2017 ACEC Nebraska Emerging Leaders Program

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ACEC Nebraska Emerging Leaders Program is for individuals committed to developing their leadership abilities. This program imparts specific skills and competencies identified by top ACEC Nebraska principals as critical for leadership success. These highly interactive sessions are taught by experts in the field of business administration and people management in professional services firms.

This program is designed and will be most beneficial to those participants with approximately 8-15 years of industry experience. There will be PDH forms available at the end of the program. Attendees must be present at all three two-day sessions. If more than half of one session is missed, that session must be attended the following year to graduate. Only the attendee registered may attend the sessions. Substitute attendees will not be accepted.

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2017 Emerging Leaders Program Schedule of Events

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Thursday and Friday, December 8-9, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Magnolia Hotel
1615 Howard
Omaha, NE  68102

OrientationScott Heidner, J.D. (ACEC of Kansas Executive Director)       10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Do you think 20 engineers will be too shy to get to know each other in a short time? Think again! ACEC Kansas Executive Director Scott Heidner will deliver a high energy presentation, and interactive sessions will have class members working and laughing together in no time at all. This critical session sets the stage for class members to work together for the program.

Human ResourcesScott Anderson (Doubledare)       2:00 – 5:00 pm
Human resource philosophy and functions are often the basis for company planning and meeting client needs. We’ll examine systems for performance management and employee relations strategies. The strongest asset for any organization is its people. Maximizing that asset is essential to strong leadership.

Reception:       5:00 – 6:00 pm
ACEC Nebraska Board of Directors Holiday Reception
Magnolia Hotel
1615 Howard
Omaha, NE  68102

Dinner as a Group:       7:00 pm
Magnolia Hotel
1615 Howard
Omaha, NE  68102

This will include a presentation from Steve Hall, ACEC National Vice President of Government Affairs and other ACEC Nebraska leaders.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Kirkham Michael
12700 W. Dodge Rd.
Omaha, NE 68154

Business DevelopmentMike Lally, P.E., P.G. (Olsson Associates)       8:30 – 10:30 am
Instilling and encouraging a strong business development culture in your firm makes great business sense. It can prove to be an important differentiator and can positively influence the firm’s project delivery, hiring and recruiting, and career development processes. Developing a business development culture requires understanding the distinction between marketing and business development, exposing false common business development myths, recognizing the many ways in which technical staff can contribute to the business development process, and investing in strategies that yield the highest return-on-investment.

Governmental Affairs
Steve Hall (ACEC National Vice President of Government Affairs) and Scott Heidner, J.D. (ACEC of Kansas Executive Director)       10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The government’s leadership influences the overall business climate and an individual firm’s success. Business leaders need to know how to participate effectively in the public arena and build consensus. They also need to understand how government affairs activities can help their business succeed and how to encourage active participation at the grassroots level in the firm.

Thursday and Friday, January 12-13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Kirkham Michael
12700 W. Dodge Rd.
Omaha, NE 68154

LeadershipDan Oblinger (Leadercraft Corporate Education)       1:00 – 5:00 pm
Leadership is an activity that improves when leaders become more skilled. The foundational skill for leadership is listening. An experienced hostage negotiator will give you a guided tour through the lost art of listening well. Learn about building trust, influencing decisions, and gaining valuable insight into complex problems by being an intentional listener. Participate in skill-building exercises that will enhance your natural style of listening by adding proven techniques used to train hostage negotiators all over the world! Become a better leader and lover with these proven methods.

Dinner and Bowling as a Group:       5:30 pm
Alley V
3375 Oak View Dr.
Omaha, NE  68144

Friday, January 13, 2017
Kirkham Michael
12700 W. Dodge Rd.
Omaha, NE 68154

Risk Management – Dave Jesse (Harry Koch) and Bruce Smith (Woods Aitken Law)       8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Carefully wording contract provisions minimizes risk to design professionals. We’ll discuss how contract provisions allocate risks between parties and the legal effect of specific contract provisions. Getting contracts right the first time can be the difference between a profitable project and incurring more liability than your firm can afford.

Monday and Tuesday, February 6-7, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017
Kirkham Michael
12700 W. Dodge Rd.
Omaha, NE 68154

Economics of Private PracticeLee James (Lee James & Associates)       1:00 – 5:00 pm
Understanding the role and importance of financial project management is a critical attribute of emerging leaders. It is equally important that they understand fundamental metrics of successful firms, which financial indicators are important and what they mean for future growth. In this session, we will discuss these important financial management issues.

Dinner as a Group:      5:30 pm
Stokes     or Mama’s Pizza
1122 Howard St.
Omaha, NE  68102

After Dinner Activity:  Taboo Tournament/Cigar Bar

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
13655 California St.
Omaha, NE  68154

Senior Leaders Roundtable: From Management to Leadership – Secrets of Success       9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mike Gorman (Alfred Benesch & Company), Mike McMeekin (Lamp Rynearson and Associates), and Matt Tondl (HDR)
Take the opportunity to network with a diverse panel of leading industry professionals. This session will culminate the Emerging Leaders Program experience. The facilitated session gives participants a chance to ask industry leaders questions concerning industry, practices, and management.

Graduation Celebration and Lunch       12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Jason Carbee (HDR)
Kurt Hassler (GBA)
Ben Jambor (Alfred Benesch & Co.)
Josh Kankovsky (Thiele Geotech, Inc.)
Aaron Keller (HDR)
Scott Koelzer (ME Group)
Chad Marsh (Kirkham, Michael & Associates, Inc.)
Terry Morrison (Ehrhart Griffin & Associates)
Josh Palik (Felsburg Holt & Ullevig)
Jonathan Peterson (HGM Associates Inc.)
Mike Reif (Terracon Consultants, Inc.)
Allison Sambol (Felsburg Holt & Ullevig)
Phil Schiele (Terracon Consultants, Inc.)
Nate Sheets (Morrissey Engineering, Inc.)
Patrick Straatmann (KPE)
Kyle Vohl (E & A Consulting Group, Inc.)
Michael Wallace (Farris Engineering)
Nick Weander (Olsson Associates)
Kylie Wilmes (Gonzalez Companies, LLC)
Joe Zadina (Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc.)


ACEC Nebraska Emerging Leaders Program sessions will be held at Kirkham Michael (12700 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154). If you are in need of a hotel reservation there are several local accommodation options available below.

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West (178th and West Dodge Road)
17879 Chicago St
Omaha, NE 68118
Phone:(402) 289-9696

Hampton Inn Omaha/West Dodge Road (Old Mill) (114th and West Dodge Road)
11201 Davenport St
Omaha, NE 68154
Phone:(402) 334-4938

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Omaha/Old Mill (108th and West Dodge Road)
360 S 108th Ave
Omaha, NE 68154
Phone:(402) 758-2848

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