May 12, 2017
May 2, 2017
Sundt Business Development Representative Jeannie Rodriguez.
Business Development Representative Jeannie Rodriguez has worked at Sundt for a little more than eight years. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and business development for architecture/engineering/construction firms and commercial real estate.
Jeannie grew up in San Diego, graduated from San Diego State University and still lives there. She supports Sundt’s San Diego and Irvine offices.
What does a Business Development Representative do?
We help Sundt get work. For the two offices I support, that entails identifying potential opportunities and researching leads (tracking school bonds that have passed, identifying owners looking to build and meeting with architects), working with other business development and marketing folks on proposals, collaborating with project teams on presentations to potential clients, and equipping our sales teams with materials to introduce Sundt to owners.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned while working at Sundt?
We win work because of the success our project teams have had on previous projects. Many projects are won in the interview because a client really liked the Project Manager or Superintendent. I’ve seen clients select Sundt for second and third jobs because of the reputation created by an extra-hardworking Project Engineer or Project Administrator. Sundt is respected in our industry because of the individuals who work for this company. Companies don’t build projects, people do – and we have the best in the industry!
What’s one thing a person should do or see when visiting San Diego?
Eat at the beach. Whether it’s eating appetizers at George’s at the Cove, fish tacos with your toes in the sand or a bagel while you walk the boardwalk, it’s so very San Diego to eat at the beach. I don’t do it often enough!
Do you have a hidden talent?
I can make balloon animals.
If you could pick one place in the world to live, where would it be?
San Diego! I seriously love this town.
Who’s your most influential mentor and why?
My sister, Kara. She founded a very successful marketing company for architects, engineers and contractors when she was 26 and hired me when I was in high school. I knew what a request for proposals was when I was 15! She gave me a very strong base for a career in construction marketing/business development. She’s incredible and is known in the industry for being able to win work. She helped Sundt win military projects in San Diego in the early 2000s and that’s how I was introduced to this company. She’s been an incredible mentor.
January 26, 2017
Senior Estimator Paul Chang leads San Diego employee-owners on a fire drill during Safety Week on Tuesday.
Safety Week is about more than job-site situations. Sundt employee-owners who work in our offices across the Southwest are getting involved, too.
On Tuesday, people in our Irvine and San Diego offices went through earthquake and fire drills. Senior Estimator Paul Chang and Estimating Coordinator Elizabeth Tague, the Emergency Response Coordinators for the San Diego office, gave a presentation that included a review of emergency response protocols.
Southern California is particularly earthquake-prone. According to earthquaketrack.com, the San Diego area has had 140 temblors of magnitude 1.5 or higher in the past year. The Irvine area, which includes Los Angeles, has had 308 such earthquakes over the last year.
“Earthquakes in California can be little rollers or big shakers, and you never know when they will happen,” said Group Safety Manager Paul Sprecco. “If you know what to do when an earthquake hits, you’ll have a much better chance of getting through it without injury. Find cover, under a desk or table, wait until the shaking stops and then exit the building in a safe and orderly fashion. Earthquake drills like these help condition us to react correctly when the real shaking starts.”
During the fire drill, Paul Chang and Elizabeth identified the locations of extinguishers in the office as well as common corridors and locations of fire hoses and alarm pull boxes. Paul Sprecco then gave a brief presentation on the use of a fire extinguisher using the PASS acronym: Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the trigger handle and Sweep side to side.
Paul Chang and Elizabeth led a fire drill, including a building evacuation and assembly in the meeting area for a head count and all-clear to return to the building. Many Sundt offices are holding fire drills this week.
Senior Estimator Tyler Scott led presentations for the Irvine office.
The mission of Safety Week is to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week. This is the third year we have served as a sponsor of the event.
September 29, 2016
Sundt employee-owners accept the Construction Safety Excellence Award for the Highway Division from the Associated General Contractors San Diego Chapter.
For the second consecutive year, Sundt this week won the Associated General Contractors, San Diego Chapter, Construction Safety Excellence Award for the Highway Division. The award was presented at AGC’s San Diego Chapter Annual Board Installation and Awards Dinner on Jan. 16.
The award, given in the 2 million to 4 million hour category, was based on safety statistics for our entire company and qualifies us to win the division at the AGC of America National Judging and compete for the AGC Grand Award, given each year to the nation’s safest construction company. We are the only general contractor on record to win the award twice (2006 and 2016). Grand Award judging will take place in March at the 98th Annual AGC National Convention in Las Vegas.
“Winning the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Grand Award in 2016 was huge,” said Sundt Area Safety Manager Paul Sprecco, who works in San Diego. “To be recognized by your peers as being ‘the best of the best’ validates our safety culture. The real credit goes to folks who implement the workings of our safety program every day, on every project. We know that we are doing the right things because our safety measurement numbers continue to improve. We can’t rest on our laurels, though, so we are continually looking for ways to improve our systems.”
August 15, 2016
Sundt employee-owner De Anna Andrews just made the list.
Our Small Business Coordinator in California was recently named one of the 100 Influential Leaders in San Diego by the Daily Transcript. The list recognizes San Diego professionals who demonstrate cutting-edge work in real estate, construction, development, law, finance and the public sector.
With small businesses employing about half of the private sector workers and creating 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy, DeAnna’s role is to engage with the community to ensure Sundt has a diverse group of subcontractors working on its projects. On the San Diego International Landside Expansion, also known as the GreenBuild, and the San Diego International Rental Car Center, Sundt directed $173.8 million worth of work to small-, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.
“The backbone of our country is small business,” De Anna said. “As a large general contractor, it is beneficial for us to support and mentor these businesses and help them where we can so they contribute more to our national and especially local economy.”
DeAnna has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and certifications that include Design Build Institute of America, Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professional, San Diego State Green Building Construction, Certified Professional Constructor and San Diego State Construction Management Practices.
Sources of all types – U.S. News & World Report, Zillow, Bloomberg and the Huffington Post, to name a few – say San Diego is one of the best places to live in the country. Sundt employees there have it even better with the confirmation last week that the company remains one of the best places to work in the city.
We finished 16th among large companies (250 to 1,999 employees) in the Best Places to Work in San Diego competition. The awards ceremony was last Thursday at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa. We have made the list all eight years the San Diego Business Journal program has been in place.
To qualify, companies completed a survey detailing their policies, practices, benefits and demographics. The second part of the competition was an employee engagement and satisfaction survey, which included a set of 78 in-depth statements that employees were asked to respond to on a 1- 5 scale of “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” The section also included two open-ended and seven demographic questions.
In our application, we highlighted our employee stock ownership plan, wellness initiatives, tuition reimbursement and Center for Craft Excellence as programs that attract and retain employee-owners.