The Zweig Letter 2011 Hot Firm Conference

Every October since 2000, ZweigWhite has recognized the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms with The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List. The Zwieg Letter 2011 Hot Firm Conference, Oct. 26-27, 2011, in Laguna Beach, Calif., will not only honor the fastest-growing firms, but also offer ways to achieve similar success in the industry. Through a number of concurrent focus sessions, keynote presentations, and a special Hot Firm Winners Panel, successful firm leaders will talk about how they did it, entrepreneurs will describe their business-building strategies, authors will present new ideas to motivate and inspire, and experts will describe solutions to today’s business challenges. In addition, consultants and analysts will provide industry statistics that attendees can use as benchmarks and forecasts to help map the future of their firms. Featured presentations include the following:

Sustainability and stewardship: Technical leadership opportunities for design professionals, presented by Wendi Goldsmith, CPG, CPSSc, CEO of Bioengineering Group, a Hot Firm winner in 2010 and 2011 – Current economic and environmental problems present challenges that can be overcome by effective leadership. Professionals in architecture and engineering led the way to solving grave social problems including urban fire hazards and unsanitary water supply over a century ago with limited technologies. Today they can lead again with approaches to conscious planning and execution of buildings, neighborhoods, infrastructure systems, and communities based on stewardship measures that deliver triple bottom line returns. Goldsmith presents one firm’s successful research-into-practice approach to sustainable design.

What makes success and failures in international expansion? presented by H. Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E., president and CEO of Miyamoto International Inc., a Hot Firm winner in 2007, 2008, and 2011 – Globalization represents the only long-term major growth opportunity for U.S. companies, but there are potential pitfalls for firms that want to enter a foreign market. Miyamoto International is a structural engineering firm that specializes in earthquake reconstruction. Miyamoto focuses on the role of leadership in ensuring success in international scenarios.

How integrated project delivery (IPD) fuels firm growth, presented by Don Grody, AIA, president of Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects PC, a Hot Firm winner in 2010 and 2011 – Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects has extensive experience with civic and municipal projects and it has managed to land on The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List for the past two years as well as Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies. Find out how IPD helped them get there.

The Zweig Letter 2011 Hot Firm awards celebration, Thursday evening, Oct. 27, features a reception, dinner, live music, and the Hot Firm awards presentations. The Zweig Letter 2011 Hot Firm List ranks the top firms based on a combined equal rating of dollar growth in gross revenue and percentage growth in gross revenue. The 2011 list comprises 175 firms.The top three firms are:

  1. Cardno USA Inc., Portland, Ore.;
  2. exp. (formerly Trow Global), Brampton, Ontario; and
  3. HAKS Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C., New York.

A new award – the 2011 A/E Philanthropy Award – will also be announced at The Zweig Letter 2011 Hot Firm Conference. The award recognizes those in the A/E industry who are making a difference by their commitment to the well-being of their communities through ongoing philanthropic support and volunteer activity. As the 2011 sponsor of the award, Deltek will honor one firm that has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to philanthropy with a special trophy and a $5000 cash donation to an eligible foundation or charity of that firm’s choosing.

More information about the conference and registration and accommodation details are available at

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