Led by industry experts Everett Cowan and Ken Faulk, AE Guidanceworks side-by-side with clients to navigate the industry. From management and operations to business development and ownership transition planning,AE Guidancehelps your firm develop the optimal tactics to reach specific goals, improve the bottom line and increase market standing year after year.
AE Guidanceand its team of professionals know the architecture and engineering industry first-hand. This knowledge base ofAE Guidance'sexperts is made even more dynamic thanks to a partnership with Compass Executives, a Tennessee-based management consulting firm. This powerhouse union provides unparalleled access to C-level expertise in finance, human resources, information technology, marketing and management strategies.
Experts atAE Guidance and Compass Executives have collectively encountered and managed a variety of common issues and highly-complex problems. These professionals draw on their comprehensive experience to provide sophisticated counsel, so client firms can trust the advice they're given and flourish in the future.
AE Guidancehas provided advice and counsel to a wide range of clients since its inception. Listed below are some of our past clients and the services provided.
Mp&E Engineering, LLC
Operational Analysis & Strategic Planning
Ragan Smith Associates, Inc.
Operational Analysis & Strategic Planning
RPM Transportation Consultants, LLC
Transition Planning & Executive Coaching
"AE Guidance is an excellent one-on-one resource for executives of engineering and architectural firms for making key management decisions that will accrue positive results. What makes AE Guidance so effective and different from many other management-type consultants is its hands-on A/E business management experience of its owner, Everett Cowan. I have known Everett since 1981 when we were partners in a major engineering consulting firm headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. I consider him one of the best business managers I have ever worked with and second to none in developing a path for improving the performance of an A/E consulting firm. Any A/E firm facing major transition changes or wanting to make significant improvements in their performance will benefit significantly by employing the services of AE Guidance."-- Jim Downing, former CEO and Chairman of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
"The poor economic environment of the past several years has presented challenging issues for A&E firms. Now more than ever, there is a need for experienced leadership of the caliber Everett provides. Although we miss Everett at GS&P, we are excited for him and know that many firms will benefit from his sound counsel."-- James Bearden, AIA, Chief Executive Officer of Gresham, Smith and Partners.
"It has been my privilege to have known and worked with Everett through the majority of my 38 years as a consultant and business owner. I know him to be the consummate professional with a keen business instinct that sets him apart from most everyone else in his field. He has the valued ability to blend important technical aspects of business management with practical, real-world experience in ways that breed success. These qualities and his strong ethical foundation have allowed him to rise to the highest levels of professional responsibility and leadership. His insight and counsel are valued highly by all who know him. We all need that outside perspective at times to stay on the right track or to help chart the way across new ground; and for whatever those business needs may be, Everett has my complete trust and endorsement."-- Larry Weber, PG, Vice President, TTL, Inc.
"I had the great pleasure and privilege of working closely with Bob Paulsen from 2000 to 2010 at PBS&J. During those years Bob served as Director of PBS&J's National Transportation Business, President, COO, Chairman and CEO. Bob has deep knowledge and experience with literally all functions of A/E firms including project management; marketing and business development; strategic planning; operations management; HR/IT/Finance support and executive management leadership. Bob was one of the most well-liked and highly regarded leaders in the firm. In addition to being highly competent, Bob will be diligent and passionate about achieving success with any assignment. You're A/E firm will benefit from Bob's superior expertise and advice."-- Skip Holman, Retired President, PBS&J and former CEO, Michael Baker