Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration Open

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Concurrent Conference Sessions

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Conference Sessions

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Networking Reception open to all A/E/C THRIVE and A/E/C TalentMAX registrants

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

A/E/C THRIVE Conference Day 1

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

"Earn Your Shower" optional group workout

Meet in the hotel lobby 

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks from Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, PSMJ Founder and CEO

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

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

Dave_BursteinLeading A/E/C business data analyst David Burstein, P.E., breaks down the latest numbers into actionable intelligence and clear-picture takeaways for making bold new growth decisions heading into 2023. A highlight of every annual A/E/C THRIVE summit!

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Breakout Sessions

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Hot Mic Panel Discussion: Private Equity Ownership Transition

Karl Wohler SQKarl Wohler, Senior Consultant, PSMJ Resources hosts this lively open-mic interview with Private Equity executives. PE 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.

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Breakout Sessions

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Day 1 Closing Keynote:
Stop Lip Service and Platitudes!
How A/E/C Executives Create a Culture that Retains Talent and Drives Results

Barbara Bruno colorYour 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. Learn:

  • 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
5:15 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 thinkging about emerging trends with potential to radicallyreshape your firm. 

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

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Day 2 Opening Keynote:
Where Do A/E/C Firms Go From Here?
Technological, Economic, and Social Changes On the Near Horizon that Will Upend Growth Strategy

EricaOrange SQErica Orange is Executive Vice President & COO of The Future Hunters where she evaluates trends and identifies strategic implications (the “So what?”). The last 2+ years of accelerated adoption of AI + automation, distributed + hybridized work, and other trends have driven many A/E/C firms to discard legacy processes, and adapt and innovate quickly to an entirely new world. So what’s next? In her eye-opening keynote, Erica examines the looming impact of macro technological, sociocultural and economic trends to help us expand our vision of the possible -- and develop future-proofed action strategies to capitalize on growth opportunities.!

9:45 AM - 12:15 PM

A/E/C THRIVE Breakout Sessions

Details coming soon! 

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Awards Presentation

2022 Circle of Excellence LogoSee which firms won prestigious 2022 A/E/C Circle of Excellence, Platinum, and Building a Better World awards! 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Closing Keynote:
A Painfully Honest A/E/C Leadership Audit: 10 Questions You’ve Got to Ask… Yourself!

Barry Barber Kimley-HornAs 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 (#15 on ENR’s Top 500, 14-time FORTUNE Best Places to Work) design firms as they answer the same questions.

2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

One-on-One Consulting Sessions

*Topics and agenda subject to change