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A/E/C THRIVE is back for 2021! Join your peers in Scottsdale for three powerful days of networking, strategies, and fresh ideas for business growth and better financial performance.

Welcome to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry’s leading growth and profitability conference. A/E/C THRIVE 2021 brings together key decisionmakers for connection and collaboration on the business and management strategies that drive lasting success.

This is your unique opportunity to learn what other firms are doing right now to THRIVE,  and plan how to vault your firm to the next level of profit and performance as we emerge from the global health crisis and prepare to meet a wave of pent-up demand for A/E/C services. Join us for:

  • NEW ideas for grabbing more market share as the economy unleashes explosive demand
  • NEW strategies for managing people and projects more profitably
  • NEW opportunities to network with peer A/E/C executives in a relaxing and recharging location
  • NEW ways to CRUSH your firm's revenue and growth goals using fresh data, benchmarks, techniques and tactics.
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A/E/C THRIVE is the essential learning and networking summit for CEOs, Principals, Directors, CFOs, Business Development Professionals, Project Managers, and Rising Leaders. Register now!

"This event continues to be one that is most educational in our industry. Great range of topics. Challenging and broadens my thinking. Great job. I'll be back next year!"
- James Kleingers, The Kleingers Group

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

"Great conference and group of attendees. First time in this conference and will be back next year."
- Natalia Castro, Saltz Michelson Architects

"I have been to many different industry conferences and this one was one of the best."
- Erik P. Justesen, RRM Design Group

Adam Markel on making resilience a core competency!

The 10-Second Reset: Leverage The Power Of Uncertainty To Build Long-term Resilience

Unprecedented, chaotic, overwhelming, exhausting...  also known as our personal and professional lives as we emerge from the pandemic and into what's next. Let’s face it though: this won't be the last time we 'll be tested at a mental, emotional, and physical level. When we’re not at our best, we just don’t perform well, leaving creativity, flexibility and innovation on the table. The impact? Our KPIs suffer. Now for the good news: Resilience is the foundation, both individually and organizationally, for reversing this decline in performance. When we learn skills to develop and practice the skills of resilience, the results are improved health, more energy, passion and engagement, lower turnover and greater team innovation and performance. In his high-energy and interactive keynote, business owner, attorney, and leading motivator Adam Markel teaches simple, usable daily practices to improve your resilience and develop a systematic approach to developing a more resilient A/E/C organization, one capable of leveraging the power of uncertainty to build long-term growth.

Speaker Spotlights

  • Dave Burstein

    Signs of Clarity and Fresh Opportunity:
    2021-22 A/E/C Market Conditions Update and Forecast

    Thursday, September 23, 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.
  • adam markel

    The 10-Second Reset: Leverage The Power Of Uncertainty To Build Long-term Resilience

    Friday, September 24, 8:30 A.M.
    Adam Markel
    Author/Business Consultant

    As a former attorney and CEO, Adam Markel has much to share with audiences about leadership, resilience and pivoting. However, his greatest and most enduring lessons came from the years he spent as an ocean lifeguard. In this life and death environment, Adam learned the importance of cultivating high performance capacity, impeccable teamwork and resilience. Today, these principles apply equally to any business that wants to shred the waves of change and build a competitive advantage to win. In his high-energy andinteractive talk, Adam discusses the impact of today’s conventional “culture of exhaustion” on your company’s bottom line and shares strategies for pivoting to a more agile and sustainable “culture of resilience”.
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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

A/E/C TalentMAX and A/E/C TechSMART Concurrent Conferences

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration Open

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Conference Sessions

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Casino Night and Networking Reception open to all A/E/C THRIVE, A/E/C TalentMAX, and A/E/C TechSMART registrants



Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

A/E/C THRIVE 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



Friday, September 24th, 2021

A/E/C THRIVE 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 - 2:30 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

One-on-One Consulting Sessions

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