December 2019    
ACEC/Michigan Emerging Leaders Program
Congratulations to the 2019 Graduates!
ACEC/Michigan is proud to recognize the graduates of our 2019 Emerging Leaders Program. This program imparts specific skills and competencies identified by top ACEC/Michigan principals as critical for leadership success. The class enjoyed a dynamic schedule of topics including: Strategic Planning, Governmental Affairs, Risk Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Business Development, Economics of Private Practice, and the Senior Leaders Roundtable: From Management to Leadership - Secrets of Success.
Congratulations to the following members of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program:
Steve Crain
Integral Blue
Corey Den Uyl
Patrick Droze
OHM Advisors
Jake Ensley
Spalding DeDecker
Glenn Glidden
Byce & Associates
Michael Leuffgen
DLZ Michigan, Inc.
Chad McCollum
Bergmann Associates
Mark McRobie
RS&H Michigan, Inc.
Mary Nykamp
Andrea Pike
Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
Lauren Roller
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Scott Roosa
Geric Rose
Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering
Erica Rowley
Tyme Consulting Engineers
Guy Stickler
ROWE Professional Services Company
Alex Svilar
Michael Baker International
Paul Wakefield
FK Engineering Associates
Andy Wakeland
Giffels Webster
Talese Yensch
Chris Zull
Progressive AE

If you're interested in having an emerging leader from your firm (ACEC/M members only) participate in next year's Emerging Leaders Program, please visit our website to claim a spot on the waiting list for the 2020 class!
MDOT ACEC Partnering Workshop
February 6, 2020
Registration is now open for the MDOT ACEC Partnering Workshop held on February 6, 2020 in Lansing. Last year, the Workshop drew 600+ attendees from engineering firms and the Michigan Department of Transportation. The Workshop provides the ideal venue for technical information sharing, communicating new policies and procedures, and endless networking.
Also, the annual 'ACEC members only' reception will be from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5 with MDOT Leadership from all regions of the state.  Attendees will receive 2 free drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres will be available. 
MDOT Director Paul Ajegba and ACEC/M President Steve Gravlin will kick the event off at 8:00 a.m. The afternoon general session will feature keynote speaker Dan Oblinger, who will share his skills and stories as a hostage negotiator to help participants make great decisions in work and life. 

Other Workshop highlights: 24 different educational breakouts, an Innovative Technology room (ITR), round table discussions, and networking at the popular ice cream social. This event will offer 5.5 continuing education hours for attendees.
Show your support for the Partnering Workshop with MDOT by taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities. Top level sponsors will receive complimentary registrations for the Workshop. 
Click here to register for the events and/or sponsorships. 
ASCE Central Region MRLC 2020
January 9 - 11, 2020 in Detroit
The ASCE Southeastern Michigan (SEMI) Branch is excited to host Regions 3, 6, and 7 for the 2020 Central Region Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC), to be held January 9-11, 2020 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
While the  conference sessions are focused on leadership development (by invitation only), all ASCE members are encouraged to participate in networking and social events before, during, and after the conference. At the following events, you will meet civil engineering colleagues and students from across the country:
Visit the ASCE Southeastern Michigan branch website to learn more and to register. 

Your support is needed to make this event a success! Visit the SEMI branch website to learn about the available SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for this event. 
Legislative Update
The legislature concluded its activity for the year on December 11 and plans to return on January 8. The House and Senate Transportation committees are working on packages of bills (House Bills 4963-4973 and Senate Bills 515-524) seeking to create greater efficiencies in MDOT and local road agencies to better spend state resources. ACEC has been attending hearings on the bills and reviewing language to determine how they may affect the engineering community. Representatives of the design professional groups have been meeting with legislators on the House Judiciary Committee to discuss HB 5169, Certificate of Merit. The bill seeks to curb frivolous claims against design professionals and requires plaintiffs to obtain a certificate of merit from a licensed professional before a claim can move forward. A hearing is expected in January.

