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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.
Chris, dad and my brothersChris and Brody
Chris and Mark playing beer pong at the cowboys gameChris and Allison

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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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My 55-Year Journey

My 55-Year Journey

For someone who doesn’t like to get on the rides at the State Fair or Six Flags, I can still compare the past 55 years to one of an exciting roller coaster ride.

We started in a 2-story building on Fairmount and Cedar Springs. I climbed those cold, outside stairs on January 12, 1961 to be the first secretary/receptionist for Ratliff, Irby, Purdy – a firm that had been in business for four years. We inched up the track’s first hill with only 5 of us on board. Two weeks after I started, we moved to a nice office building at the corner of Harwood & Cedar Springs.

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As we chugged along on the roller coaster, several folks got on the ride with us. We began to pick up speed and our group continued to grow. We moved from Harwood and Cedar Springs to the Stemmons Towers, and we were moving and growing pretty fast.

My personal life had its own roller coaster moving and growing at a rapid pace too. I met and married my husband Eddie in 10 days in 1962. A precious son barely 5-years-old came with him, and many of you know him (Scott Fletcher, who has been with Humphrey and Associates for 35 years). We quickly added a daughter Edie in 1963 and another son, Eric, in 1966.

The RIP roller coaster had to make a stop in 1966 to let Jerry Irby off, who passed away from a bout with cancer.

The firm of Ratliff and Purdy continued on the ride and we added more and more passengers.

We decided to build our own building to accommodate our continued growth as that roller coaster continued upward. We moved far north where the land was just beginning to develop – to Midway and Sigma Road – where the road came to a halt just past our building.
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In 1969 as we were completing the building, two new passengers joined the ride. A new partner, Jvan McGuire, came aboard to help the ride go a little smoother and faster along our journey. As a one-girl office with a husband and three children, I discovered that working 7 days plus nights at home was wearing out my personal ride. So in October 1969, Sandi Martin (now Danna) joined us as our new receptionist. It has been my pleasure to call her my friend and still coworker 46 years later. What a ride we have been on during these many years. We have been to more weddings, funerals, birthday parties – and have seen precious children grow into adults and have their own children – than most people do in their lifetime.

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The roller coaster continued to grow and pick up speed through the 70s, and we continued to see change along the way. Harold Ratliff got off in 1977 due to a buyout by Purdy & McGuire. Jvan McGuire got off in 1979 due to a fatal heart attack.

At this time, the roller coaster slowed down for a while because it was uncertain what path it might take next. Our clients were not sure if we would make it either, with just one principal engineer left to run the roller coaster. We are grateful for the many clients who stayed and have been with us for decades!

In 1982, we sold our building because we had outgrown it, and we moved to Quorum. We merged with Zumwalt/Vither in 1983, and brought a significant group of passengers on board with us.
The roller coaster was going at a pretty rapid speed during those days until about 1986 when the economy took a big hit. With that, the roller coaster began to slow down and many of the PMI passengers began to get off, one by one.

We had signed a new lease in Trammell Crow’s new building, Greenhill Park on Midway Road, and by the time we moved we only took half of the entire floor. The roller coaster ride was really slow and more passengers continued to disembark. We negotiated ourselves out of the 5-year lease, and moved back into our building on Sigma Road. The owners had defaulted on the note, so we took the building back. There were only about 26 passengers left out of the once 125 passengers we had while at Quorum, and we were doing everything to keep us on the track.

Technology was changing rapidly with computers and innovative design software being introduced. It was a big financial struggle to keep the passengers and to buy the new equipment to keep up with the growth and changes in the industry.
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By 1990, we were down to 16 passengers and Jim Purdy was worn out from a long journey. I could tell he was ready to get off the old roller coaster and take a different journey on his own.

Kip Hanzlicek joined the ride in 1984 and Jud Bryan had been on board since 1981. Jud had been on a couple of other roller coaster rides long before he joined PMI, so he too was ready to retire.

I had been a partner for about 10 years, and had a lot invested in the ride. I was not ready to call it quits. I approached Mr. Purdy and asked if he would sell his shares and get off while we were virtually at a stop on the track.

In May 1994, the final papers were signed and we began the next journey on the roller coaster. Kip became the President and Jud decided the ride was going to be fun again so he stayed for a few more years.

Kip and I have been fortunate to add three more partners during the past 15 years, and the new ownership continues with the same partners with Camille Barton as our new CEO, along with Kip, Dan, and Scott. Folks who were on the ride then and have retired or still chugging along include: Kip, Sandi, Brad, Ken Riley, Tom Rose, Oen Gwie, Conrad Pinneke, Jose Casanueva. Many people have joined us on the ride, got off for a while, got back on again, are working at other firms or retired, and still say, “what a ride!” and a great journey.

The roller coaster has had a lot of fixes over the past 55 years, and a lot of changes in the technology to keep up the fast pace, but right now it is up to full speed with fresh owners and new ideas.

The roller coaster will come to a brief stop on January 20th and let this passenger of 55 years off so she can live the next phase of her life at a slower pace.

I am looking forward to seeing the roller coaster speed ahead, climb higher than ever, filled with a group of excited passengers who make it to the top and stay for many years!

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Employee Spotlight – Debbie Richardson

Employee Spotlight – Debbie Richardson

For October, we’re featuring Debbie Richardson. Debbie is quietly efficient at her job. She works with two other ladies to make sure invoices are sent, bills are paid, employees are paid, and so much more. Those three ladies generate a lot of work with their lean staff. Stay tuned…both of the other two ladies will be featured in future employee spotlights. So for now, here’s Debbie – in her own words!

  1. I was born in Durant, Oklahoma. I lived there until 2001 when I swam across the border into Texas.  Only problem is that the cord attached to my ankle was actually a bungee cord!
  2. I have two children and one and a half grandbabies.  Kara (who everyone at the office knows quite well…) and Beckham Grey (due in January).
  3. My first vehicle was a bright red tractor.
  4. Being the only child and a girl, I grew up helping my dad on the farm, which included vaccinating cows and ear piercing. Ouch!
  5. I love the beach and warm sun.  I’ve always said I would to retire to Mexico and live for (what they used to say was) $14 a day.
  6. I love to oil paint, which I haven’t done a while.
  7. I like to ride motorcycles, read, and travel, and hope to do more of all in the future!
  8. I commute four hours a day to and from to work. See? I told you the cord was a bungee cord…
  9. Remodeling houses is apparently another thing I like to do, since I’m working on two right now.
  10. And I’m still HOMELESS!
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Employee Profile – Marvin “Dee” Woodyard

Employee Profile – Marvin “Dee” Woodyard

For September, we’re featuring Dee Woodyard. I once heard a fellow employee say that she loves to hear Dee on the phone with a client. That’s because his desire to serve our clients is apparent with every word, and we’re glad he’s on our side.  Want to learn more about Dee?  See below – in his own words.

  1. I’ve been married to the love of my life Lisa for 8 years.  We have four boys between the two of us.  She has one and I have three.  PMI employees may know my middle son…
  2. I was born and raised in Abilene, Texas (home of the Texas high school football team of the century).
  3. I coached all three of my sons (football, soccer, and baseball).
  4. I love a variety of music – anywhere from classic rock to country.
  5. I enjoy grilling in the back yard with family and friends.
  6. I’m always open to camping out, floating the river, or a trip to the zoo with my grandkids.
  7. People don’t realize I was gymnast in high school.
  8. A major car accident is the reason I work in this profession (I was going to be a coach).
  9. I moved to Dallas in 1997.  But I’m a lifelong Cowboys fan.
  10. My little league city all-star team won the North Garland Little League All-Star Invitational.
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