AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
 
Inside This Edition October 2008
   
Meet the AFMA Board for 2008     Survey Field Seminar
 
Executive Director
Sherman Smith
Conrad Battreal, PE, CFM
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Conrad is a project manager, floodplain management for Little Rock-based FTN Associates Ltd., a company that specializes in solving client problems related to the impacts of human activities on the environment. With approximately 40 years of floodplain management experience, he has managed, directed and supervised
more than 160 flood insurance and flood hazard studies. Conrad has previously served AFMA as chairman in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008, and has been a member of the organization since its inception in 1996. He was named executive director of AFMA in 2008. Conrad is a registered professional engineer and has been a certified floodplain manager since 2000. He was among the first group to be certified in Arkansas. Conrad is the first recipient of the Arkansas Floodplain Manager of the Year award, which is presented annually at the AFMA fall conference.
Chairman
Jim Narey
Jim Narey, CFM
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Jim is the director of planning for the city of Maumelle and has more than 12 years of experience in floodplain management. He also serves as the cityís floodplain manager and the MS-4 liaison with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Involved with AFMA since 1998, Jim has served the organization in a variety of capacities including central representative, vice-chairman, and in 2002 as chairman. A certified floodplain manager since 2000, Jim was among the first group to be certified in Arkansas. He is a recipient of the James Lee Witt Award for Floodplain Management Excellence on the Local Level, which was presented at the 2001 ASFPM national conference. In 2006, AFMA presented its Floodplain Community of the Year award to the city of Maumelle. Under Jimís direction, the city of Maumelle received special recognition by AFMA for training excellence in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Richard Penn
Richard Penn, PE, CFM
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Richard has more than 25 years of engineering experience and has worked for the city of Bryant as its city engineer since 2002. He was recently appointed by the mayor to also serve as the director of community development and public works. Among his many responsibilities, Richard ensures subdivision applications are compliant with the local storm water ordinance and master street plan. He is
also the cityís floodplain manager and
since 2003 has been developing and implementing the NPDES Phase II program for the city of Bryantís small regulated MS4. He became a certified floodplain manager in 2004. Richard was previously employed with Jack Tyler Engineering of Arkansas as an engineering manager and field engineer. It was here that he became acquainted with commerce, municipal operations and industry in many communities throughout central and northwest Arkansas, solving a wide range of engineering problems.
Secretary
Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson, CFM
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Marie has been the clerk, treasurer and recorder for the city of Wooster since 1975. She also serves on the board of other city departments including the planning department and is the director of the parks & recreation department. Marie is the Wooster floodplain coordinator and is a member of the Keep Faulkner County Beautiful Committee and sits on the board of the local Civitan International club. She has been involved with AFMA since 2001 and has served as the organizationís secretary since 2001. She became a certified floodplain manager in 2002.
Treasurer
Terri Watkins
Terri Watkins
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Terri has more than 22 years of experience in the financial industry working with the Federal Reserve Bank as well as several commercial banks in the Central Arkansas area. Since 2007 she has been employed by the city of Bryant and serves as an assistant to the director of community development and public works. Terri is certified to conduct new construction site inspections to ensure storm water best management practices are being followed. Among her AFMA duties, Terri manages the organizationís membership database, coordinates conference registrations, and most importantly - keeps track of the finances.

Survey Field Seminar
Join the good ol’ boys from Pulaski County as they present another short course on SURVEYING!

John Burton, PLS and Sherman Smith, PLS
John Burton, PLS and Sherman Smith, PE, PLS

November 6 - 7, 2008

Sherwood Recreation Center
51 Shelby Drive
Sherwood, AR 72120

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From the Chair
Arguably the 2008 fall conference in Hot Springs was the most well-attended event in the history of our organization. We always have a great time in the Spa City and I hope that for those of you who joined us, your trip home was a safe one.
Admittedly, we did have to throw portions of the conference together at the last minute because many of our FEMA speakers were called to duty on the Texas Gulf Coast. Fortunately AFMA has a depth and breadth of professionals within the organization that we can rely on at the last minute to fill a time slot.
Every organization that hosts a conference undoubtedly experiences a number of challenges in executing their events. AFMA is no different and I want to commend everyone that worked on the 2008 fall conference. I think we put on a pretty good show.
Those of you that joined us in Hot Springs were invited to participate in an anonymous post-conference survey. We asked for your opinion on a variety of topics and I am pleased to confirm that we had approximately 70 percent participation. The conference committee will spend the next few weeks poring over results and will use the data as a guide for planning future AFMA events.
A new board of directors was elected at the 2008 fall conference in Hot Springs and I am happy to introduce these floodplain management professionals to the organization. This month you will meet the executive committee. We will follow with our five regional representatives and then our committee chairs.
I have been a part of AFMA for many years and have served on the board in various positions. In this time I have witnessed the prominent emergence of certified floodplain managers in Arkansas. I have also witnessed the devastation in communities across the state as floodwaters ravage the landscape, threaten lives and destroy property.
Now more than ever, the practice of sound floodplain management is paramount. As you read our introduction of the new AFMA board members, I am sure you will agree that we have the right people in place to lead this organization for the next two years. We had our first board meeting in Hot Springs on the last day of the fall conference and began planning immediately.
We have received several requests for additional training opportunities outside of the spring workshop and the fall conference. In 2009 we will try something new by holding regional meetings across the state. The idea is to provide everyone an opportunity to interact with AFMA on a more local basis.
These half-day events will be free of charge to everyone, both members and non-members alike. Once we set your regional meeting date, you will be notified and encouraged to invite co-workers, peers, and anyone else you think might benefit from the presentation.
Why not take these regional meetings as your opportunity to promote AFMA in your area and encourage others to join our organization? After all, flood smart practices are everyone’s business, and successful mitigation benefits the entire community.
Jim Narey, CFM
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