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Successful Consulting in 2017: an IEEE Workshop

Come to this workshop and hear successful consultants share their experiences gained as they started and grew technical consulting businesses.  Learn what you need to know about the latest accounting and legal developments.  Listen to an expert describe a structured method for predicting future business trends.

Register early and save.  Save $10 by registering before midnight, September 13th.  (IEEE Life and Student Members have their own reduced rate not subject to this deadline.)

Cost for this workshop (in advance/after September 30th or walk up)

$20/$30 IEEE Members (except Life and Student Members)

$25/$35 non-IEEE members

$10/$10 IEEE Life and Student Members

Cancellation requests must be received by midnight Monday, September 18th.  Refunds will be by check and subject to a 20% administration fee.  Send cancellation requests to Bill Martino at bill.martino@ieee.org.

Walk-ins please pay at the event with cash, or a check made out to "IEEE-CTS."  No credit cards at the door, please.



  Date and Time

  Location

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  • Highland Business Center, ACC
  • 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
  • Austin, Texas
  • United States 78752
  • Room Number: 301.0

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  • Bill Martino

  • Starts 23 July 2017 12:59 AM
  • Ends 22 September 2017 11:59 PM
  • All times are US/Central
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  Speakers

Joe Redfield

Joe Redfield of Redfield Consulting Services

Topic:

The Road to Consulting

The story of one man's journey from a happy employee to cheerful independent consultant: Joe will share about his experiences entering the world of consulting, and the techniques and methods he used to setup a successful consulting business including how he identified and maintains a client base.

Biography:

Joe is an experienced Energy R&D engineer, and owner of Redfield Consultanting Services.  Joe is enjoying his role as a consultant following a 30 year career at Southwest Research Institute.  He provides his clients with technical and strategic consulting, technical leadership, and project management in the areas of electrified transportation, facility energy management, energy efficiency, smart grid, and alternative fuels.  At Southwest Research Institute Joe led teams of scientists and engineers in many successful projects and developed expertise in vehicle-to-grid charge control technologies and systems for plugin electric vehicles, energy storage technologies including Li-ion batteries and fuel cells, advanced transportation drivetrains for plugin electric, hybrid electric, and hybrid hydraulic systems.  He has authored and co-authored numerous papers published by the IEEE and SAE International.

Joe has been a long time IEEE member and volunteer.  He has held many of the leadership positions in the Central Texas Section and has served on the Region 5 Executive Committee on and off for the past 20 years.  He currently serves as the Region 5 Membership Development Chair, as position he also holds for the Central Texas Section.

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Joel Sandahl

Joel Sandahl of ZX Technologies, Inc.

Topic:

Consulting on Purpose

Joel has been consulting for more than 35 years. Successful consulting begins with “purpose."  Joel will share his approach to consulting, which has produced patented industry-changing technologies and five successful startups for the benefit of his clients and himself. 

Biography:

Joel is the principal consultant for ZX Technologies, a consulting firm that helps client companies with their business, product, and technology development needs.  He has been a consultant for more than 35 years.  Joel brings a long and successful track record of diverse business and technology leadership experience to his global clients, which includes:

  •        VP for Rolled-Ribbon Battery Company LLC
  •        VP of Worldwide Engineering for Valence Technology, Inc.
  •        Chief System Architect for EF Johnson Company
  •        President & CEO of Enhanced Messaging Systems, Inc.
  •        Director of Advanced Systems & Technology for Motorola, Inc.
  •        President & CEO for Complex Systems, Inc.
  •        Chief Scientist and Director Advanced Development for Quintron Corporation
  •        Managing Director for Simulcomm
  •        VP of Engineering for Jeff-Comm Corporation
  •        President & CEO for Cellular Technology, Inc.
  •        Director of Cellular Engineering for Harris Corporation

Joel is very active in IEEE.  He is currently the Central Texas Section PAPR Committee Chair and the Student Branch Liaison for University of Texas at Austin.  He is the recent Past-Chair for the Austin Joint Chapter of the Power & Energy, Power Electronics, Industrial Applications and Industrial Electronics Societies. 

