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Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources | Kimley-Horn

Lori Hall is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Human Resources at Kimley-Horn, a premier planning and engineering design consultant firm consistently named to FORTUNE's "100 Best Places To Work" and "Best Places  to Work for Millennials" lists.  She chairs the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and also serves on the Kimley-Horn Foundation Board and on the Ethics Committee.  Ms. Hall has spent her career in the Human Resources field, working in the IT consulting and homebuilding industries prior to joining Kimley-Horn in 2005.

Lori Hall oversees the HR function, including hiring new employees, salary and promotions reviews, career ladder revisions, and training and development, and other special projects. At A/E/C PeopleMAX, she'll explain how to identify and articulate the best aspects of your firm's  culture, to both current and prospective employees, using Kimley-Horn's proven methods. This is your chance to learn from, and network directly with, a talent recruiting and retention leader at one of the A/E/C industry's most successful organizations!

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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.

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Clay Kirkland

Chief Consultant and Coach | Wisdom & Creativity Consulting

Clay is  certified both as a Gallup Strengthsfinder Coach and an Emotional Intelligence Coach. His breakthough workshop at A/E/C PeopleMAX Orlando on hiring for Emotional Intelligence in the architecture and engineering space was so highly rated we've asked him back to deliver a longer keynote address. 

"Great speaker, lots of great info and action items!" -- Samantha Platt, The Kleingers Group

'This was the content I came for." -- Brian Dausch, Power Engineers

"All great information -- fantastic and engaging speaker!" -- Krista Quickel, RMF Engineering 

In the past decade, he has worked with dozens of organizations 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. 

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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. His 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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Peter Atherton, P.E.

President | Actions Prove LLC

Peter C. Atherton, P.E. is an accomplished A/E/C industry insider and practitioner turned executive coach and consultant. Pete has over 24 years of experience as a successful professional civil engineer, project manager, principal, practice group leader, major owner, and member of the board of directors with high-achieving engineering firms. Pete is now the President and Founder of ActionsProve, LLC, author of "Reversing Burnout. How to Immediately Engage Top Talent and Grow! A Blueprint for Professionals and Business Owners", and the creator of the I.M.P.A.C.T. process. Pete is also the host of "The AEC Leadership Today Podcast". Pete works with A/E/C leaders and firms nationwide to grow and advance their success through strategic planning, executive coaching, leadership and management development, performance-based employee engagement, and corporate impact design


Pre-Summit Workshop Leader

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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.

Charlie will provide workshop participants with plain English instructions for how to spot and eliminate the A/E/C recruiting and employee management practices that can trigger a complaint with regulatory agencies, even an expensive lawsuit. His similar workshop at A/E/C PeopleMAX in Orlando drew rave reviews and we are honored to have him back. 



Jessica Smith
Director of Human Resources and Administration | Bergmeyer

Jess Smith is a veteran of the Boston design community and is right at home supporting the ever-changing creative workplace and its professionals. She has recruited, hired, reviewed, and coached hundreds of architects and interior designers and brings a deep understanding of what both motivates and challenges them. Jess believes work in the 21st century has new rules and understanding what drives and motivates people is the key to being an effective human resources leader. In addition to being a former chair of the Boston Society of Architects Human Resources Committee and a former Trustee of the BSA Foundation Board, Jess has also done volunteer work in India and was Director of Personnel for Earthwatch.

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Principal | SagePresence

Dean Lincoln Hyers, co-author of Winning AEC Interviews, co-founded SagePresence to help AEC firms rise to the challenge of communicating differentiated value as they interview, develop business, advocate for their brands, and recruit talent. Dean coached over $4 BILLION in competitive project wins including the construction interview for US Bank Stadium (home of the 2018 Super Bowl). Drawing on a diverse storytelling background including film and advertising, acting instruction to US covert agents, and courtroom presence for trial litigators, Dean cultivated an expertise in influential communication under pressure. Dean helps people achieve a commanding yet nurturing balance in their professional presence, along with concise messaging that inspires results.


Anne Bielski
Talent Acquisition Advisor | EXP

Anne Bielski is a talent acquisition advisor at EXP, a global engineering firm providing engineering, architecture, design and consulting services to the world’s built and natural environments. As a member of the human resources team, Anne supports the successful execution of talent acquisition initiatives that are vital to the company’s continued growth and success. Her specialties include dynamic recruitment and retention techniques to emphasize the importance of long-term investment in employees and building a consistent talent pipeline. Anne’s investment in human potential is deeply connected to her belief that a job is not just a job but part of who you are.


Anrew Maass, AIA
Executive Vice President | BRR Architecture

Andrew leads BRR Architecture's Philadelphia office and provides senior-level leadership for grocery and retail projects throughout the Northeast. He is instrumental in working with project managers to maintain a high level of quality as projects progress through design, permitting, production and construction phases. Additionally, Andrew is one of three in-house green building assessors certified through the Green Building Initiative.

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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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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.


Meg Gatza
Director of Operations | Bruner/Cott

Meg Gatza serves as Director of Operations for a mid-size architecture firm, directing HR, accounting, staffing, and day-to-day operations, wearing all non-design and non-tech hats at Bruner/Cott. She's been with Bruner/Cott since 2009, working as receptionist, project coordinator, firm administrator, and now Director of Operations.

Director of Brand Communications | Bergmeyer

JJ Nelson brings over 10 years experience in A/E/C communications and branding to A/E/C PeopleMAX. He specializes in telling powerful and impassioned stories that position forward-thinking firms, through tactical, innovative and unconventional methods, to forge a highly attractive identity in the recruiting space. His unique insights into employee branding and brand promotion can be applied to any firm eager to attract the hottest A/E/C talent in a cutthroat hiring environment. 

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Kristi Weierbach, MBA
Manager, HR Advisory Services | Stambaugh Ness

Kristi focuses her extensive expertise on helping clients design a workforce that is not only prepared for the future, but one that leverages disruption to thrive and succeed. Weaving together a unique blend of anticipatory tools and insights with practical solutions, Kristi provides clients with an organizational architecture that empowers them for the NextGen.
Applying deep workforce knowledge, Kristi helps companies overcome challenges by providing strategic direction, implementing and improving policies and procedures, and skillfully turning human capital management into a competitive advantage.
Kristi is an active blogger and frequent presenter on workforce and NextGen related topics.

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Aviation Services Manager | KPG

Jonathan Wilson writes, speaks, and consults with public and private organizations about the future of leadership and how to nurture leadership talent in A/E/C firms. Jonathan is also the Aviation Services Manager at KPG, an interdisciplinary professional services company headquartered in Seattle.

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Co-Founder| Good Company Consulting

Lisa X. Walden is a speaker, author, and consultant dedicated to helping people create authentic, empowering workplaces that don’t cause the dreaded Sunday scaries. As co-founder of Good Company Consulting, she’s delivered her message to organizations nationwide, and creates deep mindset shifts that help HR leaders better collaborate, communicate, and prepare for the workplace of the future.

Lisa's work is centered on the (strangely revolutionary) concept that people and strategy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Her expertise reveals how to wield the generational lens at work, best-practices for maintaining thriving cultures, and tactics for nurturing the single most important component of a healthy work environment—trust. By weaving together case-studies, stories, statistics, and the latest research, her content lays the groundwork for meaningful change that means more awesome workplaces.



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