Your A/E/C PeopleMAX Orlando Speakers

Barry Barber

Barry Barber

Executive Vice President | Kimley-Horn

Barry Barber is an executive vice president and principal with Kimley-Horn. He served for 19 years as the firm's Director of Human Resources. In his different roles, Barry has proudly seen Kimley-Horn named one of FORTUNE's 100 Best Companies to Work For 12 times, and #5 on FORTUNE's 2019 list of "Best Workplaces for Millennials."

As a member of the firm's leadership team and Board of Directors, Barry assists with various elements of the firm's operations and manages recruiting practices for over 4,000 employees in over 80+ offices. He brings expertise to the firm in business management, resource management, and recruiting.
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Barbara Bruno

Good as Gold Training

Barbara Bruno is internationally recognized as a top staffing, recruiting, and talent acquisition expert, having created 14 courses for LinkedIn Learning approved for Enterprise Corporate client continuing education curriculum. Barb has authored several books, writes the widely-read No BS newsletter, created mobile recruiting apps, and designed and authored the curriculum for the Professional Certification Program for IT and Engineering Recruiting Professionals. She has also held many leadership roles including: State President of IAPC and Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Personnel Services.
Samantha McCloud

Samantha McCloud, AIA

Associate and Director of Community Involvement, Diversity and Inclusion | GastingerWalker&

Samantha McCloud, AIA is the director of community involvement, diversity & inclusion at GastingerWalker& in Kansas City. As a national speaker and community builder, she enjoys empowering others. Her recent honors include AIA Kansas City’s 2018 Presidential Award and the KC Business Journal 2018 NextGen Leader Award. 

"When I started at my current firm,  I was the only ethnic minority in the company. By speaking up and participating in recruitment efforts, I helped my company attract new talent and increase our team’s diversity. Today, 15 percent of our 45-plus Kansas City design staff identify as people of color, and our office is burgeoning with new business. The firm makes intentional efforts to support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), not just in our marketing but also in practice, through mentorship, flexibility, transparency, biannual reviews, annual pay audits, two-way communication and engagement across all experience levels, equitable access to project opportunities, and creating my role as director of community involvement, diversity & inclusion."

Jorge Rico

Jorge Rico

Global Talent Consultant

As Global Talent Consultant for one of the world’s largest and most successful construction engineering companies, with 87,000 employees and over $20 billion in revenue, Jorge Rico provides development & execution of talent acquisition and retention services and direction to leaders in multiple business lines and engineering disciplines. He provides strategy development and employment branding as well as passive candidate sourcing, recruiting, talent management/forecasting, succession planning, screening/interviewing, salary negotiation and on-boarding. He has extensive experience training A/E/C business leaders in targeted full life-cycle recruiting on the global level.
Justin Smith

Justin Smith, MBA, SE, PE

A/E/C Management Expert

Justin Smith, MBA, SE, PE is a technical and organizational development consultant with a passion for helping companies build winning teams and cultures. Mr. Smith’s work focuses on organizational leadership development, technical team leadership, project and operations management, and business development in the A/E/C space. A classically trained structural engineer, Mr. Smith has held nearly every role there is in a modern engineering firm, and he believes that focusing on growing the entire person, not just the employee, is the key to creating cultures of openness and safety where brilliant professionals can find fulfillment doing their best work. A natural problem solver, Mr. Smith utilizes his combination of his skills, experience, and education to help companies solve the systems and people issues that inhibit growth.


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Charles Plumb

Partner, McAfee & Taft

Attorney Charlie Plumb represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations, including compliance with state and federal regulations. He leads programs on best practices for avoiding legal missteps in the recruiting process and conflict arising from the employer/employee relationship.


Peter Atherton

Peter Atherton, P.E.
President | ActionsProve, LLC

Peter Atherton is the President and Founder of ActionsProve, LLC , author of Reversing Burnout: How to Immediately Engage Top Talent and Grow!, and creator of the I.M.P.A.C.T. process. ActionsProve helps high-achieving professionals and business owners win at work and life, and organizations create greater growth and profits through more effective employee attraction and retention, impact, and branding. Prior to founding ActionsProve, and for more than 20 years, Pete was a very successful and accomplished professional civil engineer. Pete sold his engineering firm ownership to focus on designing systems for you and your organization to grow and succeed in more relevant and effective ways. For over a dozen years, Pete has also been serving in multiple capacities in the non-profit sector to achieve both local and global impact, and is a co-founder of the 100 Men Who Care chapter for Knoxville and the 100 Men Who Care chapter for Southern Maine.

Tim Casto

Tim Casto, P.E.
Director of Engineering | The Kleingers Group

As Engineering Director, Tim's role is to grow, hire and enable rock stars with resources that empower professional and personal success. Since 2005, he has infused the culture with The Kleinger's Group's core values, which include honoring commitments, listening, building lasting relationships, delivering the WOW, and DO THE RIGHT THING. He works alongside a force of over 75 engineers and designers serving public sector, public institutions, and private sector clients.

