Fall Conference: Agenda





Fees and Sponsorship



Wednesday, October 31

10:30-11:30 AM | PDH Course*: “Case Studies in Engineering and Ethics” 1.0 PDH

Presenter: Martin Schwartzberg, Shareholder, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

11:45 AM-1:15 PM | Executive Committee Meeting and Luncheon (Executive Committee Only)

1:30-2:30 PM | Business Program

Presenter: TBD

 2:30-4:15 PM | Business Program: “AASHTO First Aid Kit” This session will cover what you need to know when negotiating contracts with federal aid regarding FAR and related matters (executive compensation, bonuses).

Presenter: Dan Purvine, CPA, President, A/E Clarity (Dan is an approved instructor for NHI/FHWA training in accordance with the partnering agreement with ACEC and FHWA & NHI).

6:00-7:30 PM | Welcome Reception, featuring guest speaker, ACEC National CEO, Linda Bauer Darr. Linda will give attendees her vision for the future of ACEC National and the engineering profession nationwide as she takes on the role of CEO following Dave Raymond’s retirement.

7:15 PM | Dinner on your own. For a list of local restaurants, visit the Bellagio website

Thursday, November 1

8:30-10:30 AM | Breakfast

8:30-9:30 AM | PDH Course: “Emerging Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Design Professionals” Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are quickly emerging as important tools being utilized in the construction industry for both design development and project implementation. This panel will discuss some of the technology currently being used including virtual reality, business information modeling (BIM), project management software, automated machine guidance technology, global positioning systems, drones, autonomous vehicles and robotics.

Presenter: Daniel McFaul, Partner, L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.

Panelists: TBD

10:00-12:00 PM | CEO Panel: “Adapting to Unforeseen Circumstances and How to Plan for Unknown Situations” A real life approach to survival strategies in this environment.  Representatives of firms will discuss their experiences and how they determined the best strategies going forward- emerging from natural and man-made challenges successfully.

Moderator: Carl von Hake, CPA, Associate Principal, Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners

Panelists: Mitchel Simpler, PE, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

                Manish Kothari, Sheladia Associates/ACEC 18-19 Chair

                 Ken Hanifan, PE, LEED AP, Slater Hanifan Group/ACEC Nevada President Elect

12:00-1:45 PM | Luncheon with guest speaker Steven Hall, Vice President, Government Affairs, ACEC National

2:00-4:00 PM | ACEC New York Strategic Planning Session: ACEC New York’s strategic plan is founded on 4 pillars: Networking, Advocacy, Education, and Business Services. Do these pillars need renovating? What will A/E firms look like in 10 years, and how should ACEC New York position their firms to meet those needs? All members and attendees are invited to participate and help chart the future of ACEC New York.

Moderator: Manish Kothari, President/CEO, Sheladia Associates

4:00-5:00 PM | PDH Course*: “Optimizing Work Flow with Computational Design and Virtual Reality” This presentation will provide an introduction into the latest tools and technologies afforded by Computational Design and Virtual Reality that enable engineers to maximize collaboration, enhance design efficiency and optimize their workflow in the design of buildings, transit structures and systems, infrastructure, MEP systems and more. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the basic technological concepts involved, as well as practical techniques that they can use to incorporate Computational Design and/or VR into their own practice. (PDH Pending)

Presenter: Rick Zottola, PE, Partner, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

6:00-7:00 PM | Cocktails at hotel bar (location TBD)

7:00 PM | Dinner on your own. For a list of local restaurants, visit the Bellagio website

Friday, November 2

8:00-10:00 AM | Breakfast

8:20-9:20 AM | Business Session: “What Do Elite, Highly Profitable Engineering Firms Do that Others Don’t?” Why is it that some firms continually struggle with below average and average profitability, while others - the “elite” firms - consistently achieve profitability that is double and even triple the average?  The answer is that the elite firms do the things that other firms either don’t know to do, don’t know how to do, or don’t want to do.  In this presentation, Carl will identify the beliefs, strategies and actions that you can use to increase and maintain the profitability of your firm.  Drawing upon real-life experiences to illustrate, Carl will show you how to implement the strategies and tactics that will drive increased profitability in your firm.

Presenter: Carl von Hake, CPA, Associate Principal, Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners

9:30-11:45 AM | General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 PM | Lunch on your own. For a list of local restaurants, visit the Bellagio website.


Thank You Program Sponsors

A/E Clarity

Greyling Insurance Brokerage

L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners

*Note: Due to the rigorous standards for NYS PDH approval, ACEC New York may change a PDH session in order to confirm that programs are approved for New York credit.