The A|E Advisors CEO Forum, our signature event, provides an opportunity to share experiences, war stories, and lessons learned with fellow CEO-level executives.


Keynote Session

The Digital Transformation of Sustainability: A Conversation on the Edge of Now
John Picard, Founder, John Picard and Associates

We are pleased to welcome futurist John Picard, who will talk with us about unlocking the power of Silicon Valley and technology for the common good. He will touch on the breakthroughs in energy storage, as well as new developments in artificial intelligence. John will take us on a virtual tour of the newest tools and latest breakthroughs being applied to some of the world’s biggest problems. He’ll present case studies of start-up companies developing nano materials, prefabrication, robotics, smart windows and floors, IOT and POE systems for buildings and many more blue sky technologies. This will be an exciting ride into the future and a stimulating conversation on the Edge of Now.

General Sessions

Making the Big Leaps: Stories of Risk and Reward
Panel moderated by Kathryn Sprankle of Sprankle Leadership

Designing the AEC Firm of the Future 
Panel moderated by Christopher Parsons of Knowledge Architecture

Breakout Sessions

The Digital Transformation of Sustainability: A Conversation on the Edge of Now 
John Picard, Founder, John Picard and Associates

Navigating the 2020 M&A Market
Facilitated by Colvin Matheson & David Cohen of Matheson Financial Advisors

Tomorrow’s Roadmap: Who’s Driving Your Firm’s Change and Its Impact on the Workforce?
Facilitated by Laurie Dreyer of Taylor Design & Barbara Irwin of HR Advisors Group

Beyond Websites and E-News: Building Future Business
Facilitated by Rich Friedman of Friedman & Partners

Leadership in an Era of Continuous Change
Facilitated by Christopher Parsons of Knowledge Architecture

Emerging Risk Trends – Is Your Firm Prepared?
Facilitated by Matt Gough & Brett Gough of Ames & Gough


This was the most informative and helpful ‘conference’ I’ve ever attended. The opportunity to be frank and candid was priceless.

The small size made it easy to put names to faces; the caliber of firm leaders was humbling.

Learned a ton, reinforced that much of what we are doing is on target for our market … Conference was A+ for me.

Great people. Great discussions. It confirms for me what I might be doing well and more importantly, what I need to be doing better.

2020 CEO FORUM – FEB 24-26

Westin Kierland Resort

The 2020 CEO Forum is back at the Kierland by popular demand!

This inspiring retreat, located in the heart of “new” Scottsdale, will fill you with a sense of old Arizona and delight you with a fresh, modern destination. Amenities at this AAA Four Diamond resort include a fitness center, luxurious spa, tennis courts, pools, restaurants, and one of the leading resort golf courses in Arizona.

Walk to the Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter—world-class destinations for upscale retail, boutiques, entertainment and dining.

MLB spring training games take place in Scottsdale.

A|E Advisors has contracted a special group rate at The Westin Kierland Resort for $349/night* plus tax for the six nights from Friday, February 21st through Wednesday, February 26th. To reserve during that period, click here. To make reservations that start before February 21st or end after February 26th, please contact: Morgan Hovre at 480-624-1470 or

*Subject to availability, the group rate applies only to reservations made before 5PM MT on February 3, 2019. To reserve, cancel or change a reservation after February 3rd, email David Cohen at or call 508-655-9700.