Act of Excellence Winners
Left to right: Blake Hansen (Accomplishment), Sean Heironimus (Character) and Kaci Nowicki (Innovation)

Spring 2020 Act of Excellence Winners: Valuable, Courteous and Engaging

At SEH, we empower our employees to recognize their colleagues through the company’s Act of Excellence program. This year-round initiative features three categories – Accomplishment, Character and Innovation – with an employee-led committee choosing a winner (among many nominees) for each category each quarter of the fiscal year. Winners receive prizes such as a cash bonus.

Congratulations to our spring 2020 Act of Excellence winners: Blake Hansen, Sean Heironimus and Kaci Nowicki! FInd out what they were nominated for by their peers, as well as why they were selected as winners. The following sentiments came directly from the colleagues of each individual below.

Blake Hansen

Accomplishment
Selected Winner

Blake Hansen, Graduate Engineer
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Act: Blake assumed resident project representative responsibilities for a recent park reconstruction project on behalf of an SEH client. The project involved reconstructing the park’s roads, parking lots and trails. Although Blake wasn’t involved in the design of the project, he quickly learned the project aspects and complexities during construction. The client shared that Blake was a pleasure to work with and someone SEH should hold on tight to; the client said he was a valuable asset to the team and happy he was on their park project team to guide the chaos.

Since this project, the client has hired SEH to complete the design of another reconstruction project and Blake is the lead design/project engineer for the project and has established a great working relationship with their engineering staff. He is a shining example of the types of employees SEH needs to seamlessly delivery great service to our clients. Thank you, Blake!

Sean Heironimus

Character
Selected Winner

Sean Heironimus, Information Technology (IT) Specialist
St. Paul, Minnesota

The Act: The events within the first two weeks specific to COVID-19 challenged us all, but none so much as our IT group. The responsibility of moving 250 people from the SEH St. Paul office to remote/home office working situations fell on the shoulders of just a few IT professionals.

Sean accepted the challenge and worked with leaders as well as many colleagues to make sure St. Paul teammates, as well as other offices, had the tools needed to do their jobs remotely. The extraordinary thing about Sean is his willingness to help, courteous attitude and calmness as he worked through the incredible workload. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team.

Kaci Nowicki

Innovation
Selected Winner

Kaci Nowicki, Senior Aviation Planner
St. Paul, Minnesota

The Act: At the time of the innovation, the Airport group had 18 full-time, active aviation production planners and engineers. Six had less than one year of airport experience, and 11 have less than three years of airport experience. With employee engagement top of mind, Kaci developed what she terms the Aviation Café – a monthly program for presenters to share relevant industry topics. The program would allow for all members of the group to present a topic.

Project managers would typically present essential job-related information to increase performance and eliminate on-the-job 1:1 training. Less experienced staff would prepare presentations under the direction of a mentor, ultimately improving knowledge base, presentation skills, meeting organization and communication.

Attendees feel engaged by the content and have been excited to implement what they learned in their day-to-day project work. The group meets at least once a month to share stories and experiences. They gain confidence as subject matter experts as well as a better understanding of our jobs as planners and engineers. Kaci’s program has been invaluable for engagement, morale and connection with colleagues!

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