A/E/C Principals Bootcamp

Welcome to the ultimate two-day management course for A/E/C firm leaders—giving you proven strategies and tactics for success in virtually every facet of firm management.

Program Format:  Live/Coach-Led
Program Length:  Two Days
Avg. Attendee Rating:  4.9/5.0
Registration Status:  Open

A/E/C Principals Bootcamp

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Maintaining strong backlog, sustaining profitability, finding and keeping top talent...just some of the priorities that are top-of-mind with today’s A/E/C firm leaders.  Of course, knowing what to do is the first step towards being an effective principal.  But, actually doing it is often what separates the “real deal” firm leaders from the others.

“Real deal” firm leaders aren’t just born that way. Rather, they develop through proven guidance and experience. They develop by staying close to those who have been there and learning from the seasoned experts. They develop by attending PSMJ’s A/E/C Principals Bootcamp.

For junior and senior firm leaders alike, PSMJ’s A/E/C Principals Bootcamp gives you two intensive days of learning and interaction that equip you with innovative strategies and effective tactics for success.

Past Attendee Reviews

"Since Principals Bootcamp, we have become a much better company in many respects. PSMJ is solid gold in our books."

— Darrell Haight | President and CEO | Trace Associates

"This was truly amazing and more than worth the invetment. The tools are just what I needed."

— Lacrissa Davis| Principal Biologist | Rincon Consultants

"One of the best seminars ever. Recommended for anyone on a principal level."

— Jeff Romeo | Principal | Fitzmeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc.

"Excellent course. Learned so much. I'm very excited to send more staff to this course as well as others offered by PSMJ."

— Anthony Guckert | Senior Vice President | The Traffic Group Inc.

"Very insightful for the future leaders and/or owners of A/E firms."

— Reyn Hashiro | Project Manager | Yogi Kwong Engineers


This is unlike any other management course. Beyond being tailored specifically to the A/E/C industry, this intensive two-day program gives you first-hand access to:

  • Proven strategies that are working right now for design firm leaders
  • Unmatched networking with other current and aspiring A/E/C firm leaders
  • Tools, templates, and checklists to ensure action when you return to the office

We’ve built this program around the areas of focus that you have told us are most vital to successful management. Here's a glimpse at what we cover:


  • Define sustainable strategies for expanding into new markets
  • Achieve lasting growth—even in a tough market
  • Develop an action-oriented strategic plan that works


  • Pre-qualify potential clients (instead of waiting for them to pre-qualify you)
  • Turn your current clients and Project Managers into your best marketers
  • Win a project when you are 1 of 40 firms proposing


  • Understand what the best organization structure is for your firm
  • Learn why profit centers are becoming passé
  • Gain real value from your Board of Directors


  • Provide strong PMs and Principals the tools to work together
  • Determine how many PMs you actually need to handle your workload
  • Move from managing projects to managing Project Managers


  • Gain 6 ways to raise your multiplier to 5.0 or higher
  • Increase your fees—without losing clients
  • Why obsessing about chargeability does not directly correlate with higher profits


  • Learn how the top 1% of firms successfuly balance workload/resources
  • Move employees from a culture of entitlement to a “intrapreneurial” culture
  • Learn the best kept secret for motivating key employees


  • Identify future leaders and accelerate their development
  • Improve your personal leadership skills
  • Gain clarity on which types of incentive programs work for you and your team


  • Understand what it really means to be an owner
  • See how to determine what your firm is worth
  • Learn the best ways to finance an ownership transition

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But, more than content that is second-to-none, you can rest assured that you are learning from A/E/C management experts who have been there - bringing decades of real-world experience into the classroom. They are passionate teachers who “talk the talk” AND “walk the walk”.


This Bootcamp is for anyone who wants to learn the ropes or stay on top of their game as an A/E/C Principal. Past attendees have ranged from newly-minted Associates all the way up to experienced Presidents and CEOs.


May 16-17, 2019 / Nashville, TN (Call for Availability)
June 20-21, 2019 / Denver, CO
September 19-20, 2019 / Orlando, FL
October 17-18, 2019 / Chicago, IL
October 24-25, 2019 / Nashville, TN
Oct 31 - Nov 1, 2019 / San Francisco, CA

November 14-15, 2019 / Seattle, WA

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We frequently offer our popular training programs in partnership with state and local association chapters.  These partnership programs are a great way to bring high-value and relevant content to association members and an easy way to generate non-dues revenue for associations!

