HP Connects



High-Profile is launching its first-ever, free weekly webinar series featuring discussions with AEC industry professionals, designed to discover new ways to adapt, pivot, and come together. 

Join HP Connects via Zoom each Thursday at 12 PM EST. Each week features a new guest and topic. 

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Check out past weeks’ webinars! 


Post COVID-19 Healthy Building Strategies – Using Facility Monitoring Technology for Better Air Measurement and Control

Week 13: Thursday, July 16

Guest: Tom Halgas and Tom Proietti of Flow Tech

Better air equals better outcomes. As the old saying goes, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Post COVID-19 healthy building strategies are going to rely on particle measurement and control alongside proper control of relative humidity and ventilation. In this webinar you will learn how implementing a safe, smart facility monitoring system into your building will:

  • Decrease and/or stop the spread of COVID-19, among other viruses

  • Improve indoor air quality (IAQ)

  • Provide a healthy environment for occupants

  • Increase productivity

Tom Halgas, Aircuity Account Executive

Tom Halgas joined Flow Tech in July 2014 after graduating from Springfield Technical Community College. Tom started as a Commercial HVAC Field Technician and has 5 years of Flow Tech field experience servicing and commissioning Aircuity systems for improving IEQ and the implementation of energy-saving demand control ventilation for critical airflow environments. His knowledge of the system from both a technical and operational perspective provided him with the tools necessary for the new role of Aircuity Account Executive. In January 2020, Tom began to bring his technical expertise into the new sales/management role for maintaining and expanding Flow Techs existing customer relationships in the Eastern Massachusetts region.

Prior to joining Flow Tech, Tom owned his own business and is experienced in the contracting world. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his family and bass fishing from his kayak.



Tom Proietti, Sales Engineer

Tom Proietti joined Flow Tech in 2005 with many years of technical sales experience. For the next 15 years, Tom was the sole sales engineer responsible for the education, promotion, and sales of Flow Tech’s Indoor Air Quality Improvement products including, Aircuity, a safe, smart, demand control ventilation, facility monitoring system. Tom currently serves CT, Western MA, and Northern New England with this indoor air quality-focused technology, ensuring improved occupant wellness and greater energy efficiency among the facilities in which Aircuity is installed. He is also the Flow Tech product champion of SecureAire, Flow Tech’s particle control manufacturer, and our ultra-violet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) line of products, including Steril-Aire and Fresh-Aire UV. Tom is active with local and regional AEC professional groups in CT and New England.

Tom and his wife Liz, reside in West Hartford, CT. He enjoys skiing, softball, and watching his adult daughters excel in their endeavors.



Public Construction Work and Your Bonding Program: How to Diversify and Grow Your Business in an Uncertain Time

Week 12: Thursday, July 9

Guest: Matt Leskanic and Greg Angel of Surety Bond Professionals, Inc.

The recent pandemic has prompted many contractors to examine their workload and diversify their portfolio. In this webinar Matt Leskanic and Greg Angel, Surety Executives at Surety Bond Professionals will discuss the benefits of working in the Public Sector, how public projects work, and the best way to secure them.

About Matt Leskanic, Surety Executive

Matt joined the Surety Bond Professionals family shortly after graduating from Babson College with a degree in Business Administration. As a Surety Executive, Matt helps establish new business and works with contractors and underwriters to secure the best program possible for their bonding needs. Matt’s entrepreneurial nature as well as his knowledge and passion for business, has facilitated tremendous growth within the organization.




About Greg Angel, CPA

Greg has been an important team member to the Surety Bond Professionals family since 2017. He is a Certified Public Accountant with two degrees in Accounting and Communications from the University of Connecticut. As a Surety Executive, Greg assists contractors of all types to improve their surety bond arrangements. His accounting expertise and knowledge of financial analysis allow the company to provide the best technical analysis and the most comprehensive bonding experience to clients.





Money Talk: Tips, How-to’s and Financial Must Do’s to Control your money and live your dreams

Week 11: Thursday, July 2

Guest: Jen Reid of BASE

Join us for a thirty-minute discussion on how you can organize and manage your mindset and money in times of stress and uncertainty. In this workshop, Jen will be reviewing steps you can take to increase your confidence around your money and organize your financial life to achieve a life you have always imagined that is free from financial stress. Following Jen’s Presentation, there will be a Q&A session. 

