Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Schultz and Summers Engineering & Surveying Received BBB Gold Star Award

They were recognized for having no complaints over the past three years.
Brad Allbritton and Bob Summers accept theGold Star from Judy Mills BBB President/CEO

SPRINGFIELD MO. - The Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri recently awarded Schultz and Summers Engineering their Gold Star award for having no customer complaints the last three years.  Owner Stan Schultz said, “It’s and honor to receive this recognition from the BBB.  Our employees work extremely hard to make sure our customers’ needs are taken care of.  I’m very thankful that Brad Allbritton and his team have done such a good job in Branson.”
Over 300 attended the annual Torch Awards dinner in Springfield.  Rick's Automotive was awarded the 2012 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in the medium size category and Success Naturally of Springfield won in the small size category.  The BBB Torch Award is designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but also the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that our country's marketplace remains fair and honorable for all consumers and businesses.

“Running an office and dealing with customers can sometimes be hectic, but SSE is a company that supports our efforts to take care of our customers.  I’m proud to work at a place where honesty and integrity are the top priority,” added Brad Allbritton. Only 60 Southwest Missouri Businesses were presented the Gold Star Award, and SSE was proud to be among them. 

SSE Owner Bob Summers attended the event and he concluded, “It was a very nice dinner and I enjoyed meeting the other business owners and award winners.  The economy has been rough the last few years but it was nice to meet other small business owners who have worked hard taken care of their customers and survived.  I’m thankful to be a part of this group!”  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stan Schultz Heads East to Highlight SSE's Capabilities

Stan in the Conti HQ
Stan Schultz recently visited the Conti Headquarters in Newark, New Jersey.  The Conti Group is a major construction company in America and they are looking for good small business partners.  We have been working for them in New Orleans on  the $21 million WBV-06.2 Belle Chasse Tunnel Levee and Flood Gate Construction.  

We had a very productive meeting with Ken Chapnick, Katy Bakunas, Charles Fesolone, Andy Millers and Oded Sten.  Along with their national work they have several international projects and they stressed how helpful it is to have a quality Hubzone company like SSE helping them with their civil engineering, materials testing and surveying needs. 

Rebuilding an overpass on I-95

After that meeting we drove down to Washington D.C. for the annual Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) meeting. This was the first SAME meeting we had attended since joining the organization. The drive down was very interesting to us because they were adding lanes to I-95.  This is the same kind of project Missouri is considering on I-70.  Watching them work gave us an idea of how big that project will be.  

 While in DC we took a trip to the capitol and stopped in and saw a few of the folks in our Congressional Delegation.   Senators' McCaskill and Blunt were in meetings, but Congresswoman Hartzler stopped on her way to a committee hearing and talked with Stan about the upcoming transportation Bill.  We also stopped by Congressman Long's office and just missed him.  His deputy COS Curtis Trent covers transportation issues from the Congressman and he told Stan that the bill was in serious trouble. It was a beautiful day and the capitol was surrounded by flowers and budding tress.  We stopped at the Supreme Court building just long enough to see some of the protesters debating the Health care law.  Thankfully it was very peaceful.  
Stan and Rep. Hartzler
Stan and Mr. Trent

Joe Walsh and Stan
We met some great engineers and made some very helpful connections. Joe Walsh from Lime Energy, Greg Meyer from M+W Group, and John Accardi from AECOM were all interested in our capabilities.  John was very helpful at the SAME fellows luncheon.  We didn't realize we were not fellows and not supposed to be in that luncheon, but he sat at our table and made us feel at home and explained more about how we could get involved in SAME. 

Overall it was a great trip that has given SSE some  solid opportunities for our Federal contracting operations. 

Here are a few other photos at our nations capitol. 

Congressman Schultz??
It's great to be an American

He just doesn'tt quite fit in
These ladies thought he was a congressman


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kelsey Koehler Chosen As Doniphan Prom Queen

Kelsey Koehler the daughter of Schultz and Summers employee Dan Koehler was chosen as the Doniphan Prom Queen for 2012.  Here are a few photos from the event.

Kelsey with Principle Mike Jones

Kelsey with her crown!

She requested that her Dad be her escort for the ceremony.  SSE wants to congratulate Kelsey and her Dad!!