What’s Next? PE Careers, the New Normal and the Rise of the Gig Economy – How You Can Build a Sustainable Career for the Future
Join experts from Kelly Engineering, the third-largest engineering staffing firm in the U.S. along with Tricia Hatley, P.E., F.NSPE and the 2020–2021 President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) as they break down the current state of the engineering employment market and provide insight into the hottest workforce trends of the future, including the rise in the gig economy. Rick Guerra, P.E., F.NSPE and current President, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) will moderate as the panelists share insights, predictions, and expert advice for EITs and PEs looking to build a fulfilling and sustainable career for the future.
Tricia Hatley, P.E., F.NSPE
Executive Vice President Operations, Central Plains and Southeast US Regions
Freese & Nichols
She serves on numerous committees within the organization. Tricia is a Past President of NSPE and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers where she served in numerous leadership roles and is now a member of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers. Additionally, she is a Principal and Vice President at Freese and Nichols, Inc., an engineering, architectural, and environmental firm with offices throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. She has been with FNI for 27 years and prior to that she worked at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Tricia obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1993. She is responsible for the firm's offices in Oklahoma, and her technical background is in the design of highway and urban roadways and drainage analysis.
Rick Guerra, P.E., F.NSPE
Jose I. Guerra, Inc.
He is President/CEO, and majority shareholder of Jose I. Guerra, Inc., a full-service facilities engineering firm with offices in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The firm provides a comprehensive range of Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering services to clients throughout the State of Texas.
Rick has been an active member of NSPE since 1994. He is the current NSPE President and was Pas President of NSPE-Texas in 2017 and has served on numerous committees and tasks forces at the national level. In 2018 he was named a NSPE Fellow.
He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1982 and his MS in Engineering in 1988, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and California. In 2007, Mr. Guerra was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as the Licensed Professional Engineer Member of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, where he served until 2019.
Director, Engineering Domain Intelligence
Maria Groszek is the director of engineering domain intelligence for Kelly Engineering, the third-ranked engineering workforce solutions provider in the U.S. that connects more than 10,000 engineering candidates each year with opportunities on the cutting edge of their fields. In this role, she is responsible for engineering development within targeted specialties, providing market-focused engineering knowledge necessary to build Kelly’s expertise in specialty engineering, and evaluating new markets, geographies and talent solutions.
Maria graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and earned a certificate in artificial intelligence from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Susan Walsh is the recruiting manager for Kelly Engineering’s specialty recruiting team. In this role, she is responsible for leading a nationwide team of engineering recruiters who source specialized talent for key industries, including architecture, engineering, and construction; medical devices and pharmaceuticals; semiconductors; automotive and sustainable mobility; and renewable energy.
Susan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from Vanderbilt University. She has also completed the Communications Officer Ashore program with the U.S. Navy in Newport, RI.
Southeast Regional Sales Manager
Ron Bergh is the Southeast regional sales leader for Kelly Engineering, the third-ranked engineering workforce solutions provider in the U.S. that connects more than 10,000 engineering candidates each year with opportunities on the cutting edge of their fields. In this role, he leads the business development team in the Southeast region of the United States and serves as the national product leader for Kelly Engineering’s architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) practice.
Outside of his role at Kelly, Ron is passionate about giving back to his community and works with organizations whose mission it is to support underserved youth. When he is not connecting talent to career opportunities and volunteering his time, he enjoys the occasional round of golf. He is based in Atlanta, GA.