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Aug 6, 2020

Laura joined Hickok Cole 2017 to drive business development efforts firm-wide. Laura takes a task-oriented approach to managing Hickok Cole’s existing relationships and forging new ones. She enjoys directing and learning about the creative and thoughtful design methods of her colleagues and disseminating in-house research initiatives to forward-thinking partners.

Social handles:

LinkedInlinkedin.com/in/laura-roth-1924724

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/lalafroth/

Company Instagram & Facebook:

https://www.instagram.com/hickokcole/

https://www.facebook.com/HickokCole

Jul 16, 2020

We recently sat down with LaShawn Stewart-Baylor, founder of Integrated CM Solutions, a Program/Construction Management firm based in San Antonio, Texas.  In five years, LaShawn has built a firm to be reckoned with in the HUGE Texas Construction landscape.   

We had a far-reaching conversation about Program/Construction Management in San Antonio and beyond. We also discussed how she got her first project within days of starting the business, the challenges faced by minority firms in the Design and Construction space, Diversity challenges in the Design Industry, and why relationships are so meaningful.

When it comes to Program/Construction Management, LaShawn's firm does Scheduling, Project Controls, Budgeting, Cost Estimating, Value Engineering, and so much more. They have expanded beyond Texas with a project office in Shreveport, LA, and where they go from there is fluid and open for LaShawn and the rest of her talented team.

As she said in the interview, "We'll go where the work is!"

Read LaShawn's recent article in The Zweig Letter.

Connect with LaShawn: LaShawn@IntegratedCMSolutions.com

LaShawn Stewart-Baylor on LinkedIn

Integrated CM Solutions Website, Twitter, Facebook

Jul 2, 2020

We recently sat down with James Garrett, AIA, NOMA, Founder of 4RM+ULA Architects in St. Paul, MN. Nothing was off-limits during this far-reaching conversation. We discussed George Floyd, Racism in the Design Industry, the challenge in designing Memorable Structures, and James’ family history in St. Paul – He’s a 5th Generation Resident with ties to an influential City Architect and a Grandfather who was Deputy Police Chief of St. Paul.

When it comes to design, 4RM+ULA focuses on Technology, Environmental Sustainability, and Art. 4RM+ULA’s goal is to leverage these three things to have an impact on the Communities that they serve.

James Garrett was featured in AIA’s Architect

Connect with James:

James Garrett on LinkedInInstagram

4RM+ULA WebsiteInstagram

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Jun 18, 2020

On the Zweig Letter Podcast today, Randy Wilburn sat down with Vatsal Shah, VP, and Principal Engineer with Mott MacDonald in New Jersey and New York.  Vatsal talks about the challenges that Mott MacDonald and so many other Design Firms are dealing with during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  He shares a lot of the things they are doing to promote remote work, keep the culture going, and how they have dealt with business travel during the pandemic.

Vatsal is an example of the bright future of Design Firm leaders. He has a great head on his shoulders, and if you listen to this episode in its entirety, you will understand why.

Books:

Reversing Burnout - Peter C. Atherton

Monday Morning Mentoring - David Cottrell

Email Vatsal Shah

Connect with him on LinkedIn

Jun 4, 2020

Zweig Group's Randy Wilburn recently sat down with Chris Huckabee, CEO of Huckabee and Associates, to talk about how his Architectural firm has learned to quickly evolve over the past few months during the pandemic. Chris has engaged his leadership team to stay connected with all of his employees. And, if that wasn't enough, he has made an effort to personally keep in touch with the whole company by sending out a daily email to all staff to share his insights, thoughts, and hopes for the future of the firm.

Hear what Chris and his team are doing now, and what he thinks is next for the Design Industry.

Connect with Chris Huckabee via Email

Visit Huckabee Website

May 21, 2020

Zweig Group's Randy Wilburn recently sat down with Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sullivan Engineering, to talk about what it's like running a design firm in the midst of a pandemic. Sullivan Engineering has offices in Northern New Jersey and New York City, one of the epicenters of COVID-19.  

To say this pandemic has affected his firm would be an understatement. Brian has made the most of the situation, finding new ways to encourage his team and clients through social media, and innovating to provide value to the market he serves.

Hear what Brian and his team are doing now, and what his thoughts are on remote work and professional development in the design industry moving forward. This is a far-ranging conversation that will give you some practical tips and ideas about how you can keep your staff engaged and your clients informed during this pandemic and beyond.

Email Brian Sullivan

Sullivan Engineering Website

Miracle Morning Makeover - Hal Elrod

Click here to read Brian's Q&A with The Zweig Letter.

May 7, 2020

Tracey Eaves, a valuations services consultant at Zweig Group, talks to Randy Wilburn about all things valuation related to design firms. They also discuss how COVID-19 will affect firm values and what owners who are near retirement should be thinking about. If you are a design industry leader or firm owner, you don’t want to miss this episode.

