About The Principals Academy 2.0 Team

Unlike other management programs, The Principals Academy 2.0 is presented by a TEAM of speakers, with extensive experience working with and for A/E firms. This insider perspective guarantees that the information you receive will be relevant to your job and the industry. 

Mark Zweig
Founder and CEO, Zweig Group

 

Mark C. Zweig is best known as the leading expert in management for the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental industry. With more than three decades as a student of the industry, Mark knows architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms inside and out. He has worked with A/E and environmental consulting firms of virtually all sizes and types throughout the U.S. and abroad, and helped them solve just about every problem—from strategic business planning, to turnarounds, to partner separations, to organizational restructuring, to mergers and acquisitions, to reenergizing marketing, to dealing with cash flow crises, solving tricky ownership transition scenarios, and more. Mark is a widely published writer on A/E/P and environmental firm management. Since 1992, thousands of leaders of A/E and environmental consulting firms have turned to his editorials in The Zweig Letter each week for information, insight, and inspiration. Mark sits on the BOD's of several different privately-held A/E/C firms, ranging from $10 million to $200 million in annual revenues. He also teaches entrepreneurship at The Sam M. Walton College of Business and teaches a class on “Everything they don’t usually teach you in architectural school” in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.   
 

 

Chad Clinehens, PE
Executive Vice President, Zweig Group

 
Chad Clinehens is Zweig Group’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer based in the corporate office in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Chad's career spans 18 years in the A/E/P industry.  His career includes working as a registered professional engineer in transportation as well as strategic and directional leadership of a 350+ multi-disciplined engineering firm.  As a graduate of a top 25 MBA program, his creative business ideas drive performance and success in the very unique business model of the technical consulting firm.  Chad uses his in-depth knowledge of the A/E/P industry to prescribe ways to improve performance using strategies and approaches used in the best companies in the world.  His expertise includes strategic planning, branding, organizational architecture, presentation coaching, and general business consulting.
 

Most recently, Chad was Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Garver, LLC where he provided strategic guidance and directional leadership of marketing, business development and branding activities for 12 offices across the central and southeast United States.  Part of his job duties including leading the company through a full re-organization and re‐branding.  As a result of his leadership, the firm doubled in size breaking profit and revenue records for 5 consecutive years.  Chad holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas.  He is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

 

Ted Maziejka, LEED® AP, Allied AIA
Financial and Management Consultant, Zweig Group
 

Ted Maziejka has been actively managing architectural and engineering firms for over 35 years, and providing consulting to the Architectural, Engineering and Consulting industry.  With his experience assimilating the intricacies of small and large A/E organizations, focusing on the operational areas within finance, accounting, administration, and business development, he has created and provided Organizational Audits concentrated on improving and bringing greater efficiency to organizations.

Ted Maziejka has been actively managing architectural and engineering firms for over 35 years, and providing consulting to the Architectural, Engineering and Consulting Industry. With his experience assimilating the intricacies of small and large A/E organizations, focusing on the operational areas within finance, accounting, administration, and business development, he has created and provided Organizational Audits concentrated on improving and bringing greater efficiency to organizations.

Ted has served in a variety of capacities to lead strategic marketing efforts that resulted in planned implementation and delivery. He often works with C suite leadership to create strategic planning models, ownership transition, merger and acquisition opportunities, and overall corporate guidance.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds an MBA from Fordham University, and Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stonybrook.
 

Jamie Claire Kiser
Strategic Planning Director, Zweig Group

 

Jamie Claire Kiser is the Zweig Group’s Director of M&A Services. She is experienced in financial analysis, evaluating transactions, and providing clear solutions to the financial needs of businesses. Prior to joining the Zweig Group, Jamie Claire worked in commercial banking, managing the bank’s credit department. She has transactional experience with businesses in all stages, from new firms with growth needs to established firms seeking to wind down.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, and Bachelors of Arts in History, all from the University of Arkansas. Jamie Claire is a licensed attorney with prior experience in law. Jamie Claire’s business education and experience combined with her understanding of law makes her a tremendous resource for those involved in merger or acquisition transactions. In 2014, Jamie Claire was recognized by Northwest Arkansas Business Journal as a member of the “Fast 15” for her business and leadership accomplishments.

Jamie Claire’s unique credentials in both finance and law allow her to provide comprehensive support to Zweig Group’s M&A clients from start-to-finish of a transaction.

 

Randy Wilburn
Executive Search Consultant, Zweig Group

 
An accomplished author, speaker, consultant, trainer, and business coach, Randy Wilburn brings a wealth of executive search experience to Zweig Group.  He first worked for ZweigWhite in the firm’s executive search team in the 1990s/2000s, and was an owner in the firm before leaving the firm when it was sold in 2004 to a private equity group.  With ZweigWhite (now Zweig Group) back in the hands of the original founding partner, Mark Zweig, Randy rejoined the firm to help build a key part of the business.  He is proven when it comes to helping firms in the architecture, engineering, planning and environmental markets find the best people to build their organizations.  In addition to helping firms fill critical roles, Randy also trains firms’ leaders on a variety of skills, including how to recruit and retain employees.
 

Randy is one of the nation’s leading experts on a variety of topics including leadership skills, strategic planning, and small business development.  One of his programs, Bootstrap Bootcamp, incorporates a holistic approach to Small Business Development by focusing on the individual first and the business second. 

He has been featured in Business Week, and The Boston Globe, and the Blog of Timothy Ferriss, Author of the NY Times Best Seller, “4 Hour Work Week,” in addition to being a former Spokesperson for Elance.com.  He spends time inspiring young people and Entrepreneurs with motivational talks that focus on encouragement and leadership development.  Randy is a graduate of Howard University and The Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard University.  He is a certified Business Coach and a Teacher in Biblical Entrepreneurship through the Nehemiah Project.

 

Bill Murphey, Colonel, USAF, Retired
Director of Education, Zweig Group

Bill is a senior strategy executive with over 25 years of experience leading large organizations in operations, logistics, strategy development, strategic communication, and marketing.  As the Director of Education at Zweig Group, Bill directs and coordinates the firm’s education seminars, webinars, and online programs.  He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches in the Master of Business Administration degree program.
 
Bill earned a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas before serving in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft navigator, in the Air Force's CHECKMATE strategy division, and as the commander of a 900-person operations & logistics group.  In addition to his practical leadership experience, Bill specializes in supporting organizations through the development of strategic choices and competitive assessments.
 
In addition to his marketing degree, Bill holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in Military Operational Art & Science from Air University, and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.
 

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