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Industry Event: AEC Industry MEGA Meeting

September 14, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, September 14th for the return of the biggest networking event in the AEC industry in Georgia – the 2021 Mega Meeting!  This year, we’re excited to be returning downtown to the Georgia Aquarium for an in-person event.  Come network and learn with 300+ of your industry colleagues from across the following professional associations:



Securing Georgia: Designing And Building With Security In Mind

This year’s topic will focus attendees’ attention on the changing needs for safety and security in the built environment and guide attendees through best practices to securely and safely design and build in Georgia. Keynote speaker Harlan Proveaux, with the Georgia Emergency Management / Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), will fill attendees in on the things at risk in Georgia and the threats that Georgia faces to its infrastructure, economy, and people.

Following this compelling keynote, we will have a panel of experts in the industry discussing how to apply these concepts to the day-to-day work our industry does to create a safer and more secure Georgia. The panelists will discuss critical infrastructure assessment and mitigation, cybersecurity, and more.


Harlan Proveaux
Deputy Director, Homeland Security

Harlan Proveaux serves as Deputy Director of Homeland Security at GEMA/HS. In this position, he oversees the Homeland Security Division which includes operations, intelligence, critical infrastructure as well as the training and exercise units of the agency.  Prior to joining GEMA/HS, Harlan served for ten years at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) as manager of Savannah Regional Police Academy. He was recruited to join the GPSTC staff after a highly successful and diverse law enforcement career. He has also served as a Law Enforcement Game Warden with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Ware County Sheriff’s Office, and as a Magistrate Court Judge of Ware County.

Harlan earned his master’s in public safety administration from Columbus State University where he now serves as adjunct professor teaching Critical Incident Management.


Warren Shepard
Manager, Critical Infrastructure 

Warren Shepard is the manager of the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources with the Georgia Emergency Management and  Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS).    Before joining GEMA/HS, Mr. Shepard served as a law enforcement officer for over 27 years in Kissimmee, Florida; retiring at the rank of captain.  He served as the director of communications for his agency’s public safety answer point, technology coordinator, commander of the SWAT Team, and as the commanding officer of Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Support Services Divisions during his career.

Mr. Shepard is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he earned a Masters in the Administration of Criminal Justice.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 232.  After  completing the required course work, Mr. Shepard obtained his Certification in Emergency Management in Georgia  (GA-ACEM) from GEMA/HS.  He has also completed both the Basic and Advanced Crime Prevention Through Environmental and Design (CPTED) training programs.

Walter L. Barber
Safety and Emergency Preparedness Manager
Clayton County Water Authority

Walter Barber is an experienced safety, security, and emergency response professional with a demonstrated history working in public safety and the utilities industry. He is skilled in crisis management, emergency management, fire management, critical infrastructure protection, and emergency medical services (EMS). In his role with the Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA), he develops standard operating procedures and manages the implementation of his organization’s comprehensive safety and security program which includes company-wide emergency preparedness, response, and business continuity planning.

He is a member of the Georgia Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (GAWARN), which works to facilitate the sharing of emergency resources among members statewide as well as planning and providing training for natural and man-made emergencies.  Walter is also a member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) and a graduate of Emory University.

Norma Click
Director Airside/Landside/Cargo for Planning & Development
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Norma Click has a strong background with 14 years’ experience executing projects requiring compliance with highly technical specifications and regulations. She is responsible for leadership and management of multi-million dollar airport construction projects from planning through design, construction, and closeout. Her past experience includes 21 years in the U.S. Air Force. In this role, she is responsible for leadership and management of multi-million dollar airside and landside construction projects from planning through design, construction, and closeout and manages project activities between consultants, contractors, FAA, and airlines and communicates project status. She is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

More panelists to come!



10:30 AM – 11:45 AM  – Registration & Exhibit Hall

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM – 
Luncheon & Networking

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM – 
Keynote Presentation

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM – 
Panel Discussion


CPSM CEU’s: 1.5 hours
Domains: 1 – Marketing Research, 3 – Business Development


EARLY BIRD Registration: $75 /person BEFORE August 31st

REGULAR Registration: $85 / person AFTER August 31st

Your registration includes a validated parking fee in the Oceans Ballroom parking deck at the Georgia Aquarium.


September 14, 2021
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


SMPS Atlanta


Georgia Aquarium
246 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, NW
Atlanta, GA 30313 United States
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