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Executive Corner: Has Rampant Consolidation Been Good for the A/E Industry?

September 7, 2023 - in Articles, Column

If you’ve noticed a lot of M&A deals announced recently, you’re not alone. Almost every, day we read another press release that touts a new and promising combination between two A/E organizations. Mega deals and ENR 500 recapitalizations as well as…

Executive Corner: What’s My Legacy? An A/E Generation Transitions Out

May 5, 2023 - in Articles, Column

Growing up, my father was fond of sharing various quips and quotes. Some were motivational, others just corny, and I’m confident most of them went…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2022 A/E M&A Activity

February 2, 2023 - in Articles, Column

Looking back over the last twelve months, you have to give credit to industry leaders navigating increasingly stormy seas. Generational talent shortages…

Executive Corner: A New Age of A/E Entrepreneurship Is Here

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

With industry headlines everywhere addressing severe talent shortages, rampant consolidation, record backlogs, digital transformation, inflation and private-equity involvement, one intriguing development has quietly gone under the radar. During the last…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2021 A/E M&A Activity

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The Great Consolidation? The Great Realignment? Whatever term you want to call it, by all accounts 2021 was a record-breaking year for A/E M&A activity. Emboldened leaders embraced and adapted all that was thrown at them—from mobilizing staff back…

Executive Corner: How Private Equity Is Quietly Transforming the A/E Industry

November 29, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Whether in nature, design, health or business, lasting and significant changes seldom occur quickly, but often steadily through time. You open your eyes years later to a new paradigm or landscape that has unfolded, which ultimately requires recognition and…

Executive Corner: 2021 End of Summer Executive Outlook

September 30, 2021 - in Articles, Column

As the disruption of the COVID-19 virus continues to factor into everyday decisions, A/E leaders across the country continue to take on the challenges of running their firms.

Executive Corner: 2021 Mid-Year Executive Outlook

September 1, 2021 - in Articles, Column

As the disruption and severity of the global pandemic continues to fade, A/E leaders across the country are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities left in its wake. I recently connected with several CEOs from coast to coast for our annual Mid-Year…

Executive Corner: Back in the Saddle for the AEC Industry

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Column

It’s hard to believe we’ve crossed the one-year milestone of the global coronavirus pandemic. Populations have endured and adapted to the day-to-day changes in societal norms, business practices and lifestyle patterns. As we start to see the light…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2020 A/E M&A Activity

February 4, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The 2020 global pandemic will forever be remembered as when the simplest of norms and patterns across everyday family and office life were turned upside down. A/E leaders, whose patience and determination were tested just as they were 10 years ago during…