Wednesday, September 19, 2018

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Pre- Conference Workshop – “Building your Authentic Brand” Steve Thomas –Brasserie Room

6:00PM – 7:30PM

VIP Reception (VIP Registrations Only)

5:30PM – 7:30PM

AEC Industry Young Professionals Happy HourHappiest Hour, 2616 Olive St., Dallas (Free admission, open to all)

Day 1

Thursday, September 20, 2018

7:30AM – 8:30AM

Breakfast & Registration

8:30AM – 8:40AM

Welcome & Introductions

8:40AM – 9:15AM

State of the Industry – Chad Clinehens, CEO, Zweig Group

9:15AM – 10:15AM

Keynote 1: “Smarter by Design: A Knowledge Management Manifesto for the AEC Industry” Christopher Parsons, Knowledge Architecture – International Ballroom

10:15AM – 10:45AM


10:45AM – 11:45AM

Keynote 2: “A Culture of Inclusion” Dickerson Wright, CEO #1 Hot Firm NV5

11:45AM – 12:00PM

Networking & Break

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch + Rising Stars + Top New Venture Awards sponsored by Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Breakout Sessions

  • “BIM Advancement with Bentley CONNECT Edition” Mark Enos & Matt Jordan, BentleyState Room

  • “Permanent + Research Credit = Competitive Advantage” Dawson Fercho, CTAFountain Room

  • “The Changing Workplace: New School vs. Old School” – Aaron Tippie, Westwood Professional Services, Mitch Fortner, KSA – Pavilion Room

2:15PM – 2:30PM


2:30PM – 3:30PM

Breakout Sessions

  • “Utilizing cloud-based software” Mark Little, Project BossState Room
  • “All about ESOPS” James Swabowski, Matt Doucet, & Patrick Stoltz, WintrustFountain Room
  • “Question Mark: 38 years of Consulting Experience, an Open Mic” Mark Zweig, chairman & founder, Zweig Group -Pavilion Room

3:30PM – 3:45PM


3:45PM – 4:45PM

Breakout Sessions

  • The 2018 Hot Firm M&A Panel – George Christodoulo, Lawson & Weitzen, LLP., Bryan Powell, Westwood Professional Services, Joe Boyer, Atlas Technical Consultants, Paul DiDonato, AIA, President, ATI Architects + Engineers, Moderated by Jamie Claire Kiser, Zweig Group – State Room

  • “Marketing, Motivation and Meaning – How marketing excellence elevates your firm and the industry” – John Zweig, Chairman, WPP Group – Fountain Room

  • Best Firm to Work For Panel – Brian Bowers, President, Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc- #1 Arch, #1 Civil, #2 MD, Paul Grosser, President & CEO, P.W. Grosser Consulting- #1 Environmental, Laura Nick, Corporate Communications Leader, Garver- #1 MD, Brent Wright, CEO, Wright Engineers- #1 Structural – Pavilion Room

6:00PM – 7:30PM


Day 2

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:30AM – 8:30AM


8:30AM – 8:40AM

Welcome & Introductions

8:40AM – 9:40AM

Keynote 3: “Home to Home Depot” Jay Steinfeld, CEO, – International Ballroom

9:40AM – 10:00AM


10:00AM – 11:00AM

Breakout Sessions

  • “Alternatives to Conventional Ownership Transition” Panel Discussion: James Swabowski, Wintrust, Bo Sutton, Bow River, Will Swearingen, Zweig Group, Donald C. Alford, Executive Vice President, Strategic Growth, NV5  -Pavilion Room

  • “Getting your Employees to Think (and Act) like Owners” June Jewell, AEC Business Solutions  -State Room

  • “The Executioner: An Hour on the Power of Strategy with Michael Davis” – Michael Davis, WGI, Phil Keil, Zweig Group -Fountain Room

11:00AM – 11:15AM


11:15AM – 12:15PM

General Session: Elevating the Industry Panel Discussion, Sepideh Saidi, President and CEO of SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc., Steve Lucy, JQ Engineering, Ozzie Nelson, CEO, NELSON, David Wantman, President of WGI, Josh Brown, Director of Dallas, Vice President, Huckabee

12:30PM – 3:00PM

Top Golf Activity (party bus transportation to and from hotel)

5:00PM – 6:30PM

Red Carpet Reception

6:30PM – 9:30PM

9:30PM – 11:00PM

Black Tie Awards Ceremony

After party with Ultra Suede

Agenda subject to change