There were plenty of spectacular moments at the Arnold Sports Festival 2017, held March 2-5 in Columbus, OH. But the finest of those moments occurred when contestants gathered to compete in the Festival’s first powerlifting competition for people with disabilities. Columbus PSG Teammate James Spurgin was among them.
Spurgin, a Teammate at our Professional Services Group in Columbus, bench pressed a mighty 176 lbs. – using one arm! A few minutes later, he literally stepped in to assist a fellow contestant whose feet had begun losing traction during a lift. Spurgin anchored the contestant’s feet with his own, providing the stability needed to successfully complete the lift. Other competitors achieved equally impressive lifts, but Spurgin believes it’s the “doing” that’s most important.
“The competition isn’t the point,” Spurgin noted in a Columbus Dispatch story about the event. “It’s the fact that we can still do these things.”
Indeed, the former U.S. Marine struggled to adapt after losing the use of his right arm in a 2006 motorcycle accident. Years later, powerlifting became a source of inspiration and motivation, renewing his self-worth and confirming that he could achieve his goals in life.
Spurgin never planned on becoming a role model. But his participation in strength competitions brought more visibility and people have been inspired by his success. Today he has become more open to using his story to help other people.
“My goal isn’t to become a professional athlete,” he said. “It’s to spread the idea that you can still be strong and still be worth something, even if you’re hurt.”
James Spurgin’s powerful story can also enrich our understanding of the Core Values that we share at Team Fishel. Think of it when you hear about Being the Solution – embracing challenges, finding innovative ways to perform our work, and overcoming obstacles. Remember it the next time you think about our Commitment to High Performance. And if James’s experience inspires you to achieve something very special in your own life, go for it!
Teammates across the country stepped up once again with generous contributions and pledges to support the annual United Way campaign. Between Team Fishel's area offices, its subsidiary Team Power Group and corporate donations, the grand total pledged for 2017 is $481,294! That’s a home run for sure!
Four areas - Atlanta, Groveland, Houston and Plant City – topped the charts with 100% participation. Seven more areas achieved 90% or above in total participation: Corporate, Dallas, Las Vegas, Manassas, Richmond, Cincinnati Technologies and Columbus Technologies. That’s the kind of generosity that really makes an impact on communities throughout the country.
Special congratulations to our Plant City, FL operation! The Plant City office once again ranked #81 on the United Way Suncoast’s list of the Top 100 Most Generous Workplaces. Way to go, Teammates!
As always, this is the perfect time to say Thank You to our Teammates throughout the nation for their excellent support of the United Way each year. Their ongoing participation is a powerful demonstration of Team Fishel's shared core values, commitment to our communities and High Performance that is second to none!
The TechAdvantage® 2017 Conference & Expo will be happening February 26 – March 1 at the San Diego Convention Center. Sponsored by the NRECA, TechAdvantage explores leading-edge strategies and advances in technology that will benefit rural electric cooperatives well into the 21st century. Team Fishel will exhibit at the Expo once again and, as always, we are looking forward to the event!
Billed as “THE technology event for electric co-op professionals”, this year’s agenda is as solid as ever! Along with dozens of Breakout Sessions and Learning Labs, featured speakers include Mike Abrashoff, former Commander, USS Benfold; Don McMillan, “techie-computer chip designer-turned-comedian”; and Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin. Not to be missed!
Team Fishel will be on hand at the TechAdvantage Expo for the entire week. Stop by and visit us at Booth #636. We look forward to visiting with long time Customers as well as sharing our capabilities in electric power distribution, transmission and substation construction with rural electric cooperatives that we haven’t met before. See you in San Diego!
2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year for Team Fishel, and that means great career opportunities! We’ll be hosting an Open House at our San Diego, CA office on February 15th to meet interested candidates and demonstrate why Team Fishel is the best utility contractor in the business. It’s a great opportunity for potential Teammates to learn about our work in Utility Construction and explore the variety of careers that we have available right now.
Team Fishel’s San Diego operation specializes in construction and installation services for the Telecom and Broadband Communications industry. Current openings include:
Join us at Team Fishel’s Open House in San Diego and take the next big step in your career!
