Mr. Paulsen's career encompasses more than 37 years of engineering and management experience. He has deep knowledge and experience with literally all functions of A/E firms and currently serves as a management advisor in AE Guidance, LLC.
Prior to joining the firm, Paulsen retired from Atkins which acquired The PBSJ Corporation in 2010 and rebranded the company as Atkins in 2011. His 26 year career at Atkins and PBSJ included such key leadership roles as chairman, CEO, president, COO and national director for transportation services. At the time of its sale, PBSJ was a 3,500 person architecture, engineering and construction company with over 75 offices nationwide and annual revenues in excess of $750 million. A significant portion of the company's rapid growth was the successful acquisition of over 20 firms from 1989 to 2010. Mr. Paulsen played a key role in virtually all of the acquisitions. In addition to playing integral roles in his company's rapid growth, Paulsen led PBSJ's sale and transition to Atkins.
Paulsen is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies; the American Society of Civil Engineers; and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is a registered engineer in four states and received a bachelors of science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University.
L. E. (Ed) Wilson, P.E. Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant
Ed Wilson has served as an advisor for over fifty transactions in the engineering and construction services industry. These transactions have included both buy side and sell side representation as well as internal ownership transfer. For sellers, he has provided the complete range of advisory services to include establishing valuation expectations, designing and managing the marketing process, framing the deal structure, negotiating terms and ultimately closing the transaction. For buyers, he has been the principal advisor on valuation and deal structure, financing, managing due diligence and document preparation, assisting in negotiating terms, and post closure integration. The majority of these transactions were between privately owned firms, but several involved a public traded company on the buy side.
In 1993, Mr. Wilson formed L. Edward Wilson and Associates, Inc., a management advisory firm providing consulting services in the areas of strategic, organizational, and financial planning to firms and organizations involved in engineering, design construction, and operations of civil works.
Mr. Wilson serves on the board of directors of some of the largest engineering and construction companies in the United States. He was one of the early investors and a member of the board of directors of Sirrom Capital (NYSE SIR), a specialty finance company that provided mezzanine debt funding for technology firms throughout the United States. Sirrom Capital was purchased in early 1999 by FINOVA.
Mr. Wilson has been active in professional organizations throughout his career and has served as Presient of ASFE, an organization of professional firms practicing in the geosciences; he has also served as Chairman of ASFE's Council of Fellows. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on ASCE's National Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Engineering Advisors for Tennessee Technological University, where he was named Engineer of Distinction in 1989.
Richard A. Warden, P.E. Executive Adviser at Compass Executives - Construction/Construction Materials
Corporate organization is a complex process, and Richard Warden understands that the right structure is critical to optimal success.
Prior to joining Compass Executives, Rich used his more than 25 years of senior level experience to provide management consulting services to the highway construction and construction materials industries. The former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rogers Group, Inc., a leading regional construction company, Warden is an expert in managing leadership teams and directing the overall operations of a business.
Warden held several vice president positions with Rogers Group, and also served in vice presidential capacities with Herbert Materials, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University