Topics will include: 

  • Creating the right mindset around money habits + your personal money story

  • Why Goal setting is important when achieving financial success

  • Money: Net worth, savings, paying down debt, Income & Expenses and Investing

About Jen Reid, Founder of BASE

Jen is a Financial Expert and Founder of Base. She offers personal financial organization and
management as well as corporate financial wellness programs.  She has spent the last 7 years immersed in the financial industry and understands that there are multiple factors that influence finances, from strategies to emotional spending. Jen started Base to support individuals with unbiased and holistic guidance to help you organize and manage your money to create clear and customized action plans. Jen works with clients on everything from starting a budget, paying off debt, savings, and retirement planning but ultimately being able to live the life they desire and dream of. 





Construction Under Pressure

Week 10: Thursday, June 25

Guests: Ellen Feldman Ornato & Jenny Drescher of The Bolder Company

The industries of AEC are fast-paced and driven under normal circumstances. Today’s environment is anything BUT normal so how do we recognize and adapt to continue to deliver projects under pressures of time, money, health & safety concerns, and external tensions?

Enter Emotional Intelligence (EQ), which is generally the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving and also the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and responding appropriately to the people around you.

Join Bolder Company principals and HP for a lively, provocative conversation about the skills of Emotional Intelligence that are either working for or against you and your organization. You’ll learn a few tools to better manage stress and a new approach to thinking about EQ.

About Ellen Feldman Ornato, Founding Partner, Bolder Company Inc.

Founding Partner Ellen Feldman Ornato has a diverse work background that includes stints as a city planner, an economic development official, and a marketing director in a large retail chain.  She is an entrepreneur at heart and owned a learning company and a marketing & public relations agency prior to launching Bolder Company with Jenny Drescher in 2014.

Ellen has extensive experience working with developers and business owners, building essential supervisory and leadership skills with rising leaders. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and blends her knowledge of Unconscious Bias, Emotional Intelligence, DiSC®, and other leadership content with a wide variety of experiential methods that make learning stick.

About Jenny Drescher, Founding Partner, Bolder Company Inc.

Jenny Drescher is an invigorating speaker and executive coach with a bold, funny style. An accomplished performance Improviser, instructional designer, and candid-yet-kind facilitator, she draws out courage and playfulness in her audiences and students. She delights in guiding people to break free of patterns that hold them back and liberate the powerful leader within.

 Jenny has 10+ years of coaching and training experience in workplaces, service agencies, and schools. Jenny’s corporate work background includes inside and outside sales, customer service and account management. She has been a certified coach since 2007


Challenging Your Core Values: Decision-making During a Crisis

Week 9: Thursday, June 18 @ 12:00 p.m. EST

Guest: Kyle Reagan, CEO of DECCO, Inc.

Many AEC firms have crisis plans and operational procedures in place to support decision-making and operations in a time of crisis. But what about your firm’s core values?  Are they truly at the heart of your organization’s behaviors, actions and decision-making in a time of crisis?   This webinar will offer guidance and insight into genuine approaches to ensure core values and guiding principles are actionable as part of business decision-making during a time of crisis.

About Kyle Reagan:

Kyle Reagan is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at DECCO, Inc. a specialty mechanical contractor providing specialized construction, maintenance, and fabrication services based in Brookline, NH.   Kyle is a graduate of Fitchburg State College and has worked at DECCO for more than 25 years in several roles including project management, QA/QC, and division management.  Kyle is responsible for development and execution of corporate strategy, while providing leadership oversight of all three DECCO Operating Groups.   Kyle is past chairman of ABC Massachusetts and a member of the ABC “Legends” Program.  He is currently a member of the ABC Massachusetts Board of Directions and incoming Chairman for 2021.  

The Path Back to the Workplace

Week 8: Thursday, June 11 @ 12:00 p.m. EST.

Guests: Tim Bailey & Jason Costello of Margulies Perruzzi

Margulies Perruzzi (MP) recently conducted a survey and solicited feedback on space usage, configuration, and employee and customer interaction. During this webinar, Tim Bailey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will share what MP is hearing from companies about their plans for returning to the workplace during and post Covid-19, and what that might look like for organizations planning for recovery. Jason B. Costello  AIA, EDAC will share how MP’s healthcare experience, including product selection and infection control, can be applied to the commercial real estate market.


