Notes From A Terrific Saturday Night:
Over 200 of our ECA “family” came to our 38th Annual Installation Dinner honoring the induction of Jim Syar and Babe Ghilotti into our Hermsmeyer Hall of Fame. Past Prez Tom Donohoe gave a nice speak on what the ECA did in 2014, and incoming Prez Mike Gulley announced his year will be focusing on PARTICIPATION. ECA will be reaching out to members for simple quick surveys and will be focusing more on Marin and Napa Counties than in years past. Those in attendance were treated to a video of Mike Gulley and Kenny Dern duck hunting (just a spoof), a wonderful speak by Jim Syar with his key people, family members, and wife in attendance, and we got to see heartfelt emotion from Gary and Glen Ghilotti recounting growing up in a construction family and how their lives were shaped by Babe and Elmo. Office employees were acknowledged and a few great stories were told about Babe and the Green Mill days. A nice tribute was made by Team Ghilotti to one of their employees with a scholarship of $10,000 for their son.
I was struck once again, by the familial theme of our member firms. Both Syar and Maggiora Ghilotti and Team Ghilotti are, of course, venerable firms that have been around a long time with family firms. But, their children are now working and producing the output and that theme keeps recurring year to year within the ECA.
If you had other events to attend, or just decided to not go, here are a few of the folks that did go: John Perry, Dean Soiland, Gary Ghilotti, Glen Ghilotti, Dale Mahoney, Marv Soiland, Erik Fowler, Mark Soiland, Roger Hermsmeyer, Deanne Glover, Mark Winters, Mike Smith Jr., Jake Sikes, Clay Green, Paul Balatti, Mayor Bruce Okrepkie, Colleen Ferguson, Dick Dowd, Bob Whittmeyer, Mike Clemintino, Tim Gulley, Joe Moreira, Rob Lee, Jim Syar, Robert Fedrick, Buddy Wall, Randy Parker, Troy Soiland, Dominic Nuccio, Bruce Wilmes, and many more. I think everyone there thoroughly enjoyed the mixing and seeing one another, and I particularly enjoyed how many younger professionals were there. Much as we hate to admit it, our younger folks are carrying more and more of the load and the fact they showed up and enjoyed themselves is a great sign of life for the ECA. I know, because I overheard a couple of conversations, that some business relationships were being forged at this meeting as well. That’s what it is all about!
Last Week’s SWPP Luncheon:
We held a lunch meeting last week with David Noren of EBA Engineering and the Regional Water Board, Jonathan Meronek of SCS Engineers, and Jason Griffin of Advanced Stormwater Protection doing the speaking. Those in attendance learned about the new Industrial Permit regulations and can take that information back to their clients and make sure they are giving a better service to their clients that have large parcels to manage. The biggest change in the Industrial SWPP scene is that all of the information that a landowner or business needs to produce for their SWPP is going to be made public starting July 1, 2015. If you consider there might be some members of the public or the environmental movement that do not appreciate the ongoing business on certain properties, it is a real “heads up” to your clients to make sure they are managing the areas of their production and runoff in a very compliant manner.
Upcoming Safety Kick-Off Feb 18, 8-10am:
The flyer is attached, and as a former Safety Manager for Kirkwood Bly, Inc. I recognize how beneficial it is to send several of your key people to this annual review of safety rules and regs. The rules change each year, but one thing does not-that is your core culture of your firm and your core responsibility to insure a safe workplace for your operations. The cost could not be more reasonable, as it is only $25 per person for this 2 hour seminar and that includes a Continental Breakfast! Please show that your firm is interested in being safe and sign a few of your key folks up to brush up on your IIPP, your confined space program, and your required annual certs.
We are now only days away from launching our new website! Thanks Tom Boylan of Boylan Point for helping us out!
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Engineering News Stories From February 5 -Feb 10, 2015
Bank of Marin 2014 Earnings Rise 38%: click here
Shannon Ridge Purchases 430 acres in Lake County Vineyards: click here
California Eyes Road Repair Funding: From ACEC Legislative Briefs, here is a good article on what Governor Brown is trying to advance: click here
Public Works Contractor Fee Requirement: From AGC, please review and make sure you are in compliance with the new fee described below:click here
Napa County Supervisor Luce Appointed to MTC: click here
Marin Commute Times Exceed Many Others: click here