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ABC NH/VT offers a Future Leaders in Construction program

TFMoran’s Chief Operating Office, Dylan Cruess, is excited to be part of this year’s  Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) NH/VT Future Leaders in Construction course located at the ABC Headquarters in Concord, NH. The comprehensive program includes courses that run over an eight month period. The purpose of the program is to enhance leadership skills and implement managerial ideas and characteristics to those in the construction industry.

Some topics of the workshops include: Managing Conflict, Motivation and Coaching, Situational Leadership, and Goal Setting, Action Planning and Time Management. A different guest leader will be invited to each seminar and given the opportunity to speak, encourage and offer insight on being a successful leader in construction. This program is designed for “anyone who wants to make a positive impact on work and life.” The instructors are engaged, informative, impactful and experienced professionals who are very familiar with the industry and course material.

To view a pdf of the flyers for NH and VT programs, click on the links ABC VERMONT FLiC Program 2017  ABC NH FLiC Program 2017

For more information email: info@abcnhvt.org

Enjoy the photos of the first class, provided by ABC NH/VT.

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The Bedford Bulletin features Kids Safety Day

TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess and daughter Cate were captured on camera at the annual Kids Safety Day and published in The Bedford Bulletin. To view the article and read more about this great event, please click on this link The Bedford Bulletin October 19, 2017 issue -Kids Safety Day Article  or read text below. And, a Big Thank You to The Bedford Bulletin for covering local events!

October 19, 2017 [Bullet] Neighborhood News [Bullet] The Bedford Bulletin [Bullet] Page 19

Kids Safety Day provided child ID packets

Sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures provided the backdrop for Primary Bank’s second annual Kids Safety Day, which was held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the bank’s Route 101 location.
The event, held in conjunction with the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program and Manchester-based Washington Lodge No. 61, presented families with the opportunity to put together comprehensive child identification packets, which could be taken home, kept in a safe place and given to law enforcement officials should their child ever go missing.

A record number of children took advantage of the program at this year’s event, according to Dylan Cruess, member of Washington Lodge No. 61 and chief operating officer of Bedford-based TFMoran. More than 300,000 children have participated in MYCHIP since its inception in 1988.

“We had 52 children go through our Child ID program this year. That’s the highest number of children we’ve ID’d during one of these events in over five years,” said Cruess, himself a father of a 4-year-old daughter. “We couldn’t be happier with this year’s turnout. It’s wonderful to see more and more families taking advantage of this service, and we’re so pleased to be partnering with Primary Bank in an effort to keep our community a little bit safer.”

Although similar in content to child identification packages of past generations, which consisted of a physical description, outdated photo and ink fingerprints, today’s kits include a brief videotaped interview with the child, not only capturing the child’s image but also their voice and mannerisms. While fingerprints are still collected, children today hold their fingers to an electronic pad similar in appearance to a miniature computer mouse, generating computerized fingerprints. Once the entire 10-minute process is completed, all the data is put into an envelope and given to the parents to take home for safe keeping.

“I’m so happy we had the opportunity to do this with our daughter today,” said Kaitlyn Choi of Candia, who attended the Kids’ Safety Event with her daughters Emma, 2, and Aly, 6 months, and husband, Andrew, a Manchester police officer. “Emma had a lot of fun and now we have peace of mind knowing we have everything we need to give to the police if we ever need to.”
Although child safety is a serious topic, the day itself was filled with fun. The eastern end of the 101 Plaza parking lot took on a festive feel for the day. Max the mascot from the Manchester Monarchs and Fungo from the Fisher Cats both made appearances. Children had fun in a giant bouncy house and practiced their skills on miniature sports fields before getting their face painted and picking out a balloon animal.

Bedford emergency vehicles, including two fire trucks and a police vehicle, were also available for curious children to explore.

Primary Bank staff handed out fresh-popped popcorn and bottled water, and Harvest Market employees grilled burgers and dogs.

“We couldn’t be happier with today’s event,” said Bill Stone, president and CEO of Primary Bank. “It’s great seeing the community come together and enjoy the day. But the fact that we can have fun like this while providing such a beneficial service to families from in and around Bedford makes it even better. We’re just so pleased to be part of this great community.”

Dylan Cruess and his daughter, Catherine, 4, took part in Primary Bank’s Kids Safety Day. Cruess is a member of the Masonic Washington Lodge No. 61, a co-sponsor of the event.

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Jen Porter, TFMoran Civil Engineer is “Spotlighted” by NEREJ

New England Real Estate Journal published their First Annual Women in Real Estate Spotlight on September 29, 2017. Jen Porter, PE, who serves as a Civil Project Engineer for TFMoran, was featured among many professional women in the industry.  Jen’s 19 years of engineering experience includes the site design of commercial, industrial, residential and institutional projects. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University. Congratulations to all the professional women featured in the NEREJ Spotlight!

We invite you to read Jen’s responses by clicking on this pdf link NEREJ _ 2017 Women in Real Estate Spotlight  or read the text below.

Jen Porter, PE
Project Engineer for TFMoran, Inc.

19 years in Engineering

How have you navigated obstacle to achieve success in your career?
Looking back, obstacles were tackled by good management, open communications and jumping on the next available opportunity. Starting in the engineering field right out of college, I had no practical experience, only my BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.  I was fortunate to find an entry level position at TFMoran and that they were willing to train me.  I started reading every plan set or report I touched, attended workshops and put in extra hours at night to learn AutoCAD.  I asked A LOT of questions.  Years later, I am involved with multiple tasks on TFM civil projects: concepts, site design, drainage analysis & utility design, traffic analysis, and permitting.  The last 10 years have been spent balancing working full time and being a mom of two.  The office doesn’t slow down if kids are sick or have school events.  I’ve put in many late hours balancing work and family.  TFM has supported me as a working parent and has allowed flexibility to work outside of typical office hours.  This delicate balance is a constant challenge, but in the end, I wouldn’t want it any other way.  TFM is a great company and I am proud of the work that we do.

How do you play to your strengths to your advantage in your career?
In a fast-paced engineering company, you need to be a team player, dependable and always be ready for challenges. I was a competitive hurdler on the Track Team in high school and college, and while Track & Field is somewhat of an individual sport, everyone is working toward a common goal:  the better my performance, the better my team did.  The same teamwork approach is a great value in the work place.  My career choice to remain in my position as a project engineer is because I enjoy the role as a “worker-bee”, using my individual success, work ethic and experience for the good of the team.  From designing projects from the initial concept phase through the construction documents, I believe that behind every good Project Manager is a solid project engineer and design team they can depend on.

What trends are you seeing so far this year?
Right now in our Civil department, we are working on several mixed-use projects, educational projects, some residential developments and commercial/industrial projects.

What do you do for fun?
I play on a co-ed soccer team, love to hike with my family and laugh with my kids.