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Each leading civil engineer, urban planner, environmental specialist, surveyor and construction manager at RBF Consulting serves as an expert available to present at select conferences, events and programs addressing topics ranging from Transportation, Water Resources and Federal Projects to Urban and Environmental Planning, BIM, GIS, Sustainable Design, Water Quality, Bicycle Routes, Community Outreach and Business Leadership, among many other topics. The RBF speakers bureau is made up of industry experts who are locally, regionally, nationally and internationally recognized for their work, their projects and their leadership in the industry. These experts are available for key educational, training, conference and industry outreach presentations. Due to high demand upon their schedules, it is recommended that anyone wishing to have one of the experts speak contact the RBF Consulting Public Relations team at least 4-6 months in advance of the event to discuss the speaking engagement and determine availability. For more information on these or other speakers from RBF Consulting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or contact Barbara Eljenholm, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations at (949) 855-3660.
The following is an alphabetical list of members of the RBF Speakers Bureau:
Daniel Apt, CPESC, CPSWQ, Senior Associate
Mr. Apt has extensive experience in storm water management and water quality projects. His experience includes storm water quality research studies, municipal NPDES storm water permit assistance, Best Management Practices (BMP) research, design and implementation, erosion and sediment control, operation and maintenance programs, watershed planning, pollutant trading, TMDL development and implementation, and Low Impact Development. Mr. Apt has experience working with numerous agencies including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Commission, U.S. Park Service, California Coastal Commission, State Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Department of Fish and Game, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, Florida Department of Transportation, South Florida Water Management District, county and municipal agencies in California and Florida. Presentation topics include: Best Management Practices Effectiveness, The County of Orange Retrofitting Opportunities Study, Green Roofs and Their Multiple Environmental Benefits, A Regional Stormwater Treatment Approach: Regional Retrofitting Opportunities Study.
David Barquist, AICP, Senior Associate
Mr. Barquist has over 16 years of experience and possesses a diverse range of skills, including policy analysis, policy development, and urban design. He has extensive experience in land use analysis, with a special emphasis in transit-supportive land use policy. Mr. Barquist has a diverse range of Specific Plan experience and has provided extensive policy and program analysis for local and regional Housing Elements, including constraints and resources analysis, housing needs assessments, conditions surveys, and housing affordability studies. David has been involved in over 12 housing element over the past two years. He was a substantial contributor to the City of Santa Ana’s Housing Element, which recently was honored with an Outstanding Comprehensive Planning Award by the Orange County Chapter of the American Planning Association. Mr. Barquist has authored two State of California Department of Housing and Community Development Downtown Rebound Planning Grants for the City of Torrance, California. Both of these grant applications were successfully awarded to the City. Mr. Barquist was also the primary author of the South Bay Cities Council of Government’s Livable Communities Initiative website, which provides a unique and comprehensive approach for providing livable communities related information to a variety of interest groups.
