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North Florida Section

Association for the Advancement

of Cost Engineering® International (AACE)

April-May 2017 

April Meeting to Feature Using Your Cost Engineering Skills to Maximize Your Investments


We are fast approaching the 2017 AACE International Annual Meeting which will be held here at the Hyatt Regency Orlando from June 11th to 14th.  For those of you seeking AACE certification, review courses held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting start as early as June 8th.  This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a significant AACE International event in your own backyard.  Don’t miss it!


Thus far this season, our Section has been blessed with a diverse and exciting series of technical presentations.  Our most recent meeting was held at the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies offices in Cocoa Beach and featured the Executive Director of AACE International, Charity Quick.  In our final two Section meetings we will hear from our own Sam Griggs who is also a member of the AACE Certification Board, and from Dr. Alexia Nalewaik, our newly-elected incoming AACE International President.  Be sure not to miss these final two local Section meetings and consider bringing guests and introducing them to the work of AACE.


The current Section Board of Directors would like to hear from those members who are interested in serving as officers or directors for next year.  Nominations are now being accepted for elections to be held in mid-April.  Come, bring your talents, and help make next year’s slate of meetings even better!

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John P. Orr, PSP

From the President...

Text Box: Don’t Miss This Valuable Upcoming Meeting!






-May 11th, 2017Project Performance Review, with speaker Dr. Alexia Nalewaik, FRICS, CCP, CCA, Principal, QS Requin Corporation, and newly elected AACE President-Elect.


The May meeting ends our 2016-17 program year.  Watch our Meetings page for other upcoming programs starting in September.


We welcome your ideas and suggestions on possible topics and speakers.  Please send to

Most of us would like to have an extra flow of income sent to us on a regular basis or to have an extra check in the mail each month.  This presentation is intended to show you ways to help make that happen using your cost engineering skills.  Factors will be discussed that can be used to select stocks.  But more importantly, techniques will be presented that will help you become more knowledgeable about different aspects of investing.  For more presentation details, see our Meeting notice.





















At our February meeting, speaker Davis Myron Berry, CCP, PMP, Lead Business Analyst, Project Controls, SRNS and Past President AACE-CSRA discussed updates on the latest news from AACE and out-brief on several papers and highlights on the many benefits of attending the annual meetings.


In addition to the useful specific technical information from presentations at past AACE Annual Meetings, Mr. Berry included an interesting inspirational slant, starting with the Data-to-Wisdom pyramid, which could also apply to many endeavors in everyday life.  Our members especially appreciated the discussion of what a cost engineer actually does to improve our life and our world.  This was a very informative presentation, which also included positive motivation for everyone.  Mr. Berry’s talk generated a lively question-and-answer session afterward.


We are most grateful to Mr. Berry for his insightful and valuable presentation.  Watch our Resources page for the slides to be posted soon.

Total Cost Management Rocks Presented at the February Meeting


-John P. Orr, PSP

North Florida Section President

April 13th, 2017, at PMA Consultants, 4901 Vineland Road, Suite 330, Orlando, FL 32811 6:30 p.m.  Optional dinners at $10/person, with advance reservations by 4/12/17.  Webinar attendance also available on request. To register or for more details, see Meeting Notice.  Questions?

E-mail meetings@nflaace.orgEveryone is welcome. 




















In her lively presentation, Ms. Quick informed our members about the very latest in AACE enhancements to our membership experience.  With the addition of the new Web site, content management system, association management system and learning management system in 2016, AACE’s virtual footprint is continuing to expand.  The next AACE project includes new forums and communities of practice areas.  As Ms. Quick pointed out, the implications for our Section, Section leadership and each personal membership are important.  Ms. Quick spoke not just about changes AACE is making, but also included Section members in the conversation.  This highly interactive session gave us the opportunity to provide feedback as AACE builds the communities, bridges stronger partnerships with our Sections and enhances our membership experience.


