News & Press Release

    Drew Durham
    September 16, 2020 • Drew Durham

    M&A Symposium Returns

    September 16, 2020
    Press Contact:
    Christina Zweig
    Zweig Group
    Fayetteville, AR

    M&A Next Symposium returns for 2020 with the best of the AEC industry’s firm leaders,
    investors, and advisors

    Fayetteville, Arkansas (September 16, 2020) – Reserve your seat at the table as Zweig Group’s
    thought leaders share insights and valuable context gained from working with AEC firms of all
    sizes across the country and provide deep learning through an engaging experience focused on
    current and “next” practices in the world of AEC industry M&A. This fully virtual symposium, led
    by Zweig Group’s managing principal, Jamie Claire Kiser, is designed to provide M&A education
    and practical application through expert panel conversation and focused research and insights
    to connect leaders from across the country.

    AEC firm leaders and partners with all levels of experience in M&A will benefit from this mix of
    education, practical application, and panels with seasoned experts. The format of this event is
    designed to start with Zweig Group’s data and expertise and take it down from the academic to
    the practical as we explore topics including COVID-related valuation impacts, negotiation and
    relationship building, best practice letters of intent, data considerations, and proactive
    integration strategies.

    This fully virtual “conference-in-a-conference” will take place within Zweig Group’s ElevateAEC
    Virtual Experience. The M&A Next Symposium is presented in partnership with sponsor
    Unanet/Clearview and will be conducted in four hour-long sessions conducted once per week,
    beginning Thursday, October 22nd and concluding Thursday, November 12th .

    “Building on the success of our first M&A Next Symposium, this year’s agenda and topics are
    truly going to capture the “Next” part of the program design, as we have all had to change and
    adapt quickly to the changing deal-making climate,” says Kiser, “With a roster of speakers who
    have all continued to pursue M&A during 2020, we will take the challenge of a virtual
    experience and make it as relevant to timeless best practices as it is to real-time, finger-on-the-
    pulse insights into AEC mergers and acquisitions.”

    Speakers include AEC firm leaders, investors, and advisors, bringing combined wisdom gained
    from hundreds of transactions:

     Essi Najafi, Managing Principal – Salas O’Brien
     Darin Anderson, CEO – Salas O’Brien
     Lucas Hayden, Director of Product Marketing – Unanet A/E, powered by Clearview
     Peter Devereaux, Chairman and CEO – HED
     Philip Smith, Endurance Partners
     Peter Grupp, Associate Attorney, Lawson and Weitzen, LLP
     Tracey Eaves, Valuation Advisory – Zweig Group
     Jamie Claire Kiser, Managing Principal – Zweig Group

    Special topics include:
     State of the AEC M&A Climate
     Keys to Success: Hot Takes
     Private Equity Perspectives
     Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and COVID-19
     Data Considerations for M&A
     Letter of Intent: The Framework of the Deal
     Anatomy of a Deal

    For more information about this event, visit this link:

    For more information about the 2020 Elevate AEC Experience, visit:

    Elevate AEC Virtual Experience & ElevateHer Symposium


    About Zweig Group
    Zweig Group, three times on the Inc 500/5000 list, is the leading research, publishing, and
    consulting resource for the built environment. The firm provides strategy, mergers and
    acquisitions, business valuation, ownership transition, marketing, business development,
    market research, financial management, project management, recruiting and executive search
    services nationwide. Zweig Group also provides a comprehensive suite of products including
    industry reports and surveys, executive training, and business conferences covering virtually
    every aspect of AEC firm management. Headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Dallas,

    The firm’s mission, elevate the industry, has five tenets: promote, diversify, educate,
    change, and celebrate. Zweig Group’s vision is to facilitate action in pursuit of elevating
    individuals, firms, and thus the industry. More than a mission, this is a movement to advance the AEC profession, creating a world that celebrates the built environment and recognizes its
    impact on individuals, communities, and commerce.
    For more information, visit or call (800) 466-6275.

    Unanet is a leading provider of ERP solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, A/E,
    and Professional Services. More than 2,000 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to
    turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and nurture
    business growth.