Regional Office Manager Embraces Business Advocacy in Twin Cities
Regional Office Manager Embraces Business Advocacy in Twin Cities
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Regional Office Manager Embraces Business Advocacy in Twin Cities
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Gene Sieve, regional office manager for Burns & McDonnell in Minneapolis-St. Paul, started in spring 2012 as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN).

It's another year, another leadership role for Gene Sieve.

Gene Sieve, Burns & McDonnell

Sieve, regional office manager for Burns & McDonnell in Minneapolis-St. Paul, started in spring 2012 as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN).

Unlike other professional organizations, which work to broaden or maintain technical skills of individual engineers, ACEC/MN concentrates on improving the business environment, bolstering the economy and planning for the future.

"Our chapter is really about the business of consulting," says Sieve, now in his seventh year as a board member and fifth as an officer for ACEC/MN. "We're heavily focused on the business side of our industry."

ACEC/MN conducts management training, provides scholarships and advocates on behalf of 150 member firms, which together employ more than 6,000 engineering and support personnel.

Current efforts include encouraging local, state and federal governments to rely on consultants for addressing their rising workloads, rather than increasing the size of government. And recently, ACEC efforts helped shelve a plan that would have assessed a 3 percent withholding tax on projects receiving federal financing.

"It's not terribly glamorous and it's somewhat thankless, but the kind of advocacy we do helps our bottom lines, helps us run successful businesses and helps us serve our clients better," he says.

After starting his career at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Sieve returned home to work for a smaller firm in Minnesota before putting together the plan for a new Burns & McDonnell office in the Twin Cities.

The regional office, opened in 2007, now has more than 50 professionals handling an expanding list of projects in Aviation & Facilities, Environmental, Transmission & Distribution and Business & Technology Services.

"I couldn't be more fortunate," Sieve says. "We hire good people, then get out of the way and let them do what they're good at."

Contact Gene Sieve at 952-656-3636.

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