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.

Whose Shoes Are You Looking At?

How Introverts & Extroverts Can Work Together Effectively

Adam Kilbourne, CPSM and Barbara Shuck, FSMPS, CPSM have been presenting on this topic for more than 2 years.  Over that time we have collected other valuable resources that are shared in our handout. Below are the links in the handout. 

Introverts at Ease: An Insider’s Guide to a Great Life on Your Terms  
http://www.amazon.com/Introverts-Ease-Insiders-Guide-Great/dp/146626277X

The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399537694/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=theyankeechic-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399537694

Articles

5 Things Every Introvert Should Know about Extroverts (and Vice Versa) How introverts can pipe up while others pontificate.  Published on March 22, 2010 by Nancy Ancowitz in Self-Promotion for Introverts
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/self-promotion-introverts/201003/5-things-every-introvert-should-know-about-extroverts-and-vice

You Say “Friendly,” I Say “Annoying”  A few surefire ways to annoy an introvert. Published on March 22, 2013 by Sophia Dembling in The Introvert’s Corner
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-introverts-corner/201303/you-say-friendly-i-say-annoying

An Introvert’s Dilemma | You might get lots of invitations, but are they all for extrovert-style fun?   Published on September 21, 2012 by Sophia Dembling in The Introvert’s Corner
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-introverts-corner/201209/introverts-dilemma

5 Ways Introverts Are More Influential Than Extroverts  by SHARÍ ALEXANDER October 2, 2014
http://blog.creativelive.com/5-ways-introverts-can-influential-extroverts/?utm_source=cjfacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=5-ways-introverts-can-influential-extroverts

Online Communities

Quiet Revolution
http://www.quietrev.com/
A website, blog, podcast platform started by Quiet author, Susan Cain.  Filled with valuable resources. 

Facebook   Introverts are Awesome | Community
A place were we can all be ourselves in a mutually understanding group that is considerate of our diversity in body and mind. We boldly support our preference to be clever quiet people, because we truly are awesome.

16 Personalities
Free personality test
https://www.16personalities.com/

SMPS Build Business MAX

Better Late Than Never...

By Adam Kilbourne

In the last post, prior to heading to Build Business, I stated I would post info and pictures from MAX. The MAX committee put in a ton of effort in preparation for the MAX Sessions. The effort was worth it. MAX was a smashing success and one of the most highly rated sessions at the conference. 

Based on their topics, MAX Sessions were loosely divided into the themes of Engage, Inspire, Launch, and Ignite. Each room had 4 presenters with 16 minute presentations. The sessions were video recorded, and although there were some technical difficulties, the videos will be released very soon. 

The Engagement Lounge that followed the presentations allowed for the audience to visit with the presenters as well as check out the fabulous art curated for the art auction. The auction showcased talent of SMPS members and raised $850 towards a SMPS U scholarship. 

MAX has been greenlighted for the future. I am on a Taskforce creating guidelines for branding and organization of MAX at Build Business, Regional Conferences, and chapter level events. 

Enjoy the pictures from MAX and Engagement Lounge Art Showcase.


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.

 

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Stillwater Place

Here at Tec we're very excited for the opening of the new Stillwater Place event facility at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. It's a wonderful facility and our engineers truly enjoyed work the project. 

You can learn more about Stillwater Place through these news highlights.

http://fox8.com/2015/04/20/first-look-inside-the-new-stillwater-place/

 

Links | Edition 011

a weekly collection of short articles covering a variety of topics 

AEC
Dubai Could Have the World's First Fully Functional 3D-Printed Building
You can 3D-print anything these days – a steel bridge, a vertebral implant, a fake rhino horn, even a turtle’s jaw. In Dubai, plans have been revealed to create the world’s first fully operational 3D-printed building as part of the 2017 technological museum project, Museum of the Future. Using a 20-foot-tall 3D printer, the building’s parts will be printed in successive layers and assembled on site. The whole production could take only weeks. Read More…

North Carolina Museum of Art Lighting Design
The use of daylight as the primary source of exhibit lighting was crucial to Thomas Phifer and Partners’ architectural concept. We worked closely with the design team to fill the 127,00ft2 gallery with diffuse, even sunlight. Subtle but active daylight creates a dynamic atmosphere which enhances the viewing experience.
Read more...

MARKETING
Develop Personal Branding to Meet Changing Client Demands
Personal branding is a critical but widely misunderstood concept in the construction profession. To many, “personal branding” is an abstract concept at best, or exercise in narcissism at worst. The reality is that personal branding is simply building one’s reputation to advance their career and position their firm to win more work.
CHANGING CLIENT DEMANDS
Clients have grown more sophisticated in recent years, particularly since the Great Recession drove highly experienced construction and technical professionals out of the A/E/C side and into facilities management and plant engineering positions. Clients have a greater expectation about the credentials of the individuals they want working on their projects, no matter how large or small. Read more…

INSPIRATION
Making Music Out of Traffic
Designers imagine ways to make electric cars safer—and symphonious. The honks, hums, beeps, and screeches of city traffic can wreak havoc on your nerves and compromise your health in the long run. But too little noise can also put you in danger when you can’t hear that Prius whizzing by as you cross the street. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that hybrid electric vehicles, equipped with virtually soundless engines, have a higher incidence rate of pedestrian and cyclist crashes than do conventional cars.. Read More...

LEADERSHIP
The 5 People You Definitely Don’t Want On Your Team
Having a team with diverse personalities is a good thing; different types of people will bring different perspectives and viewpoints, and that will usually lead you to better outcomes. But there are some personality types that you definitely don’t want on your team. Here are five types that can implode even the best team dynamics.  Read more...