Rich Beck, CEP, CPESC, REA, Senior Associate
Mr. Beck has extensive experience in the regulatory and environmental disciplines. He has successfully supported federal, state, local and private clients with the Clean Water Act, California Porter-Cologne Act, California Fish and Game Code, Endangered Species Act, and the California Coastal Act. Mr. Beck is a certified wetland delineator and has conducted hundreds of delineations throughout the southwest. Mr. Beck also specializes in watershed management activities, ranging from water quality to habitat issues. In 2008, Mr. Beck co-authored Watershed Management: Integrating People, Land and Water, a resource manual to the watershed approach. Presentation topics include: “Bioassessment Monitoring: Project Planning and Risk Determination,” presentation at the Qualified SWPPP Developer/Practitioner Training Conference, Irvine, CA, 2010, “Regulatory Services and the Connection to the California Environmental Quality Act,” presentation at RBF Consulting, Irvine, CA, 2010, “Implementation of Regulatory Permitting: Changes to the 401 and 404 Programs,” Moderator at the Association of Environmental Professional’s 2010 Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 2010, “Ecological Restoration in Southern California,” presentation at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, 2009, “Tools and Information to Aide in Jurisdictional Determinations After Rapanos,” presentation at the Arid Region Implications of Rapanos and Recent Clean Water Act Developments Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT, 2009, “Tools and Information to Aide in Jurisdictional Determinations After Rapanos,” presentation at the Arid Region Implications of Rapanos and Recent Clean Water Act Developments Symposium, Las Vegas, NV, 2009, “Navigating the Regulatory Process in Changing Times,” presentation at the Association of Environmental Professionals, San Diego Chapter Conference, San Diego, CA, 2009, “Restoring Americas Waters: RBF’s Approach to Ecosystem Restoration,” presentation at RBF Consulting, Irvine, CA, 2009, “The Regulatory Balance: Development, Restoration, and Maintenance - An overview of the RBF Regulatory Permitting Program,” presentation at RBF Consulting, Walnut Creek, CA, 2009, “Navigating the Regulatory Process,” presentation to the County of Orange Resources & Development Management Department (OC Public Works), Santa Ana, CA, 2004, “Navigating the Regulatory Process,” presentation to the Orange County Coastal Coalition, Newport Beach, CA, 2004, “Environmental and Regulatory Processing for Transportation Projects,” presentation at RBF Consulting, Irvine, CA, 2004.
Steve Bein, PE, GISP, Vice President
Mr. Bein's project experience includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Civil and Transportation Engineering; GIS analysis, master planning, needs analysis, database design, system specification and selection, training, and operation. Mr. Bein has applied his talents to the development of computer aided engineering and planning applications, facilities management, and spatial information systems. Mr. Bein manages projects utilizing many systems including AutoCAD, ArcGIS, ArcInfo, and Oracle, SQL Server, SDE, and web technologies. In addition to his experience in GIS and CADD, Mr. Bein is also a registered Civil Engineer with experience in transportation engineering, subdivision design, and water resources engineering. Mr. Bein is also a specialist in hydrology and hydraulics engineering and has developed many of the computerized routines used for such analysis.Presentation topics include: Combining GIS with 3D Laser Scanning & LiDAR to Support Alternative Energy Projects, Innovative Approaches to GIS in Infrastructure Analysis Mapping, Team Collaboration and File Sharing Tools, GIS and Stormwater Quality Compliance & Tracking, and A Planning Tool for the Identification of Hydromodification Requirements.
Tanya Bilezikjian, PE, CPESC, CPSWQ, Senior Associate
Ms. Bilezikjian has extensive experience in storm water management and water quality, including prior experience as a Water Resources Control Engineer at the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region. Ms. Bilezikjian is a Project Manager for Southern California Edison and the City of Anaheim, and is a Contract Manager for Caltrans. She works with each of these clients to implement and enhance their storm water programs. She provides on-call assistance to Southern California Edison including creation of its Corporate Stormwater Policy and Program, construction compliance, NPDES and stormwater permitting guidance, and extensive fieldwork. She provides guidance and assistance to Caltrans on enforcement action tracking, Construction General Permit compliance and cost analysis, construction site inspections, wet weather runoff sampling, and document review. In addition to working for the clients above, she has also worked for many clients to write and review Water Quality Management Plans, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, and conduct facility inspections for compliance with Municipal and Statewide storm water requirements. While at the Regional Board, Ms. Bilezikjian worked with industrial dischargers permitted under the NPDES Program and performed site inspections of industrial and wastewater facilities. Ms. Bilezikjian is a trainer for QSP/QSD training and speaks on stormwater quality topics.
Tim Haile, PE, Senior Associate
Mr. Haile has 12 years of experience on public works and transportation projects, of which over five years with Caltrans. He is an expert in Caltrans design policies, procedures, and standards for transportation projects. Tim has developed geometrics and coordinated civil engineering support, such as drainage, structures, and water quality for over 40 miles of freeway improvements and interchange improvements for the PSR and PA/ED phases. His experience consists of developing geometrics, preliminary cost estimates, and preparing technical reports, such as PSRs, Project Reports, and Modified Access Reports. Over the past year, Tim has been actively involved nationally with the Transportation Research Board and a member of the High Occupancy Vehicle, High Occupancy Toll, and Managed Lanes Committee. He has a broad understanding on a national level of HOT and managed lanes. He currently manages all internal and external communication for the committee, including social media. Mr. Haile is a professor at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and speaks and teaches regarding transportation engineering and planning topics.
