Courtney Van Ostran, CPSM named Director of Marketing for Tec

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Courtney van ostran, cpsm

Tec Inc. is excited to introduce Courtney Van Ostran, CPSM as Director of Marketing. Courtney is an industry veteran with 20 years experience in A/E/C marketing. Courtney will be based in our Columbus (Monks) office. In her role, she will develop strategy and initiatives to unify the Tec Inc. Engineering & Design and Monks Engineers brands and build awareness of the firm throughout Ohio and the region. 

An active member of SMPS Columbus, Courtney has held several positions on the board, including Chapter President. She is also involved in the planning of the Heartland Regional Conference. 

We look forward to Courtney's contributions towards the growth of Tec and Monks. Courtney can be reached by phone at 614.267.4928 or by email: cvanostran @ tecinc1.com 

With Courtney's addition to the company, Adam Kilbourne will become the Managing Director of Tec. A role focused on business administration. 

 

Lemons to Lemonade, A Story of Corporate Evolution

The saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Several months ago, Tec was given some lemons and what could have been considered a sour situation has become some really great lemonade.  So here's the story…

The Lemons Come

About six months ago, two long-tenured electrical engineering professionals left our organization and in the wake of their departure, left a hole in our project management staffing capabilities. Already feeling the weight of many projects, our Director of Electrical Engineering knew that our clients would suffer if we didn't come up with a solution that looked to the future and wasn't just a quick fix.

Initially we thought to advertise for senior level electrical engineers. This produced a large amount of resumes, mostly entry level and mostly mechanical engineering.  Not quite what we were searching for.

Our next thought was to hire a headhunter, but before investing valuable dollars, we turned the light on our existing staff (couldn't resist throwing in a lighting reference) and came up with a plan to utilize the resources we already had and make lemonade from those lemons.

Making Lemonade

Three names emerged. All three were electrical engineers. All three were seasoned employees with ten years experience under their belts. We are delighted to share that Chris Bayda, Steve Bohn, and Brandon Sargent, PE, LEED AP BD+Chave all been promoted to Engineer II (Project Engineer) and are providing project oversight services to our clients.

Chris Bayda

Chris has been with Tec since 2006. He enjoys working directly with clients and being involved in every step of the project process. He specializes in retail projects having completed the electrical design for more than 500 Circle K stores. Furthermore, Chris has served as the project manager on more than 200 of those 500 projects!

 

Steve Bohn

Steve, celebrating 10 years with Tec, started his career as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry. Since joining the team, he's transitioned to the light side (pun intended) and provides electrical engineering and project management for clients such as Lubrizol, Lakeland Community College, and The Ohio State University.

 

Brandon Sargent

Brandon, who joined Tec right out of college is our Spartan Warrior having set some lofty career goals a few years back that included: obtaining LEED AP accreditation, passing the FE and PE exams, and move up from an entry-level engineer to project engineer. Brandon even listed the length of time it would take! As of May 2017, Brandon has officially accomplished all those goals with the last check-mark in the PE certification column. Brandon's projects include: The SPIRE Institute Track & Field Building, Gannon University Carneval Athletic Pavilion, and the Parker-Hannafin Downtown Cleveland YMCA.

Our lemonade was off to a great start, but we still needed another ingredient or two.

Sweetening the Mix

Remember those resumes we received? Several of them were too good to ignore and so we welcome to the team: Michael Ferrante (Mechanical Engineer) and Nicholas Kar (Electrical Engineer).

Michael Ferrante

Michael has a BS from the University of Cincinnati in Mechanical Engineering. Although, at the time, we weren't actively looking for a mechanical engineer, we can't imagine life without him. Prior to joining Tec, Michael served as an intern for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Exact Metrology Inc., and Moen, Inc.

 

Nicholas Kar

Nicholas (or Nick as he's known around the office) earned his BS in Biological Engineering from The Ohio State University. His work experience includes Mevion Medical Systems, Henkels & McCoy, Inc., and Renovo Neural, Inc. Currently working under the guidance of Steve Bohn, Nick is a quick study learning the ins and outs of electrical engineering focused on building systems rather than biological systems.

Although we've taken a light-hearted approach to sharing these promotions and new hires, we are absolutely serious in our CONGRATULATIONS to every one of these individuals and thank them for the ongoing contributions they make to the successful outcome of our clients' projects.

