Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber Small Business of the Year 2014

Tec Inc. Engineering & Design is honored to have been selected as Business of the Year by the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce. At the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet, Terry Kilbourne was presented with this sculpture in recognition of the award. In addition he received a number of letters and proclamations from local mayors up to the US Congress. 

Recognition like this does not come because of a company name, a person, or an specific event, but rather from the excellent group of people who work here and years of dedication to the industry and community. 

Thank you to all who have been part of Tec over the years.

30th Anniversary Celebration and Charity Art Auction

Now that we've recovered...we'd like to thank everyone who came out to support the charity art auction at our 30th Anniversary Party last week. The turnout was better than we could have imagined, and the generosity of our guests who participated in the art auction was unbelievable. Tec is honored to have such wonderful and generous clients and friends. 

The proceeds from the event will benefit three charities we selected that do not have the notoriety of other major charities, but they are just as important to those who receive support from them.  If you haven't done so already, please check out the terrific causes that were supported by the event. 

http://aplace2go.org/   A Place to Go is designing and constructing a sustainable toilet facility for the Jitegemee School in Machakos, Kenya. It's a fascinating project, especially for us engineering and architecture type people!

http://www.marilynsvoice.org/  Marilyn's Voice is a local (Northeast Ohio) volunteer organization that rescues and foster dogs from puppy mills.

http://schoolsforwater.com/  Schools for Water is raising awareness and funds to provide clean drinking water to areas of Africa. 

The art auction would not have been possible without the very generous donations of Gallery One in Mentor, Ohio. Please visit them soon. http://galleryone.com/ 

More commentary and photos will be up soon. 


SMPS Build Business Take Action! Part 2

Picture this, San Francisco the city by the Bay the second week of July. Not typical San Francisco weather, very pleasant, sunny and 70+degrees.  Know why? Because SMPS Build Business Take Action was in town! This was my second foray into the world of SMPS national conferences. It has taken me this long to recover, put my thoughts in order and attempt to write something profound about this year’s experience. Similar to conference last year, this was absolutely time well spent.  So many opportunities to network with a variety of professionals, review award winning promotional material, and participate in a variety of informative learning opportunities. 

As with the conference in Chicago last year I was proud to have Tec represented from start to finish at this year’s conference. Perhaps not quite as in your face as Chicago, but visible none the less. Beginning Tuesday evening with the excellent dinner Adam arranged at One Market Restaurant across form the Hotel. With all that was going on Tuesday evening 18 of his friends and colleagues met for dinner.

I had been asked to participate in a videotaping session presenting my perspective on why more than just marketing or BD people should participate in SMPS, and the value to business owners/principals…I hope I was able to get my point across; there are tremendous networking and learning opportunities. The keynote speakers are phenomenal and I promise you will take away something you did not know from each class. While I was busy starring in the promotional piece (don’t look for my name in lights anytime soon) Adam and Mike attended the Chapter Leadership Forum for a bit, and later in the day Mike participated in the Act Now Roundtables while Adam was escaping from Alcatraz.

A day full of excellent classes Thursday preceded by a fun thought provoking keynote address Take Action Become the Change! presented by Greg Bennick.  Thursdays evening’s Gala presented my most memorable moment. As a father I could not have been prouder of Adam as he was brought up on stage with 17 of his classmates and recognized as the very first graduating class of SMPS University. 

We woke up Friday to Water the Bamboo, another superb keynote address presented by Greg Bell. It brings new meaning to patience is a virtue. What a thoroughly enjoyable way to start the day. Of course Friday presented more learning opportunities and the SMPS National Business Meeting. Congratulations to all whose terms on the Board have ended, and those that are just beginning their journey.  We wrapped up with the block party hosted by the San.Francisco Chapter Friday evening. 

I will continue to encourage business owners to set aside time to attend Build Business. It absolutely is time well spent. I view it as an investment in my company, certainly on par with any technical training I may undertake.  I believe it is also an investment in my marketing and business development staff  as this gives me the opportunity observe, support and gain a greater appreciation for all the hard work they do for Tec. I’m looking forward to Build Business 2013 in sunny Orlando, Florida next July. (What were they thinking?)


Celebrating Long Time Employees

Today we had an ice-cream cake celebrating six employees with more than 20 years at Tec. For a firm of our size in this industry, having almost a third of the staff with 20+ years of service is a rarity. It demonstrates a tremendous sense of loyalty for both sides to stick together through good times and challenging times.

To honor this group - Terry, Pam, Jaime, Kelley, Sean and Tim - we brought in an ice cream cake to represent the “Gold Watch”


Thank you to all of the wonderful employees here at Tec. 

Chicago My Kind of Town and SMPS Build Business 2011 My Kind of Place

I recently returned from my first SMPS National Conference in Chicago. My one word description WOW!!

As a fist time attendee I came away suitably impressed.  Past years I have told both Adam Kilbourne and Mike Totsch I really did not have the time to spend two or three days at this type of conference, after all we have two people attending already. Boy was I wrong. This absolutely was time well spent, each day was packed with opportunities to network with a variety of  professionals, attend and participate in very informative learning opportunities and perhaps most importantly have the opportunity to observe, support and gain a greater appreciation for all the hard work our marketing and business development staff does for Tec.

Proudly Tec was prominently represented at the beginning, middle and end of the conference.  Wednesday morning the conference kicked off with Adam and his two co-authors Holly Bolton and Dana Galvin presenting their White Paper, “The Client’s Use of Social Media and Social Networking” to a packed  house of fellow CPSM’s. 

Thursday evening at the Gala Reception Mike, last year’s Chapter President of the Year, had the pleasure of introducing Alison Carney of the Washington DC Chapter as this year’s Chapter President of the Year. It was a great speech by Mike and a tremendous honor for Alison. In true leadership fashion Alison humbly deferred much of the success for the growth of the Chapter to her Board and members.  Finally the very last session of the day Friday when many attendees had visions of the conference closing reception and the SMPS Chicago Social Event at the Merchandise Mart later in the evening, the BD Live session in the Michigan Room attracted 35 or 40 richly rewarded attendees. The client, Edward Gervain from Adventist Health System, was perfect and up to the task, the four BD professionals Kenda Salisbury, Barbara Stiles, Laurie Buckman, and Mike Totsch were superb. (Although in my obviously unbiased opinion Mike was superb-plus). This presentation was thought provoking, informative and hilariously funny, all-in-all 75 minutes well spent.

Not having the time to attend has become less of an issue. I may not be able to attend every year however I did leave Chicago looking forward to Build Business 2012 Take Action in San Francisco next July.

Tec Inc. Plays in SMPS Columbus Golf Outing

The SMPS Columbus Golf Outing on Monday, August 8th was a great success.  Tec was a corporate sponsor,  providing us the opportunity to play with "celebrity" golfer, Keith Russell - System Director, Real Estate Finance at OhioHealth.  Our team consisted of Terry Kilbourne, Tim Pool, Adam Kilbourne and special guest Holly Bolton from CE Solutions, Inc. in Indiana.

Team TecOur team didn't play all that well, but we really enjoyed the day. Wedgewood Country Club is a fantastic golf course, and the weather was great.  We had our share of excellent shots, but unfortunately had a larger share of not so excellent shots.

The SMPS Columbus Golf Outing raises money to donate to charity. This year the donation will go to Kids 'n Kamp, A Lifeline of Support for Families Touched by Childhood Cancer.

Tec is proud to support this event and looks forward to next year.