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. 


Farewell Tucker

Tucker | April 23, 2002- May 5, 2011

Tucker, the friendly golden retriever, and faithful companion to Pam & Terry Kilbourne, passed away last night, Thursday, May 5th after fighting a valiant battle with cancer. After a very positive chemotherapy treatment and excellent follow-up results he suffered a frightfully rapid and severe setback Tuesday morning, May 3rd, He fought hard the next three days, but ultimately succumbed to the complications. Pam, Terry and Tucker’s sister, Molly were with him when he passed. Tucker loved to carry around stuffed animals and to chase real animals. He also loved to walk to Starbucks with Terry on Sunday morning. When at home, Tucker loved to curl up on the couch with Pam. Tucker was regular at Tec and has been known to swipe a sandwich or other food left unsupervised.

Tucker is survived by his sister, Molly (with Pam & Terry) and two brothers, Riley and Seamus (belonging to Kerri Kilbourne). He will be missed.


Who ate the Donut?

Written by: Amy Lauria

Could be that Tucker nabbed it. Or Molly…

They have been known to sneak a cookie, a slice of pizza, or to help themselves to a corned
beef sandwich–toothpick and all. They often incriminate themselves with
a dusting of powdered sugar on their noses, or by lingering too long at
the scene of the crime, licking their chops. Counters, tabletops,
covered trashcans are no obstacle for these two—simply a nuisance.

What began as the occasional Friday “field trip” for this brother/sister
Dynamic Duo, is now daily routine. Molly and Tucker belong to Pam and
Terry Kilbourne. Terry, Tec’s President, brings the dogs to the office
in the morning. As the human contingent grab their first cup of coffee
and begin logging onto their computers, Molly and Tucker barrel through
the front door ready for “work.” First, they make rounds to collect
their morning goodies—they know which employees keep a stash of treats
on hand. Molly curls up on her blanket, under Terry’s desk. Tucker
plants himself in the reception area, eagerly anticipating Pam’s
arrival. The dogs spend the day snoozing under the Conference Room table
during meetings and conduct “meet and greets” with the UPS driver and
Postman. They sometimes wander the office—noses in the air—following the
scent of food to it origins. Anything left unattended is fair game,
though if the food is guarded, they will politely await their portion of
scrap. They have been known to fall asleep waiting…

The health benefit of dog ownership is proven fact. Those who live with dogs
experience lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, improved mood and
sense of well being, and are statistically happier in genereal than
those not having a dog in the home. There is a sense of social
camaraderie inherent in having a pet, particularly a dog. Though not
proven, these benefits arguably extend to having animals in the
workplace. Molly and Tucker’s presence in the office frequently
encourages employees to interact with each other, as they stop to dish
out a quick pat to one of the dogs. 

Canines humanize an office. They facilitate bonding between co-workers, create
laughter with their antics, and often soothe the daily tensions that
arise in a work environment. Quite frankly—Work is a lot of Work. Tec is
no different than any other office, in that there are project
deadlines, heavy workloads, high expectations, and periods of heavy
stress. The dogs help balance the atmosphere, particularly as they are
golden retrievers—a breed known for its friendly, happy-go-lucky
temperament. Most employees aren’t fazed by floating dog hair, or an
occasional sandwich gone MIA. The benefits far outweigh any negatives.

Moses—a yellow lab belonging to Ardra Zinkon, might greet those visiting our
Columbus office. Moses doesn’t “work” every day like our Cleveland Crew,
but he does enjoy hanging out in the office on occasion. And one of
these days his little sister, Mattie (also a yellow lab), might spend a
day at the office.

Just another reason Tec Inc. is not your typical engineering office.