These Winners showcase the positive effect of using the Find the Lost Dollars Business Management Assessment and Training Program to change the mindset, behavior, reputation, and financial results of their A&E firm!

The Find the Lost Dollars™ Client Awards were designed to recognize our clients who have realized the greatest financial impact, culture change, business process and systems improvement and individual employee performance improvement as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program.

The Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program enables Architectural, Engineering, and Environmental consulting firms to improve financial performance and differentiate their value by being able to save their clients’ money because of careful management of scope and budget.

AEC Business Solutions is committed to ensuring that all of our clients see a measurable increase in profits as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars Training Program. In fact, that is our brand promise!!

Winners were announced and Awards were presented on September 12th at the AEC Profitability Summit 2019, Tysons Corner, VA.


Standing out from dozens of submittals, we are proud to announce these firms and individuals as the Find the Lost Dollars Client Award Winners in the following categories:



FIRM that has FOUND THE MOST DOLLARS as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program


Commonwealth Associates, Inc. – Jackson, MI 



FIRM that has had the HIGHEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN PROFITS as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program


IBI Group – Houston, TX


FIRM that has had THE BIGGEST CULTURE CHANGE as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program


Hillmann Consulting. – Union, NJ 



FIRM that has had the MOST IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PRACTICES as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program





Kleinschmidt – Pittsfield, ME


INDIVIDUAL professional who has FOUND THE MOST LOST DOLLARS for his/her company as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program


Commonwealth Associates – Jackson, MI


Kevin Orban 

Associate Director of Substation Engineering



INDIVIDUAL nominated by their firm for EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE as a result of completing the Find the Lost Dollars™ Training Program



QK – Bakersfield, CA

Jaymie Brauer

Principal Planner

Really, All of our Finalist Clients are Winners

These firms Found Lost Dollars, improved their culture, trained their employees, improved their business practices and in turn improved their ability to serve their clients.

Learn more about our Finalist firms:


Banning Engineering – Plainfield, IN

Banning Engineering is an award-winning, multi-dimensional civil engineering and surveying firm that offers a wide variety of services including site engineering, land surveying, stormwater resources, water and wastewater services, and GIS services.  Founded by Jeff Banning in 1994, Jeff’s vision was to create a company that would represent his values, character and passion. Over the last 25 years, Banning Engineering has matured and grown into an organization of skilled individuals who have a similar vision and dedication. Our team of professional engineers and surveyors is committed to making ‘Your Project Our Priority’. 

Commonwealth Associates – Jackson, MI

Commonwealth Associates, Inc. (“Commonwealth”) is a 100% employee-owned and managed engineering and consulting firm profiled among the 2018 Top 10 Electrical Design Firms in the nation by EC&M magazine.  Every day, our team of nearly 300 project managers, engineers, environmental experts, real estate brokers, licensed UAV pilots and other team members combine their talents to influence and shape the secure energy future.  We do this by collaborating and innovating to meet the emerging needs of our utility, IPP, governmental, industrial and institutional clients.  We also provide leadership to the industry through our professionals’ active involvement planning and presenting at industry conferences and serving on the committees that are writing tomorrows standards today.  Our primary focus areas include: Power Generation and Energy, including Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids; Electrical System Studies; Transmission and Distribution Line Engineering; Substation Engineering; Environmental and Permitting Services; Land and Right of Way Services; and Owners Engineering.  Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, Commonwealth has offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; Orlando, Florida; and Spokane, Washington.   

Davey Resource Group – Kent, Ohio

Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG) is a multi-faceted, client-centered consulting enterprise that is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company. Headquartered in Kent, Ohio DRG has 3 main focus areas–utility vegetation management; asset management; and environmental consulting. The environmental consulting team provides ecological services; ecosystem restoration; water resource engineering; stream and wetland mitigation services; permitting and compliance; threatened and endangered species; archaeological investigations; GIS/IT services; and urban forestry consulting and environmental planning. DRG is passionate about the client experience and is committed to providing solutions through innovation and expertise.


