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Welcome to the SAME Los Angeles County Post website! 

It has been a great honor to serve as your Post President for 2011, and I look forward with anticipation to an even greater year to come. The products and services engineers provide impact people in nearly every facet of their daily lives, and I am proud to be part of an engineering organization that benefits them in such significant and meaningful ways! 

I hope the partnership among our military, federal employees, large and small business contractors and civilian partners will continue to embrace a personal philosophy that I’ve adopted as the commander of the Los Angeles District, that building strong and taking care of people are priorities that go hand in hand. 

Recognizing that our technical workforce is declining and our country is at risk of losing its competitive edge, we have stepped up to a STEM challenge. We are, in a sense, training to change and influence the direction of young minds towards critical careers in STEM. 

Today, members of the LA Post are collaborating and investing in people, doing our part to build this nation’s talents and its future STEM workforce. 

Through the launching of our STEM program in 2010, we’ve placed engineering mentors in direct contact with students enrolled in the Los Angeles County Roosevelt School District. Training, developing and supporting young minds today ensures this country continues building strong tomorrow and is capable of adapting to our environment’s changing needs.

Our Business Opportunities Forum, held earlier this year, and our USACE Headquarters Open House were instrumental to our Small Business partners. Those opportunities helped us support their efforts by making connections with potential teammates and by providing our membership with direct connections to federal contracting opportunities on the horizon.

I look forward to 2012 when we will build upon past accomplishments to provide LA Post members a well-seasoned professional lineup of monthly luncheons, including sponsorship and networking opportunities.

I’m excited about the growth of the STEM program and the creative ways you and I will continue to invigorate and influence the next generation of engineers in our own community through support and increased scholarship programs.

I encourage you to join us for another fantastic and rewarding year, and I thank you for the incredible impact you make in our community.



COL Toy graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Research. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Boston University (1991), a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (1996), and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2010). He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Arizona and Virginia.

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COL Colloton
USACE – Los Angeles District
915 Wilshire Boulevard
P.O. Box 532711
Los Angeles, CA 90053
(213) 452-3961

1st Vice President
Rob Blasberg
Leo A Daly
550 South Hope Street, 27th Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 629-0100

2nd Vice President
LTC Alex Deraney
USACE – Los Angeles District
915 Wilshire Boulevard
P.O. Box 532711
Los Angeles, CA 90053
(213) 452-3962


Kanan Patel-Coleman
915 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA  90017
(213) 996-2402

Mark Rogers
313 Silk Tree Street
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 387-4466

Immediate Past President
COL Mark Toy



Communications Chair
Amy Kong
URS Corporation
915 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 996-2201

Charitable Contributions / Holiday Ball
Sherrie Gundlach
RBF Consulting
3300 East Guasti Road, Suite 100
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 974-4919

Membership Co-Chair
Carla Whitehead
CJW Construction
841 East Washington Avenue, Suite B
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 835-6820

Holiday Ball Co-Chair
Kathy Caswell
3020 Old Ranch Parkway, Suite 180
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 314-4205

Robert Taylor
Partner Engineering & Science.
19782 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 230
Irvine, CA 92612
(619) 757-9031

Small Business Co-Chair
Italia Gray
/RECON Environmental
1927 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 308-9333

For Young Member Board, Click Here


Cherie Eifler
1616 East 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 245-2920

Small Business Co-Chair
Candie Benn
RECON Environmental
1927 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 308-9333

STEM Outreach
Michael Betance
Betance Enterprises, Inc.
255 North Lincoln Avenue
Corona, CA 92882
(951) 817-9067

Membership Co-Chair
William "Bill" Stracker
DRCD, Inc.
725 South Figueroa St., Ste. 230
Los Angeles, CA  90017
(213) 235-0939

Programs Mission Chair, Nominations Chair
Robin St. Charles
450 North Brand Blvd., Suite 600
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 291-6365




1. What is the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)?
2. What does SAME do?
3. How do I get involved?
4. Am I a Small Business?
5. Do I need to certify my business as a small business?
6. What is the CCR?
7. What is a DUNS number?
8. What does NAICS mean?
9. Do I need NAICS?
10. Where can I find my NAICS?
11. What types of businesses needs to be certified?
12. Do all federal agencies have small business set aside goals?
13. Do all large federal prime contractors have small business set aside goals?

