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Mastering Recruitment in the Design Industry: Strategies and Insights
Jun 27 2024
Mastering Recruitment in the Design Industry: Strategies and Insights
Mastering Recruitment in the Design Industry: Strategies and Insights"Being progressive and open-minded in how you define the roles that you need is critical to successful recruiting."Jeremy ClarkeAbout the Guest:Jeremy Clarke: Jeremy Clarke is the Director of Recruiting and Retention at Zweig Group. He boasts a rich background as a combat veteran in the U.S. Air Force, followed by significant roles in recruiting at Rockwell Collins Aerospace and Walmart Corporate. Jeremy's extensive experience also includes founding and successfully running his recruiting firm, Emissary, for over a decade. He is well-versed in the challenges and nuances of recruiting within the design industry and is currently leading efforts to innovate and improve recruitment and retention strategies at Zweig Group.Episode Summary:In this engaging episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast, host Randy Wilburn delves into the ever-evolving world of recruitment and retention within the design industry. Joined by Jeremy Clarke, Director of Recruiting and Retention at Zweig Group, the conversation covers the high stakes and unique challenges firms face in attracting top-tier talent amidst shifting industry dynamics, accelerated by the pandemic.With over two decades of experience, Jeremy Clarke shares invaluable insights on the current landscape of design industry recruitment, emphasizing the critical role of innovative and strategic approaches. He dissects the impact of the post-Covid environment, the integration of AI in the recruitment process, and the perennial importance of building genuine relationships. Furthermore, Jeremy offers practical advice on creating marriage-worthy job offers and maintaining long-term employee satisfaction through meaningful benefits and career pathing.Key Takeaways:Innovative Recruiting in a Tight Labor Market: Emphasize creativity and open-mindedness in defining roles and identifying talent to stay ahead in the competitive design industry.Role of AI in Recruitment: Understand how AI complements the recruitment process, especially in candidate identification and analysis.Importance of Human Connection: Despite technological advances, building genuine, trust-based relationships remains paramount in effective recruitment.Retention Through Career Pathing: Develop clear, competency-based career paths to anchor employees and enhance retention.Long-Term Benefits Over Perks: Focus on providing substantial, long-term benefits like career advancement opportunities and strong retirement plans rather than short-term perks.All this and more on this episode of the Zweig Letter podcast.Resources:Email Jeremy ClarkeWebsite Zweig GroupJeremy Clarke on LinkedInGet your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.For listeners seeking to stay ahead in the design industry, tune into this episode for actionable insights and strategies. Stay tuned for more thought-provoking discussions and expert advice on The Zweig Letter Podcast!Other episodes you'll...
Exploring The Knowledge Management Evolution in AEC with Christopher Parsons
Jun 13 2024
Exploring The Knowledge Management Evolution in AEC with Christopher Parsons
Exploring The Knowledge Management Evolution in AEC with Christopher Parsons"What was the most important opportunity? And we heard two things. We heard learning management...and AI."Christopher ParsonsAbout the Guest:Christopher Parsons is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Architecture, a firm based in San Francisco specializing in knowledge management solutions for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. With a history degree and a political science major, Christopher transitioned from a technology consulting background to the AEC industry, where he became a specialist in developing intranet platforms and knowledge management systems. His company primarily serves mid-sized AEC firms, providing innovative solutions through their flagship product, Synthesis.Episode Summary:In this episode of the Zweig Letter Podcast, host Randy Wilburn sits down with Christopher Parsons, the founder and CEO of Knowledge Architecture, to delve into the evolving landscape of Knowledge Management within the AEC industry. Christopher shares his journey from tech consulting to becoming a knowledge management expert and discusses the crucial role of intranets in facilitating knowledge sharing, capturing critical information, and improving organizational efficiency.The conversation highlights the transition from traditional top-down knowledge management (KM 1.0) to the more dynamic and democratic KM 2.0 and anticipates the exciting future of KM 3.0 powered by AI. Christopher explains how Knowledge Architecture’s intranet platform, Synthesis, enables organizations to create a centralized knowledge base, facilitating better communication and knowledge-sharing across teams. As AI continues to advance, firms that have robust knowledge management systems in place will be better poised to leverage new AI capabilities, ensuring they remain competitive and innovative.Key Takeaways:Evolution of Knowledge Management: The podcast covers the transition from KM 1.0 (top-down, static) to KM 2.0 (democratic, network-based) and explores the emerging KM 3.0 era enhanced by AI.Importance of Knowledge Capture: Emphasizes the necessity for firms to capture and manage critical knowledge to navigate key transitions like mergers and growth effectively.Synthesis Platform: Insight into how the Synthesis intranet platform integrates essential content, internal communications, and learning development to streamline knowledge sharing.AI Integration: Christopher discusses the upcoming features of Synthesis 6, including AI-powered search and video captioning, that will transform how firms access and leverage their internal knowledge.Future of Knowledge Management: Firms that proactively manage their knowledge assets will have a significant advantage in harnessing AI technologies, thus enhancing their operational efficiency and innovation capabilities.All this and more on this episode of the Zweig Letter podcast.Resources:Email Christopher ParsonsWebsite Knowledge-ArchitectureKnowledge Architecture on...
