CEO Kelly Tomblin and EVP of Customer Solutions Matthew Turk led the INTREN Icicles charge for the #SpecialOlympicsChicago ‘Polar Plunge’. We are proud to have supported the #ComEdCoolers who raised more than $257,000 for this great cause!
Recently, nine INTREN women hosted 45 Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and NW Indiana for an Energy/STEAM Career Exploration Day in INTREN's Franklin Park, IL office. Our team shared information and insights about their jobs and how STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) concepts play a part. Scouts explored our world of energy via interactive, hands-on activities and stories, discussions and question-and-answer sessions.
After the welcome introductions, the Girl Scouts rotated to three different "stations" throughout the morning. Senior Project Manager Mearl Kise-Halsall and Operations Director Sarah Douglas ran an engineering station where girls learned about the importance of safety, tried on PPE, learned the mechanics of electricity and just how diverse our crews' jobs are out in the field.
Procurement Director Deniese Meyer and Equipment Buyer Jennifer Chaffin showed the girls equipment a digger truck and a John Deere 330 skid loader, among other trucks. Marketing Manager Mary Smith and Assistant Marketing Manager Heidi Schmitt explored the importance of having a strong INTREN brand and shared different elements of marketing, promotions and communication.
In the final segment of the event, our volunteer panel shared more about leadership, what they enjoyed about their jobs, and what might help girls find their passion and explore STEAM opportunities while still in school. We closed the meeting by awarding each Girl Scout a custom STEAM exploration patch they earned by taking this learning journey with us.
We were grateful to host our STEAM leaders of tomorrow!
The 9-week job training program, which is in its 6th year, is focused on increasing the pool of qualified minority candidates for entry-level construction jobs in Illinois. Matthew Turk was also recognized at this year’s event as the architect of this CONSTRUCT program.
“As one of CONSTRUCT’s founding sponsors, it is exciting to watch the program expand and change the lives of so many,” said CEO Kelly Tomblin. “I applaud the construction industry for placing focus on diverse candidates and giving them the training and opportunity to join a significant industry with many options for growth.”
What began with ComEd, 10 companies and three social service agencies has grown to include Illinois' other major utilities - Nicor Gas, Peoples' Gas, 38 companies and eight social service agencies. This year’s curriculum also launched a new Project Management and Planning track, along with the Construction and Skilled Trades.
INTREN was proud to again sponsor the 2017 Exelon African American Resource Alliance (EAARA) Diane Lewis Scholarship Golf Outing on Saturday, June 3rd. The money raised at the
event funded 30 scholarships for African American students pursuing post high school education. The INTREN foursome of Business Development Manager Lloyd Gillespie, Foreman Pete Becker, Tim Ahern, and ComEd representative Jacob Leonard took home first place. During the event, the President and CEO of ComEd Anne Pramaggiore took pictures with many of the golfers, including INTREN’s teams.
The town of Marengo came together as a community last Saturday to build the INTREN Playground and fulfill a wish for neighborhood children and parents. Part of the park district's Indian Oaks Park, it was a project that had always been close to Marengo resident Mike Miller's heart.
Back in 1993, Miller, a retired Underground Civil Superintendent for INTREN, had initially installed the original playground equipment. However, over the years with lost and broken parts, a manufacturer that was out of business and no longer ADA compliant, the park district was forced to restrict access and then remove the equipment in 2016.
"To see a snow fence around the old equipment to keep kids out was disheartening," said Miller. "I couldn't just sit there and do nothing. With construction background experience that was much needed on the Marengo City Council, I was appointed to a vacant alderman position, where I could make a difference."
Soon after, Joe Vallez, who had built playgrounds for other municipalities, had been hired as the new Marengo Park District Superintendent. With a common interest and ally in Vallez, they began the fundraising necessary to build the playground.
"Many local businesses stepped up to the plate with either monetary donations or much needed product, such as fill or concrete," said Miller. "INTREN, who has always supported the Marengo community, gave us a generous donation and we are honored to name the playground in their name."
INTREN's Underground Civil Crew also played a vital part in the buildout of the playground. The crew included Marengo residents - Brian Miller, Dan Profit, Kyle Secor, Wes Quick, Paul Mitzelfelt and Boyd Bohn.
"The INTREN crew was key to the successful build," said Vallez. They were there every step of the way to help in any way they could."