Clay Kirkland

Clay Kirkland
Chief Consultant and Coach | Wisdom & Creativity Consulting

Clay is the chief consultant for Wisdom & Creativity Consulting. He is certified both as a Gallup Strengthsfinder Coach and an Emotional Intelligence Coach. In the past decade, he has worked with over four thousand individuals and dozens of corporations and businesses including, Salesforce, BMW, Sherwin Williams, Valspar, Novarits, Merial, and Elanco Pharmaceuticals, Chick Fila, University of Georgia, HKS, Jackson Spalding, and Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. Clay combines a high level of expertise from extensive training with a lively and engaging presentation style. The result is a professional and practical experience that delivers enjoyment and invaluable returns for both the individual and team. He resides near Athens, Georgia, with his wife and six children.

Mariah Meyer

Mariah Meyer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Executive Vice President | BRR Architecture

Mariah Meyer, AIA, LEED AP BD+ C, is an Executive Vice President within the BRR Architecture leadership team. Throughout her professional career, Mariah has worked on multiple project types in hospitality, retail, entertainment, commercial and education markets. Her experience managing complex projects has been influential to the growth of BRR’s service offerings in our core markets. Based in Kansas City, she leads project teams comprised of professional staff from multiple BRR offices to provide full architectural services for clients.

Lindsay Pearsall

Lindsay Pearsall, CPC, CTS
Director of HR | Aspect Consulting

Lindsay Pearsall, CPC, CTS, has over 15 years’ experience in recruiting and is currently leading HR for an environmental and geotechnical engineering firm. Before venturing into the A/E/C industry, she led a boutique staffing firm through the recession—profitably—and was involved in sourcing and placing over 6,000 candidates with hundreds of firms. She took that experience with consulting, business development, and full-cycle recruiting into the A/E/C industry, where she has helped firms perfect their recruiting process through the lens of the candidate/employee experience.

Joan Redhair

Joan Redhair
VP of Human Resources | BRR Architecture

Joan Redhair is the Vice President of Human Resources at BRR and a member of the firm’s leadership team. She has been committed to balancing the business needs with strategies and programs that encourage and support BRR’s strong work culture. She leads the recruiting efforts for all BRR offices with a strong focus on campus recruiting and developing our emerging professionals. Additionally, she has responsibility for implementing employee-centric programs ranging from benefits, perks, mentorship, professional development and other HR initiatives. Joan’s diverse HR background includes the financial, medical and software development industries. She represents BRR on several HR forums and is active within university circles.

Reid Tolley

Reid Tolley
Managing Partner | Talent Matters

Reid Tolley has a B.S. in Human Resources Management with over 32 years of global corporate experience in Organization Development, Talent Management, and HR Management. Reid provides Harrison Solutions related to selection and development, building talent pipelines, team development, and coaching. He currently provides Harrison Solutions to clients such as Junior Library Guild, A E Benesch, W K Dickson, Whitehouse Utility District, Peace University, Westlake Chemical and the U.S. Military.

Kristi Weierback

Kristi Weierbach, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Workforce Advisory Services | Stambaugh Ness

Kristi Weierbach is manager of HR Advisory Services for Stambaugh Ness, a professional services firm serving clients with a strategic focus on the architecture and engineering, construction, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and professional services industries. Kristi focuses her extensive expertise on helping clients create a unique HR architecture, applying practical solutions that complement strategic goals and company culture. She has a genuine passion for working with firms and positioning them to recruit effectively. Working collaboratively, she skillfully turns human capital management into a competitive advantage. In addition to earning an M.B.A, Kristi was awarded a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Management with a specialization in HR.

Samantha Platt

Samantha Platt
Director of HR | The Kleingers Group

Samantha Platt identifies trends and talent management tools to attract and retain the best and keep TKG competitive. She has over 20 years of HR experience in talent acquisition and employee experience
management across diverse industries.

Elizabeth Uzzo

Elizabeth Uzzo
Senior Vice President and Director of HR | H2M Architecture and Engineering

Liz Uzzo is highly active within the A/E industry, working closely with peer groups to bring to H2M ‘first-in-class’ HR organizational clarity on operational structure, employee development, recruiting/retaining talent, risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, work force, and succession planning.

Carrie Ann Williams

Carrie Ann Williams, CPSM
Principal | Andana Consulting

For more than 18 years, Carrie Ann Williams has worked with firms to tie their recruiting and retention plan to their marketing efforts - starting with a strategic workshop, moving through research and analysis, resulting in clear goals and an implementation plan.

Carrie Ann is also leads interactive, insightful and actionable training presentations on business strategies for professional services firms. Her sessions have taken her across the country to train companies and organizations including local and national events for SAME, SMPS, AIA, and NVSBE.

She is active with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Urban Land Institute, and the American Institute of Architects. Recognition includes the Young Member Award from SAME Baltimore and the SAME Regional Vice President’s Medal.



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