• Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2016 Annual Conference

  • Many believe that since they can now access industry information via the Internet that the days of the live meeting are gone. The truth is, meetings are more important than ever. The value in meetings comes from the human-to-human connections that occur. Often people cite the serendipitous “hallway conversations” that they have with other attendees as the most valuable parts of attending an event. While these are not on the agenda, or mentioned in the breakout sessions learning objectives, when two or more people begin to discuss topics on a deeper and personal level, the success of the event to those involved becomes irreplaceable. It is the people that bring the ROI to your time at a conference. 
    Thom Singer
    The Conference Catalyst


  • 10. Encounter Potential Vendors and Suppliers

    Discover innovative products and services to stay competitive in today’s market. Our affiliate members and sponsors specialize in technology and tools of the trade to keep your engineering firm running at top speed. Make those connects and more at the 2016 Annual Conference.

    9. Relax and Recharge 

    It’s proven that getting out of the office for a few can days can improve productivity. Attend the Annual Conference to get away from busy schedules and return to work Monday morning recharged and ready to tackle your next project.

    8. Education  

    We all need continuing education credits; attend both sessions at the Annual Conference and earn up to 6 PDH’s. 

    7. Swap Ideas

    Let the creative juices flow with your peers and colleagues. Gain ideas and strategies surrounding accountability that work for other engineering firms.

    6. Bucket of Booze

    Where else can you stock your bar for $25? The winner of our second annual Bucket of Booze raffle will be announced Friday at the Installation of Officers and Emerging Leaders Graduation Dinner.

    5. Network and Reconnect with Peers   

    Lifelong friendships and relationships have developed through ACEC/VA conferences. Don’t miss this opportunity to see old friends and make new ones!

    4. Access to the Expert

    Richard Coughlan has served as a trainer, consultant and facilitator for major corporate clients including CarMax, The Martin Agency and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. At the Annual Conference, you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific challenges surrounding Accountability and receive real world best practices in return.

    3. Emerging Leaders Graduation

    Support the up and coming leaders in our Industry! Participants of the Emerging Leaders Institute have studied hard over the past year and are ready to show you what they’ve learned.

    2. Meet the 2016-2017 Board of Directors

    ACEC/VA will be inducting the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Shake their hand and get to know them on a personal level. They each have a unique story along with tips for success for the next generation of leaders.

    1. No One Understands Engineers Better Than Engineers 

    There is no other professional organization that brings together the leaders of engineering firms in Virginia. At the Annual Conference, connect with other professionals in our industry that have the same interests and pains as you and gain ideas to relieve some of those pains.