Financial Management For A/E/C Firm Leaders

Program Format:  Live/Instructor-Led
Program Length:  Two Days
Avg. Attendee Rating:  4.7/5.0
Registration Status:  Open



This two-day hands-on workshop is guaranteed to boost profits and increase cash flow in your firm.

More work is coming in the door, you are bringing on more new hires to meet client demand, and it seems that you are seeing respectable revenue growth again.

Is growth enough?

This seems like all good news, but not so fast.  Is growth alone enough to deliver sustainable profits that can drive stronger cash flow and bigger bonuses? Absolutely not.

Don’t grow your way into bankruptcy. 

What happens two weeks after a new employee fills out her time sheet? She expects a paycheck. Have you been paid by the clients for the time she spent on their projects? Nope. In fact, you haven’t even sent out the invoice yet. Two weeks later, she expects to be paid again... and then again.

Did you know that the average firm spends $36,000 of cash paying new employees before they collect the first dollar for that new employee’s time? And, it takes over two years to break even on cash flow. 

The good news is that a few tweaks in some key financial metrics can dramatically reduce the negative cash flow and time it takes to generate positive cash flow in a growing firm.  

Past Attendee Reviews

"Provided a perfect mix of high level information that was understandable at various levels."

— Andrew Mrowicki | Director of Construction | SEC Group, Inc.

"The course was excellent and I feel it has provided me with a lot of tools to perform my job better. It has offered new ideas to improve processes or influence my company."

— Sean Casey| Project Engineer | FVB Energy, Inc.

"It really helped that the instructor has a CPA background and had worked in an A&E firm. He could really relate to our issues."

— Deborah Drexel | Business Manager | CivilArts

"First time in my career I was able to see all of this information together."

— Kris Johnson | Regional Manager | Kleinfelder

"Very informative. A great source of valuable information as we plan for the future of our firm."

— Delton Brown | Principal | Brown Engineers, LLC

Only use proven best-in-class strategies.

Effectively managing the cash burden of new hires is just one example of what you learn to do at PSMJ’s Financial Management for A/E/C Firm Leaders

Some other valuable takeaways from this program include:

  • See why labor utilization has a poor correlation with profitability, and learn the only KPI that has a 100% correlation.
  • Permanently reduce your work-in-process and accounts receivables causing major working capital drags.
  • Use the secret other A/E/C firms are using right now to achieve a 5.0 (or higher!) Net Direct Labor Multiplier.
  • Determine the optimum price for your services in each of your market or service areas.
  • Accurately forecast the cash demands that growth will put on your firm (and learn how to manage them).

No accounting experience necessary!

Participants in this unique and action-oriented program come from a wide range of backgrounds…from the experienced finance professional who is new to the A/E/C world to the experienced A/E/C professional who is new to the finance world and everyone in between.

Come one, come all!

Because of the interactive nature of this program, we consistently hear from past attendees that bringing their colleagues significantly amplified the value.  That is because we group attendees into teams for various workshops. By bringing two (or more) of your colleagues, we can set you up as a team focused on your firm and your challenges. Hit the ground running when you get back to the office.

Leave with knowledge AND experience

We all know that finance can be messy.  Just covering some basic definitions or a speaker going on and on speaking AT you on all things finance is an easy way to get to glazed-over eyes and no tangible changes back at the office.

This workshop includes hands-on team exercises on a wide range of learning points to ensure that you are ready to make improved profits and better cash flow a reality starting on Monday when you are back in the office.  Some of the workshops include:

  • Streamlining your firm’s invoicing process.
  • Forecasting the cash demands of growth.
  • Determining the optimum pricing structure.
  • Benchmarking your largest controllable overhead cost.
  • Negotiating contracts that speed up payment.


This is a hands-on workshop where you uncover the secrets to best-in-class financial management in the time-based A/E/C business where cash is king.


  • The key financial indicators most firms track and why they aren’t the right ones
  • How to measure the effectiveness of various business development activities
  • 3 key metrics that determine profitability
  • Workshop:  How Much Financial Information Should You Share?


  • Financial trends in the A/E/C industry
  • How to align your strategic plan, business plan, and annual budget
  • Workshop:  Benchmarking Your Firm’s Financial Metrics
  • Workshop:  Using PSMJ’s Simplified Business Plan Template To Create Next Year’s Business Plan For Your Firm


  • How to establish a salary envelope for technical and design professionals

  • Why most firms’ incentive compensation plans are counterproductive

  • How to pay bonuses without using cash

  • Workshop:  How To Compare Your Firm To Mega-Firms Who Offer Higher Salaries


  • How to get paid faster and reduce WIP to zero (or less!)

  • Workshop:  Streamlining Your Firm’s Invoicing Process

  • Workshop:  Negotiating Contracts That Speed Up A/R Collections

  • Workshop:  Using PSMJ’s Cash Flow Model To Forecast The Cash Demands Of Your Firm’s Growth


  • Cost-based vs. value-based pricing

  • Why most A/E firms underprice their services

  • How to add more value so you can increase your pricing

  • Workshop:  Determining The Optimum Pricing Structure For Each Of Your Firm’s Major Markets (Using PSMJ’s Pricing Model and Benchmarking Data)


  • Why low overhead doesn’t necessarily mean high profits

  • How to cut overhead in ways that strengthen your firm

  • Workshop:  Benchmarking Your Firm’s Return On Overhead

  • Workshop:  Benchmarking Your Firm’s Largest Controllable Overhead Costs


  • Prioritizing your personal action plan

  • How to make firm-wide improvements

  • Workshop:  Quantifying The Value of Implementing Your Plans

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Your registration at this Workshop includes instruction, a workbook, unrestricted access to our Financial Management Digital Toolbox (a $497 value), and continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on both days.

Of course, like all PSMJ programs, this Workshop 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 Workshop, just let us know and we'll refund your registration fee. Every penny.  No questions asked.



Early-Bird Discount 
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!

Group Discounts
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 Workshop is AIA CES-registered to provide this content.  This Workshop 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 #3546).  PSMJ is a registered provider with the Florida Board of Landscape Architects (provider #2844 course #11748).  

PSMJ programs are registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: PSMJ education programs Sponsor ID number is 107567. This course qualifies for 13 CPE credits.

For more information, please contact our education team at (617) 965-0055 or



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 Workshop attendees at each location.  To secure our negotiated group rate, please make your hotel reservation (not included with your Workshop registration fee) before the cut-off date and be sure to mention that you are attending PSMJ's Financial Management For A/E/C Firm LeadersComplete hotel information, including room rates and cut-off dates, can be found here.


This program means business—better business for both participants and their firms. We’re confident it can help you, as it has thousands of A/E/C firm leaders since 1974. If this program, the skills, or the tools you acquire don’t make a positive difference—and increase your firm’s revenue and profitability—we’ll refund your fee or arrange for you to attend another PSMJ Program at no cost.


Do you have any questions about this Workshop? Contact our education team at (617) 965-0055 or 



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.