Emerging Leaders: April Meeting
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When: Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: HDR Office
500 Seventh Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, New York  10018
United States
Contact: Erica Lavigne

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The Emerging Leaders committee will be hosting another networking and education session at the offices of HDR on April 11, 2019 for up-and-coming professionals preparing to enter upper management roles in member firms.


  • Linda Bauer Darr, President and CEO | ACEC National

  • Mitchel Simpler, PE, Chair-Elect/Managing Partner | ACEC National/Jaros, Baum & Bolles

    (see full bios below)

5:30pm: Registration and Networking
6:00pm: Program
6:30pm: Networking

Fee: $15/member* ($20/non-member)

Thank you to our Program Sponsor


Linda Bauer Darr
ACEC National, President and CEO

Ms. Darr is President/CEO of ACEC, joining the Council in August 2018. She came to the Council after serving as president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Assocation (2014-2018) and the American Moving & Storage Association (2007-2014). She also held senior positions from 2001 – 2007 with the American Bus Association, and from 1998-2000 served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Darr is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 Top Association Executives.


Mitchel W. Simpler
ACEC National Chair-elect, 2018-2019
Managing Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

Mitchel Simpler joined Jaros, Baum & Bolles in 1977, and has served as Managing Partner since 2012. Mr. Simpler has served as Project Manager and Partner-in-Charge on a wide variety of high-rise office buildings, corporate headquarters, laboratories, museums, computer centers, residential buildings and mixed-use buildings, as well as hotels.

Mitch is a past chair of ACEC New York, a past member of the board of directors, and a member of a number of committees. He is active on ACEC’s Budget Committee, Planning Cabinet, Government Advocacy Coordinating Committee and CAMEE. He has served previously on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair.

Mitch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.