construction industry as well as increasing the number of Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB and SDVOSB) that Denny currently mentors. In addition, Denny belongs to and supports many A/E/C industry related organizations including SAME, AGC and DBIA.
 jim-bersson_headshot_edited James Bersson, P.E., SES (RET), Partner, Bersson & Constantaras LLC
After 40 years of service with the USACE, Jim retired from the position of Director of Regional Business for USACE, Pacific Ocean Division.  As Director, he provided executive leadership and direction for the Division and its subordinate districts in Honolulu, Alaska, Japan and Korea. He directed and oversaw the Corps international support to the Pacific Command, the Department of State, and USAID in the areas of water security, humanitarian assistance, and disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region. Jim founded Bersson & Constantaras LLC with Andy Constantaras in early 2016, a firm providing worldwide expertise and consulting services in engineering, construction, management, contracting, and environmental on military, civil works, and humanitarian assistance and grant projects.
 andy-constantaras_headshot_edited Andy Constantaras, P.E., SES (RET), Partner, Bersson & Constantaras
Andy has over 40 years of experience designing and supervising major civil works and military design and construction projects in the Pacific and Asia, as well as the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He retired from the position of Director, Regional Business Directorate, South Pacific Division.  Andy subsequently returned to government service as a rehired annuitant as Chief, Engineering and Construction Division of the USACE, Japan Engineer District where he oversaw a $2B+ military design and construction program for all four services in Japan.  In this role, Andy solicited and selected best-qualified A-E firms for award of multiple Indefinite Delivery Contracts for design services.
 wes-ishizu_headshot Wesley (Wes) Ishizu, P.E., GS-15 (REG), Senior Project Manager and Environmental Planning Director, AECOM
At AECOM, Wesley serves as the Environmental Planning Director and Senior Project Manager. Wesley retired in 2016 from the position of Business Director (BD), also known as the Senior Civilian, with NAVFAC Pacific after 33 years of service with the U.S. Navy.  In this role, he oversaw a 370+ person organization responsible for three lower echelon Commands with 4,000+ civilians. Wesley was responsible for the business performance and production capabilities of the Command (Environmental, Asset Management, Capital Improvements, and Public Works Business Lines) with a total annual business volume of $3.6B. He spent considerable amount of time in Japan as the Commander, Naval Forces Japan Base Development and Real Estate Director, Fleet Activities, Sasebo Planning and Real Estate Manager, while starting his Federal career as a general engineer at Mare Island, Vallejo, California.
 leighton-wong_headshot Leighton Wong, P.E., GS-15 (RET), Senior Project Manager and Business Development Lead, CH2M
At CH2M, Leighton serves as the business development lead for all Navy work, identifying and pursuing opportunities, while directly supporting other DoD/Federal capture efforts. After 32 years of service with NAVFAC Pacific, Leighton retired in 2012 from the position of Business Director (BD), also known as the Senior Civilian, overseeing a 400+ person organization responsible for three lower echelon Commands with 3,500+ civilians in at least 10 field offices located in six countries with an annual business volume of $3B.  He managed and controlled strategic direction, processes and resources within the Pacific Area of Responsibility.  During his NAVFAC career, Leighton started as an intern and served in several key management positions (Environmental Restoration Product Line Manager and Environmental Business Line Manager) prior to retiring as the BD responsible for the Environmental, Asset Management, Capital Improvements, and Public Works Business Lines.

$30 – SAME and SMPS Members (Register by 12 noon, Tuesday, December 13, 2016)
$45 – Non-Members (Register by 12 noon, Tuesday, December 13, 2016)
$55 – Late or Walk-in Registration (Registration AFTER 12 noon, Tuesday, December 13, 2016; admission is not guaranteed for walk-in participants.)

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