Sundt workers install one of two granite pedestals.
Last November, thanks to the Sundt Foundation and Arizona veterans, a bronze medallion that had adorned the 6-foot tall granite marker was restored to the WWI Memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix, Arizona. This month, Sundt employee-owners provided additional support to restore another piece of the memorial.
Two brass plaques, one telling the story of WWI and the other, a poem written by John McCrae near a Belgian Battlefield, had been neglected and forgotten, until now. Volunteers from Sundt’s Industrial Group installed two granite pedestals that will house the two brass plaques.
The unveiling ceremony on May 18 was nothing short of magical, with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem and a presentation of the colors of the flag.
The completed monument now stands tall as a remembrance of the great sacrifice many men and women made for our country.
What started as a $100 bet turned into a $130,000 fundraiser for the Sundt Foundation. Shave It or Save It was born when Sundt CEO Mike Hoover (half) jokingly told recently-promoted Concrete Operations Manager Danny Gumm that he’d donate $100 an inch for Danny to shave his beard. Others countered, saying, “No, save it!” And soon it became a full-on competition and GoFundMe campaign. In less than two weeks, 265 people had raised nearly $65,000 to either shave or save Danny’s famous beard.
Between the event and Facebook Live stream on Monday, hundreds gathered to show their support and learn the fate of Danny’s beard. With an Airstream barbershop in tow, Mike revealed the final results: the “shave it” side donated almost $10,000 more than the “save it” side, and Danny said goodbye to the most coveted (and expensive) beard in Sundt history. However, the big surprise was when Mike announced the company would not only match the winning side, but both sides, bringing the total to an incredible $129,169 donated to the Sundt Foundation.
Hats off to the employee-owners, