ASPE Conference 2017: Join us in Denver!

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Welcome to our Annual Summit

We are excited to announce this year’s annual conference: A Mile High Summit in Denver, Colorado (July 12 thru July 15, 2017). The theme is an engaging one: The Arts and Sciences of Estimating.

Estimators face new and diverse challenges every day. Technical obstacles range from BIM and other software trends to a lack of standards facing the estimating industry. Other challenges are what we refer to as ‘soft- skill’ challenges ranging from professional team work, practical business presentation skills, and maximizing productivity and efficiency in an ever-chaotic workday. The goal of ASPE is to help equip estimators with the skills, knowledge, and tools to face and master these very challenges.

Having found many of the best experts in these fields and more to offer insight and practical implementation to support and enhance an estimator’s skillset, we invite you to join us in Denver for an exciting and engaging conference!

About ASPE

The objective of ASPE is to promote the development and application of education, professional judgment and skills within the industry we serve. Estimators, as well as other trades of Construction Engineering, must perform under the highest principles of ethical conduct as it relates to the protection of the public, clients, employers and others in this industry and in related professions.

The professional estimator must fully utilize education, years of experience, acquired skills and professional ethics in the preparation of a fully detailed and accurate estimate for work in a specific discipline. This is paramount to the development of credibility by estimators in our professional service. Estimating is a highly technical and learned profession, and estimators must understand their work is of vital importance to the clients and to the employers they serve. Accordingly, the service provided by the estimator should exhibit honesty, fairness, trust, impartiality and equity to all parties involved.

Registration Deadline and Pricing

Early Bird Registration


Deadline: May 12th

Regular Registration


Deadline: June 9th

Late Registration


Deadline: June 28th

Whats included

Welcome Reception with Open Bar – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Lunches, Award’s Dinner with Open Bar – President’s Dinner Party at the Denver Art Museum with Open Bar – snacks and drinks between educational sessions.
Breakfast is included each morning of your reservation at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver.

What is NOT included Member is on their own

Thursday night dinner – Hotel reservation – Transportation

Hotel Information Daily breakfast is included

Room Pricing: $199/ night under ASPE room block.
Book your stay under the ASPE room block at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver by June 22, 2017.
Book Online Now »
Book by phone by calling 1 (800) 774-1500 and mention the group code “ASP” to receive the ASPE room block rate.
*Pricing if not within the room block pricing: $359.
*Parking Fee: $40 (Valet Only).


Speakers in Attendance

Josh Bone

BIM Services Manager, JBKNOWLEDGE

For more than a decade Josh Bone has been implementing, training and presenting construction technology solutions to AECO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners) professionals. Having worked with some of the top technology leaders in the industry, Josh specializes in identifying best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM and mobile applications into everyday workflows. Josh started his career working with design teams, then transitioned into helping construction professionals leverage technology in both the preconstruction and construction phases.


Kenyon Salo

The James Bond of Speaking and Keynote Engagements, "The Bucket List Life"

Kenyon Salo is one of the top trainers, facilitators and keynote speakers in his field of adventure, leadership, team building, sales, inspiration and motivation. One of only six members on the Denver Broncos Thunderstorm Skydive Team he is seen each week flying into Sports Authority Field at 60+mph, ending with a soft tip-toe landing on the ten yard line. He brings to the stage over 20+ years of successful audience engagement through humor, awe-inspiring moments, prolific storytelling and edge-of-the seat content. His goal is to deliver high caliber, powerful and heart touching content to each person in the room.


Nora Burns

Speaker & Hiring Consultant

Since stepping into the world of human resources more than two decades ago, Nora A Burns, SPHR has interviewed and on-boarded thousands of candidates and new hires for positions ranging from file clerk to executive vice president. Along the way, she decided to study and evaluate the hiring process from a different perspective; and as The Undercover Candidate™, Nora participated in over a hundred interviews to gain insight into the hiring process from the candidate’s perspective. Nora is passionate about helping associations and corporations hire and develop top talent to advance their overall mission and strategy. A strong believer in community involvement, Nora is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and The Gathering Place. Originally from the Midwest, she lives in Denver, CO.

