Vol. XXXIX, Number 3 - January 17, 2018
Latest News

TV Star Kevin Nealon Returns to Emcee Engineering Excellence Gala in Washington, April 17

Actor/Comedian Kevin Nealon will once again emcee the Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Gala at the 2018 ACEC Convention in Washington D.C.

The "Academy Awards of the engineering industry," EEA will celebrate the industry's top projects at its annual black-tie event on April 17.

Nealon is well-known for his long-time tenure on Saturday Night Live and his performances in several Adam Sandler movies and the HBO series Weeds. He currently stars in the CBS weekly comedy show "Man With a Plan."

The Gala will be followed by an After Party, featuring live music and dancing which is free to all Gala registrants. For more information and to register for the EEA Gala, click here.

For more information about the 2018 ACEC Convention, April 15-18, click here.


ACEC/Indiana Crosses 2018 PAC Finish Line on January 1—"Couldn't be Faster"

For the fourth year in a row, ACEC/Indiana is the first state in the nation to reach its annual ACEC/PAC fundraising goal. It hit its target on the first day of the year!

Indiana has made its PAC goal every year since formal fundraising targets were established in 2003.

“Our fundraising effort is driven by a 100 percent commitment from our state leadership, our board of directors, and our state Executive Director Beth Bauer and her staff,” said Indiana PAC Champion Philip Beer of USI Consultants in Indianapolis. “Our members learn early on that ACEC/PAC is central to our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.”

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 Katherine Bohny.


New Officers Join Executive Committee in April

ACEC’s Board of Directors has elected five new members to the Executive Committee, with two-year terms beginning in April at the Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Mitch Simpler, managing partner of Jaros, Baum & Bolles in New York was elected ACEC chair for 2019-2020, following Manish Kothari, who will begin his 2018-2019 term as chair on April 15.

Newly-elected vice chairs are: Art Barrett, senior vice president of Gannett Fleming in Maryland; Stephanie Hachem, senior vice president of Kimley-Horn in North Carolina; Keith Jackson, senior vice president of HNTB in Texas; and Jay Wolverton, president/CEO of Wolverton & Associates in Georgia.

ACEC/Georgia Executive Director Michael “Sully” Sullivan will serve as the NAECE Representative on the 2018-2019 Executive Committee.


ACEC and Life/Health Trust to Address Proposed Changes to Association Health Plans

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a proposed rule designed to facilitate the formation of association health plans (AHPs). The Council and the ACEC Life/Health Trust, which is one of the few entities currently offering health insurance to association members, are reviewing the proposal and its impacts on the Trust.

The proposed rule would make it easier for groups other than associations to qualify as AHPs, such as entities sharing a common geography. Another change would allow sole proprietors and their dependents to purchase health insurance through the AHP.

The Council and the Trust are looking closely at proposed changes that might make it more difficult for the Trust to compete with other health insurance providers.

ACEC and the Trust will comment on the proposed rule, and work with Congress to ensure that the Trust can continue to offer competitively-priced health insurance to ACEC Member Firms.


How the New DOD Cyber Compliance Rule Will Affect Your Firm, January 23

As of December 31, 2017, firms contracting with the Department of Defense are required to comply with the DFARS rule for “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting."

The "Cyber Rule" protects controlled unclassified information (CUI), which is a broad category that includes many types of sensitive—but not classified—information, such as health records, engineering drawings, technical reports and other information.

If your firm contracts or intends to contract with DOD, don't miss the exclusive ACEC online class Are You Ready to Comply with the New DFARS Cyber Rule on January 23. Jonathan Williams, a partner at PilieroMazza, will provide a comprehensive overview of the rule and outline what it means for your firm.

For more information and to register, click here.


Keep Your Firm Thriving with ACEC's Business of Design Consulting Course

ACEC’s Business of Design Consulting course in Chicago, March 14-17, provides a proven playbook for building leadership and managing your firm.

The 3½-day program delivers strategies for a wide array of critical, need-to-know business topics to maximize your firm's performance in today's churning business environment, including change management, strategic planning, finance, leadership, ownership transition, contracts and risk management, and marketing.

The experienced faculty of industry practitioners includes Rod Hoffman of S&H Consulting; Brett Stewart of XL Catlin Design Professional; Colvin Matheson of Matheson Financial Advisors; and David Stone of blüStone Marketing.

The course carries 22.5 professional development hours (PDHs)

For more information and to register, click here.


ACEC/California Supports U.S. Representative Thompson

Congressman Michael Thompson (D-CA) (left), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, with ACEC/California State Director Mousa Abassi last week.

Nominations Open For 2018 QBS Awards Program

Nominations are sought for the 2018 QBS Awards Program, which honors public entities, private organizations, and/or individuals for exemplary use of the QBS selection process at the federal, state, and local levels.

The deadline for nominations is February 21, 2018. Click here to access the nomination form.

ACEC and NSPE, the joint sponsors of the award, will select up to three QBS Award winners. In addition, the QBS Awards program will designate up to four Merit Award winners, each of which will be honored in a state event.


