Vol. XXXIX, Number 26 - July 11, 2018
Latest News

Linda Bauer Darr Will Succeed Dave Raymond as ACEC President/CEO

Newly elected Council President/CEO Linda Bauer Darr (center) with ACEC Chair Manish Kothari (right) and retiring President/CEO Dave Raymond (left).

At a special meeting of the ACEC Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Linda Bauer Darr was unanimously approved as the next ACEC president/CEO, succeeding Dave Raymond, who announced his retirement last year. Darr will join the Council on August 6.

Currently serving as CEO of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), a position she has held for the past four years, Darr also led the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) as CEO from 2007-2014. Prior to that, she served in senior positions at the American Bus Association and the American Trucking Associations (ATA). In addition, she was U.S. deputy assistant secretary of transportation for budget and programs in the Clinton Administration. She began her career with the engineering firm EG&G.

ACEC Chair Manish Kothari, who presided over the Board meeting, said "Linda is a team builder and thought leader, and will be a fierce defender of our industry and Council."

"She is the right person for the job," said Raymond, who is working with her on the transition.

The September/October issue of Engineering Inc. magazine will feature an in-depth interview with Darr.


ACEC Endorses Flood Mapping Legislation

ACEC has endorsed the Flood Mapping Modernization and Homeowner Empowerment Pilot Program Act of 2018, which will create a demonstration grant program to deploy innovative mapping technologies to more accurately assess flood risks, especially in urban areas located outside of the traditional regulatory floodplains.

The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and in the House by Representatives Mike Quigley (R-IL-5), John Culberson (R-TX-7), and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2).

The new program would support better design measures and policies to mitigate future flood risks and would augment the recent policy shift in disaster recovery towards future risk mitigation.

Click here to view the ACEC letter to the co-sponsors.


House Committee Approves Delay in Employer Health Care Penalties

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved legislation to delay two provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that impact employer-provided health plans.

Under the ACA, employers with more than 50 employees that do not offer qualified health insurance must pay a penalty. The legislation suspends those penalties retroactively to the beginning of 2015 and through the end of 2018.

The bill also delays implementation of the "Cadillac tax" on high-cost health plans until 2021.

ACEC continues to advocate for repeal of both of these provisions of the ACA. Although the House of Representatives may consider this legislation—and other health care bills that have been advanced by the Ways and Means Committee—it is unclear whether the Senate will take up the issue this year.


ACEC/Connecticut Hits 2018 ACEC/PAC Target "To Support Our Firms on Federal Issues"

ACEC/Connecticut is the latest state to make its ACEC/PAC goal for 2018, joining ACEC/Indiana, ACEC/Hawaii, ACEC/Wisconsin, ACEC/Georgia, ACEC/Montana, ACEC/Tennessee, ACEC/Massachusetts, ACEC/South Carolina, and ACEC/Rhode Island.

ACEC/CT has reached 100 percent or more of its goal for 13 consecutive years.

"Our state leadership and members fully understand the importance of helping to fund a $1 Million PAC and the critical role it plays in electing legislators who will support our firms on federal issues,” said PAC Champion George Jacobs of CME Engineering.

For more information about ACEC/PAC and ACEC’s political programs, visit the ACEC/PAC website or contact ACEC Executive Director of Political Affairs Greg Knopp or ACEC/PAC Director Jennifer Pugh.


Mick Ebeling to Bring Inspirational Message to ACEC Fall Conference

Mick Ebeling, author of Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done, will share his inspirational philosophy of creating "Technology for the Sake of Humanity" at the 2018 ACEC Fall Conference in Las Vegas, October 28-31.

CEO of Not Impossible Labs, Ebeling has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies to develop creative technology solutions to real world problems. He is a two-time South by Southwest Innovation Award Winner, one of Wired magazine's "Agents of Change," and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50's.

Other Conference highlights include addresses by presidential historian Jon Meacham and business strategist Peter Sheahan, who has been named "One of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World"; CEO panels on "Gaining an Edge in a Competitive Market" and "Creating a Workplace to Attract and Retain the Best Talent;" more than 30 business management sessions, the CASE Risk Management Convocation, CEO Roundtables; the annual Awards Luncheon, and Sales & Marketing and Legal Counsel Forums.

For more information and to register, click here.


Friday Deadline to Submit Your Firm’s Innovative Waterfront Restoration Projects to Engineering Inc.

The November/December 2018 issue of Engineering Inc. will spotlight Member Firm’s innovations in waterfront restoration.

If your firm has designed an innovative waterfront restoration project that you’d like to be considered for in this special Engineering Inc. section, e-mail the information below to Engineering Inc. Staff Editor Andrea Keeney by Friday, July 13, 2018:

In a one- or two-page document, submit the following: project name and location; project overview, including unique aspects/challenges; a project photo; and the name, title, phone number and e-mail address of the Member Firm executive to be interviewed for the project profile. The project can be under construction or recently completed.

