In roundtable discussions, Partners engage in open conversations about topics that are critical to project success, such as project delivery innovations and proven best practices. Programs provide a forum where Partners can compare experiences, present case studies, and share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of our industry.

Currently, participation in programs is reserved to COGENCE Partners. Program outcomes are shared here on the COGENCE website.

As we move forward, we anticipate holding outreach programs to create more opportunities for learning and conversation.


January 2023

NEO: Collaborative Project Delivery

  • Our January 2023 NEO Roundtable focused on Collaborative Project Delivery. Our speakers included, Jeff Appelbaum of PMC / Thompson Hine, Pen Wolf of Cleveland Clinic, and Patti Choby of The Cobalt Group. They discussed the benefits and some of the inhibitors of IPD project delivery method. We also heard from Carter Edman, City Architect for the City of Cleveland.
  • Please see the attached COGENCE Presentation (PDF) from our January 2023 roundtable
  • Contact with questions
January 2023

Southwest: Key to CAPEX Leadership

November 2022

NEO: Leadership Transition: Preparing for the Next Generation

  • Our November 2022 NEO Roundtable focused on Leadership Transition. Our speakers included: Carter Edman, City of Cleveland; Sandra Madison, Robert P. Madison International; Andrew Clark, R.W. Clark Co.; Jennifer Kalin, RE Warner. The discussion was centered on transitioning among leaders and the planning or lack of that surrounds the process.
  • Please see the attached COGENCE Presentation (PDF) from our November 2022 roundtable
  • Contact with questions
October 2022

Southwest: Unite Design and Construction with Prefabrication

  • Our October 2022 Southwest Roundtable theme was Unite Design and Construction with Prefabrication.
  • Please see the attached SW Ohio Cogence Presentation – Oct 2022 from our October roundtable.
  • Contact with questions.
September 2022

2022 Town Hall

Powering the Transformation of Project Delivery

Town Hall 2022 Co-Create

  • September 27th – 28th, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Join your colleagues in the design and construction community as we delve into the Transformation of Project Delivery.
  • Day 1 events will include Keynote Speaker, Lars Johansson (CoverMyMeds). With four program tracks in the afternoon covering:
    • Emergence: AI and the Why; Technology Start-Up; AI and Machine Learning Tools for Project and Safety Outcomes
    • Core COGENCE: Risks 2022; Design Assist; Keys to Project Success
    • Leadership & DEI: Culture First!; Mentorship and Empowering the Next Leader
    • (Public) Project Delivery: projects TBA; Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Following the first day event, all attendees are invited to a reception and tour of the new Columbus Crew Soccer field ( Field)
  • Day 2 events will include Project Delivery Legal Update facilitated by Jeff Appelbaum, Thompson Hine LLP;
    • Are we successful?; Emergence Focus; Project Spotlights (Private and Public); Why we were successful
    • Best Practices of Collaborative Project Delivery
    • Drive Awards presentations
  • All are welcome! To register visit the Cogence Town Hall page.
July 2022

NEO: Workforce & Talent Retention

  • Speakers Matt Danis, Shook Construction, Rachele Hill, Osborn Engineering, and Brad Berkowitz, The Whiting-Turner Co. who are members of the construction industry spoke on the current issues surrounding the workforce and ways to retain them. Rep. Addison of the 9th District in NEO spoke on DEI and government programs.  Presentation was followed by a Q&A session.
  • Please see the attached COGENCE Presentation (PDF) from our NEO roundtable.
May 2022

NEO: It’s Infrastructure Week! ARPA, Infrastructure, and the legislation that affects our profession

  • Panel of industry and government partners involved in Infrastructure, followed by a Q&A session. Our speakers included: Ahmed Abonamah, City of Cleveland; Michael Ciammichella, The Ruhlin Company; and,  Avery Pierson & Josh Prest of Sen. Rob Portman’s office.
  • Please see the attached COGENCE Presentation (PDF) from our NEO roundtable.
March 2022

NEO: Supply Chain Disruption: Time, Money, and Workforce Issues

  • This event will take a close look at the current state of the Supply Chain and provide information that is critical to all the current and upcoming projects to help you better prepare for some of the ‘curve balls’ that are headed our way. Speakers included: Michael Mammone, Mars Electric; Orli Perez, NV5; Ross Mitchell, TH Martin; Stan Hendricks, Gilbane Building Company; and, Dean Vaughn, Sodexo/University Hospitals.
  • The presentation will include research data from the AGC on the current state of the supply chain, a presentation from Michael Mammone, Mars Electric on disruption between manufacturing and distribution, and a panel discussion.
  • March 2022 NEO presentation (PDF)
January 2022

NEO: WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! Lessons Learned (the hard way) in 2021

  • Looking at the Lessons Learned from 2021
  • Speakers: Matt Janiak, DLR Group; Aaron Lobas, Karpinski Engineering; Tari Rivera, Regency Construction; Daniel Selhorst, The Albert M. Higley; Paula Selvaggio, Oswald Companies
  • January 2022 NEO Presentation (PDF)
November 2021

Close-Out and Post-Occupancy – NEO Chapter