Source: ACEC 2014 Annual Conference website (, Dec 17, 2017

CIO and CFO Council Tracks

CIO Sessions:

CIO Council Tracks are sponsored by:


Thursday, October 23

Impact of Emerging Technologies on Engineering Business
Paul Doherty, the digit group
Global and local market conditions, process redesign, and technology innovations are forcing A/E firms to change how technology and process decisions are made and how technology tools are leveraged.

Creating Efficiencies Through Technology
Matt Pfohl, GeoSPec Systems; Craig Hill, Earth Systems; Jim Jacobi, Walter P Moore
Discover technology options to migrate your systems from a legacy to ERP system to improve your business performance.

Global File Locking — The Way to Solve BIM Collaboration Issues
Randy Chou, Panzura; Andy Knauf, Mead & Hunt; Eric Quinn, C&S Companies; Markus Weidner, NELSON
BIM is revolutionizing the A/E/C Industry, but the gains can be limited when project teams span across multiple sites. Leading firms discuss the business benefits of moving to effective cross-site project collaboration.

Friday, October 24, 2014

CIO Roundtable: Collaborating in a Fast-Paced World
Steve Ross, Thornton Tomasetti; Jim Jacobi, Walter P Moore; Andy Knauf, Mead and Hunt
The explosion of computing technology demands require CIOs to keep up with fast-paced changes while also adapting business models for what's coming next. Join the conversation to explore how collaboration and "the cloud" can address some of the key technological challenges in today's A/E/C firms.

Geotechnical Strata Modeling and Plans Productions
Alexander Mabrich, Bentley Systems
Examine how to process and analyze geotechnical data in real time in order to achieve better representation of the ground and subsurface conditions. Learn how to provide better analysis to represent the substrata modeling and use civil and drafting tools for final geotechnical plans.

High Performing Engineering Firms — The 3 Pillars of Project Management Excellence
Mike Bourgeois, Deltek
According to the 35th Annual Deltek Clarity A&E Industry Study, produced in collaboration with ACEC, high performing firms are relentless in their pursuit of operational excellence. Hear details of what makes them so successful and learn best practices and real-world examples of firm project management excellence.

CFO Sessions:

CFO Council Tracks are sponsored by

Thursday, October 23

Recruit, Retain & Reward — the Next Generation of Engineers
Katy MacDonald, ExactSource; Matt Keene, Chartwell Capital Solutions
Engineering compensation is on the rise — gain some insight on the competition by learning the latest trends in recruiting and compensation strategies being used to address changing workforce demographics in the A/E industry, all with an aim towards recruiting, retaining and rewarding your current and future star performers.

Preparing Your Firm for Sale
Neil Churman, Morrissey Goodale Examine the key strategic, financial, cultural, and management elements that can make or break a successful firm sale. Get examples of some of the do's and don'ts from real industry transactions.

Is an ESOP Right For Your Firm?
Howard Kaplan, Benefit Trust Company; Lynn DuBois, ESOP Law Group
What is an ESOP, really? How do they work and what financial metrics and mechanisms do they require? Determine if an ESOP is the right fit for your firm.

Friday, October 24, 2014

ESOPs Implementation — Getting It Done
Katie Daly, Chartwell Capital Solutions; Larry Goldberg, ESOP Law Group
Before you finalize your ESOP decision, take a deeper look at those elements critical for a successful implementation, including corporate governance, M&A challenges, and repurchase obligations.

Using Advanced Metrics to Better Assess Marketing ROI
Chris Nordfors, GeoEngineers, Inc.
Being able to assess the ROI of your web and social media marketing program is critical. Examine a range of proven approaches, including web analysis, usability testing, and other quantifiable strategies to measure your marketing program's performance.

Mergers & Acquisitions — Challenges & Opportunities
Chris Staloch, Chartwell Capital Solutions; Terry Neimeyer, KCI Technologies, Inc.; Paul Gardiner, Cardno
Find out why there is such divergence in company values and what the market is telling us today about where the M&A market is headed.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tax Incentives and How They Can Revitalize Your Firm
Michael Siegel, alliantrgoup
Recent legislative changes now allow engineering firms to claim powerful cash incentives. Learn how to qualify for government tax credits and deductions that help firms expand and recharge their practice.