SAAEMA 2015 Board of Directors Installed

A new slate of SAAEMA directors and officers was installed at the annual awards luncheon on December 16. They will each serve a one-year term.

President – Stevie Bongen, Tierra Right of Way
Vice President – Fernando Galvez, Monrad Engineering, Inc.
Treasurer – Tommy Roof, WE O’Neil Construction
Secretary – Regina Beem, Psomas
Past President – Vanessa Martinez, Tetra Tech

Marilyn Noble, CIP Information Service – Communications Director
Russ Blankenship, Reproductions – Marketing Clinic Director
Bianca Rivera, Terracon – Programs Director
Tiffany Gorrell, GLHN Architects and Engineers – Education Director
Matt Sage, Western Technologies, Inc.  – Membership Director
JV Nyman, Concord General Contracting – Awards Director

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SAAEMA Announces Award Winners

An annual rite of December, SAAEMA’s December 16 award luncheon was the setting for the recognition of a group of colleagues and peers who made substantial contributions to the A/E/C industry in Southern Arizona in 2014.

Linda Morales, CEO of The Planning Center, was honored with the Champion of Marketing Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated support of, commitment to, and respect for professional services marketing as a specialized discipline.

Robin Shambach, BWS Architects, received the Career Achievement Award, presented to  an individual who has made an outstanding, long-term contribution to A/E/C professional services marketing in Southern Arizona and has provided guidance to peers, firms, and the industry.

Rich Bergsma, GLHN Architects and Engineers, was named the Marketing Professional of the Year. He was honored for making significant improvements to his firm’s marketing efforts, producing outstanding results, educating the staff on marketing topics, and leading the charge on external and internal marketing campaigns.

Western Technologies, Inc. received the Best In Show Award, which recognizes an outstanding piece of marketing collateral as voted on by attendees at the award luncheon.

The awards were presented by Brent Davis of Brent L. Davis & Associates and the former executive director of the Southern Arizona chapter of AIA.

SAAEMA's annual award winners (l to r): Matt Sage, Western Technologies; Rich Bergsma, GLHN; Linda Morales, The Planning Center; Robin Shambach, BWS Architects; and presenter Brent Davis.







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Cornerstone Nominations

Cornerstone nomination form 2015

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November 2014 Lunch

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Tom Euler Named Director of Environmental Planning and Cultural Resources Division at Tierra Right of Way Services

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October 2nd UofA North End Zone Tour

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Principal Investigator Jerry Lyon Joins Tierra Right of Way Services’ Cultural Resources Team

TUCSON, August 29,
2014—Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd., a leading land services firm in the
western United States, is pleased to announce the hire of Jerry Lyon, M.A., as
the newest Principal Investigator for the company’s Environmental Planning and
Cultural Resources Division. Mr. Lyon brings over 20 years of archaeological
experience in the Southwest to Tierra’s cultural resources team and will lead
and oversee projects for Tierra throughout the region.

Mr. Lyon’s expertise covers a wide range of methodological approaches in archaeology, and he has led archaeological and cultural resource landscape survey, testing, and data recovery projects for Federal, State, and private clients throughout Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico. A specialist in GIS technology, he is also highly experienced at developing project-specific GIS databases for purposes of spatial analysis, quality control, and to meet client data requirements.

“We’re very happy to have Jerry on board,” said Tierra’s President and Founder, Randye Ferrick. “His extensive practical experience in archaeology and project management will be a great asset to our team and our clients.”

For more information, please call Tierra’s Tucson headquarters at (800) 887-0847 or contact Mr. Lyon directly at

Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd., was established in 1989, and provides right of way, environmental, cultural resource, and other land services for clients throughout the western United States. With eight offices in six western states, Tierra is prepared to handle projects of any size and scope in any region. For more information, visit

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Cornerstone Golf Tournament on October 24, 2014

Click on the Link Below for Additional Information

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GLHN Job Opportunity

GLHN Job opportunity:  Marketing Coordinator

GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. is seeking another Marketing Coordinator for its BD and marketing team.  The position’s primary responsibility will be proposal and interview coordination and production with broad participation in related internal and external marketing tasks.

See the pdf below for detailed information.

GLHN marketing coordinator

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MPA Common Grounds

MPA Common Grounds Information


2014 Nomination Form

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Marketing Clinic


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Marketing Boot Camp

Register for the Boot Camp Now at the Link Below!

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June Workshop

June Workshop

 Please join us at Reproductions, Inc. to tour
their facility and take an inside peek at what is up and coming in the
Reprographics industry.

Reproductions, Inc. has recently upped the bar in their
wide format color division with the purchase of a 4′x8′ UV Flatbed printer and
matching  router. Come check out all the options they have available to
help you get noticed! The possibilities are endless…

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

11:30 am-12:30 pm

 Reproductions is located at 234 E. 6th St.

Please RSVP to

 Lunch will be
served following the tour.

Space is limited so RSVP today!

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May Lunch Meeting

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April Lunch Meeting

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March Joint Meeting with SDA

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MATHCOUNTS 2014 Benefit Golf Tournament

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Healthcare Architect Joins Arizona Design Firm Shepley Bulfinch

Ned McKnight AIA joins Phoenix office of Shepley Bulfinch architects

PHOENIX, AZ – Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to welcome Edward (Ned) McKnight, AIA, LEED AP to the firm’s Phoenix office as a senior member of its healthcare design practice. His clients over the past decade have included Banner Health, the US Veterans Affairs Administration, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Dignity Health. As a healthcare architect, Ned thrives on the complexity of the projects, the evolving nature of the delivery model, and the satisfaction of creating spaces that support and advance healing. Ned is an advocate for environmentally responsive design and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  He is a registered architect in the state of Arizona and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State (’04) and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign.