Over the last 19 years, Tracey has completed valuations ranging from small businesses to multi-million dollar operating companies to holding companies with a variety of assets.  She has worked in the industry since 2010 and specializes in valuations for architecture, engineering and planning firms. Contact her at teaves@zweiggroup.com.

Apr 23, 2020

Michael Davis, senior vice president, and chief strategy officer at WGI, talks to Randy Wilburn about the state of affairs at his firm and how they’re responding to COVID-19. Michael and Randy discuss where WGI’s work has increased and decreased in the past several weeks, and how 70 percent of their staff is working remotely.

Apr 9, 2020
Mark Zweig, Zweig Group’s founder, and chairman, and Randy Wilburn talk about what design firms should be doing in response to COVID-19.
 
In the past few weeks, Mark has written several articles with hard-hitting advice for AEC firm leaders in this uncertain time.
 
In this episode of the podcast, Mark and Randy discuss everything from applying for lines of credit to finding new markets to serve. 
 
Here are some of Mark’s recent articles about responding to COVID-19:
Mar 25, 2020
The Zweig Letter podcast is back! In this episode, Christina Zweig Niehues and Randy Wilburn discuss the results of Zweig Group’s ongoing AEC Industry Outlook & Response to COVID-19 Survey. How are firms reacting to challenges presented by the coronavirus and what is their economic outlook for 2020 and beyond? Find out this and more in the newest episode of the podcast.
 
Click here to read Christy’s article, How Are Firms Reacting to COVID-19?
Jan 11, 2019

During our Hot Firm event in Dallas, TX, we had a chance to hear from several design industry leaders including, Panel - Sepideh
Saidi, President and CEO of SEPI Engineering & Construction; Steve Lucy, Managing Partner, JQ Engineering; Ozzie Nelson,
CEO, NELSON; David Wantman, President of WGI; and Josh Brown, Vice Presiden, Huckabee. These leaders talk about the challenges and opportunities facing our industry now and in the future. What's your move for 2019?!?

Jan 4, 2019

During our Hot Firm event in Dallas, TX, we had a chance to discuss the importance of Strategic Planning with Zweig Groups Director of Strategy, Phil Keil and Michael Davis from WGI.

Dec 28, 2018

During our Hot Firm event in Dallas, TX, we had Jay Steinfeld, CEO from Blinds.com talk about growing and selling his firm and the principals of entrepreneurship

Dec 16, 2018

An interview with Harbor Compliance a licensing company built from the ground up to keep AEC Design Firms compliant.

Dec 7, 2018

In this episode of the Zweig Letter Podcast we talk with Dawn Nicole, Vice President at Brand Disco, on how they help transitioning military job seekers to discover and present their best personal brands and also help employers quickly identify the best military talent for positions that they may have open.

Nov 5, 2018

In this episode I talk with our Director of Executive Search, Chad Coldiron, on the state of recruiting in the Design Industry. We are in a record period of job growth and extremely low unemployment. We discuss those factors and more.

Oct 29, 2018

During our Hot Firm event in Dallas, TX, we had a chance to assemble some top design firm leaders to discuss how the workplace is changing. What are some of the new ways that firms are changing and what are some of the old things that we struggle to let go of? Zweig Group host Brenden Sherrer is joined by Aaron Tippie, from Westwood Professional Services and Mitch Fortner from KSA and a fantastic audience of particpants.

Oct 20, 2018

During our Hot Firm event in Dallas, TX, we had a chance to assemble some of the most successful Design Firm leaders based on a survey of their employees. What does it take to be a "Best Firm," in the Design Industry? This one-hour session will give you a glimpse of the inner workings of some of the hottest Architecture, Engineering, and Environmental firms around. Featured on this podcast are Brian Bowers, from Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Laura Nick, from Garver, Paul Grosser, from P.W. Grosser Consulting, and Brent Wright, from Wright Engineers.

Oct 12, 2018

Mark Zweig spent time at a breakout session during our Hot Firm event in Dallas, TX, talking about his 38 years in the industry.

Oct 3, 2018

In this episode I take a few minutes to review some of the highlights from our just completed 2018 Hot Firm event in Dallas, TX. I also share a short snippet from the Opening Keynote from Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens on Elevating the Industry.

Sep 21, 2018

In this episode of the Zweig Letter Podcast we talk with Renee Azerbegi about sustainable design and commissioning and women in engineering and not necessarily in that order.

Sep 14, 2018

We talk with Mark Zweig about what it takes to become a better Seller in the Design Industry. There is a lot of hard work involved, you have to believe in yourself, be consistent, and build relationships even when there isn't a sale on the line.

Sep 7, 2018

In this episode I get to talk with Brenden Sherrer a consultant in our M&A group here at Zweig about the state of M&A transactions in the Design Industry, the Legal Extern program he started here, and understanding the Millenial Mindset in the AEC Industry.

Aug 31, 2018

We've been bringing you the best of the Zweig Letter Podcast throughout the month of August. Our final "best of" episode in this current round features Mark Zweig, originally presented in July of 2018.

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