PRODUCTIVITY
32 Productivity Tips From The World's Top Designers
DESIGNERS FROM GOOGLE, ARGO, WORK & CO., USTWO, SAGMEISTER+WALSH, OKFOCUS, AND MORE TELL US HOW THEY STAY FOCUSED AND KEEP INNOVATING.
Even if you're working your dream job, staying productive can be tough. That's why designers are such productivity experts: time after time, they overcome the temptation to slack so they can brainstorm new ideas, find fresh solutions, and get things done—all while hitting deadlines and keeping things under budget.

We asked dozens of designers from Google, Argo Design, Huge, ustwo, Sagmeister and Walsh, Moving Brands, OKFocus, and more about their best tips for staying productive. The answers we got back range from the physical to the mental to the chemical. Staying productive is a personal thing, but we guarantee at least one of these tips will work for you. Read more...

TECHNOLOGY
Five Ways to Leverage Mobile Tech for a Competitive Advantage
Smartphones have made possible business models that were unimaginable just 10 years ago. Uber, a company that is built on the ubiquity of GPS-enabled smartphones, is currently valued at $50 billion—higher than 80 percent of the S&P 500.  Smartphones have been so disruptive because of the communication problems they solve. Good communication is an “art.” Read more...

How the Device You Can't Live Without is Also Destroying Your Productivity
DECREASING ATTENTION SPANS AREN'T THE ONLY REASON OUR SMARTPHONES TAKE AWAY OUR FOCUS.
From open concept spaces to game rooms and coffee lounges, our workplaces are filled with distractions.
But nothing is distracting us more than our smartphones. A 2014 study by Ricoh Americas Corp. found more than three quarters of employees are distracted by mobile phones, with 67% sending personal texts and 61% taking at least one personal call per week.   Read more...

MEDIA RECOMMENDATIONS
Book
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
By: Jocelyn K. Glei
Are you overextended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda by the time you leave the office? The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace. We’ll show you how to build a rock-solid daily routine, field a constant barrage of messages, find focus amid chaos, and carve out the time you need to do the work that matters.  Read the review in it’s entirety. 

Podcast
Pardon the Interruption  |  Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon face off on the day's hot topics.  Listen

Blog
Meeting of the Minds
Since it was founded, Meeting of the Minds has been dedicated to a singular proposition: bring together a carefully chosen set of key urban sustainability and technology stakeholders and gather them around a common platform in ways that help build lasting alliances. We believe that such a platform is a vital ingredient for smart, sustainable and equitable urban (re)development strategies.  Link

Lake County YMCA Annual Golf Outing

Yesterday Tec supported the Lake County YMCA Annual Golf Outing as the lunch sponsor and with a foursome featuring Jeff Engram, Terry Kilbourne, Keith Koenig, and Brett Neff (l-r). They didn't win anything, but did finish under par.

The outing utilizing both courses at Quail Hollow Country Club had more than 200 golfers.

Jeff Engram, Terry Kilbourne, Keith Koenig, Brett Neff

Thank you to all the sponsors

Staff Promotions

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

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.

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 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.

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. 

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!

 

Tec Holiday Party

Sunday, December 14 Tec had it's annual holiday party at the Kilbourne's house. Good food, good music, and great company. 

Growth and Longevity

Our recent hiring spree has encouraged us to look at the makeup of our staff. Just over a year ago, the average tenure of the 24 employees at that time was 11.25 years. Due to some new opportunities and life changes for others, we lost a few good people. After a slow start recruiting, we have had great success this year recruiting talented staff to replace those lost, and even add to our staff. 

Interesting that with 7 new people on staff this year alone, our average tenure at Tec is still in double-digits at 10.25 years with 25 people. Obviously, the president and founder of the company will have the longest tenure at 31.5 years. We've got 3 other people with more than 25 years, 2 with more than 20 years and another 2 people at more than 15 years. 

This longevity helps to maintain a family culture within the office, and provides a strong knowledge base of project experience and client relationships. The new staff are enthusiastic and eager to learn from the veteran staff. 

Although we would like to keep our engineers until they are ready to retire, it is good for a company to add new people with new ideas allowing the firm to grow in ways they may not have thought of previously. 

We're excited for the future with our staff of veterans and newbies. 

Tec Hires 3 Engineers

Tec has been on a recent hiring spree. In the past month we've brought on 3 new engineers. We're excited to be growing and look forward to what this talented new group brings.

David Hood, PE | Mechanical Project Engineer

David Hood joins Tec’s Mechanical Engineering department and is working in the Eastlake office. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. David has more than 6 years of experience in the industry, primarily in Industrial. He recently transplanted from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John Wolfe | Mechanical Engineer

John Wolfe joins Tec’s Mechanical Engineering department and is working in the Eastlake office. He is a recent graduate and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John was active in the Walk Now for Autism program at Marquette.

Steven George | Electrical Project Engineer

Steven George joins Tec’s Electrical Engineering department and is working in the Eastlake office. He received his Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and a Masters in Science from Cleveland State University. Steven has more than 4 year of industry experience. He is an Eagle Scout. 

Welcome Ebbie Bobbitt

Tec is excited to welcome Ebbie Bobbitt. He has joined the Electrical Engineering Department and will provide engineering design and construction document production support to the department. 

Ebbie is originally from the Columbus, Ohio area, and is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He decided to start off his career in a new city, but close enough to go visit his hometown.