September 29, 2016
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.
August 4, 2016
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.
July 8, 2016
Part of the novelty of the event were several 15-inch holes. Who could miss that putt?
Another large field of golfers helped Sundt raise $33,500 to battle ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, during the Mike Gaines tournament in San Diego.
More than 100 of our employee-owners and subcontractors turned out at the Riverwalk Golf Club to participate in the event. The tournament is one of five the company hosts, along with a skeet-shooting competition, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The next golf tournament is Oct. 21 in San Antonio.
Mike was a dedicated employee-owner for two decades before passing away from ALS complications.
The first Mike Gaines golf tournament was held in May 2001 in Tucson. Our golf and skeet shooting events have combined to raise more than $1.7 million to help the MDA’s fight against the deadly disease. This year’s four events have raised $141,500.
May 31, 2016
DeAnna Andrews is Sundt’s Small Business Coordinator in California. 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 that community to ensure that Sundt has a diverse group of subcontractors working on its projects.
DeAnna has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and certifications that include Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professional, San Diego State Green Building Construction, Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) and San Diego State Construction Management Practices.
How did you get into the construction industry?
I came in as a two-day temp file clerk assisting one of the Project Administrators working on a Long Beach project. Two days turned into two weeks and then that PA received a Sundt-sponsored scholarship to the University of Phoenix. When she left, I stepped into the PA role. I am now in my 23rd year of employment. I have worn many hats over the years: Project Administrator, Quality Control Engineer, Project Engineer, Estimator, Project Labor Compliance, Small Business Manager and now California District Small Business Coordinator.
What does your job entail?
I identify the local, small, disadvantaged, minority, women and veteran owned business requirements on specific projects at the preconstruction phase and assist the estimators and Project Managers/Project Superintendents to create a plan to meet and exceed the requirements for the project. Having 12 years of field experience with plans, specs and work scopes allows me the ability and knowledge to break out specific work scopes to provide small business opportunities. I also work closely with the field team and when they have a need for a specific trade or general requirements business, I provide them with companies to contact. My overall responsibility is to make sure we comply with what we promise owners in our proposal responses and identify opportunities for small, diverse business participation on our projects or in our offices.
How important is it to have minority-owned or small business represented among our project subcontractors?
The backbone of our country is small business. 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. Due to the major impact small businesses make on our economy, we must provide opportunity for them to grow.
What does Sundt do to ensure that it has a diverse subcontractor base?
Sundt recently created a registration system to allow tiers, vendors, suppliers and professional service businesses to get in our database. We use this information to provide opportunities for networking with our larger subcontractors on our projects. Since 2013, we have averaged about 25 outreach/networking events in Southern California, mainly San Diego, where we have done matchmaking, formal presentations, hosted or had a booth and have met or presented to thousands of people. Because of these events, Sundt is very well known in the small business community and we have had good results in providing opportunities on the last five projects I have tracked. These five projects have employed more than 800 firms (including subcontractors, tier-subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms) and helped small, minority and veteran owned businesses earn more than $320 million.
What kind of feeling do you get when you’re able to bring good, qualified small businesses on to our projects?
I enjoy seeing the faces of the small business owners when they meet me at an event and they are excited to tell me how well they are doing now because of that specific experience with a Sundt project. I also am very proud of Sundt when a small business tells another business that Sundt does what it says it was going to do. I want Sundt to be known in the industry as the company that goes beyond checking the box and we “think SMALL … business.”
Kids show how much they’re grown since their days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Miracle Babies was founded by Dr. Sean Daneshmand in 2009 to provide financial support to families with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He understands the struggles NICU families face because of his own experience caring for his daughter who was born prematurely at 34 weeks.
The Sundt Foundation’s $3,000 grant helps the organization’s Family Assistance Program (FAP) provide support to disadvantaged families facing a prolonged NICU stay. Many low-income families require basic transportation to visit their babies.
“Support from the Sundt Foundation has helped us fulfill our mission by providing vital financial and supportive services to families in the NICU,” said Miracle Babies Director of Operations Joelle Felton Lackey. “The majority of NICU stays are unexpected, overwhelming and often life-changing.”
The FAP seeks to improve health outcomes for NICU babies by making it possible for families to bring breast milk to their babies and provide them with “kangaroo care,” a method in which infants are held skin-to-skin with a parent, usually the mother, for as many hours as possible every day.
By offsetting the cost of transportation and other expenses that might impede parents’ ability to visit the NICU, Miracle Babies support allows parents, especially those struggling financially, to meet the most basic immediate needs of their critically ill babies in a way that no one else can: a constant, loving embrace and nutrient-rich breast milk. Frequent visitation improves the health and well-being of parents and their newborn and improves family bonding.
“Miracle Babies is a very small group that has a large impact,” said Sundt Employee-Owner Jessica Beyer, part of the Foundation committee that chooses grant recipients. “They are there to give hope when it is needed most. It is our pleasure to support them in their mission to assist families of babies who spend time in the NICU.”
Last year, Miracle Babies served more than 1,300 families through its FAP. In 2016, the organization hopes to serve at least half of the 6,000 families with newborns admitted to Level III and Level IV NICUs in San Diego County.
“Although many people in San Diego need NICU support services, local resources are few, and many families lack the resources and financial support they need to weather a prolonged NICU stay,” Joelle said. “Miracle Babies responds to the unmet need to provide financial, educational and emotional support to San Diego families caring for a baby in the NICU.”