Beyond Technical: People Skills for Successful AE Transitions

People Skills Successful TransitionsDuration: 60-minutes
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People are the heart and soul of AE firms. They are also vital to a successful transition, whether internal or through a merger or acquisition. However, for many firms, people skills (aka soft skills) are outside of their comfort zone, and the focus tends to be on technical skills and expertise.

Join members of SN’s AE Advisory Services team as they discuss industry trends that will impact transition strategies, leveraging people to create high-performing teams, and the importance of embracing people skills to position your firm for future success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify trends and key drivers that impact transition strategies.
  • Shift your mindset toward people skills as an attractor and differentiator.
  • Lead with people to position your firm for a successful transition.

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About the Presenter

Kate Allen, PE, MBA | Stambaugh NessKate Allen, PE, MBA | Director, AE Advisory

Kate’s 25 years of experience in the Architecture and Engineering industry includes leadership roles as a Consultant, Principal-in-Charge, and National Engineering Director. Her primary focus is on helping clients with transition strategies including ownership transition and mergers and acquisitions. Kate applies a “lead with people” approach as she partners with firms to successfully anticipate and prepare for their future. 


Kristi Weierbach, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP - Stambaugh Ness

Kristi Weierbach, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP | Managing Director, Workforce Advisory Services

Kristi focuses her extensive expertise on helping clients design a workforce that is not only prepared for the future, but one that leverages disruption to thrive and succeed. Weaving together a unique blend of anticipatory tools and insights with practical solutions, Kristi provides clients with an organizational architecture that empowers them for the NextGen.


Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM | Stambaugh Ness

Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM | Director, Strategic Growth Advisory

Scott is an AE industry veteran with 30 years of experience in strategy, marketing, and business development. As a former Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for a mid-sized engineering firm, Scott brings a unique perspective to his client work, delivering first-hand industry insight and knowledge.

Scott is a sought-after national speaker who has presented for numerous industry organizations including ACEC, AIA, ASCE, NCSEA, PSMJ, ROG, SDA, SMPS, and USGBC. A prolific writer, Scott has authored 15 books, written numerous ebooks, white papers, and blogs including his Marketropolis blog for Engineering News-Record. He is a past president of the SMPS Foundation, an AEC research-focused nonprofit organization, and has served on the national board of directors for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). In addition to being a Fellow of SMPS, Scott is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer.