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Moving the Needle … Scott Brown

The first time I walked through the doors of Purdy-McGuire, I knew it was a unique company. Not only did we focus on providing excellent service and growing relationships with our clients, vendors, and contractors. We also take pride in providing opportunity for our staff to grow and develop their talents. As we go forward we’re constantly looking for ways to move the needle and grow both in our efforts to serve our clients and to continue to make Purdy-McGuire a great place for our employees to work and to grow.

 

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Moving the Needle … Dan Thien

When I started at Purdy-McGuire in 2000, I knew this company was different. Purdy-McGuire always focused on the human element of our engineering projects. The culture in our office and the relationships we have with others is very important at Purdy-McGuire.  I’m proud to be part of the new leadership of this firm going forward, and we recommit ourselves to serving you – our clients, employees, contractors, vendors, and community partners – with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. It’s important to Purdy-McGuire that you see our efforts to move the needle. So let us know how we’re doing (good and bad) – we’re here to serve you.

 

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Moving the Needle … Kip Hanzlicek

I’ve worked at Purdy-McGuire for over 30 years and have seen the company go through many changes. But one thing has remained constant:  “to always strive toward excellence in service to our clients,” which is part of our mission statement. With the change in leadership, we renew our commitment to you with a promise to continue to “move the needle” forward until we exceed your expectations.  In addition, we continue to foster a culture where our employees come to work each day expecting a positive experience in their workplace – a place they are proud to share with their own families. During 2017, we will reach out to all of our clients to thank you in our own special way; but if we miss a personal appearance at your workplace in 2017 know that we invite you to celebrate our 60th year of serving you. So thank you to all of our employees, clients, and business/community partners for allowing us to serve you for 60 years and counting.

Pictures below are from Purdy-McGuire’s annual retreats held between 2004 and 2016.

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Turning the Page

Turning the Page

When Dianne Fletcher was hired on as the receptionist/secretary for Ratliff, Irby, Purdy, she had no idea that in a few short years she would be CEO and majority owner of the firm that would ultimately become Purdy-McGuire, Inc. Yeah, she turned a few pages as well as a few heads, I’m sure.

Fast forward to January 2015, some 54 years later and another page-turning year. Dianne retired and handed the company’s leadership reins to Camille Barton – a 8-year Purdy-McGuire veteran at the time. Camille accepted the reins and faced the challenge of leading this great company. Although the other members of our leadership team remained intact, this represented a fresh, new chapter in the Purdy-McGuire story.

For the next four weeks, our leadership team will each use this blog to share their vision for Purdy-McGuire going forward. This is an exciting time for everyone involved with PMI – employees, clients, business partners, and friends. We are proud and thankful to have made and sustained so many relationships over the years, and look forward to more in the future.

The Purdy-McGuire family has a renewed commitment to serving you even better. Let us know how we’re doing and how we can improve. We’re committed to moving the needle.

 

 

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Employee Spotlight – Greg Wiles

Employee Spotlight – Greg Wiles

Greg Wiles came to us through our internship program in Manhattan, Kansas. He stopped along the way to work for another DFW MEP, but he got to PMI as quickly as he could! He is very pleasant to work with, and has the guts to do all sorts of funny things during some of Purdy-McGuire’s wacky events. Check out a few things about Greg – let him know you saw his profile on our website.

  • I have been married to my wife Briana for a little over 2 years. We met when we were both at Kansas State.
  • I have now been in the DFW area for over 5 years. What’s the saying? I wasn’t born here, but I got down here as quick as I could?
  • Most of my family is still up in Kansas, so I make the 5 ½-hour trip quite often to visit them.
  • If you review the PMI Facebook page or attend a PMI event, you’ll see that apparently I will do almost anything for the camera (que the hula hoop video)!
  • I enjoy hunting and fishing very much. I hunt deer, turkey, pheasant, dove, and duck. Right now, I am concentrating on getting my first deer with a bow.
  • I am currently in the process of restoring a 1950 Chevy truck that I drove in high school. It is a fun way to spend your money quickly, and I appreciate my wife’s understanding for me spending countless hours laying on our garage floor.
  • My old truck isn’t my only toy in the garage. Currently I have two dirt bikes, one sport ATV and a really cool moped (is that an oxymoron?).
  • I have taken my dirt bike and ATV to many destinations. One memorable trip was after I graduated from K-State, my family and I took a road trip to St. Anthony Sand dunes in Idaho to play in the giant sand box (10,000 acres of sand to be exact)!
  • Although it is not as impressive as I would like, I have visited 23 states in the US. Eventually I would like to claim them all.
  • My favorite food is Mexican food. I feel like I ended up in the right location for that too.
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Employee Spotlight – Karen Fletcher

