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“Thrive is the most valuable conference that our firm attends each year. Keynotes and speakers provide varied, real-world information and advice that always enables us to improve our operations and results.”
Jim Kleingers, P.E., P.S. | President | The Kleingers Group

"Absolutely amazing, blew my mind. This will absolutely turn Evergreen around in terms of pricing, marketing and negotiation. This is stuff we can use. Great conference!"
Aaron Edwards | Director of Business Development | Evergreen Engineering

"All sessions, including the pre-conference information, were exceptional."
Lauri Alty | General Manager | Efficiency Engineering Inc

"Fantastic conference!"
Edgar Hillsman | Principal | Hillsman Inc.

"Inspirational and educational to take the business to the next level."
Richard Peckham | Principal | CSArch

"I always leave the THRIVE conference with a multitude of ideas we can implement for our firm. It's the best conference I attend each year."
Brad Beck | President | Beck Engineering, Inc.


Welcome to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry’s leading growth and profitability conference. A/E/C THRIVE brings together key decision makers for powerful connection and collaboration on the business and management strategies that drive lasting success.

This is your unique opportunity to learn what other A/E/C firms are doing right now to THRIVE, and plan how to vault your firm to the next level of growth, profit and performance.

Who should attend:

  • CEOs
  • Principals
  • CFOs
  • Directors Business Development Professionals
  • HR and Talent Managers
  • Emerging Leaders


We all know that sustainable success is a team effort. That’s why A/E/C THRIVE is built to provide your entire leadership team with action-oriented and proven strategies to tackle the issues that matter most in every aspect of your firm, with four breakout session tracks each targeting a key management responsibility:

Track 1:

Lead Your Firm into an Even Brighter 2020 With Strategic Initiatives that Maximize Opportunities

Track 2:

Drive Better Top and Bottom Line Performance with New Metrics, Reporting, and Financial Resources

Track 3:

Realize Maximum Return on Human Capital Investment and Keep Your Best Performers Engaged

Track 4:

Win More Profitable Work and Focus Resources on Business Development Activity That Strikes Gold

Plus, general sessions featuring keynote addresses from inspiring and experienced leaders ready to share proven insights, real-world case studies, and practical steps for taking your firm to new heights. And for 2020, a value-rich pre-conference workshop day for MAXIMIZING THE VALUE of your time away from the office.

Past A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes

  • Dave Burstein

    Let the Good Times Roll? A/E/C Economic Conditions Update and Market Forecast

    Thursday, October 3, 8:15 A.M.
    David Burstein, P.E
    Director and Senior Consultant
    PSMJ Resources, Inc.

    One of our industry’s top analysts and visionaries provides hard data on current A/E/C market conditions—and what they mean to ambitious, growth-oriented firms. Learn how key market segments’ behaviors are changing, why they are doing so, and how you can take advantage of the opportunities they create.
  • Greg Bell

    Water the Bamboo:
    How to Unleash Your Team's Potential and Achieve Phenomenal Results

    Friday, October 4, 8:30 A.M.
    Greg Bell
    Author/Business Consultant

    More than just a motivational speaker, Greg Bell is a Portland, Oregon based thought leader, business consultant, and leadership coach. His popular book, Water The Bamboo: Unleashing The Potential Of Teams And Individuals, has inspired an array of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Disney and Comcast, to the Portland Trail Blazers and Division I NCAA athletic teams like the Oregon Ducks Football and the Gonzaga Bulldogs Basketball.

    As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, Greg has learned that the key to success is having the courage to use the skills you already have to achieve a result greater than you previously imagined.
  • Dan Noble

    “Alexa, When Will My Building be Finished?”
    Adapting to Technology and Process Disruptions Shaking the Foundations of A/E/C Firms

    Thursday, October 3, 2:15 P.M.
    Dan Noble
    President and CEO
    HKS, Inc.

    HKS is a 28-office, 1,000-person global leader in professional design services, technical expertise, and business performance. As CEO, Noble’s responsibilities include directing the firm's  administrative, financial, management and strategic planning services. A 32-year veteran of the design industry, he is a widely recognized  visionary in the practice of architecture, a sought-after designer, planner, educator, practitioner, and thought leader.

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Pre-Conference Day

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration Open

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Pre-Conference Day Morning Workshops

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Day Afternoon Workshops




Full Conference Day 1

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 12:15 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Awards Presentation

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Reception




Full Conference Day 2

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:15 AM - 12:30 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

One-on-One Consulting Sessions


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