We are very appreciative to have heard Ms. Quick’s interesting  presentation, and learn about the latest projects at AACE International and how they will benefit its members.  Watch our Resources page for the slides to be posted soon.

Speaker Charity Quick MBA  CIA CCT, Executive Director, AACE International, with Certificate of Appreciation presented at the March North Florida AACE meeting.









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· Nominations Open for North Florida AACE Section Board Election.  We are in the process of drafting a slate of candidates for the upcoming Section Board elections to be held in mid-April.  Please take part in this election process by sending in your nominations or volunteering to run for next year's board.  Before nominating, please make sure to obtain the nominee's permission, and confirm if that person is qualified, and willing and able to serve.  Only current members may submit a nomination.  Deadline is April 1st, 2017.  Please submit nominations to Elizabeth at

· Can’t Attend a Section Meeting in Person?  Try our new Webinar Service Instead!  North Florida AACE has recently debuted its new Webinar meeting presentations.  Designed for those members and others who may not be able to attend a meeting in person due to long distances or company travel, this Webinar version is operated live from the meeting, with a simultaneous online technical presentation being Webcast along with the in-person speaker.

Offered via GoToMeeting, online meeting attendees will hear the live presentation audio, and will also see the slides on their computer screen as they are clicked along with the speaker.  You can even ask questions and make comments via text chat, or by audio if you have your own computer microphone.  For those who have professional certifications, Webinar meetings count toward renewal as long as you attend the entire presentation.

To register, just RSVP to your meeting notices, specifying you wish to attend by Webinar.  An invitation with link and instructions will be sent in reply.

This is just one more option we offer to make it easier to attend our valuable technical presentations.  Any questions, please e-mail

· Reminder to Board Members:  The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held immediately following our May 11th, 2017 Section meeting.

· AACE ScholarshipsAACE Competitive Scholarship applications are open annually December 1st through February 28th.  AACE International offers competitive scholarships to US, Canadian, and International students pursuing a program related to cost engineering/cost management.  The scholarships are awarded by the AACE International Education Board and are currently available in amounts not exceeding $2,500,00.  AACE International Sections may also offer local scholarships, and the North Florida AACE Section does have its own scholarship available.  All scholarships are awarded for use in the fall term of the next academic year.  Students from our Section have now been awarded fifteen AACE scholarships since 2008, with many also receiving Section scholarships plus AACE Matching Funds.  For requirements and to apply, please visit the AACE Scholarship page.

Donate Now to AACE Scholarships!  Members may donate to both AACE International and North Florida AACE Scholarship Funds.  These donations are tax-deductible.  For details, contact

· North Florida AACE is now on LinkedIn, the premiere networking site for professionals and businesses.  Soon, we’ll also add our own discussion group for questions and idea-sharing.  Don’t wait — Connect with us on LinkedIn!

· Latest CCTS News:

The CCTS 44th Annual Space Congress® was very successful, and featured Dr. Buzz Aldrin, former NASA Astronaut, as a keynote speaker.  Tentative dates have been set for the next Space Congress: February 27th, 28th and March 1st, 2018.  The Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) is a group of 31 area technical associations to which our Section belongs.  For more information, visit the CCTS Web site at

· North Florida AACE is proud to have approximately 32% of its current members who are certified, and that number is steadily increasing.  Want to know who’s certified?  Just visit the Certification page. 

· Welcome New Members! Here’s a special note about new members who have recently joined our Section. Welcome to all, and hope to see you at a meeting soon!

-Eric Alan Johnson, Universal Studios, Orlando, FL

(If you joined recently but were not listed above, our apologies. Please let us know and we’ll include you in the next new member listing.)

