ACECMorrissey Goodale

October 25-26, 2017
JW Marriott
Austin, TX

“Informative in-depth topics and panel discussions, well worth the time.” - Tim Stark, Senior Project Manager, T Baker Smith, LLC


Dr. Mark G. Dotzour

Dr. Mark Dotzour served for 18 years as Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. In 2015, he stepped down from this position to focus all of his time and effort on analyzing current economic conditions and communicating his analysis to others. He combines academic training in economics, real estate, finance and history to make sense of current economic trends, and makes complex economic issues easily understandable. Mark has given more than 1,450 presentations to more than 250,000 people and has written over 90 articles for magazines and journals. His research findings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine and Business Week.


Harvey Kronberg
Editor, Quorum Report

Originally a contract writer for Quorum Report, Harvey bought the publication in 1998 and converted it to the first exclusively online subscriber-based publication covering Texas politics and government for political professionals. He started another online publication 5 years ago, Texas Energy Report which focuses on the intersection of government, politics and energy in Texas. Harvey is also a political analyst for Time Warner Cable News and a regular on their nightly Capitol Tonight. He has been Quoted in publications as diverse as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Congressional Quarterly, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor.

Conference Emcee

Jennifer StevensJennifer Stevens
President & CEO, JHL Company

As founder and president of JHL Company, Rocca and Austin Best Events, Jennifer Stevens built her reputation as strategic messaging leader through innovation and action. Although her Texas roots run deep, her no-nonsense approach, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude and straight-talking charm continues to win accolades from clients around the nation and across the globe. She provides expertise and guidance to dozens of executives, nonprofits, professional associations and corporations.

Register Today


Through Sept. 24:
ACEC Texas member
using code ............ $775.

(Contact ACEC TX for code)

Non ACEC Texas
member ................ $850.

After Sept. 24:
ACEC Texas member
using code ............ $875.

(Contact ACEC TX for code)

Non ACEC Texas
member ................ $950.

The registration fee includes all receptions and networking sessions, all speaker and panel sessions, breakfast and lunch, plus materials for each attendee.


Register for your choice of a 1/2-day workshop:

Wednesday, October 25
JW Marriott
Room 208, 213, Level 2

Ownership Transition and M&A Workshop >


Strategy and Strategic Planning Workshop >

ACEC Texas member
using code ............ $295.

(Contact ACEC TX for code)

Non ACEC Texas
member ................ $395.

Featured Speakers

Gene AustinGene Austin
CEO, President and Director, Bazaarvoice

Gene has more than 30 years of experience delivering results in high-growth technology companies, with a particular emphasis on SaaS applications. Prior to joining Bazaarvoice, he served as president and CEO of Convio, Inc., where he was the driving force behind the company's success that led to an IPO and eventual sale to Blackbaud, Inc. Gene was BMC Software's vice president and general manager of Enterprise Data Management and previously worked at Dell as vice president and general manager of Internet Servers. He also served as senior vice president of sales and marketing at, where he contributed significantly to growth leading to a 1999 public offering.

Martin RodinMartin Rodin
PEPS Division Director, Texas Department of Transportation

Martin began his TxDOT career in 1985 as an Engineering Assistant in the TxDOT Dallas District Bridge Design Group under Vann McElroy. He continued his TxDOT career rising to Director of TP&D for Amarillo in 1994. Martin moved into engineering consulting in 1997 with the opening of an office for TSC Engineering in Amarillo. He has served as Regional Director of Transportation and Vice President of Transportation for multiple engineering companies in Texas. Martin has extensive experience managing civil engineering and transportation programs and is an award-winning design engineer. 

Laura RyanLaura Ryan
Commissioner, Texas Transportation Commission

As a member of the Texas Transportation Commission Laura oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. She is vice president of market representation and dealer development for Gulf States Toyota Inc., a private distributor for Toyota Motor Sales in Houston. She previously served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing with an affiliated Freidkin Company, GSFSGroup Inc., and as Chair of the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), representing the vehicle manufacturing and distribution industry.


