2012 Conference Sponsors and Supporters

A large part of the positive “experience” that our annual conference attendees take home each year is due to the generosity of our loyal sponsors and supporters. Their ongoing support, through sponsorship, allows us to stage a memorable and quality event each year. A sincere thank you is extended to all our 2012 sponsors and supporters. We could not have done this without you!

GatorDock™ Marine Access Solutions

GatorDock™ systems have been perfected through our four decades of design and manufacturing experience. We take pride in providing our clients with long lasting, low maintenance and cost effective dock systems. Every GatorDock project begins by custom building a heavy duty, marine grade aluminum frame which has been designed to maximize strength and load efficiencies. Whether your project is for a small kayak launch, public boating access, or a large commercial marina, our team of experts can help you support you through the entire project. The team at Gator also devote themselves to designing GatorBridges™. Our line of prefabricated aluminum pedestrian and utility bridges can be found in nature preserves, universities, theme parks, public works facilities and on trails. Gator has been a proud supporter of SOBA for many years. We look forward to working with you on your next dock or bridge project.

Visit us at www.gatordock.com or www.gatorbridge.com.


ADEM Creation

A comprehensive program of environmental management for the state was established in 1982 with the passage by the Alabama Legislature of the Alabama Environmental Management Act. The law created the Alabama Environmental Management Commission and established the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, which absorbed several commissions, agencies, programs and staffs that had been responsible for implementing environmental laws.

ADEM administers all major federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water acts and federal solid and hazardous waste laws. ADEM assumed these responsibilities only after demonstration that state laws and regulations are at least equivalent to federal standards and that the state has matching funds and personnel available to administer the programs.

ADEM Mission
Responsibly adopt and fairly enforce rules and regulations consistent with the statutory authority granted to the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (AEMC) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to protect and improve the quality of Alabama's environment and the health of all its citizens. Monitor environmental conditions in Alabama and recommend changes in state law or revise regulations as needed to respond appropriately to changing environmental conditions.

Please visit : http://www.adem.state.al.us/default.cnt for more information.


Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission (ASMC)

Created in March 2011 by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley with the signing of Executive Order 09, the ASMC was established to increase business for Alabama’s seafood industry. Alabama Seafood is defined as any seafood product sold by Alabama businesses and sourced from Gulf and local waters.

The ASMC is comprised of volunteer members appointed for a three-year term by the Governor of Alabama that includes fishermen, processors, charter boat operators, retailers, restaurant owners and others directly and indirectly related to the Alabama seafood industry. Led by Chris Blankenship, director of the Alabama Marine Resource Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Commission will help provide advice, oversight, management and encouragement to the marketing of Alabama seafood.  For more information, visit www.eatalabamaseafood.com.  


BLUEWater Design Group

BLUEWater Design Group provides planning, engineering and program management services for the development, rehabilitation and or construction of projects related to boating access, marinas and resort developments.  These services range from modest improvement programs to complex feasibility studies and masterplan analyses.  Construction engineering and management services are provided for waterfront construction projects.  These services range from contractor coordination to engineering support services required to guide construction processes.  Services also include technical analyses for, and preparation of, environmental documentation and regulatory permit applications and assistance with expediting permit approval processes.   

Overall services include:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Planning Studies and Land Use Analyses
  • Site and Facility Evaluations
  • Masterplan Development / Conceptual Designs
  • Project Permitting
  • Full Engineering Design Support
  • Final Design Documentation and Construction Documentation

For more information about BLUEWater Design Group please visit us online at:  www.bluewaterdesigngroup.com  


Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $97 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com


Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood has multiple offices in the US South.  Our firm has grown from the original municipal civil engineering firm of 1947 into the multi-disciplined firm it is today. GMC provides all of the professional services associated with architecture, civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering, landscape architecture, airport planning, master planning, surveying, and construction administration.

GMC offers creative solutions to complex challenges. Our staff of over 270 talented and highly qualified professionals recognizes that if a project is to be successful, it must first meet the needs of the client. GMC takes great pride in recognizing that 85% of our business results from repeat clients.

We measure our success by our accomplishments. The firm implements over $600 million worth of construction projects annually. Our company has been ranked by Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine as #253 in the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States, #163 of the Top 250 Design Firms by Architectural Magazine, and the #1 Design Firm in Alabama by South Central Construction magazine.

For more information visit  www.gmcnetwork.com


JADE Consulting, LLC

JADE Consulting, LLC was established in October 2006 with a goal of providing clients with exceptional personal service. We provide development engineering services with a licensed Engineer in the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Our extremely efficient and motivated staff also served the engineering, and design needs of Developers, State, County and local government agencies, industry contractors and individuals on projects of varying size and complexity. We are conscientious in our efforts to produce exceptional products in a timely manner while maintaining a cost effective project. We have a track record of being able to produce these services in a remarkably proficient manner.
Our firm is proud to be one of a few firms with a LEED AP on staff. We feel that sustainable development is the responsibility of the industry. Our ability to specialize in low impact development design techniques has allowed our home office to be designated as a local award winning project in storm water management. 

Visit http://www.jadengineers.com for more information.


KESS Environmental Services, LLC

Onsite Wastewater Systems
Commercial and Residential
Septic Systems Installation

Danny W. Brown, Member
282 Gilbert Drive
Lowndesboro, AL 36752
Tel: 334-868-6442
Email: kess@htcnet.net


National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.

For more information, visit NMMA.org.


Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need to protect, conserve and restore this nation's aquatic natural resources.

RBFF has a wide variety of programs and products that make it easy for people to get involved in recreational boating and fishing. Under the national Take Me Fishing™ brand campaign and TakeMeFishing.org website, RBFF provides ‘how to’ and ‘where to’ information to help people get started. RBFF also reminds lapsed boaters and anglers ­ people who enjoy the sport but no longer participate ­ about the joy they’ve been missing.

Each year, working with state and industry partners, RBFF gives millions of people – from elementary school students to great-grandparents – the information, encouragement, opportunity, materials and education they need to go fishing and boating and to be good environmental stewards while doing so.  In doing so, RBFF helps generate millions of dollars for the boating and fishing industry and wildlife and natural resource conservation.

For more information, visit TakeMeFishing.org.


Thompson Engineering

Headquartered in Mobile, Ala., Thompson Engineering employees serve the Southeast as planners, designers and constructors. Since 1953, Thompson Engineering has earned its reputation of engineering excellence with leadership in projects that define skylines, coastlines and transportation lines. In addition to our engineering expertise, we are known for our commitment to safety and community service.

For more information please visit www.thompsonengineering.com.


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