2021 In-Person ElevateAEC Conference & Awards Gala
Zweig Group is excited to see you in person again!
Zweig Group is thrilled to announce that the annual in-person ElevateAEC Awards Gala will return in 2021. Due to recent guidance from the CDC as well as loosening guidelines from the State of Colorado, the 2021 ElevateAEC Conference and Awards Gala is opening up registrations and restoring the full agenda for the annual in-person conference in Denver, November 3-5. This includes bringing back the iconic black-tie awards gala celebrating the 2021 winners of the Hot Firm list, Best Firms To Work For, Marketing Excellence, Rising Stars, Top New Ventures and the Jerry Allen Courage In Leadership Awards. In accordance with CDC, state, and venue requirements, masks will not be required for vaccinated individuals.
Register now for the AEC industry’s top IN-PERSON learning and networking event of the year.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visit us on the fourth floor, Capitol Ballroom to check-in and meet with sponsors!
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
ElevateAEC Conference & Awards Gala Welcome Reception
More information coming soon.
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Breakfast & Check-In
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Conference Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speaker: Chad Clinehens | President & CEO, Zweig Group & Ryan Manougian | Vice President, Sales, Cosential, Unanet
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Opening Keynote - How Bull & Bear Markets Impact the AEC industry & How to Navigate and Grow Through All Phases of an Economic Cycle
Speaker: Bill McConnell, PE, JD, MSCE, CDT
Description: Growth of AEC companies, or lack thereof, is often dictated by overall market conditions. Corporate expansion through bull and bear markets alike requires a culture of growth and awareness of current market conditions. The Vertex Companies, Inc. (“Vertex”) has averaged 20%-plus year-over-year growth for nearly 25 years. The co-founder and CEO of Vertex, William J. McConnell PE, JD, will explore historic data trends, especially related to growth and decline cycles in AEC. Bill will also look at the unique anomalies from 2020 and where the state of the industry is currently and where indicators show we are headed. Bill will also review how Vertex’s growth plan contemplates a balance of non cyclical services (to hedge against recessionary cycles) with traditional AEC services (in order to take advantage of expansion cycles). Lastly, Mr. McConnell will discuss the benefits and challenges that a accompany a continued growth strategy.
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Keynote - The Future of Work: Design Strategies for the Work Experience
Speaker: Sandra M Parét, AIA, IIDA | CEO, STG Design
Description: The pandemic was a catalyst for change in the way we work, but not the cause. Hybrid or flexible work has been occurring for many years as corporate real estate executive balance their portfolio of properties to reduce expense. What has occurred is the empowerment of the employee to adapt to the most productive way of working under extreme circumstances. As we return to the office, how can physical space enable that level of productivity, effectiveness and wellbeing that many have experienced for the first time in their professional careers? We’ll explore the ways in which those involved in the design profession can lead the exploration for solutions in an office environment.
11:45 PM – 12:30 PM
Lunch & Rising Stars Celebration
Speakers: Christy Zweig | Director, Research & E-Commerce & Phil Keil | Principal & Director of Strategic Services, Zweig Group
12:30 PM – 12:50 PM
Lunch Presentation - Research & Design Tax Credit: How Your Firm Can Save $1000's
Speaker: Dawson Fercho | Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, CTA
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Breakout Session One
Breakout Session A: From Start-Up to 300 Employees: Critical Considerations for a Sustainable Competitive Advantage
Speakers: Phil Keil | Principal & Director of Strategic Services, Zweig Group
Description: “Someone once told me the definition of hell; on your last day on earth, the person you could have become will meet the person you became.” Legacy isn’t something you arrive at by copying your competition. Developing a legacy building strategy means looking within to the sources of your greatest purpose and potential. Where do you, your customers, and your community need you to be uniquely great? Once determined, ruthlessly concentrate your time and resources in those areas. This is “strategic coherence.” It is having a single compelling view of how your company creates value in the market, the capabilities to do so, the way those fit into a system, and the way that relates to the services you provide. This is the only way to consistently create value today. Join us for a discussion on ideas, legacy, and purpose within small firms.
Breakout Session B: 300+ Employee Firms: Turning Risk Into Profit
Speakers: Ted Grace | Executive VP, Risk Management, Stephens Insurance & Dathan Gaskill | Managing Director, Zweig Group Risk Solutions
Description:This session is designed to explore enterprise risk and educate companies on how to profitably manage enterprise risk. The session will view risk management from a strategic point of view and from a practical implementation perspective. We will explore and interactively discuss ways to figure out optimal coverage, how to grow coverage as a firm grows and how to make money while managing risk. The operating economics, impacts and flexibility of captive insurance programs will be highlighted as an optimal form for strategic risk management.
Breakout Session C: M&A Next
Speakers: Jamie Claire Kiser | Managing Principal & Director of Advisory Services, Zweig Group
Description: We are in the midst of a great M&A run in AEC. This conversational session will dive into the trends and offer prognosis on these indicators as we prepare for the next five years.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Breakout Session Two
Breakout Session A: Building A Strong Legacy
Speakers: Edward Renenger | President & CEO, SES ESOP Strategies, Will Swearingen | Director of Ownership Transition, Zweig Group & Larry Zucchino | Chairman, JDavis Architects
Description: When evaluating options for exiting or achieving liquidity from a business, owners can choose many different paths. In this session, you’ll hear about the various strategic options business owners have when looking to sell a business. For an owner seeking an exit strategy that allows him or her to retain the legacy of the business, maintain the business in the local community and allow the owner to stay involved following a change in ownership, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) may be an ideal choice. This session will examine the journey through the internal options and a company’s ultimate decision to become employee owned.
Breakout Session B: Lifeblood of Business: How to be a Marketing, Branding and PR Master in one hour.
Speakers: Dr. Kit Miyamoto | CEO, Miyamoto International
Description: Research show businesses with clear, distinct brand and communication strategy outpace businesses without one. Consecutive years’ multicategory winner of Zweig Marketing Excellence, Miyamoto International will describe their secret source to its PR and communication success.
Breakout Session C: Project Management: The not-so secret weapon in client engagement. A Customized Assessment, Training, and Implementation Approach to Enhancing Project Management and Client Experience
Speakers: Justin Smith, S.E, P.E | Principal, Start2Rise & James E. Spencer, AIA | Principal, Architect, GHC Architects
Description: Project managers are uniquely positioned to impact a wide range of experiences, ranging from the employee experience within project teams, to the client experience on projects. Project Managers are the tip of the proverbial spear when it comes to positively impacting the lives of clients and delivering on the promises that firms make to the world. Done well, effective Project Managers create healthy teams, foster growth-oriented employee experiences, and high levels of client engagement. If the goal is to engage the client in a meaningful way that creates lasting, memorable experiences and builds strong, resilient relationships, why does most Project Management Training focus on budgets, spreadsheets, timesheets, and bean counting?
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
This is a great opportunity to network and continue session topic discussions amongst other conference attendees!
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join us in the Capitol Ballroom North Foyer for fun and drinks in celebration of our award winners! Be sure to wear your best gala attire and take a professional red-carpet picture in front of our step-and-repeat and photo booth!
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ElevateAEC Black-Tie Awards Gala
Fill your drinks and find your seat! We will be celebrating and cheering on all our award winners while enjoying a delicious dinner meal!
Friday, November 5, 2021
ElevateHER Brunch Begins
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Speaker: Jamie Claire Kiser – Managing Principal, Zweig Group, Veronica Porter – ElevateHER program coordinator, Zweig Group & Team MentHER Match
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
More information coming soon.
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Breakout Session Three
Breakout Session A: Next Level Leadership & Management for the New Era
Speakers: Pete Atherton, P.E | President and Founder, ActionsProve
Description: We know that the “next normal” will never be as it was, and neither will the type of leadership and management needed to move our teams and organizations forward. This session is designed to help position you and your team for greater success now and moving forward.