Employee Spotlight – Karen Fletcher

Karen Fletcher holds a unique position at Purdy-McGuire. She tackles the huge task of keeping track of professional engineering licenses and CEUs for 13 PEs, and ensures that membership in any industry affiliations (company or individual) are current. She books travel, and supports Accounting in several ways as well. But her creative side surfaces when she plans special events and interacts with our clients. Karen has a real flair for decorating – she’s good at making something that looks “ok” look WOW.   Fortunately for PMI, she willingly and tirelessly gives of herself. Thank you, Karen, for all you do. and for sharing a bit about yourself.

  1. I love shopping, retail, decorating, and crafting – Dianne (PMI’s recently-retired CEO) and I owned a gift store for 15 years in Carrollton, and before that I worked for Happy Happy Hallmark for five years.
  1. Traveling is a passion of mine. I have been to Africa, France, London, Bahamas, and many Caribbean isles and well as 22 states in the US. In fact, last year (2015), I attended a friend’s wedding in Amberley, England at the famous Amberley Castle – it was a real life “fairy tale!”
  1. I am a Certified Personal Trainer through Coopers Clinic and am also certified to teach many cardio classes including Spin.
  1. I used to street cycle with a friend we would reach up to 50-60 mph at a time, several times a week. We would start in Lewisville and ride the back roads all the way to Denton.
  1. I competed in nine bodybuilding competitions and brought home over a dozen trophies, including two swords (which is the overall prize). Now they are collecting dust. LOL
  1. I have led many, many (MANY) committees (PTA, Booster Clubs, Metrocrest Chamber, my daughters sorority, Dallas Safari Club, etc.), and have served as co-chair and vice-president. I even wore the president’s hat a couple of times (the things we do for our children…)
  1. Silly fact – eight years in a row, I spent my birthday in Lubbock, Texas (LBK as we like to call it)!!  And I’ve attended four Texas Tech graduations with one more to go!!! GO Raiders!!
  1. I absolutely LOVE the beach!!! I could spend all my time being a sun bunny! I snorkel, take long walks, hunt for sea shells for my collection, and I even take some sand! Can you believe I can’t really swim? But the great thing about the ocean is that you can float…
  1. I enjoy scrapbooking – I started when my son was about a year old and to this day I have about 25 + albums and am still going strong!
  1. I have two beautiful children who are both married, two nieces (that I helped raise) who are both married, and am the proud aunt/great aunt to 13 nieces and nephews (and one on the way). They’ve nicknamed me “Sissy,” which I cherish because it was given to me by my late brother when he was two years old.
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Employee Spotlight – Daniel Relihan

Employee Spotlight – Daniel Relihan

Daniel started his career at Purdy-McGuire in 2014, and is another one of our shining stars. He’s a quiet sort, but don’t let that fool you! Daniel is personable with everyone, and has a great sense of humor. We can always count on him for help – whether it’s coordinating our next Hearts & Hammers adventure or simply helping someone carry their packages up to the office. Yep, our Daniel is one of a kind. Just like Purdy-McGuire.

  1. I am a proud graduate of Kansas State University and an avid fan of K-State sports.
  2. I love traveling pt 1. I’ve been to 48 of the 50 states, and am itching to hit the last two, Alaska and Hawaii.
  3. I love traveling pt 2. I became addicted to traveling abroad from a trip to Italy in 2013.  I have quite a few relatives there and can’t wait to go back and speak Italian with them. (I’m still trying to learn Italian.)
  4. Playing all kinds of sports is one of my favorite things to do. I have at some point in my life played organized basketball, football, soccer, track and field, baseball, softball, volleyball, and probably others that I forgot about. (Editor’s Note:  Yeah, check Pinstack in Plano to see if anyone has beat Daniel’s rock-climbing time…)
  5. I love to enjoy nature, particularly by mountain biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, water sports, etc.
  6. My childhood took place in the beautiful town of Stromsburg, Nebraska (pop. ~1,100), which is dubbed the “Swede capital of Nebraska” (I’m not Swedish). It is the largest town in the county.
  7. I am (slowly) teaching myself how to play the ukulele.
  8. I’m pretty adventurous and enjoy trying new things (like moving to Texas *shudder*), so if you’re ever looking for someone to join you on an adventure, I’m most likely down.
  9. I am mentoring a boy through an organization called Mercy Street Dallas. I am passionate about investing in others to help them grow and make an impact on their communities and the world.
  10. My family makes up an entire basketball team between myself, 3 brothers and dad, although mom is the heart and soul of the team. We are all over 6’ tall.
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Employee Spotlight: Chris Woodyard