Also on hand, were dozens of locals, along with the Marengo Fire/ Rescue Squad and newly-elected Marengo Mayor John Koziol.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will include fun activities for the kids, will be on Saturday, June 3rd at Noon. All are welcome to bring their kids and join in the fun and festivities!
2-Marengo Park District Superintendent Joe Vallez, INTREN's Matt Turk, Mike Miller, Marengo Mayor John Koziol
It was a sunny but cool day on Sunday, March 5th, when our very own INTREN Icicles team of 12 along with the ComEd Coolers 'plunged' into Lake Michigan for Special Olympics! Hosted by Special Olympics Chicago at Chicago's North Avenue Beach, the Polar Plunge fundraiser encourages participants to run into Lake Michigan to raise money to benefit approximately 6,800 athletes from Special Olympics Chicago. In its 17th year, this year's Polar Plunge exceeded their fundraising goal of $1.5 million with the ComEd Cooler's teams of 670+ members raising over $270,000 alone!
For those that joined in to #MakeASplash be sure to share the great photos with friends and family and let them know you were "freezin for a reason"! To show Special Olympics Chicago's appreciation, there is no cost to download these images but they do ask that you share them along with a link to your fundraising page. Please click here to view your Chicago Polar Plunge photos!
Congratulations to everyone for making the morning such a huge success for Special Olympics Chicago and to everyone that braved the cold water and 'took the plunge'!!
Certified woman-owned businesses attended a Women's Business Development Center and WEC Corporate Partner event - Teaming for Contracts: Creating Collaborative Partnerships to Grow Your Business exclusively for established businesses. Wisconsin businesses interested in leveraging their certification with major corporations and government agencies to access contract opportunities were offered the opportunity to learn about forming profitable partnerships to grow their business at this event.
Presenting at the meeting and sharing their story on how they joined forces to improve their bottom line and to begin to change the face of construction were our very own Founder & CEO, Loretta Rosenmayer and Trice Construction President & CEO, Stephanie Hickman.
Hosted by Jerry Fulmer, Vice President - Supplier Diversity with WEC Energy Group, Jerry also provided valuable information about their supplier diversity program initiatives to the captive audience, which included INTREN Account Manager Brenda Gunnink.
Another great day was spent with the kids at the John R. Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook, Illinois on Tuesday, January 24th for INTREN’s 6th JA-In-A-Day. Twenty-nine INTREN volunteers taught 19 different classes ranging from kindergarten to third grade, for a total of over 520 students, the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement's (JA) programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.
As you can see by the photos below, all of our volunteers enjoyed their time with the kids at Tibbott! Thank you to all our wonderful INTREN volunteers for another great JAID!!
At INTREN, we are blessed with so much and it is our social responsibility to share it with others. With gratitude in our hearts, we are proud to have worked with many organizations in our community and across the country this year. Below are some of the organizations we have partnered with in 2016. To learn more about these organizations, please click on their logo.
INTREN was proud to be an event sponsor for TEDx StLouis Women on October 27th at the Peabody Opera House. Billed as the biggest women’s event in the St. Louis region, Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN’s Founder and CEO, gave an inspiring introduction for Juliette Powell, a media entrepreneur/author who has consulted with such companies as the United Nations, Warner Brothers and Cirque du Soleil.
The event brought together 10 powerful and influential women and one male (who came out clad in red pumps to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”!), all focused on empowering women and inspiring them to take on leadership roles.
Supporting women’s foundations, organizations and events is nothing new to INTREN, a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certified company. They are proud supporters of the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), YWCA, Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), the Federation of Woman Contractors (FWC), Energetic Women (MEA), Women’s Energy Summit (WES) and the Women’s Energy Network (WEN).
INTREN also supports many regional-based organizations, such as Girls 4 Science, Girls in the Game, Turning Point and Home of the Sparrow.
That sense of service and mentorship is what drives Rosenmayer.
“I am passionate about lifting women up," said Rosenmayer. "Some women were not given the gift of a voice. I must speak and I must be bold and I must have courage when I advocate for other women.”
For her immense contribution to women, Rosenmayer has won FWC’s “Women’s Inspiration Award” and CFW’s “Outstanding Corporate Citizen Impact Award” in 2016 and the WBDC’s “Hedy M. Ratner and S. Carol Dougal Legacy Award” in 2015. She also received the FWC’s President’s Award in 2012, 2009 and 2007.