If you would like to learn more about our association partnership programs, click here.


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William E. Hinsley III With more than 16 years of A/E/C industry experience, Bill has used his extensive skills in business development to single-handedly attract more than $200 million of work. As a National Director, Bill also pioneered a successful $30 million business development plan. As part of this multi-million dollar BD strategy, Bill took risks—breaking into new services and attracting new clients—and as the client development lead on the project, the buck (all $30 million of it) proverbially and literally stopped with him.


Mike D'Alessandro

Mike D’Alessandro, P.E., PMP has a Masters in Environmental Engineering, as well as more than 25 years of experience as a consulting engineer and firm leader. He currently serves as Director of Corporate Development for Geosyntec, a major environmental engineering firm, where his is responsible for project delivery, operations systems, and corporate development. Over the past 11 years he has been with PSMJ, Mike has worked with hundreds of A/E/C firms throughout on strategic planning, operations improvements, and project management initiatives.


Tim Griffin

J. Tim Griffin, P.E., MBA, LEED AP As a PSMJ consultant, Tim Griffin has published numerous management articles and trained hundreds of design firm principals across North America in best business practices. He also authored the best-selling book Winning With Millennials: Attracting, Retaining, and Empowering the Next Generation of Design Firm Professional.




Dates, Locations, and Hotel Information

Detailed Course Outline

Bootcamp Reviews




Your registration at this Bootcamp includes coaching, a workbook, unrestricted access to our Principals Digital Toolbox (a $497 value), and continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on both days.  In addition, you get direct access to your facilitator to assist in implementing what you learned for up to one year...this includes two hours of telephone and email support absolutely free!

Of course, like all PSMJ programs, this Bootcamp includes our 100% money back guarantee.  If, for any reason at all, you are not completely satisfied with the value that you receive from this Bootcamp, just let us know and we'll refund your registration fee.  Every penny.  No questions asked.



Our early-bird pricing makes it easy to save a few bucks on your registration and reserve a spot before a program fills up.  Here's how it works:

- When you register 60+ days before a program date, you SAVE $400! 

- When you register between 30 and 59 days before a program date, you SAVE $200!



Discounts are available for 3 or more attendees from the same firm, attending the same program in the same city. Our group discounts are applied as follows:      

- A Group of 3 or More Attendees = 15% Off Each Attendee 

If you have 15 or more attendees and want to learn about a cost-effective way to train your entire team with a program that is tailored to your needs and goals, check out our in-house training program options here. 



This Bootcamp is AIA CES-registered to provide this content.  This Bootcamp earns you up to 13 LU Hours, CEUs, or PDHs.  Not all state and licensing boards accept these programs for learning units.  PSMJ is a registered provider with the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (provider #0007694).  PSMJ is a registered provider with the Florida Board of Landscape Architects (provider #0002844 course #0007693).  For more information, please our education team at (617) 965-0055 or education@psmj.com.



Most A/E/C Principals come from the ranks of a firm’s Project Managers. The trouble with that is the skills needed to become a successful Principal are very different from those needed be a successful Project Manager. To become a successful Principal, a PM needs to:

Develop Leadership Skills

This transition requires PMs to learn new leadership skills and new management skills. Your most successful PMs can get both of these in PSMJ’s A/E/C Leadership Bootcamp and A/E/C Principals Bootcamp.

Principals Bootcamp

Click here to learn more about PSMJ's A/E/C Leadership Bootcamp


Day 1 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Day 2
- 8:00 am to 3:30 pm



A block of sleeping rooms is reserved for PSMJ's A/E/C Principals Bootcamp attendees at each location.  To secure our negotiated group rate, please make your hotel reservation (not included with your Bootcamp registration fee) before the cut-off date and be sure to mention that you are attending PSMJ's A/E/C Principals Bootcamp

Please Note: PSMJ’s special room block rates are valid through the cut-off date listed, pending the room block is not sold out. PSMJ cannot be held responsible should the allotted amount of rooms be at capacity. We do our very best to accommodate our loyal program participants and we encourage you to make your room reservations as soon as possible so as to ensure you receive the advertised rate. 

Complete hotel information, including room rates and cut-off dates, can be found here.  



Do you have any questions about this Bootcamp? Contact our education team at (617) 965-0055 or education@psmj.com. 

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In addition to exclusive access to the best firm management content and a community of some of the most forward-thinking A/E/C minds, PSMJ members SAVE $100 on their registration for this event! Not a member yet? Learn more here.