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"The ability to concentrate on leadership challenges inside our industry and to share those perspectives and practices with other executives is extremely important."

Kyle V. Davy, AIA
Principal SEI Faculty Member

Senior Executive Institute's founders — including former ACEC Executive Vice President Howard Messner and Louis Marines, former CEO of the American Institute of Architects — envisioned a professional development program that stressed leadership and management through a wide-angle lens perspective which included politics, personal relationships, and a commitment to shaping healthy, nimble A/E/C companies adapt to changing markets.

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


David Aitken, FRAIC is an internationally known consultant, facilitator, and transformational executive coach. After a distinguished 27-year architectural career, David left his own firm in 1995 and founded Aitken Leadership Group, offering leadership development education and consulting to the professional services industry. With his son and partner Geordie Aitken, he assists client organizations in building performance cultures and awakening their leaders' highest potential.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a principal faculty member of ACEC's Senior Executives Institute. He has been a featured speaker at ACEC, AIA, PSMA, and ACC national conventions. In 2002, he was a guest on an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show dedicated to the power of personal purpose.

Geordie Aitken is a partner in Aitken Leadership Group. He is an innovator in the design and delivery of "future leaders" training programs and has unique expertise in designing and facilitating leadership development programs that emphasize increased personal mastery and productivity in up-and-coming leaders. In his client work, he counsels on best practices to drive behavioral change, motivate accountability, and design learning experiences that accelerate leadership capacity-building. He has co-taught the Personal Mastery and Leadership session since 2003.

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 many leading firms across the country. He has also assisted firms in establishing corporate universities, internal leadership development, and leadership succession programs. He has designed and delivered leadership, project management, and coaching training programs attended by thousands of professionals.

He is a principal SEI faculty member and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Kyle lectures widely and has published numerous articles on leadership, the future of the design professions, and other aspects of the A/E industry. He co-authored, Value Redesigned: New Models for Professional Practice, published in 2005, with Susan L. Harris.

Rod Hoffman, PE is co-founder and CEO of S & H Consulting, a management-consulting firm with expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, change management, and business marketing. Rod is a PE in Colorado and holds a Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Rod has over 28 years of experience ranging from designing small municipal projects to managing large international airport design work. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President with HDR as their Director of Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions. HDR is a top-ranked architectural and engineering firm with 200 offices and over 8,500 staff worldwide.

Rod has served on the ACEC National Executive Committee as Senior Vice Chair, is an ACEC Fellow, served on National Planning Cabinet, and is past Chair of the Institute for Business Management (IBM) Committee. He has been active in ACEC Colorado since 1991 and served in Colorado as President and chair of numerous committees.

Deirdre McKenna, Deputy Director, Business Resources & Education
Dee McKenna is the Program Director for the Senior Executives Institute, in addition to conference and convention educational programming, and education programming and administration. Prior to ACEC, she was Education Director and Executive Director of Business Programs for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), Dee has also practiced law in Washington, DC, and taught law and English in Frederick, Maryland. Dee's education includes the University of Maryland (BA), Harvard Law School (JD) and masters of education courses at University of Maryland, University College (MA).