Andy Moffit, LEED AP

Director of Preconstruction, Ryan Companies US Inc

Andy is noted for his precision in the planning and design phases of projects. He uses his technical experience to assist project managers during the preconstruction phase of a project, focusing on design, budgeting and value engineering. Andy specializes in evaluating the aesthetic and functional, as well as the schedule and cost implications of all design options a customer may be considering. He knows listening to the customer and establishing clear goals and expectations early in the process will allow him to make the most impact on the overall success of a project.


Don Henrich

President and CEO, Assemble

Don Henrich is an accomplished technology veteran in both the MCAD and the AEC industries.  As President and CEO of Assemble he brings an distinguished track record of innovation, winning strategies, team building, and the ability to quickly grow revenue and market share.  Don and his wife Noel have three children, reside in Marblehead, MA and spend as much time as possible sailing on Massachusetts Bay.

Gregory R. Gidez – AIA, LEED AP, DBIA

Architect, Corporate Director of Design Services Hensel Phelps

Greg Gidez, AIA is the Corporate Director for Design Services for Hensel Phelps. Prior to joining Hensel Phelps Mr. Gidez was a Principal with the Denver firm of Fentress Architects for 26 years. As the senior design professional with Hensel Phelps, of Mr. Gidez oversees preconstruction services including procurement, design build, design assist, and design management. In addition Mr. Gidez oversees the Hensel Phelps Virtual Design Construction and Operations (VDCO) department, advancing the use of and incorporation of BIM and technology into the design and construction processes. Mr. Gidez is national speaker on integrated design and construction, and is the past Chair of the Design Build Institute of America Board of Directors, and the current Chair of the AIA Project Delivery Knowledge Community, representing alternate project delivery strategies and best practices for architects. He has served for 5 years on the Charles Pankow Foundation Industry Advisory Panel, promoting research in advanced design and construction processes.

Niel Nickolaisen

Chief Information Officer, OC Tanner

Niel Nickolaisen is the CTO at OC Tanner. He has held technology executive and operations executive positions; typically in turnaround roles. He has a passion for helping others deliver on what he considers to be the three roles of IT leadership: 1) Enable strategy and 2) Achieve operational excellence and 3) Create a culture of trust and ownership. He holds a MS in Engineering from MIT, a BS in Physics from Utah State University, and an MBA from Utah State University. He writes an enterprise CIO column for SearchCIO. He is the author of “The Agile Culture” (2014, Addison Wesley) and “Stand Back and Deliver” (Addison Wesley, 2009). Niel was the winner of the 2015 Proph IT award.

K.J. McCorry

Officiency, Inc

K.J. McCorry is an excellent communicator and has a great understanding of how companies and people operate through her diversified work experience. K.J. founded Officiency, Inc. in 1996 and specializes in improving efficiency and productivity in organizations through refining processes and systems. She has excellent knowledge of IT systems and has a superb ability to facilitate groups and teams. As a regular contributor to the Boulder County Business Report on office organization, K.J. is the author of Organize Your Work Day in No Time (published in 2005) and is currently at work on her second book, The Paperless Office. Ms. McCorry received her BA in Psychology and International Business from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado; and an Executive Masters in Business from the University of Denver.

Mile High Summit Agenda

03:00 – 08:00
06:00 – 08:00
Welcome Reception
08:30 – 10:00
Two Concrete Things That Accelerate Transformation
10:15 – 11:45
The Leadership Advantage - How to Connect, Communicate & Influence Different Personalities
12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 02:00
Keynote Lunch
02:00 – 02:30
02:30 – 04:00
Leveraging Historical Costs to Maximize Cost Intelligence
04:15 – 05:45
Microsoft Excel Skills For Estimators
08:30 – 10:00
BIM: Case Study
10:15 – 11:45
BIM Expert Panel Discussion
12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 02:00
02:00 – 02:30
02:30 – 04:00
It’s Not Actually Worse Than Death: Surviving (and THRIVING at) Public Speaking
04:15 – 05:45
Creating Time Efficiency & Managing Multiple Priorities
07:00 – 10:00
Awards Dinner
08:00 – 09:30
State of the Society Address and Q&A
09:45 – 10:45
Higher Education Panel Discussion
11:00 – 12:00
Estimating Textbook Discussion (Invitation Only)
12:30 – 01:30
Regional Breakouts
02:00 – 04:30
Rock Bottom Brewery Experience
06:00 – 10:00
President's Dinner at the Denver Art Museum