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A/E/C THRIVE is back for 2022! Join your peers in Nashville for three powerful days of networking, strategy, and fresh approaches to  business and financial performance.

Welcome to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry’s leading growth and profitability conference. A/E/C THRIVE 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 vault 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.

Just a few of the past leading firms who registerd CEOs, Principals, Directors, CFOs, Business Development Leads, Project Managers, and others for A/E/C THRIVE:

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"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


Keynote Sessions

  • Continued Strength in Some Markets, Warning Signs in Others: 2022-23 A/E/C Market Conditions Update and Forecast

    Thursday, September 29, 8:15 A.M.
    David Burstein, P.E
    Director and Senior Consultant, PSMJ Resources

    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.

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    Stop the Lip Service and Platitudes! How A/E/C Executives Can Create a Culture that Retains Talent and Drives Results

    Thursday, September 29, 4:00 P.M.
    Barbara Bruno, Founder
    Good As Gold Training


    Your A/E/C firm’s culture isn’t on your website or mission statement, it’s how your employees describe working for you.  To counter growing disengagement, “culture” has become the connective tissue that bonds the best people to firms and creates a sustainable competitive advantage, and it’s been what everyone is talking about since we moved to remote workforces. Problem is, a lot of leaders don’t know how to move from talk to action. So what are you doing to define, establish and maintain yours? Straight-talking talent expert Barbara Bruno gives us the candid, tough questions to ask ourselves and other leaders about our culture, why it isn’t attracting the best talent, and may in fact be driving away critical mid-career leaders .

    • How to define your firm’s culture – and make it a competitive advantage
    • Why yours may be silently sabotaging your talent retention imperatives
    • How to implement and measure the effectiveness of culture-boosters at your firm.
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    A Painfully Honest A/E/C Leadership Audit: 10 Questions You’ve Got to Ask… Yourself!

    Friday, September 30, 1:00 P.M.
    Barry Barber
    Chairman of the Board, Kimley-Horn

    As firm leaders, we often run from fire to fire, dealing the pressing issues of the day. But how intentional are we to identify and eliminate our key deficiencies, the big-picture structural issues that contribute to sub-optimal firm growth and goal attainment? Barry Barber of 5,500-strong engineering and design powerhouse Kimley-Horn has spent his career challenging the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality, first as Executive Vice President for Human Resources and now as Chairman of the Board. In his powerful keynote address, Barry will reframe our thinking by asking the right questions about our firm’s culture, ownership transition planning, employee and client satisfaction, skilled talent motivation, geographic, market, and client diversity, remote work practices, and much more. Plus we get a candid and revealing insider’s view from the top of one of the most successful (#10 on ENR’s Top 500, 15-time FORTUNE Best Places to Work) design firms as they answer the same questions.

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    Hot Mic Private Equity Ownership Transition Panel: New M&A Trends Every A/E/C Executive Should Understand

    Thursday, September 29, 12:15 P.M.
    Karl Wohler
    Senior Consultant, PSMJ Resources, Inc.

    Private equity and family offices are aggressively moving into the AEC sector and providing a compelling option for ownership transition. Karl is joined by Bob Polino, of Austin Brockenbrough, Tom Gambino of Prime Engineering, and Doug Lake, the founder of Godspeed Capital for this lively open- mic discussion. Doug will outline why Godspeed is interested in the A/E/C sector. Tom and Bob will discuss why they chose the private equity recapitalization path for ownership transition. Get answers to all your A/E/C M&A questions and enjoy a provocative back-and-forth over lunch.

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    Where Do A/E/C Firms Go From Here?Technological, Economic, and Social Changes On the Near Horizon that Will Upend Growth Strategy

    Friday, September 30, 8:30 A.M.
    Erica Orange
    Executive Vice President & COO, The Future Hunters

    Erica Orange is Executive Vice President & COO of The Future Hunters where she evaluates emerging trends – and identifies the strategic implications (the “So what?”) for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and public sector clients. Her take on how A/E/C firms will excel in the future might surprise you!


Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Conference Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch, A/E/C Employer of Choice™ Award Presentation, and Special Address

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Conference Sessions

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote:

The New A/E/C Recruiting Essentials:Land Critical Talent with Proactive Recruiting, Performance Objective Communication, and Career-Arc Planning!Barb Bruno, Good As Gold Training LLC

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A/E/C TalentMAX and A/E/C THRIVE Casino Night



Thursday, September 29th, 2022

A/E/C THRIVE Conference Day 1

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:15 AM - 12:30 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Hot Mic Panel Discussion: M&A Options for A/E/C Executives

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Reception



Friday, September 30th, 2022

A/E/C THRIVE Conference Day 2

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

PSMJ PRO Members-Only Breakfast (Not a member yet? Join today at THRIVE registration checkout!)

PSMJ Pro logoLed by PSMJ Founder and CEO Frank Stasiowski, FAIA, this provocative discussion with fellow A/E/C executives challenges you to shift your thinking about emerging trends with potential to radically reshape your firm.

Last year’s discussion on the death of timesheets was a standing-room only hit…stay tuned to see what we attack this year!

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 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 - 2:30 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Keynotes and Breakout Sessions

2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

One-on-One Consulting Sessions

Optional 1-day deep-dive conference for your talent management challenges!

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Want even more value from your A/E/C THRIVE experience?

Add A/E/C TalentMAX, the one-day summit on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. A/E/C TalentMAX is the essential skill-building, talent-sourcing, networking conference just for architecture and engineering leaders charged with finding and engaging the GREAT people a firm needs to execute the most profitable projects. It's your MUST ATTEND deep dive for achieving talent goals in 2022 and beyond!