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2020 Speakers

Bryan Deptula
CEO and Co-Founder, BKD Leaders
Dr. Bryan J. Deptula is CEO and co-founder of BKD Leaders, LLC. He holds an MBA and Ph.D. in Leadership and Management, and Bachelor’s in Economics. Bryan’s TEDx Talk, ‘Leaders Are Born To Be Made,’ gives practical wisdom about how to make leaders out of all people, coordinate and collaborate with others to get work done, and close the gap on leading millennials. Bryan makes leaders who make more leaders! He coaches executives to be better, and drive revenue. Bryan goes into companies to develop leadership at all levels, and delivers high impact, interactive, and engaging workshops that make 100% of the workforce accountable for results! He guides executives’ to think critically and strategically, to grow their business by revolutionizing leader development into business development.

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.

Jill Hewlett
Brain Fitness Expert & Wellness Authority
Jill Hewlett is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, wellness TV personality and author. Her impactful keynotes have engaged professionals ranging from Educators and Clinicians to Sales Leaders and Entrepreneurs. Licensed in the field of Educational Kinesiology and a Brain Gym® consultant of almost two decades, Jill has the skillful capacity to draw out the natural leadership in individuals and organizations to support them in reducing stress and achieving greater levels of efficiency, resiliency, productivity and success. Groundbreaking neuroscience and inspired common sense, Jill Hewlett will show you how to achieve your Fit Brain and Fit Life.

Bob Kelleher
Founder, The Employee Engagement Group
Bob Kelleher is a best-selling author of 5 books, keynote speaker, global thought leader on employee engagement, and A/E/C industry expert who travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. Bob is also the Founder and President of The Employee Engagement Group and host of the A/E/C HR Summit since its inception in 2010. Previously, Bob spent 25 years in the A/E/C industry, including roles with AECOM as Chief Human Resources Officer; ENSR as Executive Vice President of Organizational Development, and Chief Operating Officer; and Metcalf & Eddy as Director of Human Resources.

Donna Corlew, FSMPS, CPSM
Chief WIT* Officer | C*Connect
A native Tennessean, Donna’s roots run deep in Southern hospitality, a culture of giving, and an abiding love of SEC sports and Nashville Predators hockey. Driven by a passion for coaching and helping others identify and maximize their unique talents and expertise, she works with AEC firms across the US to facilitate strategic vision and market research, build connections and chemistry with clients and targets, and coach seller/doers and marketing/business development teams. Her clients benefit from a robust network developed over three decades in every geographic market and service needed to effectively grow their business.

David Sullivan, Jr., CPA
Partner, A&E Practice, DGC
Dave Sullivan is a partner at 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 acquisitions, due diligence, internal controls and systems, to financial and tax planning.

Blake Godwin
Partner & President, Client Savvy
Blake Godwin, Partner, President at Client Savvy, has helped firms of all sizes realize revenue potential through solving critical business problems for over 15 years. Through Client and Employee Experience Strategy, Blake empowers and enables his clients to capitalize on opportunities while accomplishing both short and long term Strategic Priorities. Blake is a SMPS Member in the Raleigh, NC Chapter and holds a B.S. in Business Marketing as well as a B.S. in Business Management from the University of North Carolina where he also played golf.

Kristi Weierbach, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Workforce Advisory Services, Stambaugh Ness
Kristi Weierbach focuses her extensive expertise on helping clients create a unique human resources architecture, applying practical solutions that complement strategic goals and company culture. She has a genuine passion for working with companies and positioning them to meet their organizational goals. Kristi’s deep knowledge of human resources and payroll enables her to help companies overcome their struggles by providing strategic direction on implementing and improving policies and procedures. Working collaboratively with clients, she skillfully turns their human capital management into a competitive advantage. Kristi is an active blogger and frequent presenter on human resource and payroll related topics.

Lindsey Weigle
Partner, Bluewater Advisory
Drawing from her “10,000 hours at Bluewater” as well as her professional experience prior to joining Bluewater, Lindsey has positively impacted hundreds of executives through client engagements and Lindsey’s sought after executive coaching talent. Lindsey holds a degree from Central Michigan University in Interpersonal Communication and Public Communication, with a minor in Marketing. Lindsey is a nationally recognized speaker on Women in Leadership, Bluewater’s DreamSMALL goal achievement program, Meeting Excellence and emerging industry trends. Bluewater’s clients especially appreciate Lindsey’s ability to draw the strategic intent from business owners and formulate tactical plans for achievement.

Mark Debinski
Founder & President, Bluewater Advisory & Bluewater Search
Mark is Founder and President of Bluewater Advisory, and Managing Director of Bluewater Search, the award-winning selection division of Bluewater Advisory. Mark holds an Executive MBA from Loyola University Maryland and founded Bluewater ten years ago after leading a national architecture firm. Mark’s book The Hiring Compass has taught thousands of leaders how to balance the head with heart when hiring. Mark is a recognized thought leader; he and the Bluewater team work with professional services firms nationally in areas of succession planning, team optimization and soft skill development.

Michael O’Brien, ASA, CM&AA
Principal, ROG+ Partners
Michael O’Brien has more than twenty years of corporate financial advisory experience. Michael worked with more than 700 different companies across many industries providing business valuation, fairness and solvency opinions, mergers and acquisitions, internal ownership transition consulting, ESOPs, and strategic planning. For more than ten years Michael has been dedicated to assisting firms in the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industry. Michael’s experience includes conducting business valuations/appraisals for a variety of purposes, including complex fairness and solvency opinions, litigation support, establishment and maintenance of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and general management purposes.

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.

Ian Rusk, ASA, CM&AA
Managing Principal, ROG+ Partners
Ian Rusk has spent the past twenty years working with hundreds of architecture, engineering and environmental 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.

Steve Gido, CPA
Principal, ROG+ Partners
Steve Gido specializes in corporate financial advisory services with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Steve has assisted architecture, engineering, environmental consulting and construction firms of all sizes across North America achieve their growth or liquidity goals through successful mergers & acquisitions. Steve has over 15 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.