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August 12, 2014
Four smiling Sundt employees in San Diego show off the Best Places to Work award. Pictured from left to right are Sef Silofau, Mike Damme, Wes Despins and John Hawkins.
Why are these Sundt employees in San Diego smiling? Because they work for a great company. We already knew that, of course, but a recent award from the San Diego Business Journal makes it official. The publication recently named Sundt one of the top ten Best Places to Work in San Diego for the sixth year in a row. (Read the San Diego Business Journal article here.)
Each company’s rank was determined by a score comprised of an employer questionnaire (15 percent of the total score) and an employee survey (85 percent).
“We should feel very proud,” said Sundt Business Development Representative Jeannie Riess. “This is not the type of award that can be bought. This is a true reflection of what a great place Sundt is to work based on our excellent benefits and the opinions of our employee-owners!”
December 17, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Vicki Trebian has joined Sundt as a senior project administrator in our San Diego office. Vicki’s clerical experience spans more than 16 years, including many in the construction industry. In her new position she takes the lead in preparing, reporting and analyzing assigned projects under the supervision of a project manager. We recently asked Vicki a few questions to get to know her better:
What brought you to Sundt?
I was very familiar with Sundt’s reputation, integrity and the caliber of people, so I was excited to be asked to join the team.
What’s a typical work day like for you?
I’ve been learning about how the company works, and working with certified payroll as well as updating information in various databases.
Which project are you currently assigned to?
Currently I’m assisting on California State University, Channel Islands – West Hall, and will eventually take that over.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
Sitting on a beach somewhere sipping a margarita! Seriously, I’ve been in construction for so long, I can’t really say.
Favorite type of cuisine?
Having lived most of my life in Arizona and the past few years in California, of course Mexican!
Best book you read recently?
The “A Game of Thrones” series by George R.R. Martin
Coolest app you’ve been using lately?
Kinetic, which is an app that logs your time and distance for any type of activity such as walking, running or cycling.
Favorite sport, either to play or to watch?
To watch: hockey
Favorite quote or inspirational saying?
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.” – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
How do you like to spend your free time?
Being on the beach, either walking or just sitting enjoying a good book.
May 24, 2013
We’re pleased to announce that Cameron Haag has joined Sundt as a field superintendent in our San Diego, Calif., office. Cameron is responsible for managing day-to-day construction activities, as well as planning, selecting and hiring the manpower required for the efficient execution of work.
Prior to joining Sundt, Cameron worked as the assistant superintendent on the $117-million Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center project near San Francisco. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management with a minor in real property development from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
We recently asked Cameron a few questions to get to know him better.
What drew you to Sundt?
There were a few reasons I was drawn to Sundt: great people, large projects that provide ample challenges, acquiring lots of new work in California, and the ability to participate in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
What are your primary job responsibilities?
As a field superintendent, it’s my responsibility to make sure that the work in the field is done in a timely, safe and cost-effective manner.
What are you working on right now?
The new Corrections Corporation of America East Otay Mesa Detention Center near San Diego. I’m supervising the underground/site work scopes.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in the construction industry?
Automotive design/engineering. I’ve always had a fairly high mechanical aptitude and interest in cars, but zero interest in thermodynamics or fluids so that wouldn’t pan out too well!
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
I recently watched “Zero Dark Thirty.” It documented how Osama Bin Laden was captured. The technology the U.S. military used to catch him was pretty impressive – stealth helicopters, extremely accurate satellite surveillance, and let’s not forget the red-blooded American attitude to never give up!
What’s the most unusual project you ever worked on?
I built a chemical plant for Dow Chemical on the California delta. It had a dock that received barges of salt from Chile. The salt was unloaded into large storage areas and then run through a series of chemical processes in the plant to convert it to household bleach that was then tanked away in trucks.
Where would you most like to travel?
Europe! I hope to cross that off my list after this project!
How do you like to spend your free time?
I have an interest in health and fitness, so I spend some of my time weight training. I also have a 2008 Mustang, which I am in the process of modifying. In the near future I would like to get involved in real estate.
Best advice you ever received?
Measure twice, cut once! Applicable in all facets of life!
Is there someone who has had a profound influence on you?
My high school welding/auto shop teacher, Mr. Cowan. He was a big believer in being calm and collected when solving problems, taking pride in your work, and always having a safety-conscious attitude.
April 26, 2013
Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars students for the 2012-2013 academic year
The Sundt Foundation awarded nearly $110,000 in grants to more than 50 non-profit organizations this quarter. The money will be used primarily for programs that benefit disadvantaged children and adults in areas where Sundt has an office or an active construction project.
One of the grant recipients was Promises2Kids, a non-profit organization in San Diego that helps area youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system. Founded in 1981, the mission of Promises2Kids is to create a brighter future for foster children. The organization serves current and former foster youth through four core programs: Guardian Scholars, Camp Connect, the Polinsky Children’s Center and Foster Funds. In San Diego County, over 300 youth transition out of foster care system annually. Within 18 months of aging out, 30 percent are re-victimized, 33 percent become homeless, and 26 percent rely on public assistance.
“The commitment of corporate leaders such as Sundt helps change the lives of foster youth,” said Tonya Torosian, Promises2Kids’ Chief Executive Officer. “Support from the community ensures that foster youth have every opportunity to pursue a higher education and become successful, self-sufficient members of the community.”
Volunteers preparing meals at Mama’s Kitchen
Mama’s Kitchen, also located in San Diego, received a $2,000 grant to fund the purchase of meals for kids whose parents are too ill and isolated from AIDS or cancer to prepare meals. In 2013, the organization expects to deliver more than 60,000 meals to 140 kids to ensure that they have access to adequate nutrition.
The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc., as a way for its employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they work. In addition to funding grants every quarter, the Foundation also sponsors volunteer activities to benefit nonprofit organizations. The grant money comes primarily from contributions made by Sundt employees, which are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.
Since its inception the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Approximately 75 percent of the money goes to help disadvantaged children, with the remaining 25 percent dedicated to community issues. Employees can also earmark their donations for charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.
Children’s counseling room at The Elizabeth Hospice
The Elizabeth Hospice, a not-for-profit organization serving San Diego County, has received a $2,000 grant from the Sundt Foundation. The money will go toward its hospice care fund, which allows the organization to alleviate human hardship by providing the full array of hospice services to patients who are uninsured, underinsured or indigent.
The Elizabeth Hospice was founded in 1978, when the concept of hospice was still in its infancy in the United States. The organization’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of those nearing the end of life’s journey and for those who grieve.
“The Elizabeth Hospice is greatly appreciative to the Sundt Foundation for its generous grant to provide San Diego residents access to hospice care regardless of their ability to pay,” said Jan Jones, CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice. “The Elizabeth Hospice aspires to a world in which every life ends with compassion, dignity and peace.”
The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc., as a way for its employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they work. In addition to sponsoring volunteer activities, the Foundation distributes grants every quarter. The money to fund those grants is raised primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.
Since its inception the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Approximately 75 percent of the money goes to help disadvantaged children, with the remaining 25 percent dedicated to community issues. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office or major project underway. Employees can also earmark their donations for charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.