About Tim Bailey:

An integral member of the partnership at Margulies Perruzzi, Tim is an award-winning architect whose leadership has played a critical role in the design of real estate development and workplace projects across the firm. An advocate for high-performance building repositioning, creative office space, and sustainable urban development, Tim often leads large integrated projects, providing expertise on the design of the building, as well as the interiors. His work bridges the shared interest of both building owners and users to create designs that successfully convey both parties’ objectives and support designations such as “Best Place to Work,” and “Top Place to Work in Boston.” Tim is a member of AIA, the BSA, USGBC, ULI, and a speaker on design insights and trends at real estate and design industry events. He has lectured on the topics of brand experience, creating a compelling and engaging Customer Experience Center (CXC), and most recently on “Covid-19 and the Future of the Workplace.” A patron of the arts and a philanthropist, he devotes time to various local charities including The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Heading Home; Boston’s leading provider of emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing for low-income families and individuals. He is an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Architecture.

About Jason Costello:

Leading our Healthcare design practice, Jason has over 20 years of experience in the design and construction of large multi-phase healthcare projects totaling over two million square feet. Jason is a sought-after healthcare thought leader and regularly speaks at regional and national conferences such as ASHE Planning Design and Construction (PDC) where he is recognized for his expertise in design trends for urgent care. He has been quoted in major media including The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and New England Real Estate Journal. He is best known for his work for MaineHealth, Spaulding Rehabilitation, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and provides a unique perspective to the challenges inherent to building renovations and additions to existing hospital campuses. Projects under Jason’s design leadership are distinguished for their ability to solve complex interdisciplinary challenges and the enhancement of the care environment for patients and clinicians. Out of the office, Jason is the Co-Director Franciscan Children’s’ Board of Overseers and is actively involved on the committee for the Boston Whiffle Ball Challenge benefiting both Franciscan Children’s’ and the Travis Roy Foundation. He enjoys taking friends and family sailing around the Boston Harbor Islands.

Design-Build: Reducing Investment Risk in a Post-Pandemic World

Week 7: Thursday, June 4 @ 12:00 p.m. EST.

Guest: Jennifer Luoni, Director of Operations, Dacon Corporation

Cost savings will be the predominant impetus for construction in a post-pandemic society.  This webinar will explore those factors and answer questions as to how the construction industry will move forward.

About Jennifer Luoni:

For the last 18 years, Jennifer Luoni’s career has focused on design-build, progressing in roles as project captain, planner, and now as director of operations for Dacon Corporation.  

Additionally,  Jennifer spent two years opening national retail stores for a lifestyle jewelry brand.  As the client, Jennifer experienced design-build benefits that cemented her beliefs in the methodology for risk mitigation, time savings, cost efficiency, and transparency. 


Technology Driven Change in our Constructed World

Week 6:  Thursday, May 28 @ 12:00 p.m. EST.     

Guest: Douglas F. Reed, President and CEO of Meridian Associates & FosterGrowth

Technology-driven change continues to accelerate. We all have experienced how technology has enabled us to respond to the COVID crisis. Might this pandemic be the catalyst for instantaneous and lasting adoption of technology into society that will profoundly re-define our business models? This informative webinar will offer a vision and guidance to AEC and facility owners on how best to emerge from this crisis. 

About Doug Reed:

Doug’s career as an infrastructure innovator in the AEC industry spans over 30 years.  He is a founding member of the Engineering Change Lab-USA, a new non-profit whose mission is to be a catalyst of change.  ECL-USA is comprised of representatives from many engineering organizations, architecture, software firms, utilities and academia. Doug is also the author of the peer-reviewed industry book, Lead A Movement: The Insider’s Guide to Powerful Strategy Execution.  Follow Doug on Twitter @fostergrowth and on LinkedIn


The Value You Bring: Getting the Most of Your Association Memberships During COVID-19

Week 5: Thursday, May 21 @ 12:00 p.m. EST. 

Guest:  Lisa Frisbie, Director of Business Development & Marketing, AGC MA | In-coming President, SMPS Boston Chapter

Your industry associations play a key role in skill development, information gathering, and networking NOW, more than ever!  Learn how to get the most out of your AEC association during this stay-at-home-order.


About Lisa Frisbie:

With more than 20 years in the communications arena, Lisa’s experience includes spearheading internal and external communications via a balance of online and offline channels, engaging clients & members, driving awareness and analyzing efforts through qualitative and quantitative methods.

