November 30, 2022
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2022 Fall Conference/Pinewood Rally Recap

My wife regularly tells me I use way too many cliches, but the one that drives her absolutely crazy is, "You don't know, what you don't know." But this is exactly the thought that came to mind after experiencing my first ACECL Fall Conference.

For almost a year now, I have, or at least thought I had, experienced everything ACECL is as organization and the benefits, services and opportunities we offer our member firms. I now realize I only "knew what I knew." The Fall Conference is truly unique and stands apart from all the other events we host. From project outlooks from the industry's biggest clients to the recognition of the organizations biggest champions and leaders, the conference is really a collection of everything ACECL is and who we are.

I want to extend a special 'Thank You' to all who attended this year's conference, especially our sponsors. speakers and staff, for without them, the event would surely not be possible. If you were not able to attend the conference or would like to review a speaker's presentations, you can access them by clicking the button below
I would also like to again acknowledge all of the award recipients honored at this year's Fall Conference. Each of you make the profession and business of engineering stronger.

  • A.E. Wilder Award: Kurt Evans, Digital Engineering
  • Robby Cangelosi Award: Scott Schexnayder, T. Baker Smith
  • Legislative Champion: Representative Foy Gadberry
  • 'Hit It Out The Park' Award: Craig Campbell, ADG
  • 2022 Emerging Leaders Institute Class
  • 2022 ACEC National Chair Emeritus Award: Kenny Smith, T. Baker Smith
  • 2022 ACEC National Young Professional of the Year, Bliss Bernard, GEC

To cap the day off, we held our Inaugural Pinewood Rally to raise money for the ACEC (Federal) PAC. The rally certainly brought some new excitement to the reception, and I know we will have twice as many cars race at next year's event. Congrats to our race winners and all those who support the ACEC PAC by entering a car and/or making "Pick A Car" donations.

  • 1st Place: Ralph Junius, Linfield, Hunter and Junius
  • 2nd Place: Nathan Junius, Linfield, Hunter and Junius (Seeing a trend here)
  • 3rd Place: Janet Landry, ACECL

Being it is the last day of November and the season of giving thanks, I would be remiss not to express how thankful I am for the opportunity to lead an incredible organization like ACECL. The Fall Conference was just a reminded of fortunate I am.

You will no receive another newsletter until after Christmas so wishing you and your families a blessed and merry Christmas!
2022 Platinum Sponsors
CSRS, Inc.
Forte And Tablada, Inc.
Meyer Engineers, Ltd.
Neel Schaffer, Inc.
SJB Group, LLC
T. Baker Smith, LLC
TRC Companies, Inc.

2022 Annual Sponsors
Ardaman & Associates, Inc.
C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC
Digital Engineering & Imaging, Inc.
Duplantis Design Group, PC
GEC, Inc.
GIS Engineering, LLC
Gulf South Engineering & Testing, Inc.
Huval & Associates, Inc.
Linfield, Hunter & Junius, Inc.
Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC
Urban Systems, Inc.
Stuart Consulting Group, Inc.
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana is excited about the dynamic program of events planned for 2023 and would like to present your firm with new opportunities to have year-round exposure to ACECL members and the A/E/C industry by becoming a 2023 Annual Sponsor.

●Company logo on ACEC of Louisiana’s website homepage

Company logo in ACECL’s monthly electronic newsletter

● Banner signage at ALL premier events, including Chapter meetings across the State

●4 complimentary ACECL Chapter Luncheon vouchers

● ACECL 2023 Fall Conference Gold Sponsor (recognition on event promotional materials, signage & 1 complimentary registration)

● 2023 Business Forum Gold Sponsor (recognition on event promotional materials, signage & 1 complimentary registration)

● Critical Issues Summit - ACECL Conference Sponsor (recognition on event promotional materials & signage)

●Company logo on ACEC of Louisiana’s website homepage

●Company logo in ACECL’s monthly electronic newsletter

● Banner signage at ALL premier events, including Chapter meetings across the State

● 4 complimentary ACECL Chapter Luncheon vouchers

●1 complimentary 2023 ACECL Fall Conference Registration

Deadline to be included on banner signage is January 15, 2023.

Contact: [email protected] or call (225) 927-7704
Baton Rouge Chapter Luncheon

Monday, December 5, 2022

Sullivan's Steakhouse
5252 Corporate Boulevard

Reed Richard, Asst. Superintendent of System Planning
Recreation & Parks Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC)

Update on BREC Facilities

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee assists in determining legislation that ACECL will pursue at the state level and assist in lobbying aspects to get ACECL monitored bills passed or defeated. 

Under the leadership of Committee Chair Bryan Jones, the committee has led or assisted in the passage of several key pieces of legislation involving infrastructure funding, ethics, and incidental practice over the last three years alone.

The Legislative Committee will be meeting one more time before the end of the year to discuss possible legislation ACECL could run in the 2023 Legislative Session. If you would like to be a part of this discussion, I encourage you to sign-up for the committee by clicking the button below.

  • December 5 - Baton Rouge Chapter Luncheon
  • December 6 - ACECL Leadership Holiday Dinner
  • December 9 - ACECL HR Forum
  • November 12 - ACECL/LES Land Surveying Education Series
  • November 15 - Water Resources Committee
  • December 23-26 - Christmas Holidays (Office Closed)

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ACEC Affiliate Members

ACEC Business Insurance Trust
ACEC Life/Health Insurance Trust
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
Alexander & Sanders, a division of BXS Insurance
Barriere Construction Group, LLC
Benefits One, LLC
BFM Corporation, LLC
BRAYN Consulting, LLC
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP
Brown & Brown of Louisiana
CxA Services, LLC
Cycle Construction, LLC
Durable Piling Restoration, LLC
ELOS Environmental, LLC
Environmental Technical Sales, Inc.
Foley & Judell, LLP
Foley Products
Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, LLP
Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP
HUB International
Industrial Fabrics
Keogh, Cox & Wilson
Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
Quality Sitework Materials, Inc.
Barker Dirmann
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ACEC of Louisiana
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