The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Conference

September 12, 2018

The New York Hilton Midtown
New York, NY

7:30 AM

Registration, Breakfast, Networking, & Exhibits

Sponsored by skanska

8:00 - 8:05 AM


Amy Zucchi, The Karlyn Group



8:05 - 8:10 AM

Conference Program Introductions

Ida Perich, General Manager, The Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights, The Port Authority of NY & NJ

8:10 - 8:35 AM

Eliminating Barriers

Michael Massiah, Chief Diversity Officer for the Port Authority of NY & NJ

Michael will discuss what the Agency has done to eliminate barriers from both a policies and procedures and cultural and behavior perspective.


8:35 - 8:50 AM

How Eliminating Barriers created Opportunities for a local MWDBE firm

Barbara Armand, President and CEO, Armand Corporation

Barbara Armand will discuss her approach to business and how, through her experience and leadership, she has built a successful company that has grown through the years. Barbara believes deeply in “paying it forward” when it comes to her success as a woman and a minority in the construction industry. Whether grooming employees to handle ever-growing responsibilities, or bringing on more fledgling Woman and Minority Owned Small Businesses as project partners, Barbara understands that supporting the success of her associates increases the success and capacity of her company.

8:50 - 9:35 AM

Update on the 2017 - 2026 Capital Plan

James Starace, P.E.  Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of NY & NJ

In February of 2017, the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority approved a $32.2 billion 2017-2026 Capital Plan. This session will highlight updates and modifications to the plan. Find out how your firm can get involved.

9:35 - 9:55 AM

The Future of Engineering - A Look Ahead

Lawrence Williamson, PE, PMP Executive Vice President, MOTT MACDONALD

Lawrence will share insights on Global Best Practices and how companies are beginning to assess topics such as smart cities, Integrated Design and construction, Project Delivery Methods, Transports and the coming technology wave.

9:55 - 10:35 AM

Networking, Refreshments & Exhibits

Join sponsors, exhibitors and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in the hall to network and learn about opportunities.

10:35 - 11:15 AM

Construction in Real-Time: An inside look at managing construction projects at airports, piers and rail systems.

Moderator: Carroll Bennett, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusioin

Jorge Chavez, Assistant Director, Infrastructure & Capital Program, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Damian McShane, Program Director PA/PATH Capital Program
William Radinson, Assistant Director Aviation

This panel will discuss the challenges of working underwater, in narrow tunnels with tight windows of operation and construction during and in between takeoffs and landings.

11:15 - 11:45 AM

Expanding and Connecting the Region: Upcoming Opportunities You Should Know About

Steven Plate, Chief of Major Capital Projects, WTC Construction, The Port Authority of NY & NJ

Vendors, Contractors & Consultants attending the 2018 conference will hear directly from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey  about procurement strategies they should know about to make their job easier.

11:45 - 12:25 PM

Successful Collaborations - Lessons Learned

Moderator: Antwayne Ford President/CEO Enlightened

Debra Simonelli, Vice President of Construction Management CSA Group,  
Keely Thibodeaux, Principal-in-Charge, Landmark Consulting LLC
Wilbur C. Milhouse lll, P.E. President/CEO, MILHOUSE Engineering
Naomi Glean, WDF Inc.
Lawrence Williamson PE, PMP Executive Vice President MOTT MACDONALD

Now more than ever, the Port Authority needs MWSDBE vendors to assist in building the region. This panel will discuss key ingredients of successful and diverse collaborations on their projects throughout the area. They will share their experiences and how their firms embrace diversity and inclusion to Keep the Region Moving.

12:35 PM

Closing Remarks / Conference Concludes



Diamond Sponsor

Tutor Perini

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

CHA Companies Louis Berger VHB

Silver Sponsors

Armand Brand Safway Burns McDonnell Dewberry ENSTOA Oracle VRH


Daktronics Earthcam Granite Jacobs LaGuardia Gateway Partners Landmark Max Cell McKissack Milliken PJS PlanGrid Railroad Construction Company TopoDOT Tully United Concrete Products Inc. WSP Global Inc.

Featured Partner

Burns Group Marshalls STV Incorporated Yonkers

Supporting Sponsors

ACCNJ ACEC New York AGC Amaracon CCA MCA National Women in Construction NY Materials PWC New York STA US Green Building Council

Event Partner

Port Authority  of New York and New Jersey

Presented By

Engineering News Record