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2019 Best Firms and Hot Firms

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2019 Best Firms and Hot Firms

By Kyle Ahern | Data collected from Best Firms To Work For and Hot Firms continues to provide valuable insight into the AEC industry.

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2017 Hot Firm/Best Firm snapshot

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Hot Firms show tremendous growth, and Best Firms clearly preparing for the future. By Richard Massey Managing Editor The top 25 Hot Firms this year showed the industry what it means to grow. On average, the Top 25 grew by 129 percent in terms of three-year percentage growth, and by more than $43 million in terms of dollar growth. While the Top 25 were clearly ahead of all the other firms, those that appeared on the list from 26 through 100 had nothing of which to be ashamed. Firms in the lower quartile, for example, still grew by an average...

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Conference call: David Wantman

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Conference call: David Wantman

CEO of Wantman Group, Inc. (#5 Hot Firm and #19 Best Firm Multidiscipline for 2016), a 310-person engineering consulting firm based in West Palm Beach, Florida. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent “The easiest work is repeat work – they know us, we know them – and the whole process just runs smoother,” Wantman says. A conversation with David Wantman. TZL: What’s your philosophy on fee/billing and accounts receivable? How do you collect fees from a difficult client? DW: Cash flow is the heart of any business, and it’s something we actively monitor at many levels. First, we use an escalation-based process,...

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Atlantic shores

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Atlantic shores

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up. Cast your net again and chances are you’ll catch another fish. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent Rob Matthews, president of Matthews Design Group, Inc. (#10 Best Firm Civil for 2016) worked for several different companies, both big and small, before forming his 27-person firm based in St. Augustine, Florida. He says that while he liked the opportunities available to him at a large company, he preferred the more intimate, personal feel of a small one. “I always wanted to build something from scratch to make it the best of what I saw...

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A worthwhile self-appraisal

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HELIX CEO Michael Schwerin headed into the New Year with double-digit profits and a strong book-to-bill ratio. By Liisa Andreassen Correspondent In 2001, Michael Schwerin started as an assistant environmental planning group manager with HELIX (#4 Best Firm Environmental for 2016) a 120-person firm based in La Mesa, California. Over time, his management responsibilities increased, and he went from assistant group manager to group manager to vice president. In 2008, the firm’s founder and first generation CEO retired. By that point, an internal ownership transition via an employee stock ownership plan was in place and he was selected from a...

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