CMA Staff Attended Joint Professional Societies Annual Legislative Breakfast

CMA Staff Attended Joint Professional Societies Annual Legislative Breakfast

CMA Director of Water Resources Brent Whitfield, P.E., ENV SP led the Joint Professional Societies Annual Legislative Breakfast today ‘Planning for a Resilient Florida’ at the Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens.  CMA would like to extend a special thank you to our Florida State Representatives, Senators and Assistant County Administrator for listening to our fellow engineers and sharing your legislative goals prior to this year’s session: Rep. Katherine Waldron, Rep. Kelly Skidmore, Rep. Jervonte ‘Tae’ Edmonds, Senator Lori Berman, Senator Bobby Powell and Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron.  CMA also served as a sponsor for the event and our other staff members who attended included: Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE, Suzanne Dombrowski, P.E., ENV SP, Shahin Hekmat, P.E., Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC, and Nilsa Zarcarias, AICP.

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CMA Staff Attended FES Miami Legislative Breakfast

CMA Staff Attended FES Miami Legislative Breakfast

CMA staff members attended the FES Miami Legislative Breakfast on January 31. The event, held at the Biltmore hotel, hosted over 80 attendees including seven legislators. CMA Executive Vice President and FES Miami Chapter President Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE and Director of Quality Assurance Shahin Hekmat, P.E. were on the planning committee for this event. Other CMA staff members who attended were Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC, Gregory Mendez, P.E., Yulet Miguel, P.E. and Laura Vogel, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP.  CMA would like to extend a special thank you to our Florida State Representatives and Senators for listening to our fellow engineers and sharing your legislative goals prior to this year’s session: Rep. Daniel Perez (District 116), Rep. Vicki L. Lopez (District 113), Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin (District 118), Rep. David Borrero (District 111), Rep. Alina Garcia (District 115), Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez (District 40) and Senator Alexis Calatayud (District 38).

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CMA Staff Attended Construction Career Days Clay Shoot as a Sponsor

CMA Staff Attended Construction Career Days Clay Shoot as a Sponsor

CMA staff members Mike Bell, P.E., Ben Lehr, P.E., Jason Sutton, PLA, CA and Brad Wilson, P.E., attended the 4th Annual Northeast Florida Construction Career Days Clay Shoot on January 26 at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports.  CMA served as a silver sponsor for the event that also includes an educational outreach program on February 28–March 2. CMA staff members Freeman Bass, P.E., Derrick Smith, P.E., Jennifer Smith, P.E. and Brad Wilson, P.E. will attend and volunteer as chaperones. The program is designed to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities available to them in the construction industry in a hands-on environment. Home – Construction Career Days (nflccd.com)

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CMA Staff Attended ASCE Multi-Regional Leadership Conference

CMA Staff Attended ASCE Multi-Regional Leadership Conference

CMA staff members Madeline Batey, E.I., Charmaine Emanuels, E.I., and Justin Tagle, P.E., LEED AP attended the ASCE Multi-Regional Leadership Conference (MRLC) January 20-21. The event, held in Charlotte, NC, allowed upcoming leaders a chance to gain Society and Region knowledge, interact with students, younger members, section, branch, and institute leaders, while gaining personal leadership training. https://regions.asce.org/region5/multi-region-leadership-conference

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CMA Hosted Event With University of Florida DCP

CMA Hosted Event With University of Florida DCP

CMA, along with University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP), hosted a design charette to the Landscape Architecture students. CMA staff Tanya McCormick, PLA, AICP, Eric Harrison, PLA and John Gorham, PLA kicked off the charette on January 13th and concluded the charette on January 20th. The subject site used for the charette was Currie Park in West Palm Beach. The students were given certain parameters and site information and were asked to prepare site designs to present to CMA for a scholarship of $1,800. The students presented their designs to Tanya, Eric and Dan Manley of UF DCP. The designs were scored based on the inclusion of the provided program elements, observation of site constraints and the deliverables. CMA heavily weighed the creativity and quality of the presentations, and ultimately presented the scholarship to four deserving students. CMA is grateful to have been given this opportunity to begin building relationships with these amazing students and we look forward to seeing them again at the DCP career fair next month! https://dcp.ufl.edu/

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SunSentinel Mention

Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC
President, Chen Moore and Associates

As published by the Sun Sentinel on January 6, 2023

Last week: I hope for a speedy and full recovery for Damar Hamlin. What baffles me is the obsession that people have had with the injury. It was the most watched Monday Night Football ever, but only after the injury. Stadiums across the country are showing their support. Scrutiny is running over sport journalists that didn’t immediately demand the game be canceled. That same day, though, a baggage handler was killed in Alabama when he was sucked through a jet engine. Dozens of construction workers are killed annually just doing their jobs. Where is the outcry for them?

 

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CMA Holiday Dinners

CMA Holiday Dinners

To help celebrate the hard work of our employees throughout the year, holiday dinner parties were held for each CMA office during December. Our Fort Lauderdale staff celebrated at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale on December 2, our Orlando holiday office party was held on December 8 at Armando’s in Winter Park, our West Palm Beach office staff celebrated at the Canopy by Hilton in downtown West Palm Beach on December 9, our Miami office holiday party was held on December 10, graciously hosted at Casa Mendez in Palmetto Bay and our Jacksonville holiday party was held on December 15 at Town Hall Restaurant in Jacksonville. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!

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CMA Participates in Adopt-A-Family

CMA Participates in Adopt-A-Family

Our CMA South Florida offices sponsored a single mother with children as part of the Adopt-A-Family (AAF) of the Palm Beaches program this year. AAF’s mission is to strengthen families with children in their efforts to achieve stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services. Since 1983, AAF has grown into the largest service provider for homeless families in Palm Beach County – providing access to services for more than 2,000 families with children per year. Thank you to the community service committee for coordinating the drive.  https://adoptafamilypbc.org/

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