Vol. XXXIX, Number 27 - July 18, 2018
Latest News

ACEC Calls for Suspension of Health Insurance Tax

ACEC and a coalition of business allies are urging leadership in the House of Representatives to suspend a tax on health insurance plans offered by small firms. Click here to read the letter.

The Affordable Care Act imposed a tax on fully-insured, traditional health plans sold to individuals and small firms, which took effect in 2018. In January, Congress voted to temporarily lift the health insurance tax (HIT) for 2019. The coalition is asking Congress to defer the HIT for 2020, as premiums are already being developed.

ACEC supports full repeal of the HIT, and will work with Congress to eliminate health insurance taxes on employers of all sizes.


ACEC International Committee Engages with State, Commerce, Finance Organizations

Raffi Balian, senior advisor on energy, innovation, and technology, Office of Commercial and Business Affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (3rd from right), Americo Tadeu, deputy director of the U.S. Commerce Department's Advocacy Center (5th from right), and Hallie Offen, a regional director in the Advocacy Center (7th from right) talked with members of the ACEC International Committee at National Headquarters on Wednesday.

At the ACEC International Committee meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, officials from the Departments of State and Commerce discussed recent initiatives to promote business opportunities for U.S. engineering firms abroad.

Officials from the World Bank’s Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF) organization also outlined their efforts with governments, financial institutions and investors to improve overseas prospects for U.S. firms.

Representatives from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) briefed members on financing available for private-sector work in developing countries.

For more information on ACEC’s International Committee or to join, contact Dan Hilton.


Engineering Inc. Wins Top International Publication Awards

Engineering Inc. has received three Awards of Excellence in the 2018 APEX Awards—the annual international competition for corporate and nonprofit publishers, editors, writers and designers.

The May/June 2017 issue (EEA) won for overall magazine content; the January/February 2017 issue (Ripple Effect) was honored for overall design/layout; and the November/December 2017 issue (Wind Tested) was recognized for its cover design.

More than 1,400 entries from around the world took part in this year’s Apex awards program.


ACEC/Massachusetts Supports U.S. Representative Jim McGovern

Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) (2nd from right) meets with ACEC/Massachusetts members (left to right) ACEC/MA President-Elect Mike Walsh, CDM Smith; Joel Goodmonson, Architectural Engineers, Inc.; ACEC/MA Executive Director Abbie Goodman; ACEC/MA President Mike Scipione, Weston & Sampson; and ACEC/MA Vice President Scott Miller, Haley and Ward.

Peter Sheahan to Share Success Strategies at ACEC Fall Conference

Business strategist and author Peter Sheahan will share his expertise on how firms can grow and thrive in today's challenging market at the 2018 ACEC Fall Conference in Las Vegas, October 28-31.

Sheahan is the founder and group CEO of the Karrikins Group, an international business consulting firm that works with some of the world's leading brands, including Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, and Wells Fargo. He is the author of seven books, including business best-sellers Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and Matter, and has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association.

Other Conference highlights include addresses by presidential historian Jon Meacham and inspirational speaker Mick Ebeling; 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.


Only Six Seats Remain for ACEC's Pathways to Executive Leadership Program—Register Today

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.

Only six spaces remain for the 2018 program.

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 professional training gap between ACEC’s Business of Design Consulting program and the Senior Executives Institute.

"The focus on peer interaction and collaborative introspection made Pathways memorable, and the learning long-lasting," said Josh Reynolds, principal at Miyamoto International, Inc., who completed the 2017 program.

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

For more information and to register, click here.


Online Class Examines Sexual Harassment Prevention in the A/E Workplace, July 24

In the July 24 online class Sexual Harassment Prevention in the A/E Workplace: Precautions, Policies and Procedures for 2018, a panel of experts will address how to create a professional and respectful work environment and a culture that discourages and eliminates sexual harassment.

Beverly Tompkins, corporate counsel of Simpson Gumpertz Heger, and Joanne Dekker and Kent Holland of ConstructionRisk Counsel will identify the elements of an effective policy prohibiting sexual harassment, examine options for training, and explore various hypothetical situations to gauge your own awareness.

Participants will:

  • Examine the laws, regulations and guidelines concerning sexual harassment
  • Understand what constitutes sexual harassment in order to identify and address it
  • Examine how the EEOC Guidelines are applied and enforced, and how your firm can be held liable for harassment by supervisors and non-supervisory employees
  • Identify the benefits of having a strong policy against sexual harassment and a related effective training program for staff
  • Apply key principles from these learning objectives to situations that may arise in the workplace

For more information and to register, click here.



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A/E Employment

After a brief dip in March, total U.S. architectural and engineering employment is climbing again.

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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. Discover how to create a professional and respectful work environment and culture that discourages and eliminates sexual harassment. The session will identify elements for 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. Understand the 7 Deadly Sins of Email: Self-criticism, blaming, complaining, colloquialism, thoughtlessness, self-indulgence, and TMI (too much information), with examples of each and 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.

15—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.

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.