2021 SBC Keynote Speakers Atlanta, GA

Melissa Stockwell, Two-Time Paralympian, American War Hero

Melissa Stockwell

Two-Time Paralympian
American War Hero

At first glance Melissa Stockwell may appear to be the quintessential Mid-western All-American girl, but she is far more. She is an American war hero who has triumphed over personal tragedy to achieve greatness, World Champion status, and she has dedicated her life to chasing remarkable accomplishments while giving back to others, particularly those who face challenges similar to her own. In 2002, Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. In March 2004, she deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. Just three weeks later, a blast from a roadside bomb struck Melissa’s Humvee causing the loss of her left leg above the knee. After enduring numerous infections and surgeries, Melissa was medically retired from the Army. She is the first female soldier to ever lose a limb in active combat and has been awarded both The Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. Following her accident, sport become the road to recovery for Melissa. In April of 2008, she became the first Iraqi War Veteran to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics. She competed in three swimming events and was honored by her fellow Team USA athletes to be selected to carry the American flag in the closing ceremony. After Beijing, Melissa turned to the sport of Paratriathlon and is now a three time World Champion. She was named USA Triathlon’s female Paratriathlete Of The Year for two consecutive years and was twice nominated for an ESPY award. On September 11, 2016, at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Melissa raced in honor of her fellow soldiers and their families who had given the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting America. After a grueling race, the day ended on the podium, as the newly crowned Paralympic Bronze Medalist.  

Small Business Conference Chiefs Panel  

Engineering Executive Leaders Panel

Senior leaders from the uniformed services and federal government will discuss the impending Infrastructure Bill and what it means for our industry and agencies moving forward. They also will share perspectives on their respective organizations and how they are working to improve project delivery and strengthen business practices. SAME National President, Rear Adm. Mark Handley, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.), will open the session with welcome remarks and then moderate the discussion.

  • Mike McAndrew, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Construction
  • Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, PMP, USA, U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps Engineers
  • Rear. Adm. John Korka, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command and Chief of Civil Engineers
  • Brig. Gen. William Kale lll, P.E., USAF, Director of Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection, HQ U.S. Air Force
  • Michael Brennan, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, Executive Director, Office of Construction & Facility Management, Department of Veterans Affairs

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