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Herbert M. Cannon President Herb Cannon is one of the nations leading experts in the management of A/E firms. With over 25 years of "hands on" experience in the A/E Industry, Herb has held top management positions in a number of high profile firms.

Prior to founding AEC Management Solutions, Inc., he held senior executive positions at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, Burns & Roe Engineering and a CPA firm specializing in the A/E industry. Mr. Cannon has served these organizations in a variety of executive roles including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Project Management.

Throughout his 25-year career he recognized that design professionals create an extraordinary value for their clients. To a large extent the extraordinary value these design professionals create is not rewarded with a fair economic return. Herb founded AEC Management Solutions in 2000 with the simple goal helping A/E firms of all sizes earn the profits they deserve for their creative efforts.

To achieve this goal, he conducts numerous seminars and workshops throughout North America on Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, Incentive Compensation, Project Management, Ownership Transition, Financial Management and Firm Valuation. He helps firms to develop and implement strategic plans, incentive compensation programs and project management systems that dramatically improve profitability. He provides consulting services on valuation and ownership transition issues to facilitate a smooth transition to the next generation of owners. Through his extensive contacts in the A/E industry and professional organizations, he also assists firms in identifying potential merger and acquisition candidates.

Herb is an accomplished speaker, speaking to hundreds of A/E professionals each year at seminars and professional association events. He has been a featured speaker for the American Institute of Architects, Society for Marketing Professional Services, Society for Design Administration, American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Ontario Association of Architects, Texas Council of Engineering Companies Leadership Forum and is a guest lecturer at New York University on Public Speaking.

Herb is the publisher of AEC Managing Partner, a monthly newsletter for the design professional. He also has a long term consulting relationship with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, a 300-person architecture firm in New York City, acting as the part-time CFO and Director of Project Management.


"Herb brings to the strategic planning process a practiced ability to balance his role as listener and facilitator with that of a leader and implementer"
Graham Wyatt Robert A. M. Stern Architects

"Excellent facilitator; enabled the firm to focus our attention and set a course of action"
David Taube Holt Architects

"Very clear action plan & now we are challenged to fulfill the vision!"
Kevin D. Shelley Schmidt Associates

"I have attended other A/E seminars facilitated by Herb & the outcome is the same - very satisfied!"
Pat Romerman Group 2 Architects Engineers Interior Design

"Herb was very knowledgeable. I would be willing to take 4 days for the course!"
-Laura Tafoya Pahl, Pahl, Pahl Architects

"My time was well spent. Lots of great ideas to put into action!"
Steve Schwicht DOWL

"Herb Cannon took all the mystery out of professional firm financial management."
Michael Divney Divney Tung Schwalbe, LLP

Herb's first hand knowledge/experience and clear presentation, style have made this a valuable experience."
Joe Tomaino Tomaino, Tomaino, Iamello Architects

"This will pay for itself 10x in fiscal 2012 and be an annuity."
Daniel E. Mossien, AIA Mossien Associates

"I wanted real usable 'to do' suggestions-not a bunch of theory-having someone who's been in the business was excellent."
Debra Lupton Tilden Lobitz Cooper

"Overall excellent seminar!"
Pam Young Civ-Tek

"Fantastic seminar! Extremely informative with great information. Very helpful book/binder."
Andrew Bowden Landscape Architecture

Ronald Dunn Dunn Associates, Inc

"I will take back some excellent ideas and areas to pursue."
Don Ferguson Giffels Associates Limited

"The course was excellent in practical solutions suggested, participation of attendees, and experience of Herb."
Brian Aikens Geotechnical Engineering

"Simply presented, easily understood, great information-Looking forward to some positive results."
Andrew Nizielski Moffat Kinoshita Architects

"Excellent content and delivery exceeded expectations."
Don Moffat Moffat Kinoshita

"Fast-moving, fun, all relevant information, great interactions with others!" 
Carl Shapiro TGG Engineers