Email:

Joe Redfield of Redfield Consulting Services

Topic:

The Road to Consulting

Biography:

Email:

Joel Sandahl of ZX Technologies, Inc.

Topic:

Consulting on Purpose

Biography:

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Agenda

SPEAKERS

Harold Ingersoll, Partner, Atchley & Associates, LLP

Accounting and Tax Issues Related to Starting Your Own Consulting Firm

Biography: Harold has over 30 years experience in tax, auditing, and consulting fields.  He also has more than 15 years experience in business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation support; and more than 10 years experience in forensic accounting.  He has been a partner at Atchison & Associates for 12 years, where he manages an accounting firm of more than 50 employees, including 6 partners.  He is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs. Harold earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas State University in 1985.

Email: HINGERSOLL@atchleycpas.com

 

Marc Miller, of Career Pivot

Looking at your Career from a Turkey’s Perspective and What to do Instead

Most turkeys are hatched into a safe environment. They are then fed everyday. Everyday is very predictable and safe. Life is really good until… the fourth Thursday of November when suddenly life as a Turkey does not look so good. Does this sound like your career?Are you prepared when your current project ends?“ Targeted Job Search” is a system which will give you a step by step process to avoid looking like a turkey when your project comes to an end.

Biography: Marc Miller’s career journey includes 22 years at IBM, several thriving tech startups, a painful stint as a high school teacher, a gig raising funds for the Jewish Community Association of Austin and a near fatal bicycle accident that changed his perspective forever.The most crucial lesson learned while wandering the career desert: Most people don’t really know what makes them happy at their core. Pursuing money, status, and skills provides some level of satisfaction, but not contentment. Others have figured out what they need, but don’t know how to chart a course to get there.As an active member of the Launch Pad Job Club, Marc found himself counseling friends and associates on their career journeys and realized he’d found his vocation. He now uses his extensive training experience to help others—especially Baby Boomers—find careers that they can grow into for the decades that lie ahead.Marc is passionate about his work and the clients he serves. He’s taught in more than 35 countries and helped clients from many industries.

Email: marc@careerpivot.com


David Smith,
 CEO of Strategic Pathways

Framework for Working in the Future

This talk will present a framework which has been used successfully for predicting the future and as a basis for future strategy. It has been used with many of the Fortune 100, state and federal agencies and small and medium-size business. It is built up on the premise that there are six different views for looking at an understanding the future. That by using the six views your accuracy increases and the insights give you a competitive advantage. This presentation will give you many new tools for your consultant’s toolbox.

Biography: David is business leader, futurist, keynote speaker, and wicked problem solver. He has extensive experience making information driven projections to uncover growth opportunities arising from global R&D breakthroughs, new processes, and service capabilities. He also has led the development of an Electronic Health Platform with social networking features which connect doctors, patients, care teams, pharmas, ancillary healthcare providers, and even extended care teams such as fitness and diet care teams. It also harnesses the power of Data Science, Big Data, and distributed clouds to extract meaningful knowledge and wisdom from the health platforms to allow change, improvements, and transformation to occur at all levels from private practices, large health organizations, insurance, pharma, providers to healthcare and the government. David has been CEO of Strategic Pathways for 24 years, and CEO of Social Care for 4 years.

Email: David_Smith@strategicpathways.com

 

 

Agenda

12:20  -- 12:50     Registration and Networking

12:50  --   1:00     Welcome & Opening Remarks

  1:00  --   1:40     "The Road to Consulting," Joe Redfield of Redfield Consulting Services

  1:45  --   2:25     "Consulting on Purpose," Joel Sandahl of ZX Technologies, Inc.

  2:30 --   3:00      "Advice from an Accountant for Those Starting a Consulting Business," Harold Ingersoll of Atchley & Associates, LLP

 

                              20 min. Break

 

   3:20  --   4:00     "Looking at Your Career from a Turkey's Perspective and What to do Instead," Marc Miller of Career Pivot

   4:05  --   4:45     "Framework for Working in the Future," David Smith of Strategic Pathways

   4:45  --   5:00     Networking



The Consultants Network meets monthly, normally on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.