WHERE: TEAM FISHEL | 5878 AUTOPORT MALL | SAN DIEGO, CA 92121
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 | 4:00PM - 6:30PM
LEARN MORE AND PRE-REGISTER BY 2/13 AT TEAMFISHELJOBS.COM/SAN DIEGO OPEN HOUSE
Team Fishel’s newest video, “Pride in Partnership”, highlights a major long-term underground electric installation project in Virginia. But the story is really much bigger! It’s about providing comprehensive service from engineering through construction, consistent High Performance and collaboration with a great Customer. It’s a story about true partnership. Check out “Pride in Partnership”, on Vimeo or YouTube to learn more. You’ll see immediately why Team Fishel is the Best Choice for Utility Engineering, Construction, Installation and Maintenance.
Just before the holiday season kicked in last November, six High Performance Teammates participated in the Arizona Top Operator Competition in Phoenix. Representing Team Fishel were Ryan Haley, Enrique Garcia, Nicholas Marshall, Osvaldo Lincon-Munoz, Melchor Betances, and Brian South. Hosted by construction equipment dealer Flaska JCB, the event tested contestants’ heavy equipment operating skills to the limit! The challenges ranged from picking up a golf ball and dropping it in a designated area to picking up a T-bar from one cone then dropping it to another – all while operating a mini excavator, a large excavator or a backhoe!
Team Fishel ranked in the top 10 for all the events and three of our Teammates made it to the winner’s circle! Ryan Haley placed first in the backhoe competition, Melchor Betances placed second in the mini excavator event, and Brian South placed third in the backhoe event.
With great music and tasty food to accompany the exciting challenges, the Arizona Top Operator Competition was enjoyed by all. For our Teammates, the event also provided an opportunity to demonstrate what Team Fishel is all about – excellent operational skills, working together, mentoring our Teammates, and watching out for the other guy.
“I loved to see the Teammates represent what Fishel stands for by sharing their advice and techniques to help each other improve in the events, even though it was an individual competition,” said Ryan Haley. Way to go, Teammates! That’s High Performance all around!
If you are an active Teammate with a son or daughter who is a senior in high school or who is presently attending an accredited university, your child is eligible to compete for the annual Fishel Scholarship. Interested applicants can now apply online at the following link:
The online application process is managed by The Columbus Foundation, which administers the Fishel Scholarship program. Applicants will be able to provide all of their information in a secure online form. Instructions for completing the application and submitting documentation are listed on the website. Winners will be selected by two outside independent scholastic judges.
All online applications must be complete and submitted by March 15, 2017.
Craig Mathes has been promoted to Vice President of Safety & Human Resources. Craig joined Team Fishel as the Director of Human Resources in 2000 and became the Director of Safety and Human Resources in 2005. Throughout his career, Craig has provided exceptional leadership that has resulted in critical business outcomes. Craig and his Team's greatest contributions include: creating a safety culture built on our value to Be Accident Free, developing leaders at all levels through the Jeff Keeler Leadership Academy, and encouraging our Teammates well-being through our innovative Wellness Program. Craig and his team work tirelessly at creating programs necessary to attract, develop and retain the best Teammates in the industry.
Scott King has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Scott has served as the Director of Information Services since 2012. He is responsible for Team Fishel’s Information Technology Group including our computer systems, Wide Area Network, document work flow, network security and fixed & mobile data systems nationwide. Most recently, Scott's focus has been on leading the conversion of our StreetSmart system to the Viewpoint system. Scott joined Team Fishel as a Senior Project Manager in 2005.
Doug O’Meara has been promoted to Area Manager for the Dayton, OH operation. He previously served as Manager of Training for Gas Operations where he worked to implement our gas training initiative company-wide. Doug’s career in the electric and gas industries spans more than 35 years and includes a variety of management positions in operations and construction at the Dayton Power & Light Company and Vectren Energy. Doug is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Association.
Tim Brown was recently promoted to Area Manager of the Atlanta, GA operation. Tim joined Team Fishel in 2016 working in Special Operations in the Southeastern United States. He brings 25 years of extensive Power Distribution experience to the Area Manager position including 12 years as an Operations Manager in the South East and South Central regions of the United States.
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