Prosperity Summit: Building Economic Resilience in Practice

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January 31, 2019 - February 1, 2019
609 Main at Texas
609 Main
Houston, TX

Brought to you by the Small Firm Roundtable

Online registration will close Tuesday, January 29, 10 am


Building Economic Resilience in Practice

Date: January 31 and February 1, 2019

Location: 609 Main Conference Center



AIA Houston invites you and the future leaders of your firm to participate in an exciting two days learning to build economic resilience in your practice. You will:

  • Gain significant insight into what it takes to launch a firm, and sustain its profitability;
  • Learn how to develop your firm's unique strategy,
  • Look into the future an explore innovative practice models,
  • Participant in a diversity workshop exploring unconscious bias, and
  • Leave with an action plan to improve your firm's bottom line. 


Schedule: Thursday, January 31, 2019

9:00 AM - Registration

10:00 AM - Welcome

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Strategy: Why is strategy needed? How is a strategy developed? What does stategy look l ike in a firm? 2.0 AIA LU

  • Simon Goodhead, PE, Principal Consultant, The Coxe Group, provides strategic and operational insight that helps clients achieve their potential.

12:15 - 12:45 PM - Lunch

12:45 - 1:45 PM - Collaborate: Teaming up for a Successful Project 1.0 AIA LU

  • Terry Smith, AIA, NOMA, Smith & Company Architects  
  • Stephanie Millet, AIA, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects

1:55 - 2:55 PM - Sustainable Ownership Strategies: Ownership Transition & Succession Planning 1.0 AIA LU

  • Pat Remmington, In-House Council, CP&Y
  • Heather McKinney, FAIA, McKinney York Architects
  • Anne Kniffen, IIDA, RID, LEED ID+C, Perkins+Will

3:05 - 4:20 PM - Financial: Project Accounting in the Cloud 1.25 AIA LU

  • Jennifer Devine, Devine Consulting

4:30 PM - Final Announcements

5:30 PM - Reception/Social

                 Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar, 308 Main Street, Houston, TX


Friday, February 1, 2019

8:30 AM - Welcome

8:45 - 10:00 AM - Launch: Conversations with Successful Firm Owners 1.0 AIA LU

  • Joe Rivers, AIA, LEED AP bd+c, Rivers Barden Architects
  • Danny Rigg, AIA, Rigg Studio
  • Beau Frail, AIA, NCARB, Activate Architecture

10:10 - 11:10 AM - Put into Practice: Implementation of Lessons Learned 1.0 AIA LU

  • Myrna Norman, CPA, CDFA, IBI Group 

11:20 - 12:35 PM - Rethinking the Firm: Roundtable Discussion of Innovative Practice Models 1.25 AIA LU

  • Darren Heine, AIA, Principal BBA Architects LP

12:45 - 3:00 PM - Bridging the Divide: Understanding General Diversity in the Workplace Workshop 2.0 AIA LU

  • DeWayne Owens, is a nationally sought-out Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, and Author. He is the Founder and President of Maximum Motivation Training Systems and the Official Chaplain of the Zig Ziglar Legacy Certification Program.  DeWayne spreads his messages nationally to corporations, workforces, associations, colleges, high schools, at-risk youth, prisons and churches.

3:00 PM - Final Announcements


There are no hotel blocks for this event; however, should you need lodging, I've included several suggestions below.
Magnolia Hotel Houston
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
Aloft Houston Downtown
Le Meridien Houston Downtown
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Marriott Marquis Houston