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Hillmann Consulting – Union, NJ

Hillmann Consulting, LLC has been a well-recognized leader in the Environmental Consulting, Risk Management & Loss Control, Construction Services, and Construction Risk Management industry since 1985. By linking our enduring company values with the values and priorities of our clients, we provide a unique approach which combines our expert technical skills with a strong understanding of our client’s business objectives. Our firm was originally established serving mainly commercial properties located in New York City, which is one of the most complex, highly regulated, aggressive markets in the country. This early experience afforded us the unique opportunity to be mentored by some of the most experienced engineers and managers at top developers and banks for over 30 years now. We offer a comprehensive range of services and continue to expand our service capabilities in an effort to meet the changing needs of our clients.


IBI Group – Houston, TX

From high-rises to industrial buildings, schools to state-of-the-art hospitals, transit stations to highways, airports to toll systems, bike lanes to parks, IBI Group designs every aspect of truly integrated cities.

Our collaborative approach focuses on future-forward solutions. We’re bridging the gap between design and technology, unlocking new potential in data-driven environments.

At IBI, we believe in cities built upon intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and the human touch.



Kleinschmidt – Pittsfield, ME

Kleinschmidt Associates performs engineering, regulatory and environmental consulting for North American ener­gy companies and governmental agencies who strive to protect and enhance the natural environment without compromising performance. We work at the intersection of regulatory requirements, environmental science, and engineering solutions to achieve our client’s objectives. 

For over half a century, Kleinschmidt has continually delivered new ideas that offer practical solutions to tough problems and sensitive issues. Our goal is to bring energy, water, and the environment into balance so future generations will thrive. For more information, visit 

Providence Engineering – Baton Rouge, LA

Providence is a nationally recognized engineering, environmental, and disaster recovery consulting firm offering comprehensive services. Areas of expertise include environmental, engineering, planning, disaster recovery, technology and software, placement, surveying, architecture, and other support services. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, the organization has grown to more than 100 employees using its high-quality talent and mutually beneficial partnerships to produce environmental solutions for its clients worldwide.  


The company name, by definition, means “making provisions for the future” –  and this long-term, future-focused approach guides the firm’s work on every project. As an employee-owned company, Providence’s unique culture is the foundation of its strength, influencing everything from the people it hires, to its project approach, and client relationships. Starting with its mission, vision, and values  – each meant to inspire and motivate, the driving force of Providence is to provide for the future of its clients, employees, and communities. 

QK – Fresno, CA

QK has a diverse staff of 110 employees in six California offices – Bakersfield, Porterville, Visalia, Clovis, Merced, and Roseville.

QK is built on five distinct areas of expertise that work together to make the built environment possible. We have the industry’s most creative professionals in:

  • Engineering Design & Construction Mgmt
  • Survey & GIS
  • Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
  • Biology & Environmental Permitting
  • Planning

Within these five areas of expertise, QK’s specialized experience helps visionary clients throughout California. Our services include:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Utility Coordination
  • Construction Management
  • Labor Compliance
  • Land Surveying
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Land Use Planning
  • Environmental Planning
  • Biological Resources
  • Environmental Permitting

Since 1972, QK has successfully partnered with cities, counties, state agencies, private clients, and other public agencies, to use our talents and services in the development of efficient solutions that have lasting positive impacts. These efforts result in the establishment of sustainable communities that offer a better quality of life.

T-O Engineers – Spokane, WA

Founded in 1984, T-O Engineers is a full-service civil engineering firm with a dynamic team of over 130 talented professionals across Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Utah.

With decades of experience providing quality consulting, planning, and engineering services throughout the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West, T-O Engineers provides you a level of expertise and network of contacts you expect from a large firm while providing responsive, personalized service you expect from a local company.

Providing our clients with innovative solutions, we deliver with integrity and responsiveness from start to finish. We work to understand you, your goals, and your projects to ensure your projects are a success.

We enhance our communities through our focus on producing excellent work and reinforcing positive relationships, and by partnering with others who strive to do the same. We think beyond the deliverables and consider the impact projects have on people, communities, and the environment. This process begins within the walls of our offices.

We value hard work and dedication as well as the personal lives of our employees and their families. We are large enough to be able to provide valuable opportunities for our employees, but small enough to feel like and function as a well-oiled and tight-knit team.

We provide our employees a career path they can be proud of while supporting a healthy work-life balance. Not only are we fun to work with, but we pride ourselves on being fun to work for. We value honesty, professionalism, responsiveness, and fun!