Want to extend your personal congratulations to any of the team members listed above? Please feel free to leave a line or two in the comments section below.

 

W.E. MONKS & CO. ENGINEERS MERGES WITH TEC INC. ENGINEERING & DESIGN

Merger Expands Breadth of Engineering Services to Clients by Enlarging Tec's Footprint in Ohio

EASTLAKE, Ohio (May 9, 2016) - Tec Inc. Engineering & Design and W.E. Monks & Co. Engineers announced today that Monks, a prominent Columbus engineering firm established in 1960, will merge with and become part of Tec, effective today, May 9, 2016.

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Tec Welcomes Tamara Zupancic to Marketing Department

Tamara L. Zupancic | Marketing Manager

Tamara Zupancic has 9 years of experience in marketing for the A/E/C industry. As Marketing Manager, Tamara will identify, evaluate, and develop Tec’s and Tec Studio’s overall marketing program including marketing strategies and procedures. Tamara will work in collaboration with Tec’s Director of Marketing, Director of Client Development, and the Principal in Charge of Sales & Marketing to identify new market needs and demands, new client opportunities, new services and prepare comprehensive multi-year marketing plans to ensure the strategic goals for the organization are met.

Tamara has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University.

SMPS Build Business 2015

by Adam Kilbourne, CPSM

It's almost here, Build Business 2015 in L.A. Tomorrow I board the plane and head west. Build Business is the largest conference for marketers in the A/E/C industry. Tec has been a proud sponsor of the conference for many years and this year is no exception. 

There is a new program track this year called MAX, which is modeled after TEDx. I was honored to be asked to help with the planning and logistics of the MAX sessions. Working with the volunteer committee and staff we started with no funding but were able to acquire sponsors allowing us to brand and promote MAX, and get some wonderful flowers for the stages. 

In addition to the logistics for MAX, my pet project is the SMPS Member Art Showcase. We have so many talented artists among our membership and this is a way to display some of that talent. We've got a dozen art works from 7 different artists. Several of the pieces will be in the Fellows Raffle and MAX Silent Auction, with proceeds going to SMPS U. 

Highlights and pictures when I return next week. 

Tec is Hiring!

(posted 7/10/15)

Tec is growing and we're hiring! Want to work on a variety of projects in a great environment? Do you like to work on interesting and challenging projects?  Do you like to work with good people? Need great benefits (see below)? Tec Inc. Engineering & Design may be the place for you.  

Tec is a mid-size (25 people) multi-discipline consulting engineering firm designing projects throughout the United States. Our largest market is Healthcare, however, we work in a wide variety of markets. Our focus on top-notch customer service has propelled our growth.

Tec is located in a converted warehouse in Eastlake, 15 minutes east of downtown with excellent access to I-90 and I-271. Skip the downtown traffic and enjoy free parking. Many great lunch options within a couple minutes of the office. Excellent work environment, benefits and career advancement opportunity.

Click on the Careers page for more information.

 

Staff Promotions

Tec Inc. Engineering & Design is pleased to announce the following staff promotions. 

 John D. Milenius, PE  has been promoted to Senior Associate     
  
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   John Milenius, Director of Mechanical Engineering has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and at Tec for 3 years. Milenius is responsible for the mechanical engineering department.

John D. Milenius, PE has been promoted to Senior Associate

John Milenius, Director of Mechanical Engineering has been in the industry for more than 25 years, and at Tec for 3 years. Milenius is responsible for the mechanical engineering department.

 C. A. "Tony" Bledsoe has been promoted to Senior Associate    
  
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   Tony Bledsoe, Senior Designer, has been a designer and project manager for more than 30 years. At Tec, Bledsoe is responsible for managing several of our largest clients. He is also responsible for internal staff education programs.

C. A. "Tony" Bledsoe has been promoted to Senior Associate

Tony Bledsoe, Senior Designer, has been a designer and project manager for more than 30 years. At Tec, Bledsoe is responsible for managing several of our largest clients. He is also responsible for internal staff education programs.

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   Adam Kilbourne, Director of Marketing, has worked at Tec for 15 years. Kilbourne’s responsibilities stretch from proposal writing to website design. He is active at the local and national levels of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. 

Adam B. Kilbourne, CPSM has been promoted to Senior Associate

Adam Kilbourne, Director of Marketing, has worked at Tec for 15 years. Kilbourne’s responsibilities stretch from proposal writing to website design. He is active at the local and national levels of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. 

