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2019 Speakers

basu_webAnirban Basu
Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in Pennsylvania and Cambodia. In 2014, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed him Chair of the Maryland Economic Development Commission.  He also serves as chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Advisory Committee and is the Chief Economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and Chief Economic Advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association. He serves similar functions for Visit Baltimore, the Maryland Association of Realtors, and Marcum, LLC. Anirban lectures at Johns Hopkins University in Global Strategy and has also taught international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at Hopkins.

Eleanor Allen
CEO, Water for People
Eleanor Allen is the CEO of Water For People, a global nonprofit working in nine countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to help develop sustainable water and sanitation services for 4 million people. Water For People is recognized as an innovative leader through its innovative impact model called Everyone Forever. Eleanor won the Schwab Award for Social Entrepreneurship, did a TEDx talk on Why Water Is A Women’s Issue, was named a Denver Outstanding Women in Business,and is Water Environment Federation Fellow. She serves on several Boards and, prior to Water For People, she worked globally as an engineering consultant for Arcadis and Jacobs running Global and Latin American operations. Eleanor is a licensed civil engineer and board-certified environmental engineer with technical expertise in water and wastewater treatment.

Ed Brodow
Author, Negotiation Boot Camp
Ed Brodow is the world’s top spokesman on the art of negotiation. He has addressed more than 1,000 audiences in Paris, Madrid, Athens, Milan, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Nairobi, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Montreal, and New York. Ed’s client list includes many of the world’s most prominent organizations, notably Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Learjet, Raytheon, Philips, Hyatt, The Gap, McKinsey, Revlon, Zurich Insurance, Exxon Mobil, the IRS, and the Pentagon. For two decades, Ed’s acclaimed Negotiation Boot Camp® Seminars have set the standard for “how to make a deal” in Corporate America. He is the bestselling author of seven books including the business classic Negotiation Boot Camp: How to Resolve Conflict, Satisfy Customers, and Make Better Deals. Ed is a former Fortune 500 sales executive (IBM, Litton Industries), US Marine officer, and Hollywood movie actor with starring roles opposite Jessica Lange, Ron Howard, and Christopher Reeve.

Stacy Stout
Founding Principal, BRANDiac Strategies
As the energetic founding principal of BRANDiac Strategies (formerly STOUTStrategies), Stacy knows a thing or two or twelve about enthusiastically building business, relationships and brands. In her previous work lives, Stacy held marketing director positions for two prominent architectural firms and a leading general contractor, in addition to marketing strategist roles for advertising firms and clients. No matter where clients or creatives roam, Stacy is an expert at using her boss lady skills to wrangle the focus to marketing strategy and outcomes. When she’s not busy developing brands and opportunities for clients, Stacy can be found heading up her two kids’ soccer banquets and PTA fundraisers, wine sipping, or simply taking charge of anything in need of leadership.

Jones Loflin
Author, Juggling Elephants
Jones Loflin has made it his life’s work to deliver powerful ideas and practical solutions to individuals and organizations struggling with too much to do. His books are described as “illuminating” and his presentations as “unforgettable.” In his 24 years as a speaker and trainer he has helped countless people regain confidence in their ability to achieve greater success in work and life. Jones’ innovative solutions on leadership, change, and time management have attracted the attention of organizations around the world.His client list includes Federal Express, Choice Hotels, Toyota, Raymond James Financial, and State Farm as well as the United States military. His international clients include Saudi Aramco, Gillette, and Aramark Canada. Jones has also presented to members of the American Council of Engineering Companies as well as the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Hannah Ubl
Co-founder, Good Company Consulting
Hannah is co-founder of Good Company Consulting, an organization dedicated to helping businesses create authentic, empowering workplaces that don’t inspire the dreaded Sunday scaries. As a speaker and consultant, she presents communication strategies and action-oriented tools to inform people-first culture and strategy. Hannah has spent the better part of the last decade learning from and speaking to audiences from the C-Suite to new interns, in organizations from Lockheed Martin to Six Flags Theme Park. She’s fueled by an endless curiosity to help people combine strategy and research so they can communicate more effectively. Hannah co-authored Managing Millennials for Dummies with Lisa Walden.

Robert Sher
Founding Principal, CEO to CEO
Robert Sher is founding principal of CEO to CEO, a con­sulting firm of former chief executives that improves the leadership infrastructure of midsized companies seeking to accelerate their performance. Robert speaks frequently and has published extensively on the successful leadership traits and skills of leaders of midsized companies. He is a regular col­umnist on Forbes.com and has numerous posts on Harvard Business Review on line. He has authored two books; the first book, The Feel of the Deal; How I Built a Company through Acquisitions, and his newest book, Mighty Midsized Companies: How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers.

