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
Macroeconomist (former Chief Economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M)

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.


Ross Ramsey
Executive Editor and Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune

Ross writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. He has also reported for the Houston Chronicle and for the Dallas Times Herald, and worked freelance writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers.

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. 25:
ACEC Texas member
using code ............ $775.

(Contact ACEC TX for code)

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

After Sept. 25:
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

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.


October 26
luncheon ................ $100.

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 RodinSteve Costello
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston

Steve’s background in flood control and drainage began with his first job out of school, as an engineer with the Corps of Engineers in Galveston. He co-founded Costello, Inc. in 1991, and he served as Houston City Council Member at Large from 2010 through 2015. In May of 2016, Mayor Turner appointed Steve as the City’s Chief Resilience Officer. His initial task in this position is to focus on the flooding and drainage issues facing the city, which is why he is now known as the “Flood Czar.”

Martin RodinLauren Garduño, PE
Director of Project Planning and Development, TxDOT

Lauren began at the TxDOT in 1987, rising through the ranks to now oversee the Transportation Planning and Programming, Right of Way, Environmental Affairs and Professional Engineering Procurement divisions. He has spent most of his career in West Texas, including Amarillo, Odessa and Abilene, serving as a district engineer and as chief of procurement integrating TxDOT’s support services. He has received peer recognition with awards such as Young Engineer of the Year and Engineer of the Year through the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. In 2001, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy. 

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.


Rich ByrnesRichard 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.

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.

Will SchnierWill Schnier
Chief Executive Officer, BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting

Will is CEO of BIG RED DOG, a Texas-based engineering firm specializing in civil, traffic, transportation, and MEP engineering, with over 115 team members and offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016; Hot Firm in 2015, 2016, 2017) and an ENR Top 100 Design Firm in Texas. The firm is annually named one of the top workplaces and best firms to work for by various publications.

Ryan SittonRyan Sitton
Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission

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.