Congratulations John, Tony and Adam as you continue to advance in your careers at Tec!

 

Welcome Dominic Mascia

We are very excited to welcome Dominic Mascia to Tec. Dominic is a recent graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

He will be based in our Columbus office, however Dominic is spending a few weeks in our headquarters here in Eastlake, getting oriented.  Dominic will be responsible for completing construction documents, calculations, and field verifications. 

Dominic is an accomplished soccer player, starting from childhood through college. He also enjoys playing guitar. 

Nat S. Natarajan Joins Tec Inc. Engineering & Design to Lead Columbus Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Adam Kilbourne, CPSM | Tec Inc. Engineering & Design
(440) 953-8760
akilbourne@tecinc1.com

 Nat S. Natarajan, PE, LEED AP

Nat S. Natarajan, PE, LEED AP

Nat S. Natarajan Joins Tec Inc. Engineering & Design to Lead Columbus Office

Eastlake and Columbus, OH, April, 2013 – Tec Inc. Engineering & Design— award-winning Mechanical, Electrical, Lighting and Technology firm—announces the addition of Nat S. Natarajan, PE, LEED AP to the firm.

Nat S. Natarajan, PE, LEED AP | Senior Project Engineer

Nat S. Natarajan, PE, LEED AP has joined the firm as a Senior Project Engineer.  In his role, Nat will be responsible for leading the Columbus office in mechanical engineering, project management and staff mentoring. A full-service mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering firm, Tec has offices in both Cleveland and Columbus. Nat will work primarily out of the firm’s Columbus office to better serve the Central Ohio markets.

Nat’s career spanning more than 40 years in mechanical engineering for the architectural, engineering and construction industry has provided him experience working on a wide variety of project types including healthcare, higher education, commercial buildings and civic projects. Significant projects for which he completed the mechanical engineering for are the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio and recreation facilities at Maumee State Park. Nat’s favorite project was the design of the panda exhibit (no longer there) at the Toledo Zoo.

Nat’s is an avid reader of mystery novels and comic books.  He lives in Columbus with his wife and they enjoy family time with their three grown children.


About Tec Inc. Engineering & Design

Founded in 1983 by Terrance Kilbourne, Tec Inc. Engineering & Design is an award-winning Mechanical, Electrical, Lighting and Technology firm. From offices in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, Tec professionals provide their expertise to academic, healthcare, community, commercial, residential and government projects throughout the country. Clients include Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University, Lubrizol Corporation, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region, and The Cleveland Clinic. Tec was named the 2014 Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. www.tecinc1.com

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Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber Small Business of the Year 2014

Tec Inc. Engineering & Design is honored to have been selected as Business of the Year by the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce. At the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet, Terry Kilbourne was presented with this sculpture in recognition of the award. In addition he received a number of letters and proclamations from local mayors up to the US Congress. 

Recognition like this does not come because of a company name, a person, or an specific event, but rather from the excellent group of people who work here and years of dedication to the industry and community. 

Thank you to all who have been part of Tec over the years.

Speaking Schedule

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Director of Marketing, Adam Kilbourne, CPSM has been selected to co-present at two conferences this spring.

Thursday, March 6th Adam and Barbara Shuck, FSMPS, CPSM - Firm-wide Marketing Communications Manager for Wilson & Company, Inc. Engineers & Architects, will be presenting "Whose Shoes are You Looking At? How introverts and Extroverts Can Work Together Effectively" at the SMPS Southeast Regional Conference.  This session will guide participants through the characteristics that make up introverts and extroverts, and provide take-aways that will ease the stresses each type of person may feel in a variety of situations in the office.  Adam and Barbara presented this session to the SMPS Oklahoma Chapter in July 2013. 

Thursday, May 1st Adam and Ted Orr, Marketing Manager - Schaefer, will be presenting "Photography Basics for Marketers" at the SMPS Northeast Regional UBER Conference  Adam and Ted are both hobby photographer that also shoot some of the projects for their firms. It's not always feasible or practical to hire a professional photographer. This session will provide the basics to help you get usable photography for general marketing purposes. We'll also provide some tips for when and how to hire a professional photographer.

Wednesday, May 7th Adam will be co-presenting Whose Shoes Are You Looking At? with Bethany Rustic Smith, Regional Marketing Manager for Turner Construction. They will be presenting at SMPS Pittsburgh's Marketing Mayhem Conference