Susan Jackson Harden, AICP, CMSM, LEED AP, CNU-A, Vice President
Ms. Harden has a broad background in community development and planning. She has 17 years of experience with a particular focus on community-based planning processes, developing innovative public participation programs for a myriad of project types, including downtown and neighborhood revitalization, comprehensive planning, mobility plans, and urban design projects. Ms. Harden is co-author of an APA Planners Advisory Service Report entitled “Placemaking On A Budget: Improving Small Towns, Neighborhoods and Downtowns Without Spending A Lot of Money”, and has presented at numerous conferences, including the American Planning Association National Conference, National Town Meeting on Main Street, New Partners for Smart Growth, Neighborhoods USA, and Arizona Governor’s Rural Development Conference. She has taught urban planning courses at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, California State University at Fullerton University Extension Education program, and University of California at Irvine where she continues to teach in the graduate planning program. Susan is also an instructor for the NeighborWorks® Training Institute where she teaches several revitalization courses to community development professionals from around the country. Ms. Harden serves on the Social Equity Technical Advisory Committee for the development of ICLEI’s STAR Community Index, a community-wide sustainability rating system. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Jamboree Housing, a nonprofit housing development company. Ms. Harden speaks nationally regarding community visioning, main street management, downtown revitalization, community outreach and numerous other related topics.
Anna Lantin, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ, Vice President
Ms. Lantin is a professional civil engineer with focus on stormwater management involving water quality BMP design and research, hydrology, and hydraulics. Ms. Lantin’s 20 years of engineering experience in stormwater management includes development of stormwater programs, drainage master plans, and numerous flood control analysis and design projects in the southwestern region of the United States. She has provided professional services to the Caltrans Stormwater program for almost 10 years including the development of the Statewide Stormwater Management Plan, TMDLs, management of the Caltrans BMP Retrofit Pilot Program in Los Angeles and San Diego and the statewide roadside vegetated treatment study. She is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer (PE) in the states of California, Arizona, Utah and Tennessee as well as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality. Presentation topics include: Storm Water Treatment 101 Training, Stormwater Track - Water Quality, Sustainable Development, Caltrans - Integrated Statewide Stormwater Management Program, General Construction Permit: Tools for Implementation, and Regulations, Permits & Policies, QSP/QSD Training, TMDL’s, NPDES Permits and numerous other stormwater quality topics.
Rich Lucera, PE, CFM, CPESC, Senior Associate
Mr. Lucera has experience in the fields of stormwater design and water quality analysis. His experience includes design, as well as planning and regulatory compliance. Mr. Lucera participated heavily in the public review process of the recently adopted National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Stormwater Permit for San Diego County. In addition, he has been an active participant in the creation of the recently published County of San Diego Low Impact Development (LID) Handbook that was created in response to the new Regional Water Quality Control Board Requirement. Mr. Lucera has taught and presented lectures on a wide range of stormwater issues at Construction Managers Association of America, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Berkeley Extension, California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA), Stormcon, the Floodplain Managers Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies of California. These presentations and lectures have dealt with topics including construction best management practices, low impact development, the Statewide Construction NPDES General Permit, and hydromodification. Presentation topcis include: The Role of Sediment Supply in Hydromodification Response, Low Impact Development (LID) Techniques, Impact of Local Variables on BMP Sizing for Hydromodification, and The Benefit of Low Impact Development in High Volume Flood Control - Fact or Fiction.
