Wednesday, June 7, 2023 | Encore Las Vegas
4:00pm – 5:15pm

Word on the Street Live!
Chopin 1-2

Mark Goodale and Mick Morrissey – the authors of the popular weekly Word on the Street – share their perspectives on the most pressing and important industry issues and take any and all questions in this thought-provoking, wide-ranging session.

Mark Goodale, Principal – Morrissey Goodale
Mick Morrissey, Managing Principal – Morrissey Goodale

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Opening Reception
Chopin patio

Network with AE industry executives and investors from across the U.S. while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Then head out to enjoy everything that Las Vegas has to offer. But don’t stay out too late, breakfast is served at 7:30 AM tomorrow!

Thursday, June 8, 2023 | Encore Las Vegas
7:30am – 9:00am


Start your day with breakfast and making valuable connections with industry executives and investors.


State of the Industry

Mark Goodale and Megan Miller reference a wealth of proprietary and up-to-the-minute data from Morrissey Goodale and the hot-off-the-presses 44th Deltek Clarity Report to share how the AE industry is performing mid-2023 now and what lies ahead.

Mark Goodale, Principal – Morrissey Goodale
Megan Miller, Director of Product Marketing – Deltek (Herdon, VA)

10:15am – 10:45am

Networking Break
Brahms Promenade

10:45am – 12:00pm

CEO Strategy Panel: A view from the top

CEOs from some of the industry’s top firms discuss the state of the industry and where it’s headed. They’ll share their views on the trends that are reshaping how business gets done and the potential disruptions that lie ahead.

Po-Sun Chen, CEO – Anchor QEA (Seattle, WA) (ENR Top Environmental Firm #106)
Terry Ruhl, PE, F. ASCE, DrBA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Lochner (Chicago, IL) (ENR #128)
Mercedes Sierra, CEO – SENER Engineering and Systems (Los Angeles, CA)

Nick Belitz, Principal – Morrissey Goodale
Karen Erger, Senior Vice President and Director of Practice Risk Management – Lockton (Kansas City, MO)

12:00pm – 1:20pm

Networking Lunch

Continue your day dining and making valuable connections with industry executives and investors.

1:20pm – 2:20pm

The BST Global Innovation Series

AI, Machine Learning, Digitization – reimagining the traditional service model. These are just some of the topics that will be discussed. In this always eye-opening session, you’ll hear from industry innovators, investors and experts about what’s next and what it means for your firm.

Javier A. Baldor, Chief Executive Officer – BST Global (Tampa, FL)
KP Reddy, Founder – Shadow Ventures (Atlanta, GA)
John Willis, PE, President and Chief Executive Officer – Parametrix (Seattle, WA) (ENR #152)

Sarah Thornhill, Consultant – Morrissey Goodale

2:20pm – 2:40pm

Networking Break
Brahms Promenade

2:40pm – 3:40pm

Buyers Best Practices Panel

In this moderated panel discussion, some of the industry’s most prolific and skilled acquirers share how they originate deals, analyze transactions, and integrate acquisitions successfully.

Steve Betts, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – Merrick (Greenwood Village, CO) (ENR #92)
Dan Huntington, CE, PE, SE, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, M&A Synergy Team – IMEG (Rock Island, IL) (ENR #57)
Andra Kidd, Chief Growth and Strategy Officer – Verdantas (Dublin, OH) (ENR #149)

Nate Wentworth, CVA, CM&AA, FMVA, Senior Consultant – Morrissey Goodale


3:40pm – 4:00pm

Networking Break
Brahms Promenade

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Sellers and Partnerships Best Practices

CEOs who have recently sold their firms or found a new capital partner share what they learned through the process. They’ll offer advice for potential sellers and those seeking external capital and discuss what life is like after the deal is done.

Bill Russell, Regional Director, Northwest Region – Ardurra; Former President – T-O Engineers (Boise, ID)
Mary Presecan, Board Chair | Chief Business Development Officer – LRE Water (Denver, CO)

Alexander (“Allie”) Tepper, PhD, Principal Advisor – Morrissey Goodale

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking Reception 
Brahms Patio

Continue your networking with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before heading out to enjoy the Las Vegas scene.

Friday, June 9, 2023 | Encore Las Vegas
7:30am – 9:00am

Networking Breakfast 

Start your day with breakfast and making valuable connections with industry executives and investors.

9:00am – 10:10am

500 Club Panel: Deal Making in 2023 

In this lively panel discussion, M&A experts – who between them have advised on over 500 successful transactions – will discuss what it takes for buyers and sellers to get deals done in 2023. They’ll share what they are seeing in terms of best practices and innovations for deal structuring, deal closing and integration.

George E. Christodoulo, Partner – Lawson & Weitzen, LLP (Boston, MA)
David M. Sullivan, Partner – PKF O’Connor Davies (Boston, MA)

Brendon Cussio, Vice President – Morrissey Goodale

10:10am – 10:30am

Networking Break
Brahms Promenade

10:30am to 12:00pm

AE and Environmental Industry M&A Trends and Valuations

Nick Belitz and Jon Escobar team up to bring you the latest M&A trends and deal prices – nationally and in the West.

Nick and Jon will also announce the Most Innovative Acquirer Award awarded to the design or environmental firm that has introduced a specific improvement in their deal-making or deal-integration process that resulted in measurable improvements.


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Make one last connection before you take what you’ve learned back to the office. This could be where you connect with your ultimate M&A partner or investor!

The reviews are in:

“The Morrissey Goodale team hit the mark – great content, great presenters, great venue!”
Jason Fralick
President, Herbert Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (ENR #371)
“Appreciate the symposium, well done and very informative; made new contacts as well.”
Dikran Kalaydjian
President, Land & Water Engineering Science, Inc. – St. Petersburg, FL
“The amount of AE M&A process, integration and financing experience at the symposium exceeded my expectations…followed by a tremendous amount of meaningful networking with various leaders in the AE world!”
Brock M. Storrusten
Chief Strategy Officer, Withers Ravenel (ENR #323)
“The Morrissey Goodale symposiums always live up to my expectations. The data shared on industry trends is outstanding, as are the networking opportunities.”
Dan Huntington
Vice President, IMEG Corp (ENR #57)
“Really concise and practical advice on trends, as well as insight from both sides of the M&A coin. Extremely worthwhile for both new players and seasoned executives, a tricky sweet spot to find. Well done!”
Michael Farrell
Senior Vice President of Civil and Field Services, Ulteig Engineers, Inc. (ENR #123)
“The quality of content, attendees and symposium accommodations were really terrific. Morrissey Goodale only does it First Class!”
Scott Woerman
Vice President, Landau Associates, Inc. – Seattle, WA

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Your registration fee includes the opening cocktail reception on June 7th, the full day of events, materials and reception on June 8th, and the breakfast, half day and lunch on June 9th. 

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