Author Archives: Rick Worrel

Business, Politics, and Engineering at this Year’s ACEC Annual Convention

Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 by
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Two weeks ago, I was at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Annual Convention in Washington D.C. During the three days I spent in the capitol, I spoke with business owners and legislators about issues the engineering industry is facing. Below, you’ll find my highlights from the trip, as well as key takeaways on our […]

Stayin’ Alive: My Changing Engineering Perspective

Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by
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On May 14, 2016, my heart stopped for 15 minutes near the end of the PurpleStride 5K. Because bystanders began immediately performing CPR as soon as I collapsed, I am alive today to share my story. I’m asked fairly often how my life has changed in the last 23 months. Clearly, I have a better […]

Economist Reveals Expectations vs. Reality for the U.S.

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 by
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2017 Affinis Industry Summit

A few weeks ago, Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, offered economic insight at Affinis’s third Industry Summit. In his presentation, “Are We Where We Thought We Would Be? – The Economy at the End of 2017,” he offered a number of takeaways. We found these to be particularly compelling. Many post-election […]

Co-Worker Q&A: Giving Back

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by
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Adopt a Street Program

Whether it’s volunteering to adopt a street or gathering blankets for reStart, helping others is an important part of our culture. With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to highlight how a few co-workers give back. What are your favorite ways to give back? Cindy Martens: “I’m having a great time tutoring third […]

City of Overland Park Receives ACEC Award

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 by
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ACEC Award Presentation - Affinis

On September 12, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC-Kansas) presented the City of Overland Park, Affinis Corp, and Miles Excavating with their 2016 Engineering Excellence Award for the 159th Street Improvements between Quivira Road and Antioch Road. Selected earlier this year, the 2-mile thoroughfare project improved safety, increased roadway capacity, and spurred […]

Using Co-Worker Survey Data to Improve Culture

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 by
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Submitting for the “Best Firm to Work For Award” and attending industry conferences help us take inventory of what we’re doing right and which practices need improvement. Last week, I attended the 2015 Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference in Boston with Rick Worrel, because Affinis was recognized as a Zweig Group Best Firm to […]