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2020 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

What’s Happening with the Future of the AEC Industry

Jim Malley (Moderator), Glenn Bell (Structural Engineer), Vibhuti (Vickie) Harris (Architect), Greg Gidez (construction)

What trends, technologies and innovations will shape the structural engineering profession and the entire Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry in the future?  How can structural engineers position themselves to ensure the future they want? This keynote panel will showcase a leading architect, contractor and structural engineer to discuss what the future looks like from their perspective and answer the following questions:

  • What tools and technology will design professionals leverage to ensure success?
  • How will the traditional education model change to better prepare AEC professionals?
  • Will AEC firms change their business model to something other than selling services?
  • What can AEC firms do to embrace technology, innovation and change?
  • How will improved technology result in more effective collaboration?
  • How will the trend toward more sustainable materials shape the industries future? 

The future success of structural engineering depends on the industry’s ability to better understand the needs of its customers and deliver solutions to address those needs. This session will provide an unparalleled glimpse into those needs and what will be driving the AEC industry in the next decade. Seize the opportunity to attend this session to understand the landscape facing your career and your business.


Glenn Bell, P.E., S.E., CEng, F.ASCE, F.SEI, F.IStructE, recently retired after 45 years at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, 22 of them as CEO.  As a structural engineer he has engaged in design of iconic structures, investigation of structural distress and failure, seismic engineering, and hazards assessment.   Glenn is 2020 President of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute, Director of Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety – United States, Board Member of the Charles Pankow Foundation, and Galletly-Dickson Visiting Scholar, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, UK.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in nine states and the District of Columbia, a registered Structural Engineer in Illinois, and a Chartered Engineer in the UK.

Greg Gidez, a licensed Architect, is the Corporate Director of Design Services for Hensel Phelps.  Prior to joining Hensel Phelps in 2007 Mr. Gidez was a Principal with the Denver firm of Fentress Architects. As the senior design professional with Hensel Phelps, Mr. Gidez oversees preconstruction services including marketing, procurement, design-build, design-assist, and design management. At Hensel Phelps Mr. Gidez formed the Hensel Phelps Building Information Technologies department (Virtual Design and Construction), advancing the use of VDC and technology into the design and construction processes. 

Vibhuti (Vickie) Harris is the Firmwide BIM Leader at HKS, Inc. With her diverse skill set and over 10 years of architectural experience, she is responsible for developing, maintaining and administering all BIM protocol and standards.  She has uniquely carved this career path by linking her passion of making a change through architecture and the use of technology.  She is focused on helping the AEC industry reach its potential through the integration of technology.  


James O. Malley, S.E., is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Malley has over 35 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures.  He was responsible for the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project in response to the Northridge earthquake damage. In 2000, AISC presented Mr. Malley its’ Special Achievement Award. Mr. Malley is Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the Past-Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Leading the Human Way: How to Stop Acting Your Age and Lead a Multi-Generational Workforce

Matt Havens


The first step to resolving your generational differences is realizing everything you've been taught about the multi-generational model is a lie.  The second step is recognizing the solutions aren't as complicated as they seem.  In this hilarious keynote, Matt will share a unique approach to solving all of your generational issues in the workplace (and at home) by rediscovering the similarities among us and learning to lead the Human Way.

Matt Havens is not your typical speaker. His uncanny ability to provide real-world solutions in a relatable and humorous way have made him one of the quickest up-and-coming speakers in the industry.

Matt Havens now brings his simple yet profound solutions to companies, associations, and small businesses across North America. His stated mission is to put perspective into action – both professionally and personally – by unpacking our true motivations, and specifically how our answers relate to the meaningful relationships and connections we create. The versatility of his experience and expertise is why he’s frequently called upon to address a variety of topics ranging from generational differences, leadership, culture, communication, sales and building successful teams.