2016 Spring Conference

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The 2016 Spring Conference will be held at The Sun Mountain Lodge located outside Winthrop, WA on May 19-21, 2016. With focus on growing your organization, the Spring Conference also features the “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony, where the new Chair of the Board and Board of Directors are sworn in.

Conference Highlights

The Negotiation Waltz – David Stone, blüStone Marketing

The fine art of give-and-take for AE professionals

One of the leading marketing thinkers in the AEC industry, David has advised hundreds of design and construction firms around the globe. He is the author of 15 books and is a sought-after speaker at design and construction conferences around the world.

More often than not, design professionals end up at the short end of a one-sided contract. Why? Because contract negotiation is a learned skill that clients have studied and design professionals have not.

Working to achieve “Win-Win” agreements, this eye-opening program looks at the essentials of contracts – the good, the bad and the really bad – and the vital skills you need to bring your contract negotiations to a fair conclusion.

You’ll study power and who holds it. You’ll learn to choose the right negotiating strategy, to properly prepare yourself before the dance begins, and then to work through each element of the bargaining process — in the right order!

Then you’ll get down to the nitty-gritty tactics such as “good guy/bad guy,” ” the flinch,” “the Vice” and “funny money” and other tactics you need to ensure a fair outcome against skilled negotiators.

These are fundamental skills that you need working for you every day. Be part of this program and be ready for your next negotiation.

“Yes, And! – Galen Emanuele

Galen has worked with hundreds of teams, organizations, and conferences from around the globe, delivering a powerful shift in how people interact and communicate in business.  He has more than 16 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business leadership.  Galen’s message will help you:

Understand the power of communicating with “yes” instead of “no.”

  • Learn to be present, connected, and fully engaged in your communications.
  • Contribute to a collaborative team culture of support and making others look good.
  • Navigate conflict more easily and adapt positively to change.
  • Be more engaged, cohesive, and open in accepting new ideas the challenges.

Winemaker’s Dinner with Lost River Winemaker John Morgan
Entertainment by Terry Hunt & Band

In 2001, John Morgan took the plunge and moved from Bellingham to the home he had started building in Mazama in 1994. The move involved a career change for John, who had been a civil engineer specializing in road and bridge construction in Whatcom County. John began making wines in 2002 under the Lost River Winery label. John has been given numerous awards and earned recognition for his wines including:

  • 2013 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris – Winner of the 2014 Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition
  • 2012 Columbia Valley Rainshadow – 2014 Seattle Wine Awards: Gold Medal
  • 2011 Walla Walla Syrah – Wine Spectator: 90 points
  • 2005 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine Spectator: 90 points

John and business partner Liam Doyle will be presenting a four-course dinner, paired with their spectacular wines.

Classical guitarist Terry Hunt and local musicians will round out the evening.

“Passing of the Gavel”,

Friday night’s “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony recognizes the contribution of the outgoing ACEC Washington Chair, Scott Woerman of Landau Associates, and introduces the next Chairman of the Board. The Chair and the Board of Directors will be sworn in for their duties in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Silent Auction

To benefit the National ACECPAC, the Spring Conference will hold a Silent Auction.

Conference Location

The 2016 Spring Conference will be held at the Sun Mountain Lodge near Winthrop, WA.  Inspired by the enduring beauty of nature, Sun Mountain Lodge reflects harmony with its surroundings down to the last detail.  Whether you’re looking for refined elegance or a rugged wilderness experience, a place to come together with the family or a romantic getaway, thrill-of-a-lifetime recreation or quiet reflection, or perhaps that rarified place where business and pleasure do mix, Sun Mountain Lodge is poised to exceed your expectations.


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Sun Mountain Lodge Reservations

A block of rooms have been reserved for the conference.  Contact Sun Mountain Lodge at 800-572-0493.

The group rate is under “ACEC”

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