The Adaptable Approach: Insights from a Seasoned Engineering President with Josh Fowler
May 23 2024
The Adaptable Approach: Insights from a Seasoned Engineering President with Josh Fowler
Adapting to the Future: Josh Fowler on Leadership, AI, and Engineering Excellence in the Palmetto State"You really need to work on building your network and working your network because you never know what kind of doors are going to be open for you."Josh FowlerAbout the ShowJosh Fowler, President of Davis & Floyd, a multi-disciplinary civil engineering firm in South Carolina, brings a dynamic blend of experience in engineering, construction, and manufacturing to the table. With an impressive track record of driving growth and fostering innovation, Josh's leadership is steering Davis & Floyd toward a future where adaptability and client-focused service are at the core.Episode Summary:In this episode, host Randy Wilburn delves into a conversation with Josh Fowler about the strategic evolution of Davis & Floyd, a firm with a 70-year legacy of excellence. Josh shares his journey from a math and science enthusiast to a leader in the AEC industry, emphasizing the importance of adaptability, communication, and understanding client needs.They discuss the significance of nurturing a business development culture within engineering firms, the critical role of employee retention strategies, and the thoughtful integration of AI and technology to enhance operations without compromising the firm's core values and commitment to public safety.Key Takeaways:Josh highlights the necessity of adaptability in leadership, a philosophy that has allowed him to successfully navigate various roles and industries.A focus on employee benefits, compensation, and understanding individual contributions has led to a decrease in turnover and bolstered retention at Davis & Floyd.The conversation sheds light on the importance of building a business development culture and the power of delivering exceptional client service for organic growth.Josh and Randy explore the potential and challenges of AI in the AEC industry, advocating for a responsible and ethical approach to its implementation.The episode underscores the value of continuous learning and staying ahead of technological advancements to prepare for the unknown future.All this and more on this episode of the Zweig Letter podcast.Resources:Email Davis & FloydWebsite Davis & FloydDavis & Floyd on FacebookDavis & Floyd on InstagramDavis & Floyd on LinkedInTune in to this episode for a deep dive into navigating the complexities and seizing the possibilities within the architectural and engineering industry from the perspective of a smaller firm. Don’t miss out on further insights and stay tuned for upcoming episodes delivering expert advice directly to you.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Elevate AEC Keynote - Empowering AEC Professionals: Trends and Strategies for Success with...
Small Design Firms Face Challenges in Talent Acquisition and Consolidation
May 9 2024
Small Design Firms Face Challenges in Talent Acquisition and Consolidation
Small Design Firms Face Challenges in Talent Acquisition and Consolidation"The dynamic shift since post-COVID has started an all-out war on talent. Smaller firms like ours... we're getting marginalized trying to acquire that talent and to hold on to it."Scott ErricsonAbout the ShowScott Erricson is a principal and the founding owner of e2 Engineers, a consulting engineering firm specializing in the building space. With their offices based in New London, Connecticut, Concord, and Massachusetts, they extend their services across New England and beyond. Scott's expertise lies in the structural engineering domain, and under his leadership, e2 Engineers has grown significantly since its inception in 2003. The firm prides itself on its workplace culture and in 2023 was proudly recognized as the number one structural engineering firm in the country both overall and for its size.Episode Summary:In this episode of the Zweig Letter podcast, host Randy Wilburn speaks with Scott Erricson about the unique challenges and opportunities facing smaller design firms in an era marked by consolidation and a fierce battle for talent. As the architectural and engineering industry evolves, Erricson sheds light on how e2 Engineers is navigating this dynamic landscape, including their strategies for growth and talent acquisition.Scott Erricson dives into the difficulties that small firms experience when competing for talent against larger, national firms. Erricson discusses the company's intern program, the importance of resisting the wave of acquisitions throughout the industry, and measures that e2 Engineers is taking to position itself for potential mergers or acquisitions in the future. The conversation also touches on the firm's approach to serving clients, the impact of remote work, and the potential role of artificial intelligence in streamlining operations.Key Takeaways:Small design firms, like e2 Engineers, face significant challenges in talent acquisition due to the competitive offers from larger firms.Fostering a strong company culture and being recognized as a great place to work is crucial for attracting and retaining talent.e2 Engineers is considering growth through mergers and acquisitions, which involves strategic internal preparations.The need for proactive engagement with younger generations and educational institutions is paramount for ensuring a steady stream of incoming talent into the design industry.The firm is exploring the use of artificial intelligence to optimize tasks and improve efficiency.Resources:Email Scott ErricsonWebsite e2 Engineerse2 Engineers on LinkedIne2 Engineers on Facebooke2 Engineers on InstagramTune in to this episode for a deep dive into navigating the complexities and seizing the possibilities within the architectural and engineering industry from the perspective of a smaller firm. Don’t miss...
Luke Carothers on the Exciting Stories and Projects in the AEC Industry
Apr 11 2024
Luke Carothers on the Exciting Stories and Projects in the AEC Industry
Luke Carothers on the Exciting Stories and Projects in the AEC Industry“I’m very excited for the future of where the AEC industry is heading."Luke CarothersAbout the ShowLuke Carothers is the Senior Content Manager for Zweig Group and also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine. Specializing in content rooted in the architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industries, Luke boasts over five years of experience immersing himself in the AEC world. His background in English and cultural studies has equipped him with the skills necessary to eloquently relay the complexities of design and infrastructure to a broad audience. An avid storyteller, Luke harnesses the power of writing to highlight the industry's transformative projects and innovations.Episode Summary:In this episode, host Randy Wilburn welcomes Luke Carothers from Zweig Group to discuss the intricacies and wonders of the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Luke, with his keen editorial eye, sheds light on some of the most ambitious and forward-thinking projects in civil and structural engineering.The conversation dives deep into Luke's journey to Cairo, where he witnessed the construction of the world's longest monorail system. This international adventure expanded Luke's perspective on the industry's capabilities and the profound impact of such infrastructure projects. Additionally, Luke shares the captivating story of Vessel, the world's first water leak detection dog, exemplifying the AEC industry's innovative methods to solve complex problems. Throughout the discussion, Luke emphasizes the interconnectedness of all sectors within AEC and the emerging trends that are shaping the future.Key Takeaways:Luke Carothers brings his background in English and cultural studies to the AEC industry, offering a fresh perspective on the roles engineers play in shaping our daily lives.The Cairo monorail project, set to be the longest in the world, exemplifies how modern engineering works in harmony with historic cities and their longstanding heritage.Luke highlights the industry's progress towards ambitious goals like net-zero initiatives and carbon neutrality, reflecting a promising future for sustainable development.Through his role in the Zweig Group, Luke invites industry professionals to share their proudest projects and innovations, continually fueling the conversation on AEC excellence.Resources:Email Luke CarothersWebsite Civil + Structural Engineering MediaCivil + Structural Engineering Media on LinkedInCivil + Structural Engineering MediaUES on FacebookCivil + Structural Engineering Media on InstagramCivil + Structural Engineering Media on YouTubeEncourage your sense of curiosity by listening to the full episode, where Luke Carothers elaborates on his fascinating experiences within the AEC industry. Tune in to the full episode for an invaluable...
UES CEO Dave Witsken discusses Growth Strategies and Talent Acquisition in AEC
Mar 21 2024
UES CEO Dave Witsken discusses Growth Strategies and Talent Acquisition in AEC
About the Show"Having a good strategy enables good organic growth, both revenue and people.”Dave WitskenAbout the Guest:Dave Witsken is the CEO of UES, a company widely recognized in the architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting spaces for its exceptional growth and industry impact. UES, under Dave's leadership, has notably achieved the status of a three-time "Hot Firm" winner, identifying them as the number one firm in the Hot Firm awards for three consecutive years. Dave's tenure has been marked by strategic expansion, including a substantial number of successful acquisitions that have significantly bolstered the firm's national presence and capabilities. His expertise is deeply rooted in creating synergies among acquired companies and fostering environments that propel both revenue growth and personal career advancements within UES.Episode Summary:In this episode of the Zweig Letter podcast, host Randy Wilburn welcomes Dave Witsken, CEO of UES, to delve into the secrets behind the company's string of accolades as a "Hot Firm." Dave's insights give listeners a window into the robust strategies that have propelled UES to the pinnacle of the AEC industry.Through the evolution of the UES infrastructure and the strategic emphasis on acquisitions, Dave delineates the importance of aligning new entities with existing ones to generate organic growth and cross-selling opportunities. The episode navigates through the complexities of integrating new firms, ensuring cultural coherence, and fostering leadership that resonates with UES’s STRIVE values: Safety, Teamwork, Responsiveness, Integrity, Value, and Excellence.Key Takeaways:Strategic Acquisitions: UES's focus on strategic acquisitions has been a linchpin for its consistent success, with company culture and post-acquisition integration playing critical roles.Employee Development: Investment in advanced training, paid certifications, and opportunities for employee shareholding underscores UES's commitment to personal and professional development.Recruitment: Dave emphasizes the challenges and strategies for recruiting in a talent-constrained environment, highlighting the allure of impactful projects and career advancement.Innovation and Improvement: Technology and innovation are pivotal in adding value, improving customer experience, and boosting employee engagement at UES.Looking Ahead in M&A: Key criteria for evaluating potential acquisitions by UES include leadership tenure post-acquisition, cultural fit, financial health, and the future growth trajectory.Resources:Email Dave WitskenWebsite UESUES on LinkedInUES on FacebookUES on InstagramUES on YouTubeDiscover the intricate layers of UES's standout leadership in this exceptional conversation with its CEO, Dave Witsken. Tune in to the full episode for an invaluable dive into the dynamics of strategic growth in the
Building the Future: Kyle Cheerangie's Blueprint for Young Engineers
Feb 29 2024
Building the Future: Kyle Cheerangie's Blueprint for Young Engineers
