July 31, 2023

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The Board of Governors met on July 20, 2023 at the Deep South Convention, SanDestin Resort, Florida where the Chairman's gavel was transferred to ACECL's new Chairman of the Board Nathan J. Junius, P.E., PLS

July 20, 2023 Agenda
May/June Membership Board Report
2023-2024 Board of Governors
May 19, 2023 Minutes
May 2023 Financials 
June 2023 Financials
Water Resources Committee Report
ACECL Legislative Review
LA Definition of the Practice of Land Surveying


2023 Deep South Convention

Less than two weeks ago, we concluded another successful and impactful Deep South Conference in sunny Sandestin.


From great speaker sessions to interstate networking opportunities, the convention not only provided participants with pragmatic information they could use to enhance their firms but also the unique

opportunity to cultivate business relationships with colleagues in neighboring states.


But as the old adage goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words," so I will save you the boredom of my own and allow pictures from the convention to speak for themselves.


What you won't see in the pictures is that we changed some things up this year by moving the officer and board members' installations from the Saturday luncheon to an opening welcome reception and dinner Thursday night. We also added some entertainment that night by bringing in a magician who I must say did not disappoint. The number 38 is still fixed in my mind...if you know you know!


We also hosted the first annual DSC Cornhole Tournament which served as a fundraiser for the ACEC National Pac.16 teams competed and raised almost $3500. After receiving so much positive feedback on the tournament, we will definitely host one again next year.


Speaking of next year, the convention is moving beachside. DSC 2024 will be at the Hilton Sandestin July 18-24.

Thank you for your service

After serving a total of eight years on the ACECL Board of Governors and the last five on the Executive Committee, Andree has contributed so much to our organization and will most certainly leave it better than how she found it.


As 2021-2022 Chairwoman of the Board, Andree led ACECL through two major undertakings. The search for a new president & CEO and a complete overhaul of the organization's by-laws overhaul. These two things, can quite literally, determine the future direction of any organization or business so, to say the least, the pressure was on. That

said, anyone, or should I say everyone, who knows Andree recognized that ACECL

could not have asked for a better person to lead the organization through such

a pivotal time in the history of the organization.


Starting even before she took over as Chair, Andree formed a By-Laws Committee responsible for reviewing ACECL's current by-laws and bringing them into alignment with the evolved vision and purpose of the national federation. A result of the committee's work was a slate of 26 recommended by-law revisions of which almost all were unanimously

adopted by the Board.


Though some may say the jury is still out on her other accomplishment as Chair, I must personally thank Andree for leading the search that ultimately led to ACECL taking a chance on me to serve as its next President & CEO. Her passion for the industry and her belief in this organization resonated with me through the interview process, and I knew I needed to be a part of this incredible team. Her belief in me will forever be a part of my motivation to serve ACECL and our members with all that I am.


I would be remiss to not also thank and recognize our other two board members who complete their terms of service on the Board of Governors this past year. Both Lisa Cookmeyer and Bob Boagni served six years as Members at Large.


During her time on the Board, Lisa served as the Board Liaison for the Water Resources Committee and played a prominent role in the committee's efforts to develop and direct policy related to the implementation of new infrastructure programs like the Louisiana

Watershed Initiative and the Water Sector Program.


Bob played a critical role as the Board Liaison to the Transportation Committee. With his unending knowledge and expertise in the transportation industry and DOTD, Bob was instrumental in the development of ACECL policy positions and recommendations the organization used and will continue to use when advocating on behalf of the consultant community.


On behalf of our staff, the Board of Governors, and our members, please accept our sincere appreciation for your service to ACECL and the entire engineering industry. We are all the better for it.


Baton Rouge Chapter Luncheon

Thursday, August 14, 2023

Sullivan's Steakhouse

5252 Corporate Boulevard

Baton Rouge, LA 70808


Michele Robinson, Business Coaching Consultant

Michele Robinson Consulting


"Surviving Leadership"

As leaders, we often neglect our own professional development because we are laser-focused on running our firms and developing staff. We end up at the bottom of the long list. Michele will provide us with tips and tools to foster our own continued growth and development as busy professionals and leaders.

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  • August 3 - Transportation Committee Meeting (Virtual)
  • August 11 - HR Forum Committee Meeting
  • August 14 - Baton Rouge Chapter Luncheon/Sullivan's Steakhouse
  • August 23-24 - Emerging Leaders Session III

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