ACES Luncheons

Presented by Froehling & Robertson. Hosted by the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington.

We are proud to present the return of the ACES Networking Luncheon series. ACES is dedicated to connecting professionals between Richmond and DC, from the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) industries – a sector that is very active in the adoption of Information, Communication and Technology. These luncheons serve as an opportunity for like-minded individuals to collaborate and network while hearing from industry experts, engaging in insightful conversations and enjoying a local dining experience.

ACES is not an exclusive group and is open to the public. Registration is required and space is limited for all ACES events. Spring 2023 luncheons will take place at the Fredericksburg Nationals Virginia Credit Union Stadium. There are several sponsorship opportunities available for ACES events. If you are interested in learning more, please email Rose Maddox at [email protected]

If you would like to be added to the invitation list for ACES luncheons, please complete our ACES Interest Form.

Spring 2023 Sponsors


Spring 2023 Series Platinum Sponsor: Branch Civil

Branch Civil roots itself in a longstanding tradition of serving the transportation and infrastructural needs between and within communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States. The company’s history of planting, cultivating, and growing transparent, professional relationships with its clients has established Branch Civil as a respected name within the civil construction industry of our regions. Branch Civil offers a dynamic range of services, including heavy civil construction, design-build, and site development. In addition to Branch Civil, The Branch Group includes Branch Builds, providing professional construction expertise to both the public and private sector, Hopkins | Lacy, an electrical and mechanical contractor in Roanoke, Virginia, and Charlottesville, Virginia.


April Title Sponsor: Dewberry

Established in 1956, Dewberry is a family-owned business, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 60 locations and over 2,300 professionals nationwide. With a legacy of more than 65 years of excellence, we are a nationwide firm of planning, design, and construction professionals. We create responsible and innovative solutions for those who own, operate, and maintain natural and built environments. We value lasting relationships, achieving our clients’ visions, and celebrating in their success. Our services include

  • Site evaluation and feasibility studies
  • Land planning and entitlements
  • Environmental consulting and permitting including waters of the US and endangered species
  • Cultural and historical reviews and mitigation planning
  • Surveying and GIS mapping
  • Site/civil design and permitting
  • Landscape architecture
  • Traffic and transportation analysis, planning, and design
  • Water & wastewater modeling, analysis, and design
  • Architecture, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural design
  • Industrial wastewater design

May/June Title Sponsor: Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism

Stafford County is located halfway between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. The Department of Economic Development & Tourism is the sales arm for the community, committed to advancing expansion and investment to Stafford County. As the official destination marketing organization of Stafford County, our mission is to promote, solicit and encourage tourism and business travel through marketing and media services that enhance economic activity and quality of life within the Stafford region. For more information on Stafford’s Economic Development & Tourism, visit or

Spring 2023 ACES Luncheons

Wednesday, April 12: 11:30 – 1 pm

Guest Speakers:

  • Nicholas Minor, Director, King George County Economic Development
  • Gary Wilson, Director of Economic Development & Tourism, Caroline County
  • John Holden, Director of Economic Development, Stafford County
Local economic development professionals will be providing brief overviews of the economic development projects in their areas, discussing economic growth, demographic trends, community engagement and attraction, and more during this panel. Time will be available for Q&A.
Event Pricing
  • Early Bird Rate (Available 2/20 – 3/3): $30
  • General Admission (Available 3/4 – 3/30): $35
  • Registration Deadline: March 30, 2023

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Wednesday, May 10: 11:30 – 1 pm

Guest Speakers: Devin Schuster & Eric Watts, Flint Development

Devin Schuster (Founder & Partner):

Devin Schuster is the Founder and Partner of Flint Development. Over the course of his career, Devin has secured over $3 billion in development and acquisitions totaling more than 15 million square feet across more than 35 states. Devin has an innate understanding of how to maximize opportunity in real estate and focuses his talents on identifying, acquiring, and managing new investments in development. He has a propensity for creating value-add opportunities through new development, redevelopment, and creative financing solutions. His talents are demonstrated by a proven track record of successful projects, built by creating strategic partnerships and thoughtful deal structures. His industry experience is versed, ranging from new, ground-up development projects to the disposition of stabilized investments across industrial, hospitality, retail, multifamily and mixed-use properties.


Eric Watts (Vice President of Development):

Eric Watts is an industrial development leader with vast experience across all facets of development including due diligence, entitlement, construction, leasing, and sourcing. He develops high-impact industrial facilities on a speculative and build-to-suit basis; drawing upon 20+ years’ experience to drive financially disciplined investments. Prior to joining Flint Development as Vice President of Development, Eric was the Director of Leasing and Industrial Development at one of the largest privately held developers in the U.S. During his tenure, he secured numerous Fortune 500 deals including Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot and Chewy. He was responsible for 30+ developments, accounting for over 20 million sq. ft of class A industrial space and capital investment totaling north of 1.5 billion dollars.

Event Pricing
  • Early Bird Rate (Available 4/3 – 4/17): $30
  • General Admission (Available 4/18 – 4/28): $35
  • Registration Deadline: April 28, 2023

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Wednesday, June 14: 11:30 – 1 pm

Guest Speaker: Kevin Hughes, Stack Infrastructure

Kevin Hughes is the Vice President of Policy for STACK infrastructure. Kevin leverages his experience in tech and infrastructure policy, infrastructure strategy, operations, and program management, to create a more favorable environment for data center development and highlight the benefits of the industry to policy government stakeholders at the state, local, and federal levels.

Prior to his current role, Kevin spent over 10 years at Meta advising their global policy and product leadership on how to develop policy strategies for future product development, leading a team comprised of policy, legal, and product professionals to establish global organizational strategies to adapt to new regulatory structures, working within the technical infrastructure space on data center and network infrastructure policy issues, and deploying data centers and networks as a technical program manager. Kevin was awarded a BA in Political Science from The University of Mary Washington.

Event Pricing
  • Early Bird Rate (Available 5/8 – 5/19): $30
  • General Admission (Available 5/20 – 6/2): $35
  • Registration Deadline: June 2, 2023

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About Fredericksburg Regional Alliance (FRA) 

Through recruitment, collaboration and advocacy, the FRA creates an environment to foster regional job growth. They assist existing businesses and industries with workforce development issues and help aggressively market the Fredericksburg region to corporate decision makers who are planning to expand or relocate their companies. 

About Froehling & Robertson (F&R) 

We are impassioned engineers, scientists and problem solvers partnering with clients to advance the equality and stability of every project we touch to protect people and property.”

Established in 1881, Froehling & Robertson, Inc. (F&R) is the oldest independent consulting engineer/testing firm in the United States. F&R focuses on their clients by offering construction engineering and environmental consulting solutions that are innovative, yet practical.  F&R maintains a fleet of drilling equipment as well as accredited testing laboratories that are utilized across their twelve offices. These offices, which are strategically located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, possess the local resources needed to deliver the quick, efficient and cost-effective service their clients rightfully demand. 

Questions? Contact FRA Business Development Manager Rose Maddox at [email protected]