When: Wednesday, December 20th

Where: Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson, Texas

Please make sure to RSVP for the luncheon prior to noon on Monday, December 18.

This month we are pleased to host our own Jason Conklin, P.E., who will be presenting “Foundation Performance Evaluations – What You Didn’t Know, You Didn’t Know About Foundations.”

 Jason Conklin, P.E. is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and has been a managing engineer and partner at Lighthouse Engineering for 10 years.  Jason has performed forensic and structural engineering inspections on approximately 25,000 properties including fire damaged, flood damaged, tornado damaged and foundation damaged properties.  Jason is a member of the Foundation Repair Association (FRA), is International Code Counsel Certified and holds the Residential (R1), Mechanical (M1), Plumbing (P1) Inspector – Certification. Jason is a member of TSPE and ASCE and is an Executive Board Member of the Preston Trails Chapter as Director (1st Term) for 2017-2018. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.  Jason has been married to his amazing realtor wife for almost 5 years, has two boys Caleb and Asher who are 3 and 1, and currently resides in Allen.





When: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Where: Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson, Texas

Please make sure to RSVP for the luncheon prior to noon on Monday, November 13.

This month we are pleased to host Yinka Robinson, who will be presenting on the Texas Bullet Train project that will connect North Texas and Houston via state-of-the-art high-speed trains.

Yinka Robinson is the Manager of External Affairs for Texas Central. Within this role, Yinka works diligently to build relationships with communities and project supporters, while driving outreach strategies to increase Texas Bullet Train awareness at federal, state, and local levels. An innovative first of its kind project, the Texas Bullet Train will revolutionize the way Texans travel. Prior to her role with Texas Central, Yinka worked as Senior Manager of Marketing and Digital for The JOY Collective (JOY), a boutique marketing firm housed under the BET/Viacom Network umbrella. In addition to JOY, Yinka served as the Director of Communications for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) through the 113th and 114th United States Congresses. There, she gained first-hand experience directing the communications shop of a ranking member office, while managing shared responsibility with the House Space, Science, and Technology committee. Yinka holds a Master’s degree (MPS) in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Georgetown University. In addition to her Master’s degree, she holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland – College Park.

Career Day

Jason Conklin, Rodrigo Vizcaino and Jim Waldbauer attended the Career Day at Armstrong Middle School in the Plano on Friday October 20th. They shared their knowledge with the students to help them learn more about engineering career opportunities in their future. Thanks for their volunteer contribution!






When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 (Luncheon will start promptly at noon)

Where: Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson, Texas

Please make sure to RSVP for the luncheon prior to noon on Monday, October 16


This month we are pleased to host Kelly Kading, who will be presenting on “The Corridor Phase I – a Time- and Cost-Saving Tool.”

An ASTM E 1527-13 conforming Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) is a requirement for property transfers on many projects, including linear projects such as highways, railroads, and pipelines (to name a few).   Many clients and agencies require a separate Phase I ESA for each parcel, resulting in high costs for parcel package preparation.  This presentation describes the Corridor Phase I approach, which can save over 60% on budget and schedule for multiple-parcel linear corridor projects with multiple parcel acquisitions.  The method maintains ASTM conformance, meet the liability-protection needs of clients / agencies, and can reduce the time and cost required to meet this requirement.  The presentation includes a description of the process, and project examples that show the cost savings, to “make it real” for the attendee.

Mr. Kading has 29 years of experience in hazardous materials assessment and remediation, transportation corridor assessment, environmental documentation, and project and program management. He performs hazardous materials assessments of transportation corridor projects as well as Phase I and Phase II Assessments, up to and including remediation. Mr. Kading is also well versed in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments under NEPA. He is familiar with federal and state regulatory requirements, and has worked on projects located in 34 states. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the Academy of Hazardous Materials Management, and serves as HDR’s technical leader for the Phase I Best Practices Team, providing annual Phase I training to all HDR practitioners. He is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology.