ReFocus, ReJuvenate, ReAquaint, and Recharge at the first annual
ReConnect! Professional Engineer & Land Surveyor Idea Exchange and PDH Forum.


We’ve assembled some excellent speakers who will help you reconnect with your profession and colleagues in a refreshing way.


Thursday October 10, 2019

The Grove at South Creek

95 Foothill Road

Reno, Nevada 89511  |  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Space is limited to the first 150, so Register Now!
Price includes continental breakfast, lunch and coffee & water all day.


per person

Steve Hiner

Ethics in Engineering

Joanne Blake

Connecting Through

Nikolas Badminton

Keynote Speaker

Markus Weidner

Tech as an Amplifier - Harmonizing with Advancements in Technology
This 1-day event satisfies 8 PDH hours. Proof-of-attendance certificate will be sent after the event.


Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9:30 am

Check-in, Breakfast

9:25 - 9:30 am

Board Introduction, Welcome Greeting

9:30 - 10:45 am

Joanne Blake
"Connecting through Conversation—Savvy Networking"

Joanne Blake is an internationally known personal branding strategist, business etiquette speaker, and founder of Style for Success. She has a diverse client group ranging from corporate executives to construction workers and everything in between—including engineers and land surveyors. She’s the author of Executive Image Power and the creator of Dining for Success online video training program rated #1 by the Wall Street Journal. Please welcome Joanne Blake.

10:45 - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Nikolas Badminton


Keynote Speaker
2050 – A Brave New World

Nikolas Badminton is an award-winning, dynamic and innovative Futurist, Researcher, and Keynote Speaker who shares an awe-inspiring vision of trends that shape the future to world-leading organizations and governments. Nikolas’ insightful research and opinion has appeared in BBC, VICE, Sirius XM, CBC, CTV, Global News, City TV, CKNW, CHCH, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Techcrunch, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Venturebeat. He also hosts CTV’s Future Fridays and high-profile documentaries on exponential technologies, humanity and cultural change.

12:15 - 1:15 pm


1:15 - 2:30 pm

Steve Hiner

Engineering Ethics: Responsible Charge

Steve Hiner is the director of Product Development and Corporate Engineer for Rinker Materials. He’s a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He’s passionate about ethics and is a frequent presenter for TX BoE and TX Murdough Center.

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 4:00 pm

Markus Weidner
"Tech as an Amplifier - Harmonizing
with Advancements in Technology"

Markus Weidner serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for PENNONI, a 1200- person Engineering, Design and Consulting firm with offices throughout the Eastern US. His role focuses primarily on driving innovation in all facets of the business; for PENNONI’s clients, Markus has been instrumental in the launch and success of several new innovative service offerings, including custom software for managing energy procurement and utilization, as well as data visualization to support next generation asset management. Secondarily, Markus has led multiple internal exercises to help the organization investigate and reengineer business processes to gain greater operational efficiency and help the organization achieve better results, both for itself and for clients.

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Time allotted for additional discussion