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The Real TiME Podcast features an inside look across SAME and how its members, from across the public and private sectors, are contributing to strengthening the engineering potential of the United States, and giving back to their communities and their profession.

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In the latest episode of the Real TiME Podcast, live from the SAME/U.S. Army Engineering & Construction Camp in Vicksburg, Miss., Kate Staebell, a Young Member with the Vicksburg Post, discusses her path from attending the camp as a high school student, graduating college with a degree in geology, joining the U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center as a research physical scientist, and now returning to the camp as a counselor.

Recent Episodes

Rick McConnell

Korea Post President Rick McConnell discusses how a small team of six people helped put together the first-ever U.S. Forces Korea Engineer Ball in a little over two months, shares how the consolidation of forces at Camp Humphreys is helping cohesion within the Post, and details efforts the Post is undertaking to strengthen connections between Korean and U.S. partners.


Capt. Maria “Lore” Aguayo, P.E., CEC, USN

Live from the NAVFAC EURAFSWA-SAME Government-Industry Engagement Forum in Naples, Italy, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Commanding Officer Capt. Maria “Lore” Aguayo, P.E., CEC, USN, discusses how government and industry partners can work together to improve project delivery in the Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia area of operations.


Col. Marvin Fisher, LEED AP, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)

Live from the San Francisco Post 2018 Holiday Gala at the Marines’ Memorial Club, SAME National President Marv Fisher joins the podcast to provide an update on the Society’s focus areas, detail the biggest successes of the past year, and share what he gets most excited about when talking to Posts and members as he travels around.

Older Episodes of the Real TiME Podcast

Episode 21 with Kate Garufi

In this episode, live from the Symposium on Design & Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites – West, Kate Garufi of the Denver Metro Post and the Environmental Protection Agency discusses how the Symposium was put together, its value to EPA in helping it conduct its Superfund mission, and the critical collaborative role that SAME plays in co-sponsoring the event, enabling it to be held.


Episode 20 with Teri Myers

In this episode, live from the Mega Maryland Small & Minority Business Conference in Baltimore, Chesapeake Post Secretary Teri Myers of CDM Smith touches on how she first joined SAME, the Post’s flourishing scholarship and mentoring program, her Society “bucket list” and the professional appeal of SAME’s broad technical reach.


Episode 19 with Mark Levin

In this episode, 2018 Post Leaders Workshop training facilitator Mark Levin, a leader in providing insights and expertise to volunteer and membership organizations, discusses how nonprofits can build engagement, ways local chapters can prioritize good ideas, and what SAME should be excited about as it approaches its Centennial in 2020.


Episode 18 with Steven Herrera

In this episode, live from the Sacramento Post Sustaining Members Forum at Travis AFB, Sacramento Post President Steven Herrera discusses how he first joined SAME, the feat of an all-volunteer team pulling together a large event, and the various types of programs and initiatives the Post’s members participate in that give back to the community and the profession.


Episode 18 with Nicole Gunyon

In this episode, live from Scott AFB, Ill., site of the inaugural SAME/U.S. Air Force STEM Camp hosted by the Scott Field Post, Camp Director Nicole Gunyon discusses how she got engaged in SAME, the challenges and lessons learned from organizing a hands-on camp for high school students at a military base, and the benefits of giving back as a volunteer and mentor.


Episode 16 with Isaac Lidsky

In this episode, Isaac Lidsky, New York Times bestselling author of “Eyes Wide Open,” and CEO of Florida-based ODC Construction, touches on the lessons he learned from dealing with a degenerative eye disease that left him blind at age 25 and how his blindness has made him a better business leader. Lidsky, who was a child actor and then an entrepreneur and a lawyer who clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court justices before moving into the construction business, is the 2017 SAME Small Business Conference keynote speaker.


Episode 15 with Stephen Grenier

In this episode, live from the site of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Academy Introduction Mission Program (AIM), Stephen Grenier, a Civil Engineering faculty member at the Coast Guard Academy, discusses his background as an enlisted mechanic on ships in the Coast Guard, his second career as a faculty member at the academy, and how the AIM helps prepare students for what life in the Coast Guard is all about.


Episode 14 with Sherri Smith

In this episode, live from the site of the Atlanta Post Industry Day, Sherri Smith discusses her involvement with the Post as a continuous Board Member for 16 years, the opportunities the Post provides to members and Sustaining Member firms to get connected, and the success of the annual Exploring Engineering Academy, a week-long STEM camp held each June at Georgia Tech and co-hosted by the Atlanta Post with the Boy Scouts of America.


Episode 13 with Col. John Henderson, P.E., USA

In this episode live from the site of the SAME Omaha Post Industry Day, USACE Omaha District Commander and President of the Omaha Post, Col. John Henderson, USA, talks about the benefits to the government of connecting through SAME in a public forum, the role the Corps played in founding SAME in 1920, and how the Omaha Post is giving back to the profession through STEM outreach and other initiatives.


Episode 12 with Noah Galloway

In this episode, Army veteran, author, and fitness enthusiast Noah Galloway joins the podcast to talk about his recovery from depression following losing an arm and leg during an IED attack in Iraq; the importance of providing support programs for veterans; and how he is using his opportunity now to inspire and educate on why we must live with no excuses. Galloway is the Keynote Speaker for the upcoming SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference in Columbus, Ohio, May 23-25, 2017.


Episode 11 with Col. Eileen Collins, USAF (Ret.)

In this episode, the first woman to command an American spacecraft, Col. Eileen Collins, USAF (Ret.), discusses how she became interested in flight and her path to becoming a pilot and an astronaut, her thought process on leading the first manned spaceflight after the Columbia disaster, and her advice to youth on the importance of following your dreams. Collins is the Keynote Speaker for the upcoming SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference in Columbus, Ohio, May 23-25, 2017.


Episode 10 with Karen Buniak and Amy Basehoar, F.SAME

In this episode, Philadelphia Post members Karen Buniak and Amy Basehoar, F.SAME, check in live from the Post’s Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites, now in its 10th year. They discuss the event’s origins, growing demand, and how Posts can create opportunities using partnerships to attract and retain members.


Episode 9 with Col. Blair Schantz, USA (Ret.)

In this episode, Col. Blair Schantz, USA (Ret.), of AECOM, and Chair of the SAME International Committee checks in from Qatar and provides information on how the International Committee helps deployed service members and expatriates remain engaged in SAME activities and connected to professional growth opportunities while overseas.


Episode 8 with Gary Gordon and Jim Hagan, F.SAME

This episode features an interview with Gary Gordon of the Boston Post and Jim Hagan, F.SAME, new Resilience Committee Chair, on SAME’s efforts to support the nation’s resilience needs, including in cyber, energy and water. Gordon provides details on an upcoming workshop in April with a number of federal and state agencies participating while Hagan provides an overview on the Resilience Committee’s areas of focus, including how SAME Posts can get engaged with resilience initiatives in their local areas.


Episode 7 with Bruce D’Agostino

This episode features an interview with Bruce D’Agostino, Executive Director of the Construction Management Association of America, a Strategic Partner of SAME, on the ways that the two organizations’ members can benefit from collaborating and participating in each other’s programs and events.


Episode 6 with Todd Wang

In this episode, retired Army engineer Todd Wang of CH2M and Bridges to Prosperity talks about how Bridges to Prosperity and its volunteers including university students are helping communities in developing countries gain access to healthcare, schools and other critical services by working with them to build footbridges across otherwise uncrossable terrain. A Bridges to Prosperity project with the U.S. Navy Seabees is the cover story in the Jan-Feb 2017 issue of The Military Engineer.


Episode 5 with Capt. Michael Blount, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.)

This episode features an interview with SAME National President, Capt. Mike Blount, P.E., LEED AP, F.SAME, USN (Ret.), of AECOM. Capt. Blount discusses his focus areas while leading the Society, how the national leadership team is reaching out to the Service Engineering Chiefs to hear from them where their key needs are and how SAME can provide support, and what the organization is planning to gain momentum on its path to 2020, SAME’s 100th Anniversary.


Episode 4 with Mercedes Enrique

This episode features an interview with Mercedes Enrique, President of CMS Corporation, a small business construction contractor and former 8(a) and Protégé firm, which graduated from the Small Business Administration’s Mentor-Protégé Program in April 2014. Enrique, who also previously was Chair of the SAME Small Business Council touches on the value of the annual Small Business Conference and the opportunity for SAME to play a key role as an integrator bringing industry and government agencies together in an open forum to strengthen the marketplace and support mission needs.


Episode 3 with Bob Sidoti

In this episode, Bob Sidoti, SAME South Central Regional Vice President, discusses in a wide-ranging interview, the benefits of volunteer leadership training, the opportunity at hand to grow and improve SAME’s Student Chapters, and the role that SAME Posts can play in supporting resilience at the local level throughout the United States.


Episode 2 with Cindy Lincicome, F.SAME

In this episode, Cindy Lincicome, SAME Rocky Mountain Regional Vice President and 2015 President’s Medal recipient, touches on how she became involved in SAME, the diversity of the Society’s membership, opportunities for volunteer engagement and collaboration, and the critical role that a Regional Vice President plays as a facilitator in supporting local Posts and helping carry out the goals and objectives of SAME from a national perspective.


Episode 1 with Col. Barry Totten, USA (Ret.)

In this episode, Col. Barry Totten, USA (Ret.), President of SAME’s newest Post, the Tennessee Valley Post based in Oak Ridge, Tenn., discusses how he became involved in SAME, the origins of the new Tennessee Valley Post, and the local opportunities the Post and its members have to support national security and our nation’s infrastructure-related needs.

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