Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Bob Nelson

Beyond the Paycheck: The Rewards of Recognition

Dr. Bob Nelson - President/Nelson Motivation, Inc. and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Bob is one of the world’s leading authorities on engaging, recognizing and retaining employees. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc. and has worked with 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies to help improve strategies, systems and programs for better motivating employees. He previously worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard as chief of staff and as a personal coach for Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. Dr. Nelson has sold over 4 million books on management and employee motivation, including 1501 Ways to Reward Employees, The 1001 Rewards and Recognition Fieldbook, 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, and the just released Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies. 
He has appeared on CBS, 60 Minutes, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR; and is a frequent expert resource for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Fortune and Inc.  He teaches organizational behavior for the MBA program at the Rady School of Management of the University of California in San Diego.


Kenneth Wm. Smith

 How to Involve HR in Your Firm's Strategic Planning Process

Kenneth Wm. Smith, P.E., P.L.S. - President and CEO / T. Baker Smith LLC (TBS)
Kenneth Wm. Smith, P.E., P.L.S. represents a third generation of leadership of the firm bearing his grandfather’s name, T. Baker Smith, LLC (TBS). A Louisiana Tech University graduate, he is a Louisiana-licensed professional civil engineer, environmental engineer, and land surveyor. Additionally, he holds professional civil engineering licenses in eight other states. Affiliated with TBS his entire life, he has 36 years of experience, working from field hand to his current position, President and CEO. Mr. Smith is the lifeblood of the firm’s overarching purpose—to cultivate people by identifying and developing their talents and allowing them to perform meaningful work, ultimately providing stability for their families and improving their communities. He says, “If our associates grow, develop, and feel empowered, TBS grows—win-win.” An ACEC member since 1992, he received the ACEC College of Fellows Community Service Award in 2006. Outside of the office, he is a husband, father, grandfather, and avid outdoorsman.


David Burstein

The Latest HR Trends in The A/E/C Industry

David Burstein, P.E. - Director / PSMJ Resources, Inc. (PSMJ)
Dave is a Director with PSMJ Resources, Inc., where he provides consulting and training services on the subjects of strategic planning, marketing, project management, human resources, quality, finance and ownership transition. Prior to joining PSMJ in 1997, David was a senior principal for Parsons Corporation, holding a variety of responsible positions including President of Parsons’ 1600-person environmental subsidiary and President of Parsons 120-person planning subsidiaryDave has authored four textbooks on the management of A/E/C firms and has presented hundreds of seminars on this topic.


Bob Kelleher

Re-Imagine Your Workforce in 2025! Bold Steps to Shape Your Workforce Today for Tomorrow's Challenges

Bob Kelleher - President and Founder / The Employee Engagment Group (TEEG)
Bob is the Founder and CEO of The Employee Engagement Group and author of four books,  including the recently released i-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap,   Employee Engagement for Dummies, Creativeship, along with one of the nation’s top selling employee engagement books, Louder Than Words, 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps… that Drive Results! After spending over 25 years in the A/E/C Industry, Bob has become a recognized thought leader, speaker, and consultant on the subjects of Employee Engagement, Workforce Trends, and Leadership. Before opening his own consulting business, Bob was the Chief Human Capital Officers for AECOM, as well as COO of ENSR, a 3,000 employee global environmental consulting firm. At ENSR, Bob was the architect of its award winning employee engagement practices.


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