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While there is no shortage of programming throughout the Chicagoland market, one of the most-listened-to business programs features Ji Suk Yi, host of WGN Radio’s popular Wintrust business news program. This week, the popular program host interviewed INTREN CEO, Kelly Tomblin on INTREN’s continued pursuit of diversity in the workplace. Tomblin was featured in Segment 2 (4:31) of the programs 4 segment schedule discussing a range of subjects impacting businesses nationwide.

Click here to listen to the interview on WGN!

A collage from Sole Hope

On #GivingTuesday, INTREN employees across the country actively supported ‘Sole Hope’, an organization that provides shoes, first aid kits and education to fight the devastating results from a crippling parasite called jiggers in Uganda.

Employees donated jeans, money and their time by assembling first aid kits and cutting out shoe patterns. ‘Sole Hope’ employs Ugandan men and woman who then handcraft the closed-toed shoes, which help prevent jigger infestation for people who wear them. Currently, they make over 20,000 pairs of shoes per year!

Not to be confused with chiggers, jiggers are a small parasite that prevents kids from walking or running and adults from caring for their family. Many in Uganda believe that jiggers are a curse and often the infected become an outcast.

Thanks to ‘Sole Hope’, they are helping Ugandan people to become jigger-free and restoring their health and hope for the future, one pair of shoes at a time.

If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.solehope.org

Intren at the 2019 Womens Empowerment Lunch
INTREN women were thrilled to participate at the annual Women's Entrepreneur Network- Chicago EmPOWERment Forum held at the Museum of Science & Industry in the midst of their 'Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light' exhibit. The event was a celebration of women in STEM and honored this year's accomplishments.
Intren at the 2019 Nicor Career Academy Graduation
Congratulations Nicor Gas Career Academy Graduates and a special thank you to INTREN's Matthew Turk, Lloyd Gillespie, Laticia Holbert and Simon Dawson for contributing to this wonderful, program's success.
Laticia Holbert 40 under 40Congratulations to INTREN's Business Development & Diversity Manager, Laticia Holbert, who was honored as one of the 40 Rising Young Women Leaders by the Young Women Professionals League. The award ceremony, “5 Years, 200 Women Strong”, serves as the official induction into their 40 Under 40 YWPL. Accepting this award is an invitation for women to be a catalyst for impacting the lives of future trailblazers. The prestigious event was held at Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History.
Intren at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dinner
INTREN is honored to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County (Illinois) and 'The BIG Event' being held tonight! The celebration honors their community partners, 'BIGS of the Year' and raises awareness about the children in the county that are still waiting to be matched with their future mentor. Thank you to former Board Member and Controller Jon Arnopolin for your contribution to this wonderful organization!

Matt Turk and Kelly Tomblin of INTREN with Melody Birmingham-Byrd of Duke EnergyINTREN was honored to receive Duke Energy’s 2019 Excellence Award for Diverse Supplier of the Year during their 4th Annual Supplier Exchange Forum held in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 29th.

The Diverse Supplier of the Year award is presented to a supplier based on several factors including, but not limited to, spend growth and the supplier’s performance and safety record.

“INTREN’s commitment to leading the industry in diversity, equality, and inclusion – along with its exceptional service makes it well-deserving of this award,” said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy’s Chief Procurement Officer.

INTREN is one of the largest female-owned and operated electric and gas infrastructure construction companies in the country and has a female-majority board with founder Loretta Rosenmayer presiding at the helm.
 
Duke Energy’s business with INTREN has grown exponentially since 2012 and now encompasses 5-different work types, including a civil underground construction division that is approaching 4-years incident-free.

“This honor is the result of our dedicated leaders and crews in both Ohio and Indiana, who exemplify excellence in all they do,” said CEO Kelly Tomblin. “We couldn’t be prouder of our partnership with Duke Energy. Since we share the same values of service, safety, innovation, and stewardship, our work is more meaningful.”