Experts Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Online Class, January 30

News stories about sexual assault and harassment have dominated the media for months now. As a result, many companies, including engineering firms, are evaluating their risks, reviewing their policies prohibiting sexual harassment, and implementing training programs to sensitize employees to the issues, and prevent sexual harassment.

In the January 30, 2018 online class, Sexual Harassment Prevention in the A/E Workplace: Understanding the Law; and Establishing and Improving Policies, Procedures and Effective Training, a panel of experts will identify the elements of an effective policy prohibiting sexual harassment and examine options for training.

The panel includes Beverly Tompkins, general counsel, Simpson Gumpertz Heger; and Joanne Dekker and Kent Holland, ConstructionRisk Counsel.

For more information and to register, click here.


Keys to Sustainable, Profitable Business at Small Firm Council Meeting, Austin, Texas, Feb. 1-3

Join small firm leaders from around the country at the 2018 Small Firm Winter Meeting in Austin, Texas, February 1-3.

Mark Goodale, principal/co-founder of Morrissey Goodale, will present Essentials to Achieving a Sustainable, Profitable Business, a 1-1/2 day program on how firms can better market themselves, what key firm positions to fill, how to organize the firm into teams, and when it's time to delegate.

The seminar is designed for firm leadership, including owners, principals, HR professionals, CEOs, and CFOs.

Click here for more information and to register.



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18—Recruiting Tips and Techniques Utilizing LinkedIn and Other Sources, by Alicia Kirkby, chief human resources officer, and Margie Freer, senior human resources generalist, Eric Mower + Associates. Learn how to use LinkedIn Recruiter as a tool to build candidate piplines and secure talent. You'll also learn about using employee referrals, third party vendors, and more to boost recruitment efforts.

23—Are You Ready to Comply with the New DFARS Cyber Rule?, by Jonathan Williams, partner, PilieroMazza. Help your firm comply with the new DFARS rules by learning how noncompliance with the new policy could affect your contracts, exploring areas for better compliance, and determining whether this issue affects your contracts now or will in the future.

24—The PM’s Survival Guide to Managing Multiple Projects, by Howard Birnberg, executive director, Association for Project Management. Join Howard Birnberg for close look at skills and tools that will help you better manage multiple projects with greater confidence.

25—Winning Clients in the New Year & Every Year: 5 Strategies That Make Your Firm the First & Only Choice, by Lynne Waymon, CEO, Contacts Count. Learn how to stand out from the crowd and promote yourself and your organization, as well as how to be strategic and purposeful with the time and money you devote to building business relationships.

29—Case Studies in Envision and Sustainable Infrastructure, by Anthony Kane, managing director, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure; Kevin Thornton, associate, PSOMAS; and Kari Hewitt, director of sustainability, VHB. Join our panel of speakers to learn the HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHO, and WHY to creating a professional, harassment-sensitive workplace environment through education as well as streamlined and transparent reporting procedures to give staff confidence while reducing your firm’s liability exposure.

30—Sexual Harassment Prevention in the A/E Workplace: Understanding the Law; and Establishing and Improving Policies, Procedures and Effective Training, by Beverly Tompkins, vice president/corporate counsel, Simpson Gumpertz Heger; Joanne Dekker and Kent Holland, ConstructionRisk Counsel. Identify the elements of an effective policy prohibiting sexual harassment, examine options for training, and explore various hypothetical situations to gauge your own awareness.


6—How Consulting Engineers Create Added Value, by Douglas Reed, president, FosterGrowth. This webinar will challenge you to rethink how you diagnose problems, design solutions, and deliver results as an engineer.

7—Your Marketing Toolbox 2020, by Ida Cheinman, principal/creative director, Substance151, Benefit. The webinar will provide tools and practical takeaways for new approaches to branding and brand management, client engagement, and communicating more effectively across digital and social media channels.

13—Strategy Execution Secrets: Avoid Risks and Succeed, by Douglas Reed, president, FosterGrowth. Join industry insider Doug Reed to learn the step-by-step solution to secure achievable strategies, anticipate barriers, and provide targeted execution support

14—Communicating Technical Information to Decision Makers, by JD Solomon, principal, CH2M. Learn hands-on approaches and techniques that will make you more effective in getting decision makers to move from discussion to action.

22—Communicate with Presence, by Debbie Hildenbrandt, Beyond Words Consulting. Participants will walk away with relevant tools and tips for communicating with confidence and clarity they can apply immediately—whether speaking to a small group, over the phone or doing a large group presentation.


28—Coming Up Short: The Top 10 Reasons Why Companies Fall Short of Achieving Strategic Goals, by Gerry Salontai, Salontai Consulting Group. Explore each phase of the strategic process, beginning with the selection of who should participate through implementation of the plan.


17—Equipment Leasing Considerations and Strategies, by Nick Baxter, assistant vice president, First American Equipment Finance. This session will detail the benefits of leasing, identify the accounting and tax considerations, outline the typical lease process, and consider which terms and conditions will affect the logistics and economics of the lease.