MEGA Meeting 2017

    September 19, 2017
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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    The Ballroom at the Carlos Center
    2500 Clairmont Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329
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    ONLINE pre-registration is now CLOSEDA limited number of walk-in registrations ($85) will be accepted on Tuesday at 11:00am.


    The annual Mega Meeting is an exclusive A/E/C industry event and a wonderful opportunity to promote your firm or organization. The program brings together numerous professional associations and over 200 attendees within the design and built environment.

    Building the Future Workforce: Where Are They Now?

    One of the biggest challenges that the A/E/C industry is facing today is the growing need to recruit new talent. Join us for this year’s MEGA Meeting where we will discuss what Georgia is doing in order to encourage young minds to engage in our industry. Our keynote speaker, Mr. Ben Hames, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development – Workforce Division, along with a distinguished panel will address what the State and other organizations are doing to help grow our industry.


    Ben Hames
    Deputy Commissioner – Workforce Division
    Georgia Department of Economic Development
    Ben Hames is a Deputy Commissioner at the Georgia  Department of  Economic Development (GDEcD), where  he leads the Workforce Division, a  unit focused on training  Georgians for in-demand jobs and boosting the  overall  competitiveness of Georgia’s workforce. Currently, the  Workforce    Division oversees the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative, which  identifies workforce gaps facing Georgia businesses; the TradeFive program,  which educates the next generation about the benefits of career paths in the  skilled trades; Operation Workforce, which assists returning veterans  transitioning from service to the civilian workforce; Rapid Response, which helps prevent and respond to layoffs; and Georgia WorkSmart, the state’s work-based learning initiative that helps establish apprenticeship programs for Georgia-based companies. These workforce services are administered through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds under the leadership of the State Workforce Development Board. 

    A veteran of two gubernatorial administrations, Mr. Hames began his career in public service as Governor Sonny Perdue’s speechwriter. He also served Governor Nathan Deal in this role before being promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Mr. Hames oversaw and supported the work of approximately 60 state agencies and authorities, with a particular focus on problem-solving and coordinating interagency efforts. In addition to this coordinating role, he led a number of significant statewide projects. 

    Mr. Hames has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and Masters of Divinity from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.


    Kenny Adkins 
    Apprenticeship Specialist, Office of Technical Education
    Technical College System of Georgia
    Kenny Adkins has been involved with training most of his adult life.  As a career Army Aviation officer, Kenny conducted helicopter flight line and classroom training.  He also led developmental teams in Cobra and Chinook helicopter simulator training.  After he left the Army in 1992, Kenny honed his construction skills and remodeled homes for several years in the Atlanta area.

    In 2003, he resumed his training career and began teaching carpentry and construction management for Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville.  In 2011, Kenny joined the TCSG System Office as a curriculum manager for construction and industrial programs.  For the past two years, Kenny has served as an Apprenticeship Coordinator responsible for re-introducing the concept of apprenticeship training as a workforce development tool for Georgia industries.

    Scott Clark 
    President, Associated General  Contractors (AGC) of Georgia
    R.W. Allen, LLC
    Scott Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of R.W. Allen Construction, LLC has been in the Augusta community for over 30 years.  Since graduating from Auburn University with a BS in Building Science, he has worked his way up in the company from Project Engineer to President & CEO.  Throughout his career, his commitment to his work, dedication to his clients, and passion for achieving team goals has resulted in numerous successes and many repeat customers for R.W. Allen. 

    Scott dedicates much of his time to the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) as the organization’s current President.  In this role, he works closely with the Executive Committee to formulate direction and strategy for the statewide association’s programs and services.  Workforce development is a critical focus for AGC Georgia.

    Scott and R.W. Allen Construction, LLC highly value community involvement.  Scott’s professional and civic memberships include:  Member of the Exchange Club of Augusta, Management Advisory Board Member for Georgia Southern University, and Advisory Board Member for Augusta First Bank & Trust.

    Stephan Durham, Ph.D., P.E.
    Associate Professor
    University of Georgia, College of  Engineering 
    Dr. Stephan Durham led the development of the new Civil Engineering degree program through its recent full accreditation in the College of Engineering at the University  of Georgia.  Currently, he serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Outreach of the College of Engineering.  He came to UGA from the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) in January 2012 where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.

