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The 2019 ACEC California Annual Strategic Summit & Board Meeting
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The Annual Strategic Summit is a great opportunity to network with our member firms and introduce or reacquaint them with your company.

10/2/2019 to 10/4/2019
When: October 2, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Balboa Bay Resort
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, California  92663
United States
Contact: Jenny Devine or Stephanie Reed
916-432-0133 or 916-441-7991

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The 2019 Strategic Summit will take place October 2 - 4, at the Newport Beach Balboa Bay Resort & Spa. We are very excited to once again host the summit in the beautiful Newport Beach!  


Exciting New Program and Format! 


The Strategic Summit Committee is hard at work putting together a dynamic and timely program. Please click here to view the overall agenda for the summit and the various sessions that will take place. Please see details below on our exciting keynote speaker and the public agencies who have been confirmed and who have been invited to sit on panels at the Summit. 






Registration FormPlease click here to download the registration form. Once completed, please return to the ACEC California office via email, mail or fax. 


Online Registration. To register online, please click on the register button above. 


The Early Bird Registration deadline is September 13, register before the deadline and save $100! 


The ACEC California Strategic Summit program will present a series of keynote addresses; breakout tracks featuring corporate development, business development, and professional development, designed for attendees to have an opportunity to obtain information about issues that affect the industry through informative educational and social programs.


This summit builds upon the original ACEC California Strategic Summit format, with multiple benefits including incredible networking opportunities, cultivating relationships with project owners, and learning new methods to address complex project delivery goals. There will be something for those at any career level, whether you are firm principals/owners, managers, mid-level technical or business development, young professionals and emerging engineers or land surveyors. 





There are several sponsorship opportunities to take advantage of, from the Thursday evening event in the vineyards or the exciting keynote speaker. Please click here to view the Sponsorship and Exhibitor Brochure to review the various opportunities. Sign-up today and get your logo on the website and future marketing materials. 





Wednesday Federal PAC Event. The Federal PAC will be hosting an evening networking event at Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. 


Thursday Keynote Speaker Luncheon - The Buried Life 


We are very excited to have Ben Nemtin as our Thursday Luncheon Keynote Speaker. 











  • Member of MTV's Hit Show, The Buried Life
  • New York Times #1 Bestselling Author
  • Started an Inspiring Movement that Encourages Individuals to  Realize their Dreams and Help Others


Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? And a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC News, and Oprah, who called Ben and his friends “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed speaker, Ben has keynoted business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Levi’s, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. In 2019 Ben was named in the World’s Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals by Global Gurus.


It all stems from a battle Ben had with depression over a decade ago. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to realize their true potential.



Interesting Friday Morning Keynote Speaker! 


We are very excited to have Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling as our Friday morning keynote speaker. Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active duty service in October 2007. He flew Cobra attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was selected to work for The White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that, then Major Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001.


Bob graduated from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY with a BA in Economics in 1987. Upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant aboard the USS Intrepid. In 2002 Bob attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA where he earned his MBA in Financial Management.


At the urging of family, friends, and colleagues to share his witness to American history, Bob wrote his memoir, 24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House. He continues to share his personal experience and knowledge of crisis leadership with many military, corporate, and university audiences nationwide. He is the President of Quantitative Analytics, LLC, an aviation operations and logistics consulting company located in Stafford, Virginia.



An Evening at Sea - Thursday Evening Dinner & Event!


The Thursday Evening Event will take place on the Ambassador, located just steps away from the Balboa Bay Resort & Spa. Summit attendees will enjoy an evening cruising the bay with beautiful views, excellent food, wine, dancing, and networking opportunities.





Balboa Bay Resort & Spa

1221 West Coast Highway

Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 645-5000


The Balboa Bay Resort & Spa is a four-diamond waterfront resort spa, and one of a kind waterfront hotel offering luxury accommodations and extraordinary service on the Newport Beach coastline. Relax and take in the harbor view while enjoying delicious contemporary cuisine.


The deadline to book a hotel room under the ACEC California discounted room rate has passed. If you do require a room, please contact Jenny Devine directly, 





The scholarship raffle will take place during lunch on Friday, October 4. For more information regarding our Raffle click here!


All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales goes to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation click here to see our 2018 scholarship winners!

















































































Annual Conference Questions

For more information about the 2018 or 2019 Annual Strategic Summit please contact Jenny Devine ( or Stephanie Reed (

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