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AEC THRIVE is back for 2024! Join your peers in Austin for three powerful days of networking, strategy, and fresh approaches to improved AEC business and financial performance.

Welcome to the architecture, engineering, and construction industry’s leading growth and profitability conference. AEC THRIVE brings together key decisionmakers at the JW Marriott in Austin 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 the business climate continues to evolve. Join us for:

  • NEW ideas for grabbing more market share as the economy shifts from explosive to sustained demand
  • NEW strategies for managing people and projects more profitably
  • NEW tech strategies for staying ahead of the A.I. and generative design wave
  • NEW opportunities to network with peer AEC 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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Inspiring and energizing keynote presentations attack the biggest opportunities for growing your AEC business!

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Robert Kaplan, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs, served as the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2015 until 2021. Before that, he was Professor of Management Practice and a Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. He shares his business climate outlook for the AEC industry and the critical questions to ask yourself to become a more effective leader.

KP Reddy is the Founder and CEO of Shadow Ventures, a seed-stage investment firm and a globally recognized authority on AEC technology, AI, robotics, automation, and cloud computing. KP is a Civil Engineer by training and wrote the textbook BIM for Building Owners and Developers. KP formerly ran Enterprise Transformation at Gehry Technologies.

Dr. Melissa Furman's work on career, leadership, and organizational dynamics forms the foundation of her inspiring keynote on improving adaptability, grit, and resiliency. This refreshing session engages us with exercises to identify signs of burnout and provides practical tools for maximizing performance as an AEC firm executive. 

One of the nation’s principal authorities on employee behavior, Don Rheem empowers executives to build engaged, high-performance cultures by viewing employee engagement through the lens of neuroscience. You learn what triggers exemplary action, hear case studies from AEC firms, and get proven steps to improve retention of your most valuable talent.

3 Reasons AEC THRIVE is MUST-ATTEND

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Fresh case studies, eye-opening 2024 business data, and breakthrough ideas to help you RETHINK and RE-ENERGIZE your AEC firm's growth strategy...
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Unique networking opportunities connect you with peer AEC firm leaders in a stimulating environment to swap bold new techniques...
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Sessions on AEC financial management, business development, project execution, A.I., and talent engagement to fuel explosive firmwide performance gains!

Get even more value out of your AEC THRIVE experience when you add
one of our optional pre-conference workshops:

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AEC MarketPRO

Is your architecture or engineering firm’s business development strategy ready for what's ahead? Do you have the latest marketing data and best practices to really dial in your investments for maximum ROI? Are you 100% confident that you are doing everything right to keep your backlog full in 2025?   

If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, you need to be at AEC MarketPRO, taking place on Wednesday before the official AEC THRIVE opening on Thursday, September 26. In just one day, you get a wealth of action-oriented curated ideas to stress test your current marketing and business development strategies and course correct to ensure you have the right framework to grow revenue in any economic environment.  

This one-day intensive deep-dive will help you radically energize and position your firm for growth as the business environment transitions to the next stage of the cycle. It's the high-ROI experience for AEC firm:

  • Vice President Marketing and CMO

  • Director of Business Development

  • Principal with Business Development and Demand Generation responsibility

  • Proposals Manager

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AEC A.I. Foundations Workshop

New to the rapidly advancing applications of A.I. in AEC and ready to establish a fundamental knowledge base? You’re not alone!

Add AEC A.I. Foundations Workshop to your AEC THRIVE  registration, and on Wednesday before the full Summit opens you’ll get rapidly up to speed on the core terms, issues, challenges and opportunities of this rapidly advancing tech. This primer session is perfect for AEC senior leaders, executives, and firm owners. We begin with an Executive Overview to Navigating Opportunities and Challenges of A.I., setting the stage for beginners and those with some experience.

Then we jump into Generative AI's Impacts on AEC, where we explain specific influences of A.I. on your sector.

Finally, you'll apply what you've learned in our interactive segment, Accelerating your AEC Firm through Generative A.I. which features hands-on training with A.I tools. Here, we demonstrate and practice using prompts to create relevant content, offering tangible insights into how it can revolutionize your firm's operations and creative processes. Depart with a solid understanding of A.I.'s role in AEC and practical skills to harness its potential.

 

Registration options

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AEC THRIVE plus AEC A.I. Foundations Workshop

 

  • AEC A.I. Foundations Workshop: Wednesday, September 25, 2024

  • AEC THRIVE: Thursday - Friday, September 26-27, 2024

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AEC THRIVE plus
AEC MarketPRO

 

  • AEC MarketPRO Workshop: Wednesday, September 25, 2024

  • AEC THRIVE: Thursday - Friday, September 26-27, 2024

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AEC THRIVE Conference Only

AEC THRIVE brings together key decisionmakers for connection and collaboration on the business and management strategies that drive lasting success.

  •  Thursday - Friday
    September 26-27, 2024
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AEC A.I. Foundations Workshop Only

AEC A.I. Foundations Workshop delivers a wealth of action-oriented ideas to test your current artificial intelligence and technology strategies and ensure you have the right framework to grow revenue in any economic environment.

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2024
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AEC MarketPRO Only

AEC MarketPRO is the one-day intensive deep-dive to radically re-energize and position your firm for growth as the business environment transitions to the next stage of the cycle.

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2024
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Conference Venue

AEC THRIVE is coming to the JW Marriott Austin located in the heart of downtown, offering luxury comfort, exciting evening opportunities, and sophisticated amenities.