Chief and Senior Executive Networks

Engineering Firm Owners & CEOs Group (20EX) - St. Louis - 2018

October 04 - October 05, 2018
St. Louis, MO


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Thursday, October 4th, 2018

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
CEN Executive Briefing: Mary Kelly, President, Productive Leaders

Money Talk in the New Economy
Leaders need to know what the economy is doing and how the economy impacts their business. In this informative and engaging program, Mary gives leaders what they need to know to make the right leadership and business decisions to improve productivity and profit growth.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
CEN Executive Briefing: June Jewell, President & CEO, AEC Business Solutions

Getting Your Employees to Think (and act) Like Owners
How can you get your employees and project leaders to be accountable for financial results and firm success? Those firms that can teach their staff to think like owners have a clear competitive advantage and higher performance rates. This session will look at how firm culture determines whether there is an entrepreneurial focus on the part of project managers and technical staff, and how to transform your teams' mindset and behavior.

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
CEN Roundtable Discussions (members vote on which topics they would like to discuss):

Retaining Core Culture While Growing Strategically
  • How can you ensure that your culture remains intact and strong amidst rapid expansion and geographic separation of teams, offices, etc? What management structures need to be in place?
  • What are some “must haves” and best practices when creating an A+ onboarding process?
  • What do you see as the biggest challenge in managing growth & culture?
  • What have others done to integrate new people into the culture and company decision making frameworks?

Creating a Culture of Accountability
  • How do you establish a culture of accountability? A “rewards and punishment” system or a “trickle down” and “lead by example” approach?
  • At what level of the organization do your expectations of accountability vary and how do you enforce them at the varying levels?
  • What are some corrective actions that that are effective and will improve your organization?

Leadership Succession Planning
  • Best practices in identifying the best candidates to succeed a key leader.
  • What level of your organization are you applying a leadership succession plan?
  • How do you implement a process to ensure successors are being developed?
  • What are some of the biggest succession issues that you have today and how are you overcoming them?

Firm Valuation – Best Practices, Frequency, etc.
  • Frequency, methods, preparation and due diligence checklist etc.
  • What processes do you have in place to ensure an effective valuation?
  • What are some common pitfalls when preparing for an acquisition valuation?

4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
CEN Ex-Officio Board Session© - In this session, each member is allowed to describe one key issue in which they would like input/advice from the group.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception/Dinner

Friday, October 5th, 2018

7:15 – 7:40 a.m.
Working Breakfast

7:40 – 10:45 a.m.
CEN Ex-Officio Board Session© - Continued

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Best Practices Report
In this brief wrap up session each member will summarize their key takeaways from the meeting as a whole.

11:00 a.m.

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    • "Excellent yet again! I am always impressed with the selection of speakers. I don't know how you're able to do it but keep it up and I will keep coming, too!"
    • -Jerry Cavalieri
      HPC America