For additional information regarding this event, contact Larry Herrera at 414-270-3600.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required, and the registration fee does not include transportation or lodging.

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The 2018 SAME Joint Industry Days and Federal Agency Forum will take place at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook.

A Block of discounted hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Chicago/Northrbook. To take advantage of the discounted price, call the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook at the number below and reference the “SAME event on April 9-10” or CLICK HERE to reserve your room online. Reservations must be made by March 26.

Hilton Chicago/Northbrook.
2855 N Milwaukee Ave
Northbrook, IL 60062

Please click here for directions!


Supporting Small Businesses in Construction, A/E, Environmental and Related Trades / Services

Please Note: Online registration for the Joint Industry Days and Federal Agency Forum has closed. However, you may still attend by registering on-site at the conference. We hope to see you there!


**UPDATES to Agenda – April 9 workshops will qualify for PDH credit

Presentations by:

  • Frank Grimaldi, Assistant Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Robert Scott, Regional Administrator, Region 5,  US Small Business Administration
  • Kurt Thiede, Chief of Staff, Region V, EPA
  • Abigail Madden, counterintelligence ageny, Defense Security Service

Track One

  • Legal Update – presented by Dave Rose, Rose Consulting Law
  • How to Read a RFP and Prepare a Good Bid – presented by Steve Blinderman, President, Blinderman Construction
  • Emergency and Contingency Contracting – TBA
  • How a Federal Agency Develops their Compliance Strategy to Meet Small Business Goals presented by Herb Miller, Michels. and Jean Thiel, Belonger Corporation

Track Two – Moderator – Melissa Meade, PE, Team Leader, Fire Protection, Woolpert

  • Defense Security Service’s Targeting U.S. Technologies presented by Abigail Madden Counterintelligence Special Agent with the Defense Security Service in the Chicago area.
  • BIM, LOD, and Contracts OH MY! – presented by Andrew Rider, BIM Manger, Woolpert
  • SpecsIntact – DoD’s Specifcations Software and Why Those <tags> Matter  presented by Christopher E. Grimm, CSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP BD+C, President, AEC Specifications Consulting, LLC

This year’s SAME Joint Industry Days and Federal Agency Forum (JIDFAF) will be hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Chicago and Lake Michigan Posts, and will be held April 9th and 10th in Northbrook, IL.

This event is designed to bring together Federal Agency staff, Prime contractors and small business for networking, education, round-table exchanges and updates during the Federal Agency Forum.

Technical training (with PDH credits available) will be provided on a variety of topics and issues faced by both Federal contractors and subcontractors on Day One. Resource providers will also be available to assist small businesses on a wide range of topics from compliance, the changing market and certifications, to contract issues and JV agreements.

In addition to networking both before and after sessions, during formal breaks and of course the traditional RECEPTION at the end of Day One, attendees will have access to a number of private and public entities and their guests.

Check out the Speaker updates. Join us – we will have Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities available!