Building the Future: Kyle Cheerangie's Blueprint for Young Engineers"You have to practice designing... You have to know what it feels like to load that information into your brain."- Kyle CheerangieSummary:In this insightful episode of the Zweig Letter podcast, host Randy Wilburn sits down with the brilliant Kyle Cheerangie, a department manager in South Florida whose expertise in roadway and highway design is shaping the future of infrastructure. Kyle's passion for engineering and his dedication to the profession shines through as he discusses the critical path from technical proficiency to project management.Kyle offers a deep dive into his journey, from his early days in Trinidad to his current role at HNTB, and the importance of gaining technical skills early in one's career. He emphasizes the value of mentorship, the power of reading and continuous learning, and the challenges facing the industry, including recruitment and the need to inspire the next generation of engineers.Key HighlightsKyle Cheerangie's approach to engineering and the significance of building a solid technical foundation in the first few years of one's career.The impact of work-life balance discussions on young professionals and the evolution of the workplace post-COVID.The benefits of joining professional societies like ASCE and ITE to accelerate career growth and networking.Kyle's perspective on public speaking, recruitment, and the potential of AI in the design industry.A curated list of five must-read books for young engineers, aimed at fostering a mindset geared towards innovation and success.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Website Engineered JournalsKyle Cheerangie on LinkedInGet your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod HoganDriving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna FinleyAI and how it will impact the Design IndustryConnect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig GroupFacebook: Zweig GroupTwitter: Zweig GroupLinkedIn: Zweig GroupWebsite: Zweig Group
Lessons in Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success and Failure with Harry Clark - Elevate AEC 2023
Dec 14 2023
Lessons in Entrepreneurship: Navigating Success and Failure with Harry Clark - Elevate AEC 2023
"You have to be like Superman; you're a risk-taker. But once you've attained success and you have a larger entity, it's important to shift your mindset to that of a risk manager. " Harry ClarkSummary:In this special episode of the TZL podcast, we feature an enlightening keynote speech by Harry Clark, delivered at the Zweig Group's 2023 Elevate AEC Conference. Known for his exceptional track record as a serial entrepreneur and business advisor, Harry Clark shares his wealth of experience and insights, offering a treasure trove of knowledge for our listeners.Key Highlights:1. A Glimpse into Serial Entrepreneurship: Harry Clark, with his history of founding and leading two Inc 500 companies, provides an in-depth look into the dynamics of rapid business growth, particularly highlighting his journey with a modular design and development company that soared to $100 million in revenue in just five years.2. Recognition and Leadership: The speech touches on Harry's accolades, including being named Entrepreneur of the Year, underscoring his status as a leader and innovator in the entrepreneurial world.3. Strategic Insights: Harry delves into the strategic decision-making that has been pivotal in his career. His approach to scaling businesses and managing growth offers invaluable lessons for listeners, especially those in leadership roles.4. Mastering Company Exits: Harry discusses his experiences with navigating company exits, a topic rarely explored in such depth. His insights are particularly valuable for entrepreneurs and business leaders facing similar transitions.5. Practical Advice from a Best-Selling Author: Drawing from his best-selling book, "Mistakes Millionaires Make," Harry provides practical advice and a profound understanding of the risks and challenges entrepreneurs face, making his speech a must-listen for aspiring and established business leaders alike.6. Sustainable Success: Beyond business tactics, Harry shares his philosophy on achieving long-term, sustainable success in the entrepreneurial world, emphasizing the importance of resilience and strategic thinking.Conclusion:Harry Clark's keynote at the Zweig Group's 2023 Elevate AEC Conference, as featured in this TZL podcast episode, offers listeners a unique opportunity to gain insights from one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. His journey, filled with both challenges and triumphs, serves as an inspiration and guide for anyone looking to navigate the complex world of business and entrepreneurship.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Harry Clark on LinkedInContribute and help the industry! Inform the AEC community on growing trends and new developments.Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Building an Engaged and...
Data-Driven Decision Making in Design: Harnessing the Power of Analytics - Keith Sequeira
Nov 9 2023
Data-Driven Decision Making in Design: Harnessing the Power of Analytics - Keith Sequeira
"The ability to access decades worth of industry data in seconds is a game-changer. It's time to leverage this knowledge and stay ahead of the competition." Keith Sequeira, Zweig Group🎙️ In our latest TZL Podcast episode, we dive into an enlightening chat with Zweig Group's data analytics guru, Keith Sequeira. We unpack how data is revolutionizing decision-making in design firms.🌟 Key Highlights:Talent Attraction & Retention: Discover how the 'Best Firms to Work For' program is reshaping talent management in design firms. Keith shares insights on attracting and keeping top-notch professionals.Compensation Trends: Stay updated with the latest in compensation strategies. We delve into what it takes to offer competitive packages that resonate with today's workforce.The IT Edge: Learn how integrating IT can transform your firm's operations. We explore the benefits of technology in enhancing collaboration and sparking innovation in design projects.Embracing Remote Work: The Future of Work is Here! We discuss the shift towards remote working in the design industry, its advantages and challenges, and how to leverage it for better productivity and flexibility.🤔 Your Turn: How is your firm using data analytics to stay competitive? Are strategic decisions driven by data insights?All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Keith Sequeira EmailKeith Sequeira on LinkedInContribute and help the industry! Inform the AEC community on growing trends and new developments.Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod HoganDriving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna FinleyAI and how it will impact the Design IndustryConnect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig GroupFacebook: Zweig GroupTwitter: Zweig GroupLinkedIn: Zweig GroupWebsite: Zweig Group