    During his 7 years at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Durham graduated over 20 MS and Ph.D. students in the area of structural engineering, concrete materials, and sustainability.  He has performed past studies for GDOT, CDOT, Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and private industry. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in surveying, structural materials, construction management, reinforced and prestressed concrete design, and advanced concrete materials. Much of his instructional collaborations are with the UGA’s Archway Partnership and J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.  His research interests include concrete materials, structural concrete, concrete pavements, sustainability through material selection and design, and interdisciplinary research that links engineering with education and the arts.

    He obtained his BSCE, MSCE, and Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is a licensed Professional Engineering in the state of Georgia.

    Scott Marble
    William H. Harrison Chair & Professor
    Georgia Institute of Technology,  School of Architecture
    Scott Marble is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York and was recently appointed Professor and William H. Harrison Chair of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously Associate Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he was Director of Fabrication Research from 2004 – 2008 and Director of Integrated Design from 2009-2015.

    His firm, Marble Fairbanks has received numerous local, national, and international design awards including AIA Design Awards, Architect magazine’s R+D award, pa (Progressive Architecture) award and Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards.  In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art commissioned their project, Flatform for the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.  Their most recently completed project, Glen Oaks Branch Library, was selected as both the Public Choice and the Editor’s Choice for American-Architects Building of the Year, 2013. Scott and his partner, Karen Fairbanks, were the Charles and Ray Eames Lecturers at the University of Michigan in 2004 and their book, Marble Fairbanks: Bootstrapping, was published on the occasion of that event. The work of Marble Fairbanks is published regularly in books, journals and news media and has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

    Scott received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University.


    Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM
    Vice President, JDB Engineering Inc.

    Board of Directors, Society for Marketing Professional Services
    Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry. He is vice president and chief marketing officer for JDB  Engineering, Inc. and two affiliate companies. Scott currently  serves on the SMPS board of directors and is a former trustee and past president of the SMPS Foundation.

    A regular speaker at industry events, Scott has given more than 200 presentations to local, regional, and national events of SMPS, AIA, ACEC, AGC, PSMJ, SDA, ASCE, IFMA, USGBC, and others. A widely-published author who has written 15 books, Scott writes Marketropolis, the sales and marketing blog on the Engineering News-Record website. His articles have been featured in Professional Services Management Journal, Project Management, A/E Marketing Journal, The Zweig Letter, Revolutionary Marketing, Construction Executive Online, The Marketer, and The Military Engineer, among others. He co-authored the SMPS Foundation book, A/E/C Business Development – The Decade Ahead, and wrote the recent SMPS publication Sell. Do. Win Business. How A/E/C Firms are Using Staff to Win More Work.

    Scott regularly presents about the importance of personal branding, and authored the book Reputation Design+Build: Creating Winning Personal Brands for Engineering, Design, and Construction Professionals. He is a Certified Professional Services Marketer and a Fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

    Check out our Mega Meeting event flyer below for more information!

    Event Schedule:

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  
     Registration, Exhibits, Networking
    12:00 PM – 12:30 PM    Luncheon & Networking
    12:30 PM – 1:00 PM      Keynote Presentation
    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM        Panel Discussion

    Registration FEES:

    $65/person UNTIL August 25th
    $75/person AFTER August 25th
    $85/person walk-in attendee/onsite registration
    Cancellation Policy:  Individual event registrations may be canceled without penalty if the registrant provides a written cancellation notice via email to at least 72 hours prior to the event.  Sorry, NO refunds will be given on sponsorship commitments.

    Sponsor Opportunities:

    $450 GOLD Sponsorship  ($400 to returning sponsors)

    • 8’ Exhibitor table display
    • Two (2) complimentary event registrations ($150 value)
    • One reserved seat at a VIP table
    • Recognition on event program handouts and sponsor boards
    • Logo promotion on email blasts
    • Sponsor name badge
    • Industry wide exposure
    • Verbal recognition at event

    $250 - SILVER Sponsorship

    • One (1) complimentary event registration ($75 value)
    • Recognition on event program handouts and sponsor boards
    • Logo promotion on email blasts
    • Sponsor name badge
    • Industry wide exposure
    • Verbal recognition at event

    Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Please contact Sarah Appleton at or 404-852-5461 for additional information.


    $85.00 Walk-In Attendee/Onsite Registration