the association for the advancement of cost engineering

North Florida Section



Association for the Advancement

of Cost Engineering® International (AACE)


North Florida Section/Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 Meeting Notice

*Please note:  This meeting is 2 days earlier than originally scheduled.























ProgramInvesting from a Cost Engineering Perspective, Part 2 with speaker
F. Sam Griggs, CCP, FAACE, Cost Engineering Consultant and Investment Trainer.

This is a continuation of the popular presentation last year that showed the audience how to use cost engineering techniques to review and select a good stock. These are similar to the techniques that we use to select a contractor from many bidders for a construction project.  


We will not only discuss some of the basics of Investing, but also discuss some advanced investing topics for the intermediate or seasoned Investors.  We will also review a detailed analysis of a selected stock and show how to purchase the stock at the meeting without going through a stock broker.  Finally, we will discuss the possible best investments for the future, i.e., what will be the “hot” fields to invest in going forward.


This is a must session for anyone who might be a beginner investor, or for those intermediate or seasoned investors who are interested in perhaps gaining some additional perspective on investing and getting a better rate of return.

SpeakerF. Sam Griggs, CCP, FAACE, Cost Engineering Consultant  and Investment Trainer.


In addition to being a Certified Cost Engineer (CCP) and a long-time member of the AACE Certification Board, Sam is also an active member of several Investing groups, is a very experienced investor and has given many presentations on various aspects of Investing.


He is a member of The American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) which is a nonprofit education association that has been successfully aiding "do-it-yourself" investors for over 30 years.  He is a very active member of the AAII Investors Workshop which teaches individual investors the basics and beyond.  In this capacity, he has taught various classes on individual Investments, including High Yield Dividend stocks, REITS and BDC, some of which will be mentioned in the presentation.

In addition, Sam is a member of the 
IBD Investors workshop that holds monthly meetings on different aspects of trading stock options.  He is also a member of the Better Investing Association which promotes the fundamentals of analyzing stocks and the benefits of belonging to investment clubs.



CLICK HERE to R.S.V.P.  Deadline 5:00 p.m., Monday 4/9/2018.  Please specify if registering for 1) In-person meeting only; 2) In-person meeting and dinner; or 3) Webinar only.  See below for meal details. 


Everyone is welcome.  Invite your friends, colleagues, or anyone who may be interested.


Optional Dinners Available: Advance Reservations Required.  Walk-ins Cannot be Guaranteed a Meal.


Optional dinners will be offered at $10.00 per person.  MENU:  Beef Burritos (Vegetarian Option: Bean Burritos); Yellow Rice; Corn Muffins; Garden Salad; Dessert; Coffee/Tea/Water.

Advance reservations required by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 4/9/2018.  Payments may be made via check (payable to North Florida AACE) mailed in advance to N. FL AACE Treasurer William Sheerin c/o 2450 Williams Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787; by check/cash at the door (exact change appreciated); or by credit card (small fee applies).  Cancellations must be received 24 hours before the meeting for a refund.

Click here to R.S.V.P.  Please specify if registering for 1) In-person meeting only; 2) In-person meeting and dinner; or 3) Webinar only.  If you have any questions, please click here to e-mail.



--Upcoming Meeting:  Thursday, May 10th, 2018.  I-4 Ultimate Scheduling Challenges and Project Update, with speakers Vince Gucwa, Rey Diaz and James Ward.  Watch our Meetings page for other upcoming programs and visit our Web site often for the latest Section news and activities.

--We welcome your ideas and suggestions on possible topics and speakers.  Please send them to administrator@nflaace.orgDon’t miss these valuable technical presentations and first-class professional networking opportunities.

--Board Members Take Note:  The next regular board meeting of the program year will take place Thursday, May 10th, 2018 immediately following the Section meeting.  Watch for separate notices.

--CCTS Update: The CCTS Space Congress was held February 27 through March 1, 2018, at the Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral, FL.  Visit for a summary of programs and activities.

ScholarshipsOur congratulations to Taiason Cole (University of Central Florida) for earning a $1,000 AACE International scholarship, and a North Florida AACE scholarship of $500.  The AACE scholarship application period is open December 1st through February 28th each year.  Students from our Section have now been awarded 17 AACE scholarships since 2008, with many also receiving Section supplemental scholarships plus AACE Matching Funds.  See the Scholarship page for details.

--We are very pleased to announce that the
North Florida Section was presented with an AACE Gold Section Award at the previous AACE Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  We’re proud of this achievement, and send our appreciation to all our Board and Section members who worked hard to help make our Section successful.

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Meeting Location:

PMA Consultants
4901 Vineland Road, Suite 330
Orlando, FL 32811



Meeting Summary


Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 




Please Note:

Dinner:  6:30 p.m.

Presentation:  7:00 p.m.


Webinar attendance also available.


PMA Consultants
4901 Vineland Road, Suite 330
Orlando, FL 32811


Investing from a Cost Engineering Perspective, Part 2


Optional dinners available at $10.00 per person.