Breaking Boundaries: How Collaboration Transcends Competition for Design Professionals - Carey Balogh and Lauren Genest
Oct 26 2023
Breaking Boundaries: How Collaboration Transcends Competition for Design Professionals - Carey Balogh and Lauren Genest
"In this day and age, storytelling is a powerful tool for design professionals to amplify their brand and foster collaborative relationships." - Carey Balogh, Brand GroupiesIn this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast, Randy Wilburn welcomes Carey Balogh and Lauren Genest, founders of Brand Groupies. With backgrounds in fashion PR, they've carved out a niche in social media management, public relations, and personal branding specifically for the design industry.The episode dives into the importance of storytelling. Carey and Lauren emphasize that a consistent narrative is crucial for brand identity. They offer expert advice on how to craft compelling stories that resonate with audiences, helping design professionals stand out in a crowded market.The discussion also explores the transformative power of collaboration. The duo believes that joining forces with others in the industry can not only enhance your brand's story but also set it apart from competitors. Teamwork, they argue, can create multi-dimensional narratives that are more compelling and engaging.Beyond storytelling and collaboration, the episode delves into the role of different media platforms in building a brand. From the benefits of social media and PR to the growing influence of podcasting, each platform serves as a valuable tool for reaching broader audiences and amplifying brand presence.What sets this episode apart is its actionable advice and emphasis on organic discourse. Whether you're looking to hone your storytelling skills or find collaborative opportunities, Carey and Lauren provide practical strategies to achieve these goals. This episode is a must-listen for any design professional aiming to make a significant impact in their field.In this episode, you will be able to:Enhance your storytelling skills to captivate your audience and create memorable design experiences.Unlock the power of organic discourse in podcasting to connect with your audience on a deeper level and build a loyal following.Foster collaboration in the design industry by learning effective communication strategies that will strengthen your relationships with clients and colleagues.Amplify your brand by utilizing sharing platforms to reach a wider audience and showcase your design expertise.Challenge the status quo in design by exploring innovative ideas and pushing the boundaries of traditional practices.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Connect with Carey Balogh on LinkedInConnect with Lauren Genest on LinkedInBrand Groupies WebsiteBrand Groupies on InstagramBrand Groupies on FacebookBrand Groupies on LinkedInGet your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven...
Elevate AEC Keynote - Empowering AEC Professionals: Trends and Strategies for Success with Chad Clinehens and Bill McConnell
Oct 12 2023
Elevate AEC Keynote - Empowering AEC Professionals: Trends and Strategies for Success with Chad Clinehens and Bill McConnell
About the Show:"People want to work for firms that have a great vision and a mission. How are we going to get there? What's your purpose in terms of culture, can you rattle it off?" - Bill McConnell, VertexIn this special episode of the TZL Podcast, recorded live at the 2023 Elevate AEC Conference in Frisco, TX, host R Wilburn brings you an enlightening conversation with Chad Clinehens, CEO of Zweig Group, and Bill McConnell, co-founder and CEO of Vertex. The episode dives right into the pressing economic questions facing the AEC industry. Are we on the brink of a recession, or can we expect a softer economic landing? Chad and Bill weigh in on key indicators like inflation, unemployment, and housing market trends, offering their expert insights on their impact on the AEC sector.Beyond the numbers, the discussion shifts to the human element. What role do vision, culture, and purpose play in attracting and retaining top talent? Our esteemed guests share their seasoned perspectives, highlighting the importance of these factors in an ever-changing industry landscape.As the conversation unfolds, Chad and Bill provide a forward-looking view on the future of the AEC industry. This episode is a must-listen for AEC professionals, serving as a comprehensive guide to understanding current challenges and identifying growth opportunities."In this episode, you will be able to:Stay ahead of the curve: Understand the current state of the AEC industry and economy to make strategic decisions for your business.Embrace the digital revolution: discover how technology is shaping the AEC industry and explore new opportunities for innovation.Build a happy and skilled workforce: Learn effective strategies to improve employee satisfaction and training in the AEC industry, leading to increased productivity and retention.Navigate industry challenges with confidence: Gain insights on overcoming labor shortages and adapting to tax changes, ensuring your business remains resilient in a changing landscape.Identify growth opportunities: Explore the growth and decline trends in the construction industry, both in the residential and non-residential sectors, to position your business for success.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Connect with Chad Clinehens on LinkedInConnect with Bill McConnell on LinkedInVisit Vertex WebsiteGet your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of MonographMancini Duffy is a Triumvirate of Excellence in the Design IndustryDriving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna FinleyConnect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig...
Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod Hogan
Sep 28 2023
Building an Engaged and Purpose-Driven Design Firm: The Rebranding Journey - Jerrod Hogan
About the Show:"We recognized that if we were going to take it to the next level, we're going to have to really develop a brand. Your people deserve a brand that's as great as them." - Jerrod Hogan, OWN, Inc.Jerrod Hogan's path to leadership is anything but conventional. He grew up learning the virtues of empathy and service from a devoted Baptist pastor. A pivotal moment came when his family moved to Missouri due to his mother's cancer diagnosis. Following her passing, Jerrod decided to make Missouri his permanent home, raising his young daughter there.Jerrod joined Anderson Engineering, a firm where he spent two decades evolving both personally and professionally. But a life-altering event came in the form of the devastating Joplin tornado in 2011. The tragedy revealed to him the incredible power of community and the human capacity for mutual support in times of crisis.This event served as a catalyst for Jerrod, making him recognize the untapped potential of collective responsibility and active participation. It opened his eyes to the concept of extreme employee ownership. Inspired, he took bold steps to transform the very company he had been part of for so long.The shift was dramatic. Jerrod led Anderson Engineering through a rebranding and restructuring process that embraced an employee ownership model. This courageous move had manifold benefits. It allowed team members to share in the company's success, elevated client satisfaction and instilled a sense of belonging among employees.In essence, this change didn't just spur phenomenal growth for the company; it also created a work environment where everyone felt like a stakeholder. Jerrod's journey illustrates the profound impact of community, unity, and shared ownership in shaping both individual lives and business successes.In this episode, you will be able to:Gain insight into how employee ownership is revolutionizing the design industry.Understand how harnessing extreme ownership can propel your company to greater heights.Learn the transformative effect of employee ownership on individual self-esteem and secured finances.Explore the myriad trials and triumphs young professionals face in their career journeys.Decode the role of rebranding and the core values in steering its direction.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Connect with Jerrod Hogan on LinkedInVisit OWN Engineering websiteVisit OWN Engineering on FacebookVisit OWN Engineering on Twitter (X)Visit OWN Engineering on InstagramVisit OWN Engineering on LinkedInGet your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of MonographMancini...
Driving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna Finley
Sep 7 2023
Driving Excellence: The Impact of Recognizing Achievements on Workplace Success with Anna Finley
"You have to have some level of grace in the ability to deflect certain things that come your way and not necessarily lose your cool if things don't go right.” -Anna FinleySummary: Join host Randy Wilburn for an enlightening conversation with Anna Finley, Director of Operations at Zweig Group. In this episode, Anna unpacks the power of recognizing and celebrating workplace achievements to foster a positive culture. She stresses the importance of grace and kindness in cultivating strong relationships with both clients and colleagues. Beyond just good manners, Anna reveals how these virtues encourage open dialogue and crucial support for remote staff, especially highlighted by challenges from the pandemic. Whether you're a Design Firm manager or a leader looking to elevate your work environment, tune in to gain actionable insights from Anna's experiences that could lead to greater employee satisfaction and success.In this episode, you will be able to:Discover the transformative power of grace and kindness in fostering a thriving work environment.Learn how outstanding client service not only enhances customer satisfaction but also boosts your business's image.Explore the nuances of managing remote work, its potential hardships, and the silver lining of enhanced communication.Appreciate the dramatic effects of acknowledging and rejoicing over even minor achievements on overall morale and productivity within the workplace.Uncover the dynamics of a robust organizational culture and its undeniable correlation with employee contentment and high performance.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Email: Anna FinleyGet your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of MonographMancini Duffy is a Triumvirate of Excellence in the Design IndustryFrom Data to Innovation: How AI is Shaping The Design IndustryConnect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig GroupFacebook: Zweig GroupTwitter: Zweig GroupLinkedIn: Zweig GroupWebsite: Zweig Group
From Data to Innovation: How AI is Shaping the Design Industry with Kristin Kautz
Aug 24 2023
From Data to Innovation: How AI is Shaping the Design Industry with Kristin Kautz
AI and how it will impact the Design Industry"Every role and every person in your firm is going to be impacted by AI. It's not just for the marketing or IT department, it's pervasive throughout your organization.” - Kristin KautzSummary: In this episode of the TZL Podcast, we are joined by guest Kristin Kautz, an AI consultant, to discuss the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the design industry.Kristin shares her expertise in implementing AI to improve efficiency and productivity in design workflows. She emphasizes the value of starting small and taking the first step in exploring AI tools. Reminding listeners that getting into the race is essential, Kristin encourages design professionals to begin their AI journey without hesitation.The conversation highlights the importance of considering tasks that are both enjoyable and a pain in the neck, using AI to delegate or automate the former to allow more time for the latter. Kristin also speaks about the accessibility of AI and encourages design professionals to embrace it as a tool to enhance their role in shaping the built environment.Finally, listeners are urged to seek help and guidance in implementing AI in their firms, with Kristin mentioning that Zweig Group offers consulting services and training seminars. Overall, this episode serves as a valuable roadmap for design professionals looking to leverage AI in their work, stressing the importance of taking the initial step and integrating AI into their workflows.In this episode, you will be able to:Realize the powerful influence of AI on reshaping the design industry.Master techniques of assimilating AI into your operations for optimal functionality.Uncover AI tools and resources designed to elevate the work of design experts.Explore how AI can fuel your efficiency and simplify process management.Grasp why it's crucial for design firms to pivot towards AI to maintain an industry edge.