Governor Whitmer and the legislature came to an agreement to restore some of the dollars to the state budget that were vetoed by the Governor. Supplemental bills (SB 152 and SB 154) were finalized this week which restored $459 million ($257 million General Fund) to state agency programs and $114.5 million ($70.2 million School Aid Fund, $3.9 million General Fund) to school programs.  HB 5176 and HB 5177 were also passed which would make changes to the State Administrative Board powers.  These changes were significant in brokering the final deal on restoring some of the vetoes and shifts by the State Administrative Board.
PSMJ Principals Bootcamp Offered
Huge Discounts on Registration Fees

On January 23-24, 2020, ACEC/Michigan will offer the popular PSMJ Principals Bootcamp in Lansing. This course is designed for anyone who wants to stay on top of their game as an A/E/C Principal. Changing market conditions in a fast moving world mean you need the latest proven insight for success. Whether you are just starting out as a Principal or have spent decades as a firm leader, this Bootcamp has something for you.  

Detailed information and registration is available  on the ACEC/M website
ACEC/M 2020 Scholarship Raffle
Tickets Available Now
Every year, the ACEC/M Scholarship Committee holds a raffle. This is the only fundraising event for the ACEC Scholarship Program. Proceeds from the raffle go directly to supporting scholarships for college students pursuing a career in engineering or surveying. Your contributions make it possible for us to provide substantial financial support to these hardworking students.

Prizes include: 
  • Florida Vacation - One week stay at a beautiful three bedroom, ocean front view princess condominium on Hutchinson Island. *Travel expense not included. Value: $2,500. 
  • $500 Gift Card for each of the following: Grand Traverse Resort
    Great Wolf Lodge
    Best Buy
New this year - pick the prize you want to win! Each of the four prizes will have its own bucket for the drawing, and one ticket will be drawn from each of the four buckets. All you need to do is write which prize you want to win on your ticket stub, and it will be placed in the appropriate bucket. Note: If no option is chosen by the purchaser, the ticket will go in the bucket with the highest valued prize (Florida condo).
Tickets are $25 each, 3 for $60, or 6 for $100, and only a limited number of tickets are printed. If you are able to support our efforts, please visit the ACEC/M website for full details and ordering information . Winning tickets will be drawn at the ACEC/M Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala on March 7, 2020 at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids. You need not be present at the Gala to win. 
THANK YOU to our raffle prize sponsors: Hubbell, Roth & Clark, OHM Advisors, Prein&Newhof, PCIA, Ruby+Associates, SME, Testing Engineers & Consultants and WSP. 

If you know any students who may be eligible for a scholarship, please direct them to the ACEC/M website. The deadline to submit an application is January 3, 2020. 
2020 Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards
Sponsorship Opportunities
An ACEC/Michigan hallmark for more than 50 years, the Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala is the "Academy Awards" of the consulting engineering industry. The event is designed to honor engineering firms for design achievements of superior skill and ingenuity.  
Firm projects are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation and value to society. In addition to celebrating among peers, the event helps to publicize the many significant contributions consulting engineers make to the built environment throughout the State and beyond.  
Sponsorship of this event is an excellent way of demonstrating your support of our industry and gives your organization great exposure to owners, contractors, legislators and others. 
All firm sponsors will be recognized at the event, included in the awards program brochure, and highlighted on the ACEC/M. Full sponsorship details are available on the ACEC/M website 
The 2020 Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids. Gala registration will open in January. 

The success of the awards program is directly related to the supporting sponsorships. Your consideration is greatly appreciated! 
MSPS Winter Symposium
February 18, 2020 in Kalamazoo
ACEC/Michigan Member Firm News
Congratulations to the following firms who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year! 
  • Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors, Inc. - 100 years
  • Byce and Associates, Inc. - 60 years
  • Nowak & Fraus Engineers - 50 years
  • Prein&Newhof - 50 years
  • Abonmarche - 40 years
  • G2 Consulting Group, LLC - 25 years
  • Ziemnick Foster Engineering, LLC - 10 years
Do you have news you would like to share? Email 
Mark your calendar!
January 23-24, 2020: PSMJ Principals Bootcamp, Lansing 
February 6: MDOT-ACEC Partnering Workshop, Lansing
February 26: MDOT Field Engineering Day, Detroit 
March 7: Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala, Grand Rapids
March 17: AESLC Legislative Day, Lansing
May 12: Michigan Infrastructure Conference, Kalamazoo
In This Issue
Emerging Leaders Program Graduates
MDOT ACEC Partnering Workshop
Legislative Update
PSMJ Principals Bootcamp coming to Lansing
ACEC/M 2020 Schorlaship Raffle
2020 Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards
MSPS Winter Symposium
ACEC/M Member Firm News
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