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Please join me this summer at our 2017 FES/FICE 101st Annual Conference at The Breakers in Palm Beach on August 2-5 This year we have introduced for the first time ever the FICE/ACEC-FL Business Track to our educational offerings. The FICE/ACEC-FL Track kicks off on Friday afternoon at 4pm with an overview of Retirement Plan Litigation and Regulation, followed by many very exciting topics of great interest to our business leaders on Saturday including; Increasing Profits StrategiesDeveloping Client LoyaltyManaging Contract RiskSustaining Peak PerformanceDrones and finally A/E Industry Market Dynamics. The agenda has been finalized and PDHS have been confirmed! Take a look at the exciting sessions being offered and plan which courses you'll attend to earn up to 17 PDH hours per full registrant. 
 
Don't forget to reserve a seat at the Friday's FICE Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet and celebrate the great projects our member firms have designed and constructed. Please support the many raffle opportunities you will have at conference supporting the Florida Engineering Foundation and ACEC, our national voice!

Our newly formed FICE Energy Committee encourages our member firms who operate in the energy market to attend the 3rd annual Energy Exchange 2017 which will be held in Tampa August 15-17This Federal Energy Management Program's flagship event brings together subject matter experts from a wide range of technical disciplines to share their knowledge of government best practices with the federal energy management community. Energy Exchange is an educational and networking forum for those seeking to expand their knowledge of building operations, energy security and management in the federal sector.

Looking to earn 8 PDH's in one day?  Look no further, FES PDH Day will be hosted in Orlando on August 22 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. This day will be filled with exciting topics pertaining to Risk Management (4 PDH's) and Transportation in Florida (4 PDH's). Event and Hotel Registration is now open! 
 
Stick around after the FES PDH Day and attend the 2017 State Revolving Fund (SRF) / Water Project Funding Workshop, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport on August 23rd and 24th. This day and a half workshop is designed for technical staff from both the public and private sectors. Topics will include SRF Federal Requirements and Rule Revisions, a case study on Stormwater Project Eligibilities, Water Management Districts and much, much more. Registration is open and Sponsorship Opportunities are available.
 
FICE/ACEC-FL will be hosting the National ACEC Fall conference!  This sensational conference will be held on October 15-18at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.  Keynote speakers will include; Former CIA and NSA Director, General Michael Hayden Ret., entrepreneur and author, Martin Ford, Navy Seal, Robert O'Neill and author and national speaker, Neil Howe. Registration is open and hotel reservations are available at the Hilton Bonnet Creek and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The ACEC meeting space will be accessible through both hotel facilities.
 
Along with FES President, Larry Smith PE, I have the pleasure to Co-Chair the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute this upcoming year. I am encouraging all of our firms to identify your candidates for the 2017/2018 FELI class!  Last year we had to turn down some great applicants as membership in the program is capped at 40 individuals. I can all but promise that will happen again this year. At annual conference on Friday morning during the FELI graduation, we will hear about the amazing things this year's class has done to benefit our Florida communities. I am sure it will be special as I have had the opportunity to spend some time with this remarkable group of engineering leaders. 2018 FELI Application
 
Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President. I look forward to seeing everyone at The Breakers for what is sure to be our Best Conference Ever!