David Eckberg
Director, Betts Patterson Mines
David advises engineering, architectural, geotechnical and environmental firms, contractors and owners and operators on corporate law matters, including ownership transition, strategic partnering and structuring and mergers and acquisitions. He also assists in drafting and negotiating commercial transactions including purchase and sale agreements, merger agreements, stock exchange agreements, liability transfer agreements, construction and services contracts and leasing arrangements.  He has been practicing corporate law for over 30 years.

David M. Sullivan, Jr., CPA
Partner, DGC (DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP)
Dave is a partner at DiCicco Gulman & Company (DGC), Commercial Business Group and has over 25 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to closely-held and family-owned businesses in a variety of industries. He leads their Architecture & Engineering practice and represents design firms across the country. Dave’s expertise ranges from auditing and taxation, succession planning, mergers and acqui-sitions, due diligence, internal controls and systems, to financial and tax planning.

Lisa Walden
Co-founder, Good Company Consulting
Lisa is a writer and consultant that is driven to help people love their jobs, and organizations love their people. She’s spearheaded projects within a wide range of industries, from finance to manufacturing, and culled the best practices at play in today’s workplace. Lisa’s passionate about creating light-bulb moments through engaging content and people-focused insights. Lisa co-authored Managing Millennials for Dummies with Hannah Ubl.

Brian Aumueller
Managing Director, alliantgroup
Brian Aumueller is a Managing Director in alliantgroup’s New York office with more than 20 years of experience providing consulting services to CPAs and their clients. Brian specializes in federal and state tax credits and incentives, managing CPA firm relationships, and helping CPA firms identify qualified clients. Brian is a national practice leader with alliantgroup’s software, architecture and engineering, and contractor practices and has worked with hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses in the area of Research & Development Tax Credits.

Javier Baldor
Executive Vice President, BST Global
Javier Baldor is an Executive Vice President and Principal Shareholder of BST Global. Javier leads a team of professionals around the world responsible for the market introduction of BST Global’s business software products and solutions. Javier is also one of four members on the BST Global Product Steering Committee, which helps to define and execute on the delivery of innovative business software solutions for architects, engineers, and environmental consultancies globally.

John Matthew
Product Director of Project Pursuit and Delivery, BST Global
John Mathew is BST Global’s Product Director of Project Pursuit and Delivery. He is also a member of the BST Global Executive Management Team. John and his team manage a portfolio of business applications that facilitate sales, project, and operations management. John joined BST Global in 2001 as a Product Manager. In 2004, he was named Product Director, initially leading Project and Resource Management and then Business Development and Marketing, as well.

2016-ianIan Rusk, ASA, CM&AA
Managing Principal, ROG+ Partners
Ian Rusk has spent the past eighteen years working with hundreds of architecture, engineering and envi-ronmental consulting firms, large and small, through-out the U.S. and abroad with a focus on ownership planning, business valuation, ESOP advisory services, mergers &  acquisitions, and strategic planning. Ian is a professionally trained and accredited business appraiser and holds the Accredited Senior  Appraiser (ASA) designation with the American Society of Appraisers. He also holds the Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA)  designation from the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors.

2016-michaelMichael O’Brien, ASA, CM&AA
Principal, ROG+ Partners
Michael O’Brien specializes in corporate financial advisory services including business valuation, fairness and solvency opinions, mergers and acquisitions, internal ownership transition consulting, ESOPs, and strategic planning. He has worked on many comprehensive ownership transition planning efforts for clients with as few as 20 employees and firms with over 1,000 employees. He has extensive merger and acquisition experience, having assisted clients in acquiring firms or selling their firm.

Steve Gido, CFA
Principal, ROG+ Partners
Steve Gido specializes in corporate financial advisory services with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Steve has assisted architecture, engineering, environ-mental consulting and construction firms of all sizes across North America achieve their growth or liquidity goals through successful mergers & acquisitions. Steve has over 16 years of investment banking experience and holds the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.

Carl von Hake, CPA
Associate Principal, ROG+ Partners
Carl specializes in corporate financial advisory services including strategic business planning, financing strategies, operational effectiveness, ownership transition, stock structuring, corporate governance and profit enhancement. He leads ROG’s West Coast office and brings the unique perspective of a past business owner to ROG’s team. Carl has fifteen years’ experience working with architecture and engineering firms. Prior to joining ROG, Carl served as CFO for two of ENR’s top 150 design firms.

Jonathan Voelkel
Associate Principal, ROG+ Partners
With over fifteen years of corporate financial advisory experience, Jonathan Voelkel has worked with hundreds of engineering, architecture, and environmental consulting firms across the U.S. and abroad, in all facets of mergers & acquisitions, valuation, ownership transition planning, equity incentive compensation, and ESOP advisory.