Shepley Bulfinch ( is a national architecture and planning practice with studios in Boston, Phoenix, and San Francisco and a passion for high-impact design. Its healthcare clients include the University of Arizona Health System and Banner Health/ It award-winning Arizona work includes Postino Gilbert, Joyride Taco, The Galleries at Turney, the Link, and Windsor and Churn. Shepley Bulfinch is ranked among the country’s top healthcare design firms by Modern Healthcare and Interior Design magazine and a Top Mountain Architect by Mountain Living magazine.

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March 2014 Tour

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2014 Board Members

2014 SAAEMA Board Members

President: Vanessa Martinez

Vanessa is a marketing and administrative coordinator with Tetra Tech and has over 15 years of experience in project, proposal and administrative coordination.  Her main responsibilities include the preparation of proposals and statements of qualifications at both the local and Federal level.   Vanessa is married with four children ranging in ages from 18 to 7. She and her husband, Chris, are both Tucson natives and when they aren’t watching or coaching their kids on the ball field, they are outdoors taking in the Tucson sunshine.

 Vice President: Stevie Bongen

Stevie Bongen is the Marketing Administrator at Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd. Tierra). Stevie joined Tierra in July 2010 and has served on SAAEMA’s Board of Directors since 2012, first as Communications Chair, then as Secretary. She started her career in the engineering, environmental, and professional consulting industry in 2004, and has since been involved with SAAEMA through attendance at various association functions and events. Her main responsibilities at Tierra include proposal development for each of Tierra’s offices at the local, State, and Federal levels; debriefings; Marketing Plan development and implementation; advertising and graphics design; and attendance at industry conferences and events. During her time off, Stevie is an annual Team Captain for the Southern Arizona Walk to End Alzheimer’s and enjoys spending time with her family and working on home improvements.

Treasurer: Fernando Galvez, P.E., RCDD, CTM

Fernando is Principal and President of Monrad Engineering, Inc.  He has 36 years of experience (29) years with the firm in electrical engineering. Fernando is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BSEE and is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and Nevada. He is also a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) with extensive experience in audio-visual, access control, intrusion detection, surveillance and telecommunications systems design for smaller and multi-million dollar projects.

Secretary: Megan Banning

Megan is a marketing coordinator with four years of experience in Kimley-Horn’s Tucson office. She provides marketing and technical writing support to Kimley-Horn’s six offices throughout the Mountain Region, with a focus on transportation projects. Her experience includes technical writing, editing, desktop publishing, and developing multimedia presentations for clients throughout Arizona. As part of these efforts, Megan often coordinates with graphic design production. Her marketing experience includes producing proposals, interactive presentations, brochures, flyers, and trade show booths.

Past President: Matt Sage

Matt is the Marketing Director for Western Technologies and has over 8 years of experience in Business Development and Marketing.  Over the past 8 years, Matt has played an integral role in generating leads, developing and tracking proposals, creating statements of qualifications, as well as providing administrative and marketing support for Western Technologies.   During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his 6-year old!  Whether at the park playing soccer or baseball or in the backyard smoking meat and flying remote controlled helicopters, they are sure to be just having fun.

Programs Chair: Tommy Roof

Tommy has spent his career in the building industry, having started as a draftsman in 1973. Since then he has worked for several contractors, starting in the field as a laborer. He started with his current employer, W.E. O’Neil Construction Company, in 1984 and has served as a field engineer, project superintendent, project manager, estimator, project executive, and currently holds the position of vice president. Tommy, a graduate of the University of Arizona, is a native Tucsonan and he and his wife Susan have been married for 29 years. They have four children, ages 18 through 25. Tommy is an avid Arizona Wildcats fan and enjoys golf, traveling with his family, and being involved in organizations giving back to his community.

Education Chair: Ron Schneider, P.E., S.E.

Ron Schneider founded Schneider Structural Engineers 13 years ago. Ron has 27 years of experience in structural engineering and is highly skilled in seismic designs for building structures.  He is active in the business development for Schneider Structural Engineers besides doing a lot of the engineering the firm requires thought out the Country.  Ron is married with one child and is a graduate of Sahuaro High School and Pima College in Tucson and has a BS degree in Architectural Engineering form Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo CA.

Membership Chair: Brad Steninger

Brad began working for Southwest Gas Corporation on Jan. 2nd 1985.  His current title is Energy Analyst.  During his long career he has held many titles but all of them revolved around serving the design/build community.  He has been active in many groups, including but not limited to, ASHRAE, CCIM, and of course SAAEMA.  Brad holds a bachelor’s degree from the U of A and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.  He has two children and is about to become a grandfather.  He enjoys traveling and riding bicycles with his wife Claudia.

Communications Chair: Regina Beem, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP

Regina Beem is a project manager at Psomas with over 16 years of experience.  Regina is
responsible for client coordination, planning and design of projects requiring civil engineering services for developers and public agencies, compiling proposals, QA/QC and plan review, project quality control, and managing and coordinating a staff of engineers, designers, and drafters.  Regina is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Regina is married with two children and both she and her husband are native Tucsonans.

Marketing Clinic Chair: Russ Blankenship

Russ Blankenship, President, Reproductions, Inc. joined the Repro crew in 1979 as a driver. He then began to work with old fashioned blueprints (ammonia, those were the days) trading in the delivery truck for the front counter and became a Store Manager in the mid 80’s. By the 90′s he was named Operations Manager and in 1998 named Vice President. He finally took the reins as President in 2007.  When Russ is not enjoying his work, he is enjoying his family including his beautiful wife of 33 years, Kelly and their two daughters Kayla and Korie.  He also enjoys riding his motorcycle, U of A sports (BEAR DOWN) and being with his two Golden Retrievers, Obie and Buddy.

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