MEGA Meeting 2017 Building the Future Workforce: Where Are They Now?

The annual Mega Meeting is an exclusive A/E/C industry event and a wonderful opportunity to promote your firm or organization. The program brings together numerous professional associations and over 200 attendees within the design and built environment.

Building the Future Workforce: Where Are They Now?


One of the biggest challenges that the A/E/C industry is facing today is the growing need to recruit new talent. Join us for this year’s MEGA Meeting where we will discuss what Georgia is doing in order to encourage young minds to engage in our industry. Our keynote speaker, Mr. Ben Hames, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development – Workforce Division, along with a distinguished panel will address what the State and other organizations are doing to help grow our industry.


Keynote Speaker

Ben Hames
Deputy Commissioner – Workforce Division
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Ben Hames is a Deputy Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), where he leads the Workforce Division, a unit focused on training Georgians for in-demand jobs and boosting the overall competitiveness of Georgia’s workforce. Currently, the Workforce Division oversees the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative, which identifies workforce gaps facing Georgia businesses; the TradeFive program, which educates the next generation about the benefits of career paths in the skilled trades; Operation Workforce, which assists returning veterans transitioning from service to the civilian workforce; Rapid Response, which helps prevent and respond to layoffs; and Georgia WorkSmart, the state’s work-based learning initiative that helps establish apprenticeship programs for Georgia-based companies. These workforce services are administered through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds under the leadership of the State Workforce Development Board.

A veteran of two gubernatorial administrations, Mr. Hames began his career in public service as Governor Sonny Perdue’s speechwriter. He also served Governor Nathan Deal in this role before being promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Mr. Hames oversaw and supported the work of approximately 60 state agencies and authorities, with a particular focus on problem-solving and coordinating interagency efforts. In addition to this coordinating role, he led a number of significant statewide projects.

Mr. Hames has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and Masters of Divinity from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.



Kenny Adkins
Apprenticeship Specialist
Office of Technical Education, Technical College System of Georgia

Kenny Adkins has been involved with training most of his adult life. As a career Army Aviation officer, Kenny conducted helicopter flight line and classroom training.  He also led developmental teams in Cobra and Chinook helicopter simulator training.  After he left the Army in 1992, Kenny honed his construction skills and remodeled homes for several years in the Atlanta area.  In 2003, he resumed his training career and began teaching carpentry and construction management for Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville.  In 2011, Kenny joined the TCSG System Office as a curriculum manager for construction and industrial programs.  For the past two years, Kenny has served as an Apprenticeship Coordinator responsible for re-introducing the concept of apprenticeship training as a workforce development tool for Georgia industries.


Scott Clark
Current President for AGC Georgia
R.W. Allen, LLC

Scott Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of R.W. Allen Construction, LLC has been in the Augusta community for over 30 years.  Since graduating from Auburn University with a BS in Building Science, he has worked his way up in the company from Project Engineer to President & CEO.  Throughout his career, his commitment to his work, dedication to his clients, and passion for achieving team goals has resulted in numerous successes and many repeat customers for R.W. Allen.

Scott dedicates much of his time to the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) as the organization’s current President.  In this role, he works closely with the Executive Committee to formulate direction and strategy for the statewide association’s programs and services.  Workforce development is a critical focus for AGC Georgia.

Scott and R.W. Allen Construction, LLC highly value community involvement.  Scott’s professional and civic memberships include:

  • President of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia)
  • Member of the Exchange Club of Augusta
  • Management Advisory Board Member for Georgia Southern University
  • Advisory Board Member for Augusta First Bank & Trust
  • Former Board of Directors and Current Member for West Lake Country Club
  • Former Board of Directors for University Hospital Foundation


Scott Marble
William H. Harrison Chair & Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture

Scott Marble is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York and was recently appointed Professor and William H. Harrison Chair of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously Associate Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he was Director of Fabrication Research from 2004 – 2008 and Director of Integrated Design from 2009-2015.

His firm, Marble Fairbanks has received numerous local, national, and international design awards including AIA Design Awards, Architect magazine’s R+D award, pa (Progressive Architecture) award and Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art commissioned their project, Flatform for the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.  Their most recently completed project, Glen Oaks Branch Library, was selected as both the Public Choice and the Editor’s Choice for American-Architects Building of the Year, 2013. Scott and his partner, Karen Fairbanks, were the Charles and Ray Eames Lecturers at the University of Michigan in 2004 and their book, Marble Fairbanks: Bootstrapping, was published on the occasion of that event. The work of Marble Fairbanks is published regularly in books, journals and news media and has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including the Architectural Association in London, the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan and the Museum of Modern Art in New York where their drawings are part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Scott received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M University.


Stephan Durham, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
University of Georgia, College of Engineering

Stephan Durham led the development of the new Civil Engineering degree program through its recent full accreditation in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Outreach of the College of Engineering.  He came to UGA from the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) in January 2012 where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.  During his 7 years at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Durham graduated over 20 MS and Ph.D. students in the area of structural engineering, concrete materials, and sustainability.  He has performed past studies for GDOT, CDOT, Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and private industry.  He has received numerous awards that include the 2016 ASCE Civil Engineering of the Year Award, 2016 Outstanding Instruction Award, 2015 Lowry Gillespie, Jr. Curriculum Enhancement Award, 2014 American Concrete Institute Young Member Award for Professional Achievement, the 2013 Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education Award, 2012 University of Arkansas Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, and the Walter P. Moore Jr. Faculty Achievement Award.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in surveying, structural materials, construction management, reinforced and prestressed concrete design, and advanced concrete materials. Much of his instructional collaborations are with the UGA’s Archway Partnership and J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.  His research interests include concrete materials, structural concrete, concrete pavements, sustainability through material selection and design, and interdisciplinary research that links engineering with education and the arts. He obtained his BSCE, MSCE, and Ph.D. in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from the University of Arkansas. He is a licensed Professional Engineering in the state of Georgia.


Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM
Vice President
JDB Engineering Inc.
Board of Directors, Society for Marketing Professional Services

Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry. He is vice president and chief marketing officer for JDB Engineering, Inc. and two affiliate companies. Scott currently serves on the SMPS board of directors and is a former trustee and past president of the SMPS Foundation. A regular speaker at industry events, he has given more than 200 presentations to local, regional, and national events of SMPS, AIA, ACEC, AGC, PSMJ, SDA, ASCE, IFMA, USGBC, and others. A widely-published author who has written 15 books, Scott writes Marketropolis, the sales and marketing blog on the Engineering News-Record His articles have been featured in Professional Services Management JournalProject ManagementA/E Marketing JournalThe Zweig LetterRevolutionary MarketingConstruction Executive OnlineThe Marketer, and The Military Engineer, among others. He co-authored the SMPS Foundation book, A/E/C Business Development – The Decade Ahead, and wrote the recent SMPS publication Sell. Do. Win Business. How A/E/C Firms are Using Staff to Win More Work. Scott regularly presents about the importance of personal branding, and authored the book Reputation Design+Build: Creating Winning Personal Brands for Engineering, Design, and Construction Professionals. He is a Certified Professional Services Marketer and a Fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.


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Event Schedule:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Registration, Exhibits, Networking
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM    Lunch & Networking
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM      Keynote Presentation
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM        Panel Discussion


$65/person until August 25
$75/person after August 25
$85/person walk-in

Special Thanks to the Following Associations and Sponsors:



September 19, 2017
11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

The Ballroom at the Carlos Center
2500 Clairmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

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