Act of Excellence Winners
Left to right: Jennifer McGaffey (Accomplishment), Laurie Pennington (Character) and Graham Johnson (Innovation)

Summer 2020 Act of Excellence Winners: Invaluable, Strategic and Optimistic

August 12, 2020

At SEH, employees have the opportunity to recognize colleagues through our year-round Act of Excellence program. The Act of Excellence nomination categories include: Accomplishment, Character and Innovation. Each quarter, an employee-led committee from this employee-led program selects winners from these three categories and these winners receive a monetary reward.

Congratulations to our summer 2020 Act of Excellence winners: Jennifer McGaffey, Laurie Pennington and Graham Johnson! Find out below which category they were nominated for and why. The following sentiments came directly from the nominating colleagues of each individual.


Selected Winner

Jennifer McGaffey, Paralegal
St. Paul, Minnesota

The Act: Jennifer brought SEH’s corporate licensing compliance into the 21st century with technology-driven solutions to monitor the intricacies of license management. She has expanded SEH's license footprint with ongoing review of myriad laws and regulations, and provides information to leaders within the Company to help guide the next steps for growth. Jennifer’s extensive research and organizational skills make her a valuable resource.


Selected Winner

Laurie Pennington, Senior Technician
Denver, Colorado

The Act: Laurie is the rock within our structural bridge inspection group. From prepping field reports for upcoming inspections to entering data for completed inspections (1,000+ per year), from interacting with our subconsultant to tracking down files – she is a successful multitasker.

Laurie does it all with a pleasant demeanor and friendly personality. She is cheerful, goes out of her way to brighten other people's days and rarely shows signs of stress, even during our most hectic times. These little things do so much for our spirit and togetherness as a group and an office.


Selected Winner

Graham Johnson, Sr. Professional Engineer (MN, SD)
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Act: Graham optimized a methodology to estimate turning movement counts using a software platform that uses a cell phone and GPS data to track traffic patterns. He was able to minimize the assumptions needed to do this, so that both our clients and SEH can be confident in the validity of the turning movement count estimates. Developing this methodology, traffic projects that would have otherwise been delayed by the current health pandemic can now move forward.

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