Lisa’s role at AGC MA is to increase engagement with member CM’s, GC’s, Subcontractors, and Service Providers by implementing and overseeing innovating new communications and social media strategies & tools. She oversees multiple committees and their respective programming including; Building Women in Construction (BWiC) and the public relations and marketing efforts of all Chapter news, events, programs and activities.

Lisa holds a BS in Visual Communications/Business & Marketing from the University of Phoenix and an MS in International Marketing from Boston University. She currently sits on the SMPS Board of Directors Boston Chapter as Vice President and serves as an Advisory Committee Member with the AGC of America Business Development Forum Steering Committee, the Policy Group for Tradeswomen Issues (PGTI) and the Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative. (GBAAI)

Creating Your Best Home Office – Incorporating Biophilia for Wellness and Connection

Week Four: Thursday, May 14 @ 12:00 p.m. EST

Guest:  Jen Gouldstone, Owner & President of Garden Streets

Backed by evidence-based research, biophilia is proven to improve wellness, reduce anxiety, and increase performance.  In this webinar, Master Gardener and Owner of Garden Streets will share practical and fun ways to incorporate biophilia in our homes and how to utilize the principle to connect with clients and employees alike.

About Jen:

Jen has been gardening in the Northeast (MA, NY) for almost 30 years, with experience growing, collecting, and working with a wide range of plants including edibles, native plants, houseplants, tropicals, and rare species of orchids.  One of Jen’s garden designs in Seaport won the Mayor’s Small Garden Award in 2019.  Prior to founding Garden Streets, Jen was a product executive in the tech industry (Google, TripAdvisor) and has been an active member and mentor of the Boston startup community.  Jen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and MEng and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.  Jen is also a proud member of the Mass Horticulture Society as a certified Master Gardener.


Networking in Times of Chaos and Social Distancing

Week 3: Thursday, May 7 @ 12:00 p.m. EST

Guest:  Julie Brown of JB|BD

Now more than ever, we not only have to remain connected to our existing networks, we need to learn how to reach out and make new strategic connections. Join us for a conversation on how to network and develop new business during times of chaos and social distancing.

About Julie Brown:

Julie Brown believes in the power of understanding how to authentically connect people. She is a sought after speaker on the topics of networking and relationship building. She is the created of the One Minute Pro Tip Video series and her first book This Shit Works: A No-Nonsense Guide to Networking Your Way to More Friends, More Adventures, and More Success will be published in June 2020



How to Make Good Decisions in Stressful Times 

This webinar will be available via YouTube later today.                                        

Thursday, April 30 @ 12:00 p.m. EST

Guest:  Nancy Greenwald of The Construction Institute

Making decisions during the midst of a crisis with so many unknowns is stressful. We will walk through the ways we can manage stress, stay clearheaded, and avoid catastrophizing to make good decisions about our lives, our careers, and our businesses. 

About Nancy Greenwald:

Nancy Greenwald is the Executive Director of the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford. The mission of the Institute is to promote cross-industry collaboration. Its members are committed stewards of the future of the AECO industry, with a focus on problem-solving and best practices.

Ms. Greenwald has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry as in-house counsel and CFO of a design-build company. She serves on the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators as well as the AAA Mediation Panel. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School (cum laude, 1981), and an Sc.B from Brown University (Aquatic Biology, magna cum laude, 1978) . Ms. Greenwald has numerous publications in construction best practices, dispute systems design, arbitration and best practices in complex construction contracts. She is active in the Forum on Construction Law and Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association.




The Importance of Staying Visible During a Crisis

Week 1: Thursday, April 23 @ 12:00 p.m. EST

Guest:  Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM, president and CEO of Rhino PR.

Susan will discuss the importance of staying visible in the media (and social media) during difficult times and how to share your company’s message during this pandemic. She’ll also highlight what kinds of news and stories to share for maximum impact.

Please join us for this engaging discussion, and bring your questions for Susan!

About Susan Shelby:

Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM is the president and CEO of Rhino Public Relations, a full-service PR and marketing agency focused on meeting the unique needs of professional services firms. Rhino PR offers customized services based on each individual client’s goals and budget. Susan received the 2016 SMPS Boston Marketing Professional of the Year Award, which honors marketing excellence in the A/E/C industry. Follow her @RhinoPRBoston or visit www.rhinopr.com for more information about how Rhino PR can help you take charge of your PR.


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