ACEC's Fall Conference attracts hundreds of buyers who hold the purchasing power for the nation's top engineering firms! More than 80% of attendees are engineers, architects, land surveyors, scientists, and other specialists, responsible for more than $410 billion of private and public works annually. Your company's representative will meet face to face with powerful decision makers from these firms and other Fortune 500 companies - looking for the latest products and services available.
IF YOUR GOAL IS TO MEET THE DECISION MAKERS IN THE ENGINEERING INDUSTRY, THEN EXHIBITING AT THE ACEC CONFERENCE IS FOR YOU!
FACT: Seventy-Two percent of ACEC Annual Convention attendees are C-Level employees!
ACEC's Exhibit Hall and Sponsorship opportunities are the most effective way to meet face-to-face with hundreds of key decision-makers in the engineering industry. The exhibit hall offers special receptions, exclusive networking breaks and activities to give your firm maximum exposure.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America's engineering industry. Council members - numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country - are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation's economy, and enhance and safeguard America's quality of life. These works allow Americans to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. The Council's mission is to contribute to America's prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms.
Sales and Marketing Forum
Board of Directors Meeting and Luncheon
Small Firm Council Steering Committee
NAECE Meeting II
CEO Roundtables - Join CEOs and other A/E executives for an interactive discussion of best practices, business management concerns, and other industry issues.
Small Firm (1-50 employees) - Moderated by SFC
Medium Firm (51-200 employees)
Large Firm (201-500 employees)
Very Large Firm (501+ employees) - Moderated by DPC
Engineering Excellence Awards Committee
Coalition Leaders Steering Committee
Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Breakfast with Exhibitors
College of Fellows, Order of the Engineer Induction Ceremony
Land Development Executive Committee
CASE Executive Committee
Opening General Session
"Automation, AI, Robotics and Workforce Evolution" with Martin Ford, Leading expert on robotics, artificial intelligence and the impact on the workforce and the economy
CEO Panel: "The Impact of Technology on the Business of Engineering"
Legal Counsel Forum: In-House Counsel Roundtable
Networking Break with Exhibitors
Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall with Martin Ford
Environment & Energy Committee
Committee of Fellows
CAMEE Executive Committee
COPS Steering Committee
NAECE Meeting III
General Session Luncheon
"Seal Team 6 Leadership Lessons" with Robert O'Neill, former Leader of SEAL Team Six and the man who fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden
Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall with Robert O'Neill
Tax & Regulatory Affairs Committee
Federal Agencies and Procurement Advocacy Committee
Management Practices Committee
Legal Counsel Forum I
Networking Break with Exhibitors
Government Advocacy Committee
New Fellows Orientation
College of Fellows Reception
Coalition Meet-and-Greet Reception with Exhibitors
Open to all registered attendees! Come learn what the ACEC Coalitions do for you.
Local Color Night: ACEC Latin Night
Business Resources and Education Committee
ACEC/PAC Sweepstakes Drawing
"The Millennial Myth" with Neil Howe, World-renowned expert on Generations and Demography
CEO Panel: "Contracting Trends - How to Protect the Role of the Engineer"
David Sweeney, CEO, RS&H
Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall with Neil Howe
"Cybersecurity, Terrorism and Crisis Management" with Michael Hayden, Former Director of the CIA and NSA
Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall with Michael Hayden
SEI Leadership Workshop & Reception
Public Relations Committee
Networking Break with Exhibitors
Conference Continental Breakfast
ACEC/PAC Golf Tournament & Lunch
Risk Management Committee
In a front page feature in The New York Times Book Review, Barbara Ehrenrich writes that Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots is “both a humbling book and, in the best sense, a humble one. Ford, a software entrepreneur who both understands the technology and has made a thorough study of its economic consequences, never succumbs to the obvious temptation to overdramatize or exaggerate.” Ford is a researcher whose unique insights into the increased mechanization of work across various fields, and the rise of increasingly capable “information technology,” has shed new light on the nature of work and education and the value of “human” capabilities in the 21st century.