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Resources:Email: Kristin KautzJam Idea Agency on FacebookJam Idea Agency on LinkedInCheck out Jam Idea Agency: Visit the website of Kristin Kautz's company, Jam Idea Agency, to learn more about their services and how they can help your design firm thrive.Explore AI tools for your design firm: Start incorporating artificial intelligence into your workflow by exploring AI tools that can help improve efficiency and productivity. Look for tools that are SoC2 compliant for added data security.Use Crisp for meeting notes: Try using Crisp, a tool recommended by Kristin, for taking meeting notes. It offers transcription capabilities and is
Unlocking HBCU Talent in the Design Industry with Melvalean MacLemore & Zhetique Gunn
Aug 10 2023
Unlocking HBCU Talent in the Design Industry with Melvalean MacLemore & Zhetique Gunn
About the Show:"The most diverse companies are the most successful companies, period." - Melvalean MacLemoreSummary: In this enlightening episode of the TZL podcast, Melvalean MacLemore and Zhetique Gunn, dedicated committee members of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and key players in the HBCU Professional Development Program (PDP), sit down to discuss the multifaceted approach they're taking to bring diversity into the architecture industry.Key Topics:1. HBCU Professional Development Program: MacLemore and Gunn delve into the mission and impact of the program, which focuses on providing essential professional guidance and various opportunities for underrepresented students in the field of architecture. They outline the resources offered, including career fairs, seminars, and grants tailored for HBCU students.2. Challenges in the Industry: The speakers explore the unique obstacles that both men and women, specifically African-Americans and people of color, encounter when entering the design industry. They examine the importance of comprehending the context of these challenges, celebrating the success stories, and looking forward to a more inclusive future.3. Corporate Responsibility: Encouraging firms to take a proactive role in diversity, they emphasize the need for companies to actively seek out and support diverse candidates. Their message is one of empowerment and providing the necessary opportunities for success.4. Collaboration with Moody Nolan: They share their personal experience at Moody Nolan, highlighting a successful proposal they made to create an architecture program focusing on HBCUs. The enthusiastic support from CEO Jonathan Moody is underscored as an example of how industry leaders can make a real difference.Join us for an inspiring conversation that sheds light on the ongoing efforts to foster diversity and inclusion within the architecture world. The insights and experiences shared by MacLemore and Gunn offer valuable perspectives and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future in the field of architecture. In this episode, you will be able to:Grasp how fostering diversity enhances creativity and innovation in architecture and engineering.Delve into the specific barriers that prevent Black and brown people from entering the design sector.Gain insight into the empowering effects of the NOMA HBCU Professional Development Program for aspiring professionals.Understand the necessity of opening doors for underrepresented individuals in design education.Analyze the value of tapping into established tools and connections to tackle pipeline constraints in the design field.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Click HERE to Reserve Your Spot at ElevateAEC in Frisco, TX September 13-15(Mention The Zweig Letter Podcast for a 10% discount)Resources:Connect with Melvalean MacLemore on LinkedInConnect with Zhetique Gunn on LinkedInVisit the
Transforming Times Square: Lessons Learned from the TSX Broadway Project with Bill Mandara, Benjamin Alper, and Joe Levi
Jul 20 2023
Transforming Times Square: Lessons Learned from the TSX Broadway Project with Bill Mandara, Benjamin Alper, and Joe Levi
"Communication is everything. It was the lifeblood for the success that we had on this project." - Bill Mandara, ManciniVisualize the hustle and bustle of Times Square, the pulsing core of New York City. Now, imagine elevating an entire structure in the midst of one of the busiest intersections in North America if not the World. This is the scale of the TSX Broadway undertaking to which Bill Mandara, Benjamin Alper, and Joe Levi have dedicated their expertise. Last year, the renowned Palace Theatre, which has hosted performances by legends like Judy Garland and Bob Hope, was elevated 30 feet to create space for premium retail outlets beneath it. The theatre's prime location at the most bustling intersection in the Northern Hemisphere, right in the middle of Times Square, prompted this decision.Over a span of seven years, this trio, along with their respective teams at Mancini Duffy, Severud Associates, and Pavarini McGovern, persevered through a myriad of obstacles and invented novel methods to accomplish what seemed to be an insurmountable task. The project, which is now on the brink of completion, is set to revolutionize the way individual Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms interact with each other and their public and private clients on large-scale projects. It stands as a powerful tribute to their joint creativity, persistence, and the efficacy of their collaboration. Reflecting on their journey, they recount the knowledge gained, the bonds formed, and the delight of witnessing their dream materialize.In this episode, you will be able to:Discover the pivotal role of collaboration and coordination in managing large-scale projects.Unravel the inherent challenges and complexities involved in the massive TSX Broadway project.Understand the indispensable importance of effective communication with regulatory agencies.Be exposed to the unique considerations when operating within the dynamic space of New York City.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Click HERE to Reserve Your Spot at ElevateAEC in Frisco, TX September 13-15(Mention The Zweig Letter Podcast for a 10% discount)Resources:Connect with Bill Mandara on LinkedInConnect with J. Benjamin Alper on LinkedInConnect with Joseph Levi on LinkedInGet your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of Monograph
