Industry Professionals are important constituents of ACCE; in fact, Practitioners are equal partners with Educators in the creation and continued leadership of ACCE. Practitioners provide valuable input with regard to the creation of accreditation standards and practices. In addition, they offer extensive support services to their associated academic programs. The information and resources provided here were primarily developed and delivered at the annual "IAB Event" held each February at the Mid-Year ACCE Meeting. IAB or Industry Advisory Board.

This annual program provides real value to Industry Professionals and IAB Members by:

  • Increasing the understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a member of an IAB.

  • Developing meaningful industry participation at the local IAB level.

  • Developing and supporting a network of industry professionals who can exchange ideas in an open forum.


Industry Advisory Board Meeting

2022 ACCE Midyear Conference

August 23, 2022

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IAB Events
2022 ACCE Industry Advisory Board Event 

Take Your Industry Advisory Board to the Next Level! 

The only event of its kind, ACCE's IAB Event is a "must attend" program for Advisory Board Members and Program Chairs. - Whether you belong to a long-standing IAB, or are in the early stages of pursuing accreditation, attend this event to share and compare what has been most successful for Industry Advisory Boards and Construction Programs across the U.S. 

This event, as part of the 2022 ACCE MidYear Conference, will kick off a great week for Construction Education. Two additional organizations, AIC and NEF, will be joining us that week with their annual meetings being held at the same venue throughout the week.

ACCE events are a great way to build relationships with educators, to provide input for program curriculum, and to network with industry peers and colleagues from across the country. 

Plan Now to Join Us at the OMNI Las Colinas Hotel in Las Colinas, TX (near Dallas) on February 23, 2022! 

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February 23, 2022


7:00 am – 8:00am Registration & Breakfast


8:00 am – 8:15am. Call to Order, Greeting, Introductions and Orientation:  Susan Labas, van Zelm Engineers


8:15 am – 9:00am.  IAB Self-Assessment and Benchmarking

 Charlie McIntyre, IUPUI

On an annual basis, all ACCE committees perform a self-assessment of their meetings and activities (what did we do and how well did we do it?).  ACCE Accreditation Standards require “Outcomes Based Assessment” for all construction programs (what did we do and how well did we do it?).   Following that line of logic and accountability, a construction program IAB should ask … what did we do and how well did we do it?  This session provides some practical tools on how to accomplish that challenge.


9:00 am – 9:45am  Developing a Tactical Roadmap for Your IAB 

Richard Gebken, Missouri State / Doug Fronick, APAC-Central, Inc.

IAB Members are sought out for their leadership qualities and industry knowledge. Private sector leaders are particularly results-oriented, expect timely follow through, and have their own vision and ideas regarding what a Construction Management Program needs. A tactical roadmap is an excellent tool for defining an IAB’s direction and establishing a process that gets all stakeholders engaged and pulling in the same direction. This session will describe the process for creating your own roadmap, the elements it must include, and how to build accountability for implementation.

9:45 am –10:00 am BREAK


10:00 am –10:45 am Workforce Demographics and Knowledge Transfer

Dhaval Gajjar, Ph.D. and Vivek Sharma, Ph.D., Clemson University 

Construction industry is facing a significant workforce challenge resulting in knowledge loss. Essential, competitive, critical knowledge is walking out the door daily, so addressing the issue is a priority. With baby boomers reaching retirement age, highly experienced employees are leaving en masse taking with them decades of intellectual capital in strategies, products, services, relationships, and how-to -invaluable organizational memory. This session will focus on encapsulating workforce demographics in southeast region and the urgency to develop and implement knowledge transfer strategies. 


10:45 am – 11:30 am Industry Association Involvement and Partnerships in Support of Construction Management Programs

 Dan Belcher, NCCER  //  Panel TBA

  • Learn how ACCE Association Members Support Career Pathways through Student Chapters

  • Partnering Opportunities for Construction Education Programs, Research, Financial Support, Awards & Scholarships


11:30 am – 12:00 noon Benefits of Serving as a Guest Lecturer and Adjunct

 Gerrad Delatte, Excel Group / Tony Lamanna, ASU

Construction Management students can benefit tremendously from an active industry presence in the classroom. This session will address the process and expectations for industry professionals who have an interest and aptitude for sharing their experience in an academic setting. 


12:00 pm – 1:15pm Lunch /Networking  Initial Greeting/Announcements by Steve Nellis, ACCE President

1:15 pm – 2:15pm  TRACK I

Beyond the Economy: The Future of Construction Management Programs

Stevie Toups, CEO, Turner Industries 


Although Construction Management Programs have been impacted by recent economic events, demand for CM graduates from 2- and 4-year institutions has remained strong. To construct buildings with an anticipated lifespan of 50 years, requires an ongoing future focus. This dynamic and extremely experienced presentation panel will collectively gaze into that future. Their goal: to predict how to grow and evolve our Construction Management Programs for the purpose of increasing value – and demand – for the students they graduate. 


2:15 pm – 3:15pm Roundtable: Synthesis, Discussion and Take-Home Lessons

Moderator TBD

1:15 pm – 3:15pm  TRACK II

Initial Visiting Team Training (annual)

Trainers - Al Bleakley/FIT; Alan Bond/CSU Chico

It’s important to have industry practitioners represented on every Visiting Accreditation Team! If your time with ACCE is limited to February 16th, we hope you will consider attending this training session. The training will qualify you to participate in a visiting Team as a Member in Training (MiT). After completing this initial visit and completing Advanced Team Member Training and Visiting Team Case Studies Training, you will be a fully qualified visitor. The purpose of the Visiting Team is to evaluate a program based on the institution’s stated goals and objectives, and to verify compliance with ACCE standards and criteria in those areas that cannot be determined without visiting the institution.

3:15 pm – 3:30pm. Closing Remarks and Resolutions: Charlie McIntyre, IUPUI  


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Welcome to ACCE!  Networking & Reception at:        TBD


6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Industry Advisory Board Dinner & Networking at:    TBD

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IAB Event Handbooks

2022 -- CEC Irving, Texas

2021 -- Virtual Event

2020 -- Jacksonville, FL

  • Workbook


2019 -- Houston, Texas

  • Workbook


2018 -- Tucson, Arizona

  • Workbook


2017 -- Orlando, Florida

  • Workbook


2016 -- Mobile, Alabama

  • Workbook


2015 -- Long Beach, California

  • Workbook 


2014 -- Tampa, Florida

  • Workbook


2013 -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Workbook


2012 -- Phoenix, Arizona

  • Workbook


2011 -- Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Workbook