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What are YOU thankful for?

What are YOU thankful for?

Ah, Thanksgiving…It truly is one of my favorite holidays.  Maybe because it comes after one of my least favorite holidays – Halloween! But Thanksgiving gives me a chance to visit with and enjoy my family without the chaos often associated with the gift-giving that so many of us do in December.

As I thought about what I’m most thankful for, many things immediately came to my mind. There were some obvious reasons to be thankful – my family, my beautiful children, my health, my job, Purdy-McGuire. But there are always reasons to be thankful that aren’t so obvious.  Think about the prayers we thought were unanswered or we didn’t get the answer we thought we wanted:  you don’t get the promotion you thought you wanted, but learn instead that there’s a lot of growth available in your current position that will help satiate your appetite for professional growth; the new project your firm doesn’t get – but it works out to be for the best because a new opportunity comes along “out of the blue” that you do win, and had you won the other, you would have been overcommitted.

The bottom line is that thankfulness is a way of life – not just something we remember to do at the end of November.  First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will…”  This week and the future weeks to come, I hope that we can give thanks in all circumstances.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Camille Barton

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Why Have a Corporate Retreat?

Why Have a Corporate Retreat?

We just returned from our 18th annual company retreat. Our entire company gets out of the office for two days to ask ourselves, “How can we serve our clients better next year?” We set goals – and have some fun too.

Some may ask, “why have a retreat,” especially during such a busy time in the construction industry here in Dallas. My answer would be that our retreats are the cornerstone of Purdy-McGuire’s mission and values. We set ourselves apart by the customer service we provide. And anyone who has studied customer service knows it takes every single person in the company focusing on the client to provide exceptional customer service. If only the company’s principals attended the retreat, we would make plans for the coming year without the input of 90% of those who have contact with our customers! Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I’ll forget, teach me and I’ll remember, INVOLVE me and I’ll understand.”  By involving everyone, we return from the retreat focused and excited about the coming year.

And don’t forget about the fun! During this very busy time at work, the retreat gives us the opportunity to create some great memories outside the office. This improves relationships inside the office and at home because everyone is just a little less stressed at the end of the retreat.

With all these results, why NOT have a retreat??

Dan Thien

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Get Out of the Office!

Get Out of the Office!

As a marketing professional, I regularly talk/write/tweet/post about our projects using available project data and images that have become very familiar to me.  I speak with the engineers and designers about what they do or have done on a project, to give me a good feel for how best to present our work to existing and potential clients.  I’m proud of what we do here at Purdy-McGuire.

Now, this ain’t my first rodeo. I have worked with technical people for some 30+ years off and on – much of that time in the A/E/C industry. But there is always something that gives me a new appreciation – indeed respect – for the work my fellow employees do on behalf of my firm. That “something” happened yesterday when I toured UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Thermal Energy Plant where we provided the MEP expertise.

I must say that I spent most of the tour forcing my gaping mouth to close. What I’ve read and written about this amazing project does not do it justice.  Even the pictures I have seen pale compared with what I saw with my own eyes. I thought about how many times I’ve read or typed, “The project is a 10,000-ton Chilled and Heating Water Central Plant for a 1,000,000 SF University Hospital.”  Now I’m thinking about how different it will feel for me to read or type those words again, because I saw and touched super-sized 2500-ton water-cooled chillers and 500 BHP dual fuel-fired boilers, and it gave me a whole new perspective. It gave me fuel to do my job better.

As part of my job, I get out of the office often enough. But I rarely ever have the need to go to a job site; at least, I didn’t think I had the need. I’m willing to bet that most of us who have the important job of supporting our technical professionals are so busy that we just don’t feel we have the time to go out and see some of the projects that we so diligently support.

I challenge everyone – and I mean everyone – in the firm to get out of the office and see some of the work that makes your firm special.  It’ll give you a renewed sense of pride for your firm and the trained professionals that work with you.

Ruth Hunter-Hill

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Our Inaugural Blog Post from Our President Kip Hanzlicek

Our Inaugural Blog Post from Our President Kip Hanzlicek

Welcome to our blog launch. In my 30 years in the MEP engineering business, I’ve learned to surround myself with people that know what I don’t. So I’d like to personally thank Camille Barton, Ruth Hunter-Hill and Brandon Jarrett for spearheading this launch. They told me, “Glad you finally joined us in the 21st Century!”

Purdy-McGuire’s multigenerational employee mix is indicative of what’s happening in the AEC industry. Baby boomers are working next to generation xers and gen yers/millennials. This is important for us to perpetuate our business, but conflicts can arise. Understand that “out with the old, in with the new” doesn’t apply in our world today. “Old” and “new” must collaborate to take our business forward. As a baby boomer, I realize that everyone has something to offer, and that we’re never too old – or too young or smart – to learn something new. So this new website is a visual depiction of how a healthy generational mix can create great things. Enjoy! – Kip Hanzlicek

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