by Shari Bacon, Southeastern Regional Compliance Manager
Networking plays a very important role in CIFAC’s coverage of Southern California. For most of 2016, I was overseeing twelve counties on my own.
With such a vast territory to cover, it was impossible to be everywhere at once. My network is my eyes and ears in the field that bring in the leads, ask the tough questions about the California Public Contract Code (PCC) and related laws, and invite me to contribute ideas on complex compliance issues.
The best part of my job as a CIFAC Regional Compliance Manager is the networking. Attending industry events, conferences and meetings does not seem like work at all. Since I have a passion for the construction industry and love what I do, the meet and greet comes easy. After nine years at CIFAC, it is like getting together with friends for fun, good times and great memories.
The most memorable events of 2016 included the Bocce Ball Tournament at the AGC/Laborers State of the Industry meeting in San Ramon where I learned to play bocce ball for the first time. I felt lucky, and honored, to sit right next to Dave Sorem, Mike Bubalo Construction, recipient of the Engineering Contractors Association (ECA) 2016 Dignity-Integrity-Generosity (DIG) Award at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles. I hosted a vendor booth at Bragg Companies equipment yard for the Southern California Contractors Association (SCCA) Summer Kick-Off. I traveled the beautiful countryside to greet my network at the Root 246 in Solvang for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Tri-Counties District Holiday Party.
Staying in touch with my network also keeps me informed and allows me to participate in matters involving the industry. Although monitoring the public entities leads to investigations and influences, the leads I obtain directly from my contacts also bring in a variety of concerns. In 2016, leads directly from my Southern California contacts involved Caltrans District 7 and Caltrans District 5 maintenance work; City of Inglewood bid rejection; City of Hesperia water district formation; DBE good faith effort for the City of Long Beach; subcontractor practices for the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) force account work and AB 720 requirements; Unfair bidding practices with the Ojai Valley Sanitation District, influenced; County of Santa Barbara and Job Order Contracts (JOC); the Orange County Civic Center Authority (OCCCA) Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between the City of Santa Ana and Orange County.
I am looking forward to a new year of networking in 2017. I hope to see you at the events our networking partners will be hosting this year. Please be sure to check their Web sites, mark your calendar and plan to attend the amazing networking opportunities they have available this year. What a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year, meeting new friends, learning more about the industry and connecting with colleagues, all year long.