ACECH September President’s Message


September has been another great month of ACECH events. On September 5, Brett Stewart of AXA XL insurance presented “Warning Signs of a Claim” during our General Membership Meeting (GMM) at the Japanese Cultural Center. This presentation provided situational awareness to better forecast and identify potential liability issues for the many project situations we often face. The presentation touched up on numerous scenarios that can lead to professional liability risks and informed members about recent issues plaguing our industry. A copy of Brett’s presentation can be accessed here. The GMM was followed by a Pau Hana hour where members were able to reconnect with each other. It was also nice to see some of the newer (younger) faces of our future leadership and I enjoyed my time meeting all of you.

ACECH also hosted a Hawaii Island Engineers Meeting on September 13th at The Venue in Hilo. NexTech Hawai`i presented on the many STEM initiatives happening on Hawai’i island. Comprised of students from Waiakea High School, NexTech showcased a number of their programs including FishTank learning, 3d printing, and the use of drones. Whether you’re an engineer, a tech enthusiast, or just curious about science, this event was a fascinating display of technology and our future leaders. Thank you to past President Nimr Tamimi for coordinating a wonderful event and evening.

Our next GMM is a scheduled lunchtime event on October 11 at the Oahu Country Club and will feature ACEC nationally-recognized speaker, Peter Atherton. Peter’s presentation is titled “Opt-in”, the Evolution of Current and Next Gen Employee Engagement. Please stay tuned for more information. Hope to see you all there.

Thank you to our member firms who continue to support Maui Island and its journey towards recovery. Your spirit of giving and Aloha is humbling and has echoed throughout our state. ACECH has joined forces with ASCE, AWWA, NSPE Maui, HWEA, IEEE, and SEAOH to collaborate and identify opportunities to support Maui in its revitalization. Under the name Kāpili Maui, this group is collectively working to develop short, intermediate, and long-term ways to help the Maui community. Right now, Kāpili Maui is asking all of its organization members to continue to support the following organizations: American Red Cross, Hawaii Community Foundation, and Maui United Way. Please be on the lookout for more information on how you can help and be a positive impact for Maui and its communities.