Majed Al-GhafryMajed Al-Ghafry
Assistant City Manager, City of Dallas

With more than 28 years municipal government, Majed’s career spans three cities with emphases in public works, transportation, operations, land development, organizational development, performance management and economic development. Before starting with the City of Dallas, he served as Assistant City Manager for the City of El Cajon, CA where he initiated the City’s first Project Assistance Center (PAC). And prior to that, Majed was the City of San Antonio’s Public Works Director, and responsible for its first strategic plan.

Rich ByrnesRich Byrnes
Chief Port Infrastructure Officer, Port of Houston Authority

Rich leads a multi-functional group tasked with supporting public transportation and trade needs of the region, and enabling an efficient and effective base for port operations. The Infrastructure team’s responsibilities are wide reaching, from facilities and master planning to freight mobility and environmental affairs. Rich’s career spans engineering, operations and consulting across transportation, oil & gas and shipbuilding industries, working with Fortune 100 corporations, state-owned enterprises and governments on every continent.

Patrick Kunz, PEPatrick Kunz, PE
President, Halff Associates

Pat’s engineering talent can be seen all around Dallas and the state of Texas. He joined Halff in 1981 as a civil engineer, and was appointed COO in 1997. He became President in 2013 and plays a key role in corporate strategy and is focused on diversifying Halff’s service portfolio and continuing the firm’s growth. In 2014 Halff was recognized as one of the best firms to work for in 2015. The firm was recognized as one of top 100 fastest growing firms in the Dallas region in 2015 and as a fastest growing Middle Market 50 company in 2016.

Calvin T. Ladner, PECalvin T. Ladner, PE
President, LJA Engineering

Calvin’s long-standing career at LJA began in 1982 when he was hired by Winslow & Associates, Inc. The firm merged with Lichliter/Jameson & Associates in 1988, and was then acquired by a large, multi-national engineering firm in the 90s. With Calvin leading the charge, the Houston land development division of the company spun off as LJA Engineering, Inc. in 1997, and began to rebuild. Today he is credited with being instrumental in the firm’s phenomenal double-digit growth, and multiple regional and national accolades.  

Dan Leyendecker, PEDan Leyendecker, PE
President, LNV, Inc.

Dan leads LNV, a full-service consulting firm of engineering, architectural and construction experts who develop solutions for public sector clients. For over 24 years, Dan has provided engineering services on projects including sewer, water, wastewater, streets and drainage systems. He works with state and federal regulatory agencies for water and wastewater systems and master planning. He is involved in strategic planning, program management, construction management, design, and accelerated project delivery.

Joeseph RapierJoseph R. Rapier, PE
President, Parkhill Smith & Cooper

After being named the 1991 South Plains Chapter Young Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), Joe Rapier joined Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. (PSC). He led the MPE/Structural division of the firm, and in 2006 he became CEO and President. Since then, the company has grown from four offices in West Texas to eight across the Lone Star State and New Mexico. PSC is currently ranked the No. 4 “Best Multidisciplinary Firm to Work For” in the US by the Zweig Group.

Ryan SittonRyan Sitton
Commissioner, Texas Railroad

Ryan is a leading energy expert. In 2006, he and his wife Jennifer founded PinnacleART, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical, mining, pharmaceutical, and wastewater industries. In 2014, Ryan was elected to the Railroad Commission. As Commissioner, Ryan uses his technical expertise and business experience to make decisions that are based on sound science and employ a fiscally conservative approach to prioritize the agency’s efforts.

Lance K. Spross, PELance K. Spross, PE
Director of Engineering Standards and Maintenance Strategy, Oncor

Lance is responsible for development and maintenance of engineering and construction standards, and for providing strategic guidance related to operational and maintenance activities for Oncor’s Transmission and Distribution organizations. Lance joined Texas Utilities, Oncor’s predecessor company, in 1987 and has had assignments in nuclear generation, distribution engineering, distribution operations, transmission operations, asset management, cyber security and corporate strategy.