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Executive Corner: Five Key Factors To Perfecting an A/E Exit Strategy

May 9, 2024 - in Articles, Column

An enormous A/E generation that kicked off their careers in the 1980s and subsequently started firms or became owners in the 1990s and 2000s is plotting its final act. Baby Boomer A/E owners across every discipline are contemplating how to successfully…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2023 A/E M&A Activity

February 1, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Despite an overall slump in M&A deal volume globally, the A/E industry wrapped up 2023 with yet another busy year of elevated activity. Shrugging…

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…

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 in one ear and out the other. But one that always stuck with me was the famous Maya Angelou line: “People…

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 and elevated backlogs (“more work than we can handle”) marked 2022 as substantial federal infrastructure…

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…