· Earn Your Professional Certification Advantage.  In this competitive economic climate, it pays to give yourself and your employer an edge by earning and maintaining a cost engineering professional certification.  To register or for questions, contact Penny Whoolery at the AACE Certification Department or see the Certification page at

· Don’t miss out on the valuable benefits and resources AACE offers for your professional career! Now is the time to renew your dues for the upcoming year.  Either complete the printed renewal you have received, or renew online.  To renew online, visit you have changed your address, phone number or e-mail address in the past year, please update it once you have logged into your profile, so we can provide membership services to you without interruption.  If you have forgotten or misplaced your login information, please contact AACE's Headquarters for assistance: phone 1.304.296.8444; or e-mail

· Visit the newest job openings on our Employment page.  And, please help keep our Employment page active by sending us any suitable cost engineering job openings you may know of, or any employment wanted listings.  You may e-mail these brief listings to  We’ll keep your notice posted at least three months, or until the position is filled or you’ve found employment.

· Become a North Florida AACE Web Site Sponsor:
If your company is interested in reaching cost engineers and their companies throughout Florida and beyond to offer relevant products and/or services, then we have a great opportunity for you!  A limited number of paid sponsorships are now available on the North Florida AACE Web site, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Along with your sponsorship, an online advertisement is included.  We offer various ad sizes and rates.  For more information, contact Section Administrator Elizabeth Harrison at



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

Sam Griggs, CCP, FAACE is a qualified cost engineer who also has extensive training and experience in the field of financial investments.  He is a long-term member of the AACE Certification Board and the chairman of the Cost Engineering Committee.  In addition, Mr. Griggs has taught certification review workshops for AACE, proctored exams, and reviewed over 50 technical papers.  He has authored several articles for the Certification Corner portion of AACE’s journal, and has worked for many of the major engineering and construction firms.  Mr. Griggs was named the 2014 ICEC Distinguished International Fellow Award winner and an AACE international Fellow.  He also won the 2014 North Florida AACE “You’re a Star” Award.  Mr. Griggs is also an active member of several investing groups, and is a very experienced investor who has given many presentations on this topic. 

For more biographical details, see our Meeting notice.


















The North Florida Section is very pleased to announce that our long-time member John Philbrick, PE, CCP, PMP has just been elected as the incoming Region 3 Director for AACE International.


As Mr. Philbrick stated upon his election, “I was quite surprised to hear that I had been elected the AACE Region 3 Director as I did not think that I was very well known in any area other than North Florida.  My plans for the position are to try to learn what each of the Sections in our region is doing well and share those ideas among Sections.  Also since the North Florida Section is reaching to remote attendees with their virtual meetings, I would like to see if we might be able to share speakers throughout the region when other Sections are having a great presentation at their meetings.”

Mr. Philbrick is Director at PMA Consultants in Orlando, and has given several presentations at our Section meetings.  PMA Consultants also generously provides complimentary meeting facilities for most of our Section meetings.

In addition to North Florida AACE, other Region 3 Sections include Alabama, Greater Miami, Atlanta, Central Savannah River (GA, SC), Louisiana, Catawba Valley (NC), Upcountry SC, East Tennessee,  and Tennessee Valley.

Our hearty congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Philbrick for being elected to this important AACE International position.



The next AACE International Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency, in Orlando, Florida, USA, on June 11-14, 2017.  This is good news for all our Section and Florida members.  Whether you’ve been a regular annual meeting attendee, or have never attended this event before, the convenient location here in Orlando will offer substantial benefits to our members.

If you’ve never been able to attend an AACE Annual Meeting, this is your best opportunity!  It’s right around the corner, cost-saving, and a major chance to build your professional skills and know-how by attending this worldwide gathering of the best and brightest the cost engineering profession has to offer.

Our Annual Meeting brings together the industry’s leading cost professionals in a venue focused on learning, sharing, and networking.  Over 100 hours of technical presentations will challenge you to better manage, plan, schedule, and implement technology for more effective and efficient business practices.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with fellow cost engineering professionals from across the country, and to benefit from the wide range of excellent technical presentations.  For more information or to register, visit