If you have any questions, contact Andrea Keeney.


Register Now for ACEC's Pathways to Executive Leadership Program

ACEC's 2018 Pathways to Executive Leadership program provides in-depth instruction on how to lead an A/E firm, giving participants the skills necessary to think strategically in their markets, build effective teams, and deliver great customer service.

Registration is now open and spaces are limited.

The program spans six months, beginning in October at the 2018 ACEC Fall Conference in Las Vegas and ending in April at the 2019 ACEC Annual Convention in Washington D.C., and includes both onsite and online sessions.

Pathways to Executive Leadership is designed for mid-career engineers at the cusp of firm leadership. It fills the gap between ACEC’s Business of Design Consulting program and the Senior Executives Institute.

Faculty includes Geordie Aitken of the Aitken Leadership Group and Rod Hoffman of S & H Consulting.

For more information and to register, click here.


Conquer Generational Differences in the Workplace, July 12

With the Baby Boom, Millennial, Gen X and Gen Y generations in the workforce, you may have a recipe for disaster...or great success. It all depends on how you manage this eclectic mix.

Join Heath Suddleson of Executive Achievement in the July 12 online Class Generational Differences In The Workplace to better understand the values and work ethic of each generation. You'll learn about the workplace accommodations each generation appreciates and how to better motivate your staff of all ages.

For more information and to register, click here.



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12—Generational Differences In The Workplace, by Heath Suddleson, president, Executive Achievement. Better understand the values and work ethic of the individual generations in your firm. You'll learn about the workplace accommodations each generation appreciates and how to better motivate your staff of all ages.

17—It’s Over Before It Starts: How to Position Your Firm to Win Before the RFP Comes Out, by Ken Tichacek, founder and principal, Think Like Your Clients.com Learn how your firm can position itself to effectively win proposals before clients even issue an RFP and walk away with proven ideas and strategies to dramatically improve your hit rate, strengthen your relationships with key clients, and help you choose the kind of work your firm does.

18—Up, Up and Away - M&A Trends, Tactics, and Outlook for Engineering Firms, by Steve Gido, ROG Partners. Steve Gido will assess the current M&A environment, highlight recent notable transactions, examine typical deal structures and scenarios, discuss valuation trends, and look at what’s driving buyers and sellers today.

19—Big Data, Neural Meshes, & Probabilistic Forecasting: Are We Really Improving Decision Making?, by JD Solomon, Principal, CH2M. Learn how to improve diagnostics and forecasting using big data and also examine several case studies ranging from ecosystems in the natural environment to transportation and utility systems in the built environment.

24—Sexual Harassment Prevention in the A/E Workplace: Precautions, Policies and Procedures for 2018, by Beverly Tompkins, vice president, corporate counsel, Simpson Gumpertz Heger and Joanne Dekker and Kent Holland, ConstructionRisk Counsel. The speakers to discuss how to create a professional and respectful work environment and a culture that discourages and eliminates sexual harassment. They will identify the elements of an effective policy prohibiting sexual harassment, examine options for training, and explore various hypothetical situations to gauge your awareness.

25—Engineering Infrastructure for a Changing Climate—Business and Technical Impacts, by Paul Chinowsky, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado. This webinar introduces an emerging sector that could provide new planning, design and construction work—both domestic and international—for A/E firms.

26—Smart Buildings, Smart Cities and the Opportunities for Engineers, by Paul Doherty, president & CEO, the digit group, inc. Join Paul Doherty to understand the terms "Big Data," "Smart Building," and "Smart Cities;" identify key data points and the value of turning Smart Building data into Smart City data; and learn how firms are creating value out of their existing data and turning it into new revenue streams.

31—Take Control of Your Time: Strategies and Solutions to Boost Productivity and Efficiency, by Bethanne Kronick. Gain strategies and solutions that will boost your productivity and efficiency. You’ll walk away with tips you can use the same day as the training.


1—Email—The 7 Deadly Sins, by Nancy Rigassio and Nicole Mangino, XL Catlin. This program identifies the 7 Deadly Sins of Email: Self-criticism, blaming, complaining, colloquialism, thoughtlessness, self-indulgence, and TMI (too much information), offers examples of each, and shows how to avoid them.

2—Neuroselling: Engage the Brain to Trigger the Buy, by Bryan Gray, Revenue Path Group. The presenter will demonstrate how brain science and a simple three-step process can separate your firm from the pack in your clients' mind and win the pitch.

7—Taking Your Board to the Next Level, by Gerry Salontai, Salontai Consulting Group, LLC. Gerry Salontai will help you determine how your firm's board of directors sizes up and where there may be an opportunity to improve your business.

30—Working Effectively on Multidisciplinary Projects as a Civil Engineer, by Todd Hay, regional vice president, Pennoni. Todd Hay will show you how your firm can more effectively cross market, communicate between departments, and draft proposals for multidisciplinary projects.