Schedule


Tuesday, October 20AEC State of the Industry & CEO Reaction (Part A)

The 1st half of the State of the Industry interactive Q&A type presentation, analyzing the results of the 2020 KPI Survey, in a panel discussion with CEOs from large, medium, and small firm to react, respond, and discuss the results.

Speakers:
Andy Cohen, CEO, Gensler
Gord Johnston, CEO, Stantec
Bret Moffett, CEO, POWER Engineers
B Narayanan, CEO, Carollo
Chris Rayasam, CEO, Murraysmith
Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Water; Black & Veatch


Thursday, October 22AEC State of the Industry & CEO Reaction (Part B)

The 2nd half of the State of the Industry interactive Q&A type presentation, analyzing the results of the 2020 KPI Survey, in a panel discussion with CEOs from large, medium, and small firm to react, respond, and discuss the results.

Speakers:
Lisa Brothers, CEO, Nitsch
Dave Fabianski, CEO, Apex
Phil Harrison, CEO, Perkins + Will
Hisham Mahmoud, CEO, Golder
Bob Pragada, COO, Jacobs
Mike Woeber, President, Corporate Tax Advisors


Tuesday, October 27Internal Ownership Transition Strategies

2020 KPI Survey data “deep dive” and CEO discussion on: stock redemptions & acquisition; shareholder requirements; stock purchase methodologies; sell down requirements; stock valuation.

Strategies to perpetuate independent, internal ownership transition.

Speakers:
Barbara Cook, President, Weston & Sampson (ESOP)
Mark Bernhardt, CEO, Burgess & Niple (Non-ESOP)
Don Bradford, CEO, EnSafe (ESOP)
Leslie Moulton-Post, CEO, ESA (ESOP)
Allan Russell, CEO, McElhanney (Non-ESOP)
Peter Zeeb, CEO, Geosyntec (Non-ESOP)


Thursday, October 29M&A during a Pandemic

Deal Debrief: “Inside the Mind of a Seller”
Pandemic’s impact on M&A strategy
Results of post-merger integration research
M&A valuation trends
Key lessons learned

Speakers:
Joe Boyer, CEO, Atlas
Richard Maser, CEO, Maser Consulting
Elias Mulamootil, Head of Strategic Investments, Colliers International
Terry Ruhl, President, INFRADEVCO
Gerry Salontai, CEO, Hull & Associates
Leslie Shoemaker, President, Tetra Tech
Paul VanDuyne, CEO, IMEG


Monday, November 2Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Keynote speaker: Michelle Silverthorn, diversity speaker, culture change expert, Founder & CEO of Inclusion Nation

Roundtable CEO discussion with Michelle on DE&I issues in AEC firms, and approaches to address them.

Speakers:
Jeanne Cormier, CEO, Lochner
Shelie Gustafson, CHRO, Jacobs
Young Ho Chang, CEO, ATCS
Michelle Silverthorn, Keynote Speaker
Bret Weiss, CEO, WSB


Thursday, November 5Digital & Technology Strategies & "Shark Tank 2.0"

Digital strategies, and their evolution
Digital’s role during COVID-19
Decision point between in-house vs. external digital businesses
Live voting a la "Shark Tank" on digital ideas for the AEC industry

Speakers:
Stacy Carter, CEO, Carter & Clark
Scott Cattran, CEO, Woolpert
Jens-Peter Saul, CEO, Ramboll
Alex Rothchild, CEO, Arcadis North America
David Wantman, CEO, WGI
Jesse Devitte, Co-Founder, Building Ventures


Keynote Speakers

Andrej Avelini President

Andrej is a co-founder and President of AEC Advisors. He has spent over two decades serving clients in the AEC industry, providing corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions advice (over 150 completed AEC industry transactions throughout his career), as well as private equity capital raising, internal stock valuations, benchmarking, and other financial advisory services. He has advised CEOs, CFOs, and Boards of Directors of over 500 AEC firms around the world.


Michelle Silverthorn Diversity & culture change expert / Founder & CEO of Inclusion Nation

Michelle Silverthorn is a recognized expert in organizational inclusion, and the Founder & CEO of Inclusion Nation. She believes that diversity and inclusion needs a new voice for a new generation.

Michelle is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School. She practiced for two large law firms in New York and Chicago before transitioning into the education field where she has trained thousands in-person and online about racism, bias, equity, belonging, and inclusion. She is a TedX speaker and the author of Authentic Diversity, How to Change the Workplace for Good.


  • Includes all sessions, data presentations, and recordings for all 3 weeks

  • Includes access to the AEC State of the Industry presentations, materials, and panel discussions during Week 1 only

  • Includes access to Week 2's sessions about Internal Ownership Transition and M&A

  • Includes access to Week 3's sessions about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Digital / Technology Strategies


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