The American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska has announced its two newest State Directors to the Board of Directors, Steve Moffitt, HGM Associates Inc. and Mike Piernicky, Olsson Associates. These election results provided strong reaffirmation of ACEC/N’s mission and strategic plan which have guided the association to become the widely recognized “voice of the industry.” The American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska is the only organization devoted exclusively to the business and advocacy interests of engineering companies. Our members are engaged in a wide range of engineering and construction projects that propel the nation’s economy and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.
In addition to electing two new board members, new officers were also elected. ACEC/N Board of Directors elected Rob Brigham, JEO Consulting, President; Jeff Sockel, Alfred Benesch & Company, President-Elect; Terry Atkins, Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Treasurer; Nate Maniktala, M.E. Group, Secretary; Jack Baker, Baker & Associates, National Director. Additional returning board members include: Steve Kathol, Schemmer Associates, Past President; Craig Hunter, HDR, State Director and Michael Olson, Kirkham Michael, State Director.
The ACEC National Spring Conference had a record turnout of over 1,300. ACEC’s “citizen lobbyists” rallied to promote transportation, water and tax initiatives, after a kick-off briefing by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster.
Hundreds of those ACEC members – including the Nebraska delegation – visited Capitol Hill to build support for restoring solvency to the Highway Trust Fund, passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and tax issues important to the industry.
With the Highway Trust Fund in jeopardy, ACEC members found Nebraska lawmakers receptive to finding a solution. Lawmakers also reiterated their strong support for WRDA. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) told attendees that a vote on the final package could occur soon.
ACEC members lobbied against a number of proposed tax code changes, including limitations on the use of cash accounting and increases in taxes on subchapter S corporations. Lawmakers in the House and Senate offered to work with the Council to address these issues.
The ACEC Nebraska Delegation, was led by John Olsson of Olsson Associates, ACEC Nebraska National Director, was comprised of Steve Kathol, Schemmer Associates ACEC Nebraska President; Mike McMeekin from Lamp Rynearson, Ron Bottorff with JEO and ACEC Executive Director Jackie McCullough.
Our delegation met with Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Lee Terry and Congressman Adrian Smith.
Ron Bottroff has been elected to the ACEC College of Fellows. Please join ACEC Nebraska in congratulating Ron on his well-deserved accomplishment!
Ron’s response was “I feel very humbled and honored to receive this recognition. It was a very unexpected honor to even be nominated, let alone to be elected. This certainly goes down as one of the highlights of my career.”
The College of Fellows, consists of accomplished and recognized leaders, their objects are to enhance the image of the profession by undertaking activities including recognition programs, outreach educational programs, assistance to associate ACEC groups, and involvement with senior management of ACEC firms.
ACEC/Nebraska represents over 45 consulting engineering firms doing business in Nebraska. We are the only organization devoted exclusively to the business and advocacy interests of engineering companies. Our members are engaged in a wide range of engineering and construction projects that propel the nation’s economy and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.
Please contact ACEC/Nebraska today to find out how you can join and help promote Nebraska’s engineering industry. Call 402-476-2572.
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) (center), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, with ACEC/Nebraska PAC Champion Ron Bottorff of JEO Consulting Group, Inc., and Tony Dirks of Alfred Benesch & Company.
The Schemmer Associates Inc. (Schemmer), a national full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm has announced that Frank Comisar, AIA, president and chief executive officer stepped down from his role on April 25, 2014 and will be retiring from the A/E industry effective June 27, 2014. The Board of Directors has named Steve Kathol, P.E., S.E., president and chief executive officer as his successor.
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The Lincoln Engineering Partnership Workshop was held March 18, 2014. More than 90 attendees were in the room including representatives from the City of Lincoln, Nebraska Department of Roads, and the private engineering industry. The committee selected topics and speakers of interest to the participants including: information on the Public Works self-assessment, the Mayor’s plan for infrastructure funding, the technology improvement district, construction observation, water planning and more. The highlight was a presentation by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry. The Congressman discussed the federal budget as well as the climate on Capitol Hill. Following the workshop, participants had time to mix with their colleagues and partners at the City during the reception.
ACEC’s Trust Programs are designed to enhance your membership investment by helping to control your firm’s costs. Programs are available for business insurance, life/health insurance, and retirement plans.
Life Health Trust Retirement Trust
ACEC Nebraska’s Young Professional winner from last year, Joe Flaxbeard with Lamp Rynearson & Associates, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 ACEC “Young Professional of the Year” national award. In addition, Joe will be featured as ACEC’s representative for the “New Faces of Engineering”.
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Greg Knopp, Executive Director of the ACEC National Political Action Committee presented the Outstanding Achievement Award In Recognition of Attaining the 2011 PAC Goal to ACEC Nebraska President, John S. Olsson and ACEC Nebraska President Elect, Jack Baker during the ACEC National Conference in Washington, D.C.