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ENGINEERINGINC. MARCH/APRIL 2015 G Vol. 26, No. 2 18 25 BREAKING THE MOLD Commoditization: How to overcome a major threat to a firm's success. APP TO ORDER When an off-the-shelf app won't meet your firm's need, build one that does. 8 MAKING A QUALITY-OF-LIFE DIFFERENCE Cover Feature SENATOR ORRIN HATCH The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee takes on tax reform. Features ENGINEER-ELECT Engineers who hold public office bring a knack for problem solving to state and local government. Departments FROM ACEC TO YOU Stemming the tide of commoditization. MARKET WATCH Entry strategy for the Asia-Pacific market. LEGISLATIVE ACTION Tax reform momentum builds; ACEC urges Congress to pass longterm transportation bill. 8 How Black & Veatch's Christmas in October initiative is rebuilding homes and lives in Kansas City. LEADING THE PAC ACEC/PAC smashes fundraising records with $835,000. 12 2015 ANNUAL CONVENTION PREVIEW Join your colleagues at the 2015 Annual Convention and Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., April 19-22. 2 GUEST COLUMN 4 BUSINESS INSIGHTS 6 Land development eyes recovery from recession hangover. Learn to successfully manage your A/E business; CASE Standard of Care white paper. 46 48 MEMBERS IN THE NEWS WSP Global executive appointments following acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff. 18 25 30 39 44 50 52 MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS 2014 a record year for engineering M&A. COVER PHOTO: GARY LANDSMAN Engineering Inc. promotes the advocacy and business interests of ACEC by offering news, legislative analysis and business practice information to member firms, clients, opinion leaders and policy makers. The articles and editorials appearing in this magazine do not represent an official ACEC position or policy unless specifically identified as doing so.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Engineering Inc. - March/April 2015

Engineering Inc. - March/April 2015
From ACEC to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
Senator Orrin Hatch
Breaking the Mold
App to Order
Making a Quality-of-Life Difference
Leading the Pac
2015 Annual Convention Preview
Guest Column
Business Insights
Members in the News
Mergers and Acquisitions

Engineering Inc. - March/April 2015