Carlos Ortiz, PE, TE, PTOE, Vice President
Mr. Ortiz experience includes the design of site and grading improvements, street improvements, intelligent transportation systems, traffic signals, traffic signal communication systems, lighting, ramp metering systems, traffic monitoring systems, dynamic message sign systems, stage construction/traffic handling, and signing and striping. Mr. Ortiz is also experienced in intersection realignment studies, traffic impact studies, sight distance analysis studies, speed limit studies, left turn storage studies, traffic warrant studies, and stop sign warrant studies for government and private development projects. Presentation Topics include: Bus Rapid Transit, Mitigating Project Impacts as a Team, and Dairy and Pacific Neighborhoods Traffic Enhancement Project Study - A Successful One-Way Street Conversion Project with Community Involvement.
Rick Rubin, PE, AICP, LEED AP, Executive Vice President
Mr. Rubin is a Licensed Civil Engineer and Certified Land Planner offering a broad range of knowledge throughout the land development process. Mr. Rubin's technical experience encompasses civil engineering, site planning, master planning, surveying, consultant management, community/agency presentations, and construction consultation including work with numerous Federal and Municipal public agencies. Mr. Rubin currently serves as a member of the City of San Diego Technical Advisory Committee as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card Committee that is working with local municipalities, water and schools districts, and various other local agencies to evaluate the infrastructure in San Diego County. He served as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of California San Diego Chapter. Presentation Topics include: Business and Leadership, Spotlights for successful businesses and entrepreneurs in north San Diego County, Documentation Control, and Lessons Learned Panels, among many other topics.
Jim Sinnema, PE, Vice President
Mr. Sinnema is a registered engineer in the State of California with over 20 years of overall experience; thirteen years experience in municipal public works projects; and nine years as a principal of a municipal engineering services consulting firm. His expertise extends into the energy marketplace, where he utilizes land development knowledge to support alternative and green energy projects. He has a broad range of experience covering many types of land development and public works projects. His strengths are in on- and off-site planning and design, street widening projects and sewer master planning. His experience also includes site development for agencies such as the Los Angeles Unified School District , Los Angeles County Fire Department , County of Riverside Economic Development Agency , City of Long Beach , City of Laguna Beach , City of Signal Hill and City of Costa Mesa . Mr. Sinnema is experienced in managing the easement preparation and acquisition process, including interacting with the property owner in negotiating on the City’s behalf. Mr. Sinnema’s focus since 2008 has been on the land development aspects of utility-scale energy projects, which are expected to bring green energy to the southwestern United States. His extensive experience in this market sector brings a seasoned program/project manager to due diligence, preliminary and final engineering efforts on energy development projects. He is available to speak on topics of expertise listed above.
Scott Taylor, PE, D.WRE, Senior Vice President
Mr. Taylor is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and practitioner with extensive expertise in the area of surface water quality. Mr. Taylor earned a BSCE from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and an MSCE from California State University at Long Beach. He is an ASCE Fellow and a Diplomate in Water Resources Engineering. He has over 26 years of experience in flood control engineering and surface water quality and has taught undergraduate courses in hydrology and hydraulic design at the University of California at Irvine and California State University at Long Beach. He serves as the course coordinator and an instructor for a Professional Engineer’s (PE) License review course. Mr. Taylor has served as an instructor for ASCE continuing education for courses in BMP design. Mr. Taylor is Chair of the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). He has presented technical papers on the subjects of flood control and BMP effectiveness at domestic and international conferences and has consulted to the Government of Hong Kong relative to stormwater quality. He has moderated webcasts, served as a plenary session speaker and provided testimony before the Little Hoover Commission. Mr. Taylor is a registered professional engineer in eight states, including California. Conference Proceedings and presentation topics include: Stormwater Everywhere, Nor Any Money to Fund, Best Practices in Addressing NPDES and other Water Quality Issues in Highway System Management, Construction Site Compliance Workshops, Emerging Water Quality Challenges in the Transportation Environment, and Hydrology, QSP/QSD Training and all related stormwater quality and management topics.
Over 50 additional speakers and presenters are also available at RBF Consulting. Speakers are being added to this Speakers Bureau on a regular basis and topics are updated regularly. For actual presentations, please refer to the presentations portion of the Industry Outreach area of this website.