Speakers & Agenda


Monday April 25, 2022

Starting at Noon

Opening Lunch with Michael Farr, CEO and Founder of Farr, Miller & Washington LLC presenting 2022: Choppier Waters – Economic & Market Forecast Entering the Post-Pandemic World”

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM 

General Session 1: Case Study, Part 1 – Infrastructure Firm Simulated Acquisition

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Breakout Session 1: Preparing to Acquire a Business Hosted by Plante Moran

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Breakout Session 2: How the “Best of the Best” Pass the Leadership Baton

Starting at 6:00 PM

Mystery Recipe Competition Sponsored by Morningstar Law Group –Join us offsite for tthe Chopping Block’s exclusive Mystery Recipe competitive cooking event is designed to inspire creativity and a little friendly competition. This timed culinary challenge to see who can stand the heat of the kitchen! You will be divided into teams, and each team will work together to create a meal using the mystery recipe!

Tuesday April 26, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Keynote Breakfast with Scott Cattran, President and CEO of Woolpert presenting “Woolpert vs. 5 long-time AEC myths…and one myth that is starting to form.”


9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

General Session 2: Case Study, Part 2 – Valuing Target Companies in Today’s Environment

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Breakout Session 3: Keys to a Successful Transaction: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff! Hosted by Fox Rothschild

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Breakout Session 4: Positioning Your Firm with a Financial Partner


Noon – 1:30 PM

Keynote Lunch with Paul VanDuyne, President and CEO of IMEG Corp.

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Breakout Session 5:  Issues and Opportunities for Existing and Future ESOP Companies

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Breakout Sessions: 6: Anatomy of a Deal – Architectural Engineers, Inc. and IMEG Corp.

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

General Session 3: 3rd Annual Dodgeball: What do you want to know? Throw it at the experts.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking and cocktails on the Terrace

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Keynote Dinner with #1 New York Times bestselling author Adrian Gostick, providing real solutions to develop robust cultures, increase employee engagement, and lead high-performance teams.

His work is supported by research with more than 1 million working adults, revealing the proven secrets why some cultures and teams break through and others don’t. His work has been called “fascinating” by Fortune, “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times, and a “must-read for modern managers” by CNN. He has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS 60 Minutes, and is often quoted in Fast Company, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal.

Adrian is the author of award-winning Wall Street Journal and the New York Times best-selling leadership books All In, The Carrot Principle, and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide

April 27, 2022

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Keynote Breakfast with Christy Cavataio, President and COO of Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. presents “The World in Changing and So Are We: How Cuningham Restructured Leadership During COVID – and Made It Work!”

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Breakout Session 7: Trends in Cyber Security Hosted by Ames & Gough

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Breakout Session 8:  Talent, Talent, Talent – Keeping Who You Have and Attracting New

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

General Session 4: Case Study Auction & Review: And the Winner is ……

Noon – 1:00 PM

Closing Lunch with Katharine Mottley, Vice President of Tax & Workforce Policy at American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) presenting “Opportunities and Risks: Legislative and Regulatory Update from ACEC National” 

Please note, the order of the breakout sessions is subject to change.