INTREN has embraced diversity, equality and inclusion at its core from its inception. “It’s in our DNA and the very foundation of who we are as a company,” said Executive Vice President of Customer Solutions Matthew Turk. “We believe that a diverse workplace fosters creativity and innovation, while allowing the company and employees to reach their full potential to deliver safe, high quality service.”

This week, INTREN also took a pledge with over 800 leading CEOs to advance and act on diversity and inclusion in the work place. Read more about it here.

Kelly Tomblin joins over 800 leading CEO’s in pledge to support diversity, equality and inclusion

INTREN, a leading provider of innovative utility solutions, today announced that Kelly Tomblin, the company’s Chief Executive Officer has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge (CEO Action). CEO Action is the largest CEO-driven business commitment for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. INTREN is the first utility contractor to participate in this global pledge.

Kelly Tomblin commented, “Diversity and Inclusion is a business development and talent retention strategy for innovation, creativity and advanced customer solutions. We’re now taking it one step further and adding ‘Equality’ to our commitment. In today’s business environment, it’s no longer just the right thing to do. When you articulate your business strategy as including a talent strategy, it has more teeth and affects every value and every aspect of our company.”

In continuing the legacy of INTREN’s owner, Loretta Rosenmayer, Tomblin actively demonstrates a steadfast commitment to building on the company’s DEI mission: to lead the industry in diversity, equality and inclusion by advocating for a workforce that reflects and embraces the diversity within the communities they serve, the nation, and the world.

“Company legacies should never end. They must continue to grow with each new experience we have and carry our company to our next phase of growth” stated Tomblin. “This pledge is our next step, and CEO Action clearly proves our actions across the business community to accelerate sharing, accountability and impact. At each step we take, we will continue to identify our unconscious bias , which in turn will provide us with greater clarity and depth of thought to further improve our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.”

By working with top executive leaders throughout the country, INTREN will continue to drive accountability and progress to reinforce the principle of shared learning. They will also take part in forums to elevate the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion conversation to their board through concrete, strategic action plans to accelerate their commitments to CEO Action.

About INTREN

INTREN, is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and one of the largest owned and operated in the utility contractor sector, along with a woman-majority board of directors. As an innovative solutions partner, they have remained dedicated to building and maintaining the infrastructure of the energy industry for over 30 years. The company’s culture of stewardship and diversity guides INTREN to care for others’ priorities as if they were their own. Through an unwavering commitment to safety, integrity, customer focus and employee empowerment, the company is ranked as one of the top specialty contractors in the country. As an industry leader, INTREN is proud to serve many of the country’s foremost utility companies, private contractors and developers, municipalities and cooperatives.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 800 CEOs and presidents of America's leading businesses, academic institutions and nonprofits representing more than 14 million employees, the commitment outlines actions that participating organizations pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOaction.com.

Engineering News-Record’s Top 600 Specialty Rankings are out and INTREN jumped to #48 from #54 in 2018 and remained in the #7 position within the Utility Sector. We are so proud of our INTREN family from coast-to-coast for continuing to outperform every day! You can read ENR’s rankings @ https://bit.ly/2Bq6sJY
INTREN has been nominated to lead the planning and organizational efforts of the Nicor Gas Contractor Safety Forums for 2020. It will be driven by Corporate Safety Manager Simon Dawson, who has been part of this year’s planning committee. INTREN’s one-year appointment began at the close of the October 17, 2019 meeting.
 
The Forum started in April 2018 and is a partnership between Nicor and the 43 contractors that work within their footprint. The grass roots enterprise fosters an avenue of communication and allows contractors to discuss ongoing safety, quality and efficiency issues, as well as share examples of good catches and exceptional performance in the field.
 
Held at the Nicor facility in Naperville, each quarterly forum consists of topics that are decided on and presented by contractors, as well as information and expectations that are supplied by Nicor’s contract management team.
 
Past topics have included Damage Prevention, Quality Assurance, Environmental Concerns, Audit Trending, Hazard Communication, Traffic Control, Safety Culture Share, and Injury Prevention.
 
Each year, one of the 43 contractors is chosen to lead the planning and organizational efforts. INTREN is the third contractor to hold this position.