About Michael Riegel


A/E/C Business Strategies takes a multi-pronged approach to working with our clients and helping them meet their business, professional and personal goals. We work primarily in industries associated with construction, engineering, project management, and public sector contracting. We understand the pressures on prime contractors to meet the compliance goals established at the Federal, State and local levels and can help identify, source and professionalize MWBE, DBE, and SDVOB firms to ensure value and reduce risks of poor performance. 

Coaching & Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring are separate activities. Coaching is primarily individually-based and focuses on personal and professional goals. A coaching relationship is driven by the client with support from the coach. Mentoring is more business and professionally oriented that blends guidance, advice, and direction in collaboration between the mentor and the mentee. In a mentoring relationship there are established goals and the mentor and mentee work collaboratively to solve problems and plot a path forward to achieve goals and objectives. A/E/C Business Strategies provides both coaching and mentoring services to individuals and small businesses. We can combine consulting, coaching, and mentoring activities to provide a comprehensive and holistic service for the company and owner. A/E/C Business Strategies recognizes that the separation of a small business owner’s personal and work life is very difficult and that both mentoring and consulting services addresses both of those needs. 


At A/E/C Business Strategies we inject fun, interactivity and creativity into the serious need for well-developed and targeted training. Whether you need a single training session, a multi-part training sequence, a university model, or a comprehensive leadership academy, we can partner with you to provide engaging and valuable to your employees, customers, or your organization affiliates. Our staff has provided training to a variety of public agencies, private companies, trade associations and non-profit organizations in a variety of areas crucial to the success of businesses in the infrastructure industries.

Delivering Successful Presentations

Delivering Technical Presentations to Non-Technical Audiences

Communicating clearly and concisely is important for every speaker, but it’s positively do-or-die for highly technical presentations delivered to non-technical audiences.

Financial Literacy for Non-Financial Professionals

When your staff hears about balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow, do their eyes glaze over?

Bore No More: Presentation Skills for Every Speaker

Whether you’re pitching a new business initiative, updating a client or making the case for a raise, you want to showcase confidence, competence and credibility in every interaction so that your audience knows that you mean business.

Who Is Michael Riegel?

Michael has over 30 years of experience building and leading cross-functional teams to deliver critical construction projects. He helps construction professionals, business owners, and project teams communicate and engage with increased clarity, collaboration, and cooperation. His career has taken him from the construction site to project and company leadership. Those experiences have been instrumental and guided the development of his personal and professional philosophies. Michael models the approach that the success of a project is more dependent on the way we treat and interact with others than on purely technical skills.

Michael Riegel is a coach, consultant, author, speaker, and trainer working in the construction industry and other technical and process-driven organizations. He developed an expertise in managing technical professionals, creating high-performing teams, and helping leaders grow and exceed their individual and corporate goals. He takes a people-first attitude and believes that a well-managed team is the key to success – no matter the ultimate goal.

As a construction professional himself, Michael brings insights and perspectives on the challenges and organizational dynamics that can thwart other construction professionals and project teams. In his coaching work, he focuses on building emotional intelligence, communication skills, collaboration, cooperation, self-awareness, and leadership skills, especially for professionals who work with non-technical leaders and teams. Michael’s coaching approach leverages his experience working in organizations and emphasizes practical solutions to management and leadership challenges.

Michael combines his expertise in coaching, business leadership, project management, and organizational development to help leaders and teams navigate obstacles to achieve personal and professional success. He works with clients to help them become more effective business owners, communicators, relationship-builders, problem solvers, and people managers. Michael combines his natural intellectual curiosity (the “what” and the “why”), technical and analytical skills, and ability to connect with clients to support their growth and development. He lives by the motto “what got you here won’t get you there” both personally and professionally.

His clients include Carolinas Associated General Contractors, Washington Gas and Light, Con Edison, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, National Grid, Wayfair, Electives, and Udemy. Michael is a strategic partner to the National Association of Women in Construction to build greater awareness of coaching and professional development benefits to traditionally underserved professionals, industries, and companies.

Michael is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and is the author of Build Like The Big Primes: A Contractor’s Guide to Building Your Business While Balancing Your Life and The Little Book of Big Ideas for Construction Professionals.

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Our Past & Current Clients

  • Adobe
  • American Express
  • Bank of China
  • Barclays Global Investors
  • Barnard College
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • China Aviation Planning and Construction Development Corporation
  • Cisco Systems
  • Columbia University
  • Computer Associates
  • Con Edison
  • Condé Nast
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Discover Financial
  • DraftFCB
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Halliburton Energy Service
  • Health Department of Michigan
  • Hess
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM
  • Lenovo
  • Long Island Rail Road
  • Mars Foods
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Microsoft China
  • Monster Worldwide
  • Motorola
  • Newark City Subway
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • New Jersey Transit
  • New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services
  • New York City Department of Design and Construction
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York City Department of Transportation
  • New York City Small Business Services
  • New York City Transit
  • New York City Mayor’s Office of Contract Services
  • New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • PSEG
  • Siemens
  • Skanska
  • South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization
  • Town of Huntington Parks Department
  • Toyota
  • United States Army
  • United States Army Corp of Engineers
  • United States Senate
  • Virginia Department of Transportation