Preview the Elevate AEC Conference: Inspiring Leadership and Industry-wide Progress With Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens
Jul 13 2023
Preview the Elevate AEC Conference: Inspiring Leadership and Industry-wide Progress With Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens
Preview the Elevate AEC Conference: Inspiring Leadership and Industry-wide Progress With Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens"There are very few rooms that you can be in where you can connect with that many people and gain that much insight and understanding." - Chad ClinehensDo you want to enhance your professional network and gain valuable industry insights? Are you looking for a solution to connect with like-minded professionals in the AEC industry? Look no further!In this special TZL podcast episode, our guest is Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens. Stay tuned as Chad reveals how attending the Elevate AEC Conference can help you make meaningful connections, acquire valuable knowledge, and celebrate the accomplishments of the industry. Get ready to elevate your career and join us at the ElevateAEC conference in Frisco, TX, to unlock limitless possibilities!In this episode, you will be able to:Engage with thought leaders who share invaluable insights during exclusive keynote speeches.Absorb transformative leadership advice from hands-on breakout sessions.Leap into the future of workplace flexibility, spotlighted in expert-led explorations.Navigate the exciting realm of AI applications specific to AEC operations.Join in the celebration of exceptional talents at a grand awards gala.Capitalize on networking platforms that foster productive connections in the industry.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Click HERE to Reserve Your Spot at ElevateAEC in Frisco, TX September 13-15(Mention The Zweig Letter Podcast for a 10% discount)Email Chad Clinehens:Chad Clinehens on LinkedInElevateAEC Sponsors include: CTA, Unanet, Clayton & McKerveyResources:Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of MonographMancini Duffy is a Triumvirate of Excellence in the Design IndustryDavid Bolt on the power of trust and knowledge sharingConnect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig GroupFacebook: Zweig Group
Empowering the Next Generation of Sustainable Designers with AECOM's Ross Wimer
Jun 29 2023
Empowering the Next Generation of Sustainable Designers with AECOM's Ross Wimer
Empowering the Next Generation of Sustainable Designers with AECOM’s Ross Wimer"We're helping our clients trim their portfolios and make their buildings more efficient." - Ross WimerRoss Wimer is an accomplished architect and Global Head of Architecture at AECOM, who has dedicated his career to sustainable design. Ross's extensive experience working on projects worldwide has equipped him with a deep understanding of the environmental challenges architects face and how to overcome them. His commitment to creating energy-efficient, high-performing buildings has led him to become a passionate advocate for sustainability in the design industry. Ross is keen to pass on his wealth of knowledge to younger design professionals. In this episode, you will be able to:Learn about AECOM's unwavering commitment to sustainable practices and renewable energy implementation.Understand the growing trend of prioritizing nature-centric design methodologies.Embrace the importance of nurturing and developing a young generation of environmentally responsible designers.Analyze the benefits and potential drawbacks of artificial intelligence when applied in design processes.Recognize the value of promoting diversity and inclusion within AECOM leadership positions.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Connect with Ross Wimer:AECOM WebsiteRoss Wimer on LinkedInResources:Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Creating Psychological Safety w/ Janki DePalmaMancini Duffy is a Triumvirate of Excellence in the Design IndustryDavid Bolt on the power of trust and knowledge sharingConnect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig GroupFacebook: Zweig GroupTwitter: Zweig GroupLinkedIn: Zweig GroupWebsite: Zweig Group
Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of Monograph
Jun 1 2023
Transforming the AEC Industry: A Conversation with Robert Yuen of Monograph
"We always need to be minding the back office as much as we mind our interactions with our clients." - Robert YuenIn this episode of the Zweig Letter Podcast, CEO of Monograph, Robert Yuen, discusses their 2023 Strategic Risk Report for the design industry. As firms face economic uncertainty, Robert offers strategies to tackle the risks associated with money, clients, time, and talent. In this episode, you will be able to:Cultivate lasting client relationships to boost your architecture firm's success.Discover effective cash flow management tactics tailored for design firms.Unleash your firm's potential by empowering employees and delegating responsibilities.Implement mentorship programs that foster the growth of budding architectural talents.Ensure your architecture practice thrives by embracing transparency and knowledge transfer.Our special guest:Robert Yuen, a seasoned professional with a rich background in architecture and design. Born and raised in Chicago, Robert's journey in architecture began early in high school, leading him to study at the University of Illinois and later obtaining two master's degrees, one focused on robotics and digital fabrication. Having worked for both large and small firms, Robert knows the challenges that architecture firm owners face, and he's passionate about improving industry practices to create more transparency and knowledge transfer. As the co-founder and CEO of Monograph, a platform for architecture and engineering practices, he's dedicated to helping firms make confident decisions about budgeting and resources to drive their businesses forward.All of this and much more are on this episode of The Zweig Letter Podcast.Connect with Robert Yuen:Monograph WebsiteRobert Yuen on LinkedInResources:Get your FREE Subscription to the Zweig Letter Newsletter.Other episodes you'll enjoy:Creating Psychological Safety w/ Janki DePalmaMancini Duffy is a Triumvirate of Excellence in the Design IndustryDavid Bolt on the power of trust and knowledge sharingConnect with Zweig Group:Instagram: Zweig GroupFacebook: Zweig GroupTwitter: Zweig GroupLinkedIn: Zweig GroupWebsite: Zweig Group