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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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Michelle Allen

CEO | JLG Architects

Past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and one of Prairie Business Magazine’s Outstanding Woman Executives, Michelle Mongeon Allen led JLG’s operations from a one-office, 15-person North Dakota architecture studio to that of a national design firm with over 100 employees in 12 markets. One of Allen’s first major points of impact was to expand JLG into Minnesota – opening the firm’s second location in Minneapolis – and to grow the company onto the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Top 25 Architecture Firms list. Allen became a Partner in 2004 and Chief Operating Officer in 2007 and, under her guidance, transitioned ownership to the employees in 2014 so as to make JLG a legacy company.

Known for her commitment to elevating the next generation of architects, Allen has been a leader within the Minnesota Chapter of the AIA, including positions of Co-Chair of the Council of Firms, Chair of the Annual Conference on Architecture, and the aforementioned President, as well as at North Dakota State University (NDSU), where she serves as Past Chair of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Advisory Board. Allen is a guest lecturer at NDSU and a presenter at AIA, PSMJ, and other industry conferences, and was the State Coordinator for AIA North Dakota’s Intern Development Program from 1997 to 2002.


JJ Nelson

Director of Brand Communications | Bergmeyer

JJ Nelson brings over 10 years experience in A/E/C communications and branding to A/E/C New Normal HR Strategies. 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 the post-COVID hiring environment. 


Susan Israel, AIA, LEED AP

A/E/C Management Expert

Susan has deep expertise in architecture, strategic planning, sustainability, leadership training, and organizational change. Before joining PSMJ, she founded and led two architecture practices for over 20 years that focused on delivering high end design and architectural services. Susan began her architecture career working for Moshe Safdie, Graham Gund, Finegold Alexander, among other architecture firms.

Subsequent to her architecture practice, Susan founded Climate Creatives to help businesses make organizational change for climate adaptation, including sustainability and resiliency planning, and is certified as a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Provider in Massachusetts.

Susan has developed leadership, innovation, and cross-disciplinary collaboration programs and is a certified leadership trainer with Connective Leadership Institute. Susan also consults on internal team engagement, diversity, and inclusion. Past clients have included Harvard Business School, Fidelity Investments, Consensus Building Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield, non-profits, and other organizations.

Susan is a licensed Architect, LEED AP, holds an A.B. from Harvard College, Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and attended the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston.

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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

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Scott Mayer

Director of Data Analytics | Assured Partners

Scott Mayer is the Director of Data Analytics at AssuredPartners where he leads the data driven transformation of how employers view and manage their healthcare spending. By identifying risk and micro-risk within a benefits program, driven by clinical, behavioral, and utilization analysis, Scott helps employers deploy cutting edge strategies to remove risk from the plan, thereby lowering spend. At the same time, Scott also uses data to drive more favorable outcomes for plan members through value-based program initiatives.


Bill Hinsley

Bill Hinsley has had success in many multiple areas of A/E/C firm management, including business development, leadership training, branch office optimization, and strategic planning and growth. Bill truly believes that project management is where ultimate success is generated, and he has become one of PSMJ’s most popular Project Management instructors. Bill has trained more than 5,000 PMs and Principals in Project Management Bootcamps across the globe, conducted dozens of in-house Bootcamps for A/E/C firms that desire more customization and specialization in their training, and developed tailored PM training models for each client from two-day bootcamps to four-hour training sessions and one-hour webinars.

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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 remote employee hiring and 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.