Q. What is the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)?
A. SAME is the premier professional engineering association in the United States for connecting architects, engineers and builders in the public sector and private industry, uniting them to improve individual and collective capabilities for national security. Our goal is to unite A/E/C entities and individuals in the public and private sector so that we can prepare for – and overcome – natural and manmade disasters, acts of terrorism and improve security at home and abroad.


Q. What does SAME do?
A. SAME Membership helps you:

— Connect with top engineering officials from the public and private sector at SAME conferences.
Enhance your professional skills and education.
— Be the first to learn about important A/E/C changes.

Q. How do I get involved?
A. Become a member (Membership). Attend monthly luncheons (Calendar). Get to know our Board of Directors (BOD).

Q. Am I a Small Business?
A. There is no "official" certification process that determines a small business. It is a self-certifying and paperless procedure. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) uses the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) in determining size standards; which as of October 1, 2000, replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes. To see if your business is considered small by the federal government, or to determine which NAICS Code(s) is applicable to your business, visit HYPERLINK "" size standard topics. (link

Q. Do I need to certify my business as a small business?
A. While there is no “official” certification process, registering your business with the US Small Business Administration and self-certifying your firm will enable teaming partners to locate you as well as establish your qualification for Small Business Set-Aside contracts.

Q. What is the CCR?
A. The CCR is the Central Contractor Registry. CCR is the primary Government repository for contractor information required for the conduct of business with the Government. The URL for CCR is

Q. What is a DUNS number?
A. DUNS is short for “Data Universal Numbering System”. This is a number assigned by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to identify unique business entities.

Q. What does NAICS mean?
A. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the US business economy.

Q. Do I need NAICS?
A. To perform work for the Federal Government, a business should register on the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) ( HYPERLINK "" CCR is the primary registrant database for the US Federal Government. CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions. During CCR registration your firm’s NAICS will be needed to classify your firm’s capabilities.

Q. Where can I find my NAICS?
A. Visit U.S. Census Bureau:

Q. What types of businesses needs to be certified?
A. All types of businesses pursuing work with the Federal Government.

Q. Do all federal agencies have small business set aside goals?
A. Yes. Our government uses the Federal procurement process to encourage agencies to award contracts to small companies owned by women, veterans, and minorities, or located in economically challenged areas. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is responsible for setting goals for small business participation in Federal contracts. Each year the SBA works with each agency to set goals. The SBA submits an annual Small Business Goaling Report with achievements against the goals to Congress. The report is generated by FPDS-NG. The official Small Business Goaling Report is published on the SBA website, HYPERLINK ""

Q. Do all large federal prime contractors have small business set aside goals.
A. Yes - Section 8(d) of the Small Business Act (15 USC 637(d)) and FAR 52.219-8 requires that small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, HUBZone small businesses, woman-owned small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses have maximum practicable opportunity to participate as subcontractors under Federal contracts, awarded to large businesses, to the extent that such opportunity is consistent with efficient contract performance.


The SAME-LA Board of Directors stand ready to assist you with additional questions. Please refer to BOD for contact assistance.


SAME is a nonprofit professional engineering association, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The Los Angeles County Post is one of 149 posts (chapters) located throughout the United States and overseas.

SAME was founded in 1920 to engage military and federal government engineers with those in private life for the purpose of improving the engineering potential of the United States. The Society today has 27,000 Individual Members and 3,200 Sustaining Members from industry, military and government organizations and academia. SAME has approximately 650 Student Members in 81 active student posts.


To promote and facilitate engineering support for national security by developing and enhancing relationships and competencies among uniformed services, public and private sector engineers, and related professionals in Los Angeles County, California, and beyond.


To be a premier engineering organization leading the professional and personal growth of all members in support of military readiness and development of solutions to national security challenges in Los Angeles County, California, and beyond.


Colonel R. Mark Toy


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