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ASFE Schedules Fall Meeting
September 2, 2004

ASFE/The Best People on Earth will hold its Fall Meeting October 21-24, 2004 at the Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, AZ. ASFE is a not-for-profit trade association established to help its geoprofessional, environmental, and civil engineering firm members “prosper through professionalism.”

One of the few professional engineers to have served in Congress during the past half-century – L.F. Payne, P.E. – will offer the keynote address. Mr. Payne served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1988 until 1997, representing Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. He was one of the founders of the Congressional Blue Dogs and served on the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Payne will explain why engineers and other technical professionals need to be more involved in local, state, and national politics, for the sake of their professions and for the sake of the public.

Dr. Stephen Fuller, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, will describe the current state of the economy and how the current economic recovery will differ from those of the past.

William Wallace will outline the goals and business opportunities presented by sustainable development. He chairs the Sustainable Development Task Force of FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers.

The strategic application of employee benefits to attract, retain, and engage outstanding employees will be the focus of a presentation by Robin Reeves, the Health and Welfare Practice Leader at Towers Perrin’s Phoenix office.

A panel of engineering leaders will address the issue of developing leadership skills, and attorneys employed by and of counsel to ASFE Member Firms will discuss important new trends they are observing. ASFE will also unveil a suite of new model contracts and subcontracts at the meeting, and several practitioners will relate case histories of problems they have dealt with or, in some cases, narrowly avoided.

ASFE’s meeting will not be “all work and no play.” Attendees will attend a networking reception on Friday, a banquet on Saturday, and a golf tournament on Sunday.

More information about the ASFE meeting is available at or by contacting ASFE at 301/565-2733 or

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