As summer nears closer, Willmeng Construction leadership is ramping up coordination efforts for its annual mid-year retreat in Flagstaff, Ariz., which consists of a weekend of relaxation, entertainment, good eats, reflection on the value of the company’s culture and lots of laughs.
More than 70 employees, 55 spouses and 60 children attended last year’s retreat at Little America Hotel, enjoying activities such as hiking, zip-lining, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding at Lake Mary as well as a children’s fishing tournament and adult corn hole competition to name a few. Those involved with coordinating the event say employees should be ready for another action-packed, fun-filled weekend.
The mid-year retreat is also when Willmeng customarily takes time to individually recognize members of its team who made impossible projects happen throughout the year with its “Make It Happen Awards.” Last year’s winners included:
Fast Track Project of the Year: Avella Specialty Pharmacy – Chris Brown, estimator; Mike Keller, pre-construction manager; Kotresha MMJ, project estimator; Mike Mongelli, chief operating officer; James Murphy, president; and Trevor Stantus, project manager.
Negotiated Ground Up of the Year: San Tan Charter School – Chris Brown, estimator; Ken Carter, project manager; Andy Hindson, superintendent; Kotresha MMJ, project estimator; James Murphy, president; and Keith Sabia, principal-in-charge.
Negotiated GMP TI of the Year: Goodwill of Central Arizona – Viviane Beck, estimating assistant; Ken Carter, project manager; Veronica Davis, project manager; Sam Dul, estimator; Tom Fyffe, project manager; Isam Ghandour, vice president; Arun Ghosh, estimator; Tino Hernandez, project engineer; Kirk Hill, superintendent; Renee Hurtado, construction assistant; Tom Jarvis, vice president of sales and pre-lease estimating; Dean Lutgen, project manager; Kotresha MMJ, project estimator; James Murphy, president; Juan Palma, job foreman; Cody Phelan, principal; and Dan Roelle, superintendent.
Qualification Based TI Project of the Year: Microsoft– Veronica Davis, project manager; Sam Dul, estimator; Tino Hernandez, project engineer; Mike Keller, pre-construction manager; and Richard Leon, project superintendent.
Hard Bid Project of the Year: Phoenix Country Day School – Caleb Heinold, project engineer; Mike Keller, pre-construction manager; Rick Meyer, superintendent; James Murphy, president; Gail Randolph, construction assistant; and Craig Waymire, project engineer intern.
Department of the Year: Operations – Frank Solis-Alvarez, project engineer; Tino Hernandez, project engineer; Renee Hurtado, construction assistant; Kotresha MMJ, project engineer; Gail Randolph, construction assistant; and Craig Waymire, project engineer intern.
Safety Award of the Year: Patrick Smith, superintendent
Cultural Example of the Year: Sam Dul, estimator
Standout Teammate of the Year: Richard Leon, superintendent
Who do you think should be recognized this year?