Martin Ford is the founder of a Silicon Valley-based software development firm and the author of two books: New York Timesbestselling Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future. Rise of the Robots received the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award and was named one of Business Insider’s Best Business Books of the Year. He has over 25 years of experience in computer design and software development, and holds a computer engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a graduate business degree from UCLA. He has written for publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Project Syndicate, The Huffington Post and The Fiscal Times. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including programs on NPR and CNBC, and is scheduled to appear at this year’s TED 2017 conference.
Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time and the author of the memoir The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior. A former SEAL Team Six leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, he deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process. He is currently a contributor to Fox News.
In the world of high-pressure Navy SEAL missions, instant, critical decision-making is a necessity for success. He has proven experience in exceptionally high-risk and fluid environments. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the ‘best of the best.’
His mantra is “never quit,” and he believes this is the single most important factor in determining success. O’Neill reminds us that the servicemen doing the dirtiest work are often making the hardest sacrifices.
Since leaving active duty, O’Neill is a co-founder of Your Grateful Nation, which provides individualized transition support for Special Operations heroes and their families. They provide executive-level mentoring, transition services, and family stabilization support.
Author and National Speaker
Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker, is a renowned authority on generations in America. He gives readers and audiences powerful insights into who today’s generation are, what motivates them as consumers and workers, and how they will shape our national future.
A historian, economist, and demographer, Howe is a founding partner of the consulting firm LifeCourse Associates. He is a marketing, personnel, and government affairs consultant to corporate and nonprofit clients, and has spoken and written extensively on the collective personalities of today’s generations—who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America’s future. He is also a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. His current titles include: senior advisor to the Concord Coalition and senior associate to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
Howe has coauthored several books on generations with William Strauss, all best sellers widely used by businesses, colleges, government agencies, and political leaders of both parties. Their first book Generations (1991) is a history of America told as a sequence of generational biographies. Generations, said Newsweek, is “a provocative, erudite, and engaging analysis of the rhythms of American life.” Vice President Al Gore called it “the most simulating book on American history that I have ever read” and sent a copy to every member of Congress. Newt Gingrich called it “an intellectual tour de force.” Howe’s second book on generations, 13th Gen (1993) remains the best-selling nonfiction book ever written about Generation X. Of Howe and Strauss’s third book, The Fourth Turning (1997) Dan Yankelovich said, “Immensely stimulating…We will never be able to think about history in the same way.” The Boston Globe wrote, “If Howe and Strauss are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets.”
Howe and Strauss originally coined the term "Millennial Generation." Their fourth book, Millennials Rising (2000), has been widely quoted in the media for its insistence that today’s new crop of teens and kids are very different from Generation X, and, on the whole, doing much better than most adults think. “Forget Generation X-and Y, for that matter,” says The Washington Post, “The authors make short work of most media myths that shape our perceptions of kids these days.” LifeCourse Associates has since released several application books on Millennials—including a Recruiting Millennials Handbook for the United States Army (2001), Millennials Go To College (2003, 2007), Millennials and the Pop Culture (2005), Millennials and K-12 Schools (2008), and Millennials in the Workplace (2010). Neil Howe’s work with Millennials in colleges and in the military was recently featured by CBS’ 60 MINUTES.
Previously, with Peter G. Peterson, Howe coauthored On Borrowed Time (1989; reissued 2004), a pioneering call for budgetary reform. According to Harvard’s Martin Feldstein, former Chairman of the President’s Council on Economic Advisors, “This book should be read by everyone who wants to understand how government spending can be controlled."
Howe’s articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, American Demographics, USA Weekend, and other national publications. He has drafted several Social Security reform plans and testified on entitlements many times before Congress. He has written extensively on budget policy and aging and on attitudes toward economic growth, social progress, and stewardship. He coedits the “Facing Facts” faxletter for the Concord Coalition and coauthors numerous studies for CSIS (including the Global Aging Initiative’s Aging Vulnerability Index and The Graying of the Middle Kingdom: The Economics and Demographics of Retirement Policy in China). In 2008, he co-authored The Graying of the Great Powers with Richard Jackson.
Howe grew up in California, received his B.A. at U.C. Berkeley, studied abroad in France and Germany, and later earned graduate degrees in economics (M.A., 1978) and history (M.Phil., 1979) from Yale University.