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SEI faculty understand that busy executives have numerous choices for professional development programming from universities, private organizations, and many other industry groups — but only SEI focuses on business issues unique to managing and leading engineering companies.

Lead Faculty

Rodney C. Hoffman is co-founder and CEO of S & H Consulting, a management consulting firm with expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, change management, and business development/marketing. He is a PE in Colorado and holds a BS in Construction Engineering and an MS in Geotechnical Engineering from Iowa State University.

With more than 33 years of experience, Rod’s expertise ranges from designing small municipal projects to managing large, international airport design and construction work. Prior to starting S & H, Rod was a Senior Vice President with HDR and also served as the firm’s National Director of Strategic Planning & Acquisitions. Rod has served as Lead Faculty for SEI for many of his 17 years teaching in the program. He has served on the ACEC National Executive Committee as Senior Vice Chair, served on the National Planning Cabinet, is an ACEC Fellow, and is past Chair of the Business Resources & Education Committee. He is an active member of ACEC-Colorado, including service as President as well as chairing numerous committees.

Geordie Aitken leads Aitken Leadership Group with his wife Magda and has taught the Personal Mastery and Leadership session of the Senior Executives Institute since 2003. Geordie is internationally recognized as an influential teacher, consultant and coach to A/E/C firms throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. With an educational background in humanistic psychology, applied rhetoric, and neuro-linguistic programming, Geordie’s specialty is personal development for application in dynamic group learning environments. Geordie is a master experience designer, optimizing classic learning formats — i.e. the ‘retreat’ — for transformative impact. For 16 years Geordie has focused his design and consulting efforts in the A/E/C industry, supporting his clients in leadership development, strategic culture development, and executive learning.

Adjunct Faculty

Barb Smith is President and co-founder of S & H Consulting. She has over 30 years of experience designing and presenting leadership development, strategic planning, change management, and organizational development meetings and programs, both as an internal practitioner and external consultant, for A/E/C firms and oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, construction and non-profits companies. Barb is an active member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), where she has served as President for her local ATD chapter, and currently serves on the national ATD board as a National Advisor for Chapters. She is a member of the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Barb holds a BS from Iowa State University and an MS from the University of Nebraska in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Laurie Dreyer is nationally recognized in the fields of human resources, recruitment and learning, having honed her craft at some of the leading A/E/C firms in the United States. She is a frequently featured speaker and trainer at industry conferences, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Equity by Design (EqxD), Association of AE Business Leaders (AEBL) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). She holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Scot McQueen has more than 20 years of leadership experience planning, designing, integrating, and implementing large IT systems for government agencies, commercial companies and publicly funded research institutes. He has worked with senior decision-makers to find solutions for complex business and IT management challenges, and developed a strong technical platform in support of his strategic planning efforts. Scot recognizes that building a community understanding of the problems to be solved, and how they are to be solved, is more important than the technology used. He has worked within the A/E/C industry leading revenue-generating technology groups, creating startups, and setting corporate strategic vision for leveraging technologies for maximum return on investment. Scot holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Evergreen State College.

Kyle V. Davy, AIA, established his consulting practice in 1992 to help engineering and architecture firms develop leadership and management capacities to thrive in an increasingly turbulent environment. He has facilitated vision, strategic planning, and scenario planning processes for firms across the country, and he has helped firms establish corporate universities, internal leadership development, and leadership succession programs. He co-authored Value Redesigned: New Models for Professional Practice, published in 2005, with Susan L. Harris. Kyle holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.