TZL Podcast: Josh Fowler

May 23, 2024

"You really need to work on building your network and working your network because you never know what kind of doors are going to be open for you."

- Josh Fowler

About the Show

Josh Fowler, President of Davis & Floyd, a multi-disciplinary civil engineering firm in South Carolina, brings a dynamic blend of experience in engineering, construction, and manufacturing to the table. With an impressive track record of driving growth and fostering innovation, Josh's leadership is steering Davis & Floyd toward a future where adaptability and client-focused service are at the core.

Episode Summary:

In this episode, host Randy Wilburn delves into a conversation with Josh Fowler about the strategic evolution of Davis & Floyd, a firm with a 70-year legacy of excellence. Josh shares his journey from a math and science enthusiast to a leader in the AEC industry, emphasizing the importance of adaptability, communication, and understanding client needs.

They discuss the significance of nurturing a business development culture within engineering firms, the critical role of employee retention strategies, and the thoughtful integration of AI and technology to enhance operations without compromising the firm's core values and commitment to public safety.

Key Takeaways:

  • Josh highlights the necessity of adaptability in leadership, a philosophy that has allowed him to successfully navigate various roles and industries.
  • A focus on employee benefits, compensation, and understanding individual contributions has led to a decrease in turnover and bolstered retention at Davis & Floyd.
  • The conversation sheds light on the importance of building a business development culture and the power of delivering exceptional client service for organic growth.
  • Josh and Randy explore the potential and challenges of AI in the AEC industry, advocating for a responsible and ethical approach to its implementation.
  • The episode underscores the value of continuous learning and staying ahead of technological advancements to prepare for the unknown future.

All this and more on this episode of the Zweig Letter podcast.


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Tune in to this episode for a deep dive into navigating the complexities and seizing the possibilities within the architectural and engineering industry from the perspective of a smaller firm. Don’t miss out on further insights and stay tuned for upcoming episodes delivering expert advice directly to you.

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About Zweig Group

Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training. Zweig Group exists to help AEC firms succeed in a complicated and challenging marketplace through services that include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Valuation, Executive Search, Board of Director Services, Ownership Transition, Marketing & Branding, and Business Development Training. The firm has offices in Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.