Breakout Session B: Designing a Client Experience Program
Speakers: Ryan Suydam | Chief Experience Officer, Client Savvy & Phil Keil | Principal & Director of Strategic Services, Zweig Group
Description: New research by SMPS revealed a firm’s Client Experience (CX) will be the single most important driver of growth and differentiation by 2022. And while 87% of Fortune 2000 companies have integrated CX Management into their organization’s operations and marketing, fewer than 3% of AEC firms have made the leap. During this session you will learn the fundamentals of CX Management. Hear case studies of AEC firms who have invested in (and seen a return on) CX – including how one firm cut proposal volume 66% and increased sales 15% in just one year. Finally, we will lay out a CX Maturity Model that will enable any A/E/C leader to chart their firm’s course and take the first (or next) step on their CX journey.
Breakout Session C: Building a Best Practices Board of Directors
Speakers: Dan Williams | Chair Emeritus and Retired CEO, Garver & John McAdams, P.E., PLS | Founder and Chairman, McAdams
Description: This session will present best practices to help you assemble the ideal board of directors to elevate your firm. Topics will include: the role of the board and of board members, selecting ideal board members, best practices meetings, value of outsiders, effective agendas, and more. Presented by two veteran industry leaders, this session can take your strategy to the next level.
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Closing Keynote - Inspiring Design: From Architect to Entrepreneur - The Janus Motorcycles Story
Speaker: Richard Worsham – CEO, Janus Motorcycles
Description: Janus Motorcycles is a company built around the idea of providing handmade production motorcycles that answer the question of why we ride motorcycles in the first place. In this talk, Richard will discuss the founding and history of Janus Motorcycles, the influence of his classical architectural training, and the role that tradition plays in the timeless designs and values that define the company.
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Conference Conclusion & Closing Remarks
More information coming soon.
2021 ElevateAEC Conference & Awards Gala Speakers
This event is being held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in Downtown Denver.
Click the following link to make a hotel reservation in the conference block : https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/DENCC/G-ZWEI
Can you help me understand how this coincides with the virtual event? Are attendees choosing one or the other, or do they have the option of both? Does the virtual event have a different audience all together, or is it the same audience?
The in-person conference and the virtual conference are two separate events with the same mission: To Elevate The Industry. They are taking place at separate times and will have different content so anyone has the opportunity to join both conferences!
They will have different audiences, as the virtual conference is free and open to the entire org chart (expecting 1500-2000 attendees), while the in-person conference is targeted towards the C-Suite (expecting 150-250) attendees.
Virtual ElevateAEC Conference & ElevateHER Symposium
When: September 13-October 7, 2021.
Target Audience: Entire org chart
Expected Attendees: 1500-2000
Link for more information: 2021VIRTUAL
In-Person ElevateAEC Conference & Awards Gala: November 3-5, in Denver CO.
When: November 3-5
Where: Denver, CO
Target Audience: C-Suite and Executive Level
Expected Attendees: 150-250
Link for more information: 2021INPERSON
Overall, we saw the success that came from the virtual conference last year and wanted to continue to offer that in a virtual capacity so we can reach a larger audience but thankfully as the pandemic is slowly ending we are able to get back together in person for those interested as well! We wanted to have both options as there are still some people who prefer one over the other.
Is there a deadline to register for the in-person conference/gala?
The deadline to register for the in-person will most likely be around September 30th, but there is a chance that spots will fill up before then so we recommend registering as soon as possible to hold your spot!
Would we be able to bring a spouse/guest to the welcome reception and awards gala?
We are interested in register a group for the ElevateAEC Awards Gala. Is there an option to buy a table(s)?
A table at the ElevateAEC Awards Gala fits 8 attendees and if you buy the whole table we are offering a 15% discount off each registration. Before the discount, each registration is $495, bringing the table of 8 to $3960 originally but with a 15% discount that brings the total price of the table of 8 attendees to $3366.
If you have 8 “Awards Gala Only/Guest Pass” tickets in your cart, you can use the discount code “2021ELEVATE15″ at checkout for 15% off your whole order.
Here is the link to purchase those registration tickets: GROUPTICKETS
Schedule subject to change.
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The Evolution of the Hot Firm & A/E Industry Awards to ElevateAEC
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— Chad Clinehens, PE
President & CEO, Zweig Group
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