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2012 ERYMC Nashville, TN

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2012 Eastern Regional Younger Member Council

By Jen DiStefano, P.E., M.ASCE, and Doug Martin, AM.ASCE  

2012 ERYMC Business Co-Chairs 


The 2012 Eastern Regional Younger Member Council (ERYMC) meeting, hosted by the Tennessee Section, Nashville Branch, was held January 20th and 21st at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville, Tennessee.  Sara Hooper, P.E., M.ASCE, was the stellar Chair for the event.  Seventy Younger Members representing thirty-seven Sections/Branches across Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 enjoyed the hospitality of the South as they descended upon Music City for the weekend. 

 ERYMC Group Photo 

2012 ERYMC Attendees— most of whom looked happy to be there!  

The ERYMC was held in conjunction with the Workshop for Section & Branch Leaders (WSBL) and the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL), which are all part of the Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC). Several of the activities during the weekend were held jointly with the WSBL and the WSCL, which provided great opportunities to interact with and learn from other Eastern Regional students and leaders. 

Since many of the YMs were traveling and would be in the city by Thursday, January 19th, the weekend kicked off that afternoon with a community outreach event.  The Speed Mentoring activity invited high school students from Nashville to sit down with a number of civil engineers and find out about what they do, where they went to college, and talk about their futures in engineering. 

After a bright and early start Friday morning with breakfast, a scavenger hunt icebreaker, and the always entertaining overview of ASCE, the ERYMC kicked off their activities.  Clement Chung, P.E., M.ASCE, Eastern Geographic Member, presented an overview of the Committee on Younger Members, followed by a game of YM Scrabble as an icebreaker/teambuilding activity. We then split into tables to discuss Younger Member Group topics including professional/technical development, community service and outreach, membership and publications, networking and social activities, and student chapter interaction.  The afternoon session included an informative presentation on the planning and design concepts of the nearby Music City Center in downtown Nashville, presented by Scott Black, AIA, a Project Manager and Division Director from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  Following that presentation, YMs learned about skills that are important in public speaking from ASCE Past President Blaine Leonard, P.E, D.GE, F.ASCE.  The afternoon ended with the Region Breakouts and a reception, both of which gave YMs the opportunity to network and socialize with MRLC attendees specifically from their Region and from all Regions in attendance. 

 The Friday night social was held in Downtown Nashville at the Wildhorse Saloon.  What would a trip to Nashville be without some live country music and line dancing?!  Over 160 YMs, Students and Section and Branch Leaders in attendance enjoyed the music along with great food, a few games of pool, and even some shuffleboard.  A great time was had by all who attended! 


Playing pool and socializing at the Wildhorse Saloon! 

 Saturday's ERYMC events started with a breakfast presentation on Professional Networking and Forming Relationships by ASCE Past President Blaine Leonard, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE.  Following breakfast, the WSBL and ERYMC attendees participated in a Town Hall Meeting with the current ASCE Presidential Candidates.  The annual Business Meeting followed, where four resolutions were passed, including a recommendation for Indiana Section, Metropolitan Indianapolis Branch to host the 2014 MRLC/ERYMC, an amendment to the ERYMC Bylaws, recognition of ASCE Younger Member Staff Contacts, Nancy Berson, Aff.M.ASCE, and Daryl Morais,  and recognition of the Tennessee Section, Nashville Branch for hosting a fantastic ERYMC. The afternoon included a Breakout Session with five topic opportunities that provided some useful information and good discussion among the YMs.  The afternoon ended with a panel discussion entitled, “Transitioning to a Management Position” where Paul Holzen, P.E., LEED AP, M.ASCE, Michael Marassa, P.E., M.ASCE, and Monica Sartain, P.E., CHMM, M.ASCE, answered questions from Younger Members and offered advice on career advancement and the transition from Staff Engineer to a Management Position. 

The ERYMC Awards Banquet was held on Saturday night at Ellendale’s Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant offering attendees a taste of true Southern Charm.  Over sixty Younger Members, guests, and ASCE leaders attended the banquet to honor the following 2012 ERYMC award winners:


2012 ERYMC Awards Recipients

Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Sector 

Megan Nelson, PE, M.ASCE 

Florida Section, East Central Branch 


Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Public Sector 

Damarys Acevedo-Acevedo, PE, A.M.ASCE 

Mississippi Section, Vicksburg Branch 


Outstanding Younger Member in Community Activities 

Janey Camp, PhD, PE, M.ASCE 

Tennessee Section, Nashville Branch 


Outstanding ASCE Practitioner Advisor 

Kevin Merrill, EIT, A.M.ASCE 

Maine Section 


ERYMC Award Winners

Awards Banquet Table1

 Awards Banquet Table2 


 Breakout Session 






 Speed Mentoring Action 

 Speed Mentoring Group 



2012 ERYMC Sections and Branches Represented 


Region 1 

Boston Section 

Buffalo Section 

Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers Section 

Maine Section 

Metropolitan Section 

Metropolitan Section, Long Island Branch 

New Hampshire Section 

New Jersey Section, Central Jersey Branch 

New Jersey Section, Eastern Branch 

New Jersey Section, South Jersey Branch 

Rhode Island Section 

Rochester Section 

Syracuse Section 

Vermont Section 


Region 2 

Central Pennsylvania Section 

Lehigh Valley Section 

Maryland Section 

Maryland Section, Eastern Shore Branch 

Maryland Section, Metro Branch 

National Capital Section 

Philadelphia Section 

Pittsburgh Section 


Region 4 

Indiana Section, Metropolitan Indianapolis Branch 

Kentucky Section, Bluegrass Branch 

Kentucky Section, Louisville Branch 

South Carolina Section, Central Savannah River Valley Branch 

South Carolina Section, Upstate Branch 

Tennessee Section, Nashville Branch 

Tennessee Section, West Tennessee Branch 

Virginia Section 

Virginia Section, Norfolk Branch 

Virginia Section, Roanoke Branch 


Region 5 

Alabama Section, Birmingham Branch 

Florida Section, East Central Branch 

Florida Section, Jacksonville Branch 

Florida Section, Miami-Dade Branch 

Florida Section, West Coast Branch 

Georgia Section 

Louisiana Section, Baton Rouge Branch 

Louisiana Section, New Orleans Branch 

Louisiana Section, Shreveport Branch 



 2012 Sponsors