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February, 2012

  1. All-Stars

    February 17, 2012 by Jeff Forrest

    I decided I needed to take a more “warm and fuzzy” approach to this month’s blog, because apparently I ruffled a few feathers last month. Even though that was the intent and I received more positive feedback from that piece than any of my others, I’ll stay on the “PC” path this time around… but don’t get too use to it.

    Some of you might know that I am a huge NBA fan and have been a season ticket holder for the Orlando Magic for 23 years. My son turned 23 last July and I have raised not only a great kid, but also a die-hard Magic fan. I say all that because Orlando is getting ready to host the NBA All-Star game next week and my son and I could not be more excited. Not just because I want to see the actual event, but because our city will come alive for that week and realize a huge boost of much needed income and spirit.

    As I read the list of “All-Stars” that will be here and playing, I started to think of our own All-Stars. The WPC All-Stars that have dedicated their careers to working for this great company and who have truly made us successful. We measure success in many ways, and obviously revenue and profits are one of those ways, but for me, one of the best metrics of success is how long people have been a part of the WPC family.

    Take a look at this list:

    15 to 20 years…
    Shawn Maes
    Nick Transue
    David Cooper
    Robert Soper
    Charlie Cecil
    Mike Ferguson
    Mike Barton
    Rex Davidson
    Kevin Corrado
    Chuck Reynolds
    Harry Rogers
    Chris Ambrose

    20 to 25 years…
    Wes Vanderbunt

    25 to 30 years…
    Paul Caruana
    Dave Emde
    Holly Blankenship
    Mary Dussault

    Over 30 years…
    John McCahan
    Larry Muller

    Think about what that says about a company. What it says about perseverance, loyalty, and dedication from the team members’ point of view. What it says about the culture of our company and what it means to long-term clients who call us after many years and get to hear a familiar voice. For me, personally, it means that I wake up everyday knowing that I can tell the story of how we strive to be the best construction company in the business and that there are people that I can trust to work hard everyday to keep our reputation.

    Of course we have a lot of young talent that keep us old guys on our toes and push us to stay ahead of the curve. The combination of new and seasoned staff makes for a great recipe and it also makes for sustainability. The company is 38 years old this year, and I have no doubt it will be around for decades to come.

    So, as the city starts filling up with basketball stars, fans, and media, I’ll be cheering for more than just my favorite sport. I’ll be cheering for the WPC team to keep running the plays that make us great.

    P.S. I will not be cheering for Lebron. That’s against the law in Orlando.