Employee Spotlight: Chris Woodyard

Chris Woodyard has been with Purdy-McGuire for quite a while. His last name may feel familiar be because his dad, Dee Woodyard, is also one of PMI’s valuable assets. Thanks, Dee, for introducing PMI to your son over a decade ago. We are honored to be the kind of firm you’d want your own children to work! Chris is skilled and talented in his own right, and his work ethic is beyond reproach.

He loves learning new things, and he’s good at helping others to learn  Below are a few things that gives us all a glimpse into the world of Chris Woodyard, Plumbing Designer Extraordinaire.  Enjoy!

  1. I use to draw all the way up until I went to college. (You only get rich off of art whenever you are dead)
  2. I am borderline obsessed with the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns. I love all local sports as well. (Editor’s Note:  “borderline” obsessed, Chris? Really?”)
  3. I’m left handed.
  4. I enjoy working out, hanging out and having a drink (or 3) with my buddies.
  5. I still play video games and enjoy technology.
  6. I played football through my senior year in high school.
  7. Bananas are probably my favorite food.
  8. I started at Purdy-McGuire as a part-time surveyor when I was only 19.
  9. I have a lovely fiancée and we will be getting married next September.
  10. I have two brothers who look like each other…and nothing like me.
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Employee Spotlight – Brandon Jarrett

Employee Spotlight – Brandon Jarrett

Brandon is a talented mechanical engineer, and hails from Texas Christian University (between TCU and K-State, we have a lot of purple in our office). He has worked on a variety of projects, and can often be seen at a colleague’s desk lending a hand. He has a great sense of humor, despite his quiet demeanor. Don’t let him fool you – he  has been the life of many Purdy-McGuire employee events. We’re so glad he’s ours!

Take a look at 10 things Brandon wants to share about himself:

  1. I have a 7-month old daughter named Landrie.  She is my favorite person in the world.
  2. I met my wife in line at a taco truck.
  3. I practice Spanish & French every day.
  4. I’m really into wine and craft beer.
  5. I love traveling. Most of our vacations involve visiting local breweries, vineyards, sporting events, or Spanish speaking countries.  Landrie may now have an impact on that…
  6. I eat hummus every single day when I get home from work.
  7. I’m very passionate about TCU football and the Dallas Cowboys. I’m not afraid to admit that – even as an adult – I have shed a tear over a loss.
  8. I listen to a lot of podcasts and The Ticket.
  9. I have the sleeping schedule of someone 3 times my age. I normally go to bed around 9pm and wake up at 4:30am.
  10. My favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi).
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Employee Profile – Trey Newcomb

Employee Profile – Trey Newcomb

Purdy-McGuire is fortunate to have a lot of technical talent, and some of it certainly rests with Robert “Trey” Newcomb. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2011, and began his Purdy-McGuire career in 2013. So check out a few facts about Trey – he’s an interesting guy.

  1. I was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and spent my childhood in that area.
  2. I met my wonderful fiancée here in Texas, and we are to be married this June (2016). It takes a special girl to put up with me and I love her to death for it.
  3. I enjoy playing golf, although I don’t get much time to play anymore … my game reflects it.
  4. Yep, I’m a big Razorback fan, WOO PIG SOOIE!! Maybe next time K-State – haha!
  5. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at the lake, and I still love hanging out on the water — tubing, skiing, fishing, scuba diving, etc.
  6. Traveling is a secret pleasure of mine. I have been to most of Europe and we plan to return for our honeymoon.
  7. On the weekends you can find me building furniture in my garage, playing golf, or taking a nap on the couch.
  8. I’m somewhat of an adrenaline junkie. I’ve been bungee jumping, and sky diving twice (the second time is how I met my fiancée).
  9. I used to enjoy hunting, but I don’t have a lot of time for that anymore. So now I just enjoy shooting.
  10. I recently passed my P.E. – no more test taking for this guy!

 

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