The saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Several months ago, Tec was given some lemons and what could have been considered a sour situation has become some really great lemonade. So here's the story…
The Lemons Come
About six months ago, two long-tenured electrical engineering professionals left our organization and in the wake of their departure, left a hole in our project management staffing capabilities. Already feeling the weight of many projects, our Director of Electrical Engineering knew that our clients would suffer if we didn't come up with a solution that looked to the future and wasn't just a quick fix.
Initially we thought to advertise for senior level electrical engineers. This produced a large amount of resumes, mostly entry level and mostly mechanical engineering. Not quite what we were searching for.
Our next thought was to hire a headhunter, but before investing valuable dollars, we turned the light on our existing staff (couldn't resist throwing in a lighting reference) and came up with a plan to utilize the resources we already had and make lemonade from those lemons.
Three names emerged. All three were electrical engineers. All three were seasoned employees with ten years experience under their belts. We are delighted to share that Chris Bayda, Steve Bohn, and Brandon Sargent, PE, LEED AP BD+Chave all been promoted to Engineer II (Project Engineer) and are providing project oversight services to our clients.
Chris has been with Tec since 2006. He enjoys working directly with clients and being involved in every step of the project process. He specializes in retail projects having completed the electrical design for more than 500 Circle K stores. Furthermore, Chris has served as the project manager on more than 200 of those 500 projects!
Steve, celebrating 10 years with Tec, started his career as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry. Since joining the team, he's transitioned to the light side (pun intended) and provides electrical engineering and project management for clients such as Lubrizol, Lakeland Community College, and The Ohio State University.
Brandon, who joined Tec right out of college is our Spartan Warrior having set some lofty career goals a few years back that included: obtaining LEED AP accreditation, passing the FE and PE exams, and move up from an entry-level engineer to project engineer. Brandon even listed the length of time it would take! As of May 2017, Brandon has officially accomplished all those goals with the last check-mark in the PE certification column. Brandon's projects include: The SPIRE Institute Track & Field Building, Gannon University Carneval Athletic Pavilion, and the Parker-Hannafin Downtown Cleveland YMCA.
Our lemonade was off to a great start, but we still needed another ingredient or two.
Sweetening the Mix
Remember those resumes we received? Several of them were too good to ignore and so we welcome to the team: Michael Ferrante (Mechanical Engineer) and Nicholas Kar (Electrical Engineer).
Michael has a BS from the University of Cincinnati in Mechanical Engineering. Although, at the time, we weren't actively looking for a mechanical engineer, we can't imagine life without him. Prior to joining Tec, Michael served as an intern for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Exact Metrology Inc., and Moen, Inc.
Nicholas (or Nick as he's known around the office) earned his BS in Biological Engineering from The Ohio State University. His work experience includes Mevion Medical Systems, Henkels & McCoy, Inc., and Renovo Neural, Inc. Currently working under the guidance of Steve Bohn, Nick is a quick study learning the ins and outs of electrical engineering focused on building systems rather than biological systems.
Although we've taken a light-hearted approach to sharing these promotions and new hires, we are absolutely serious in our CONGRATULATIONS to every one of these individuals and thank them for the ongoing contributions they make to the successful outcome of our clients' projects.
Want to extend your personal congratulations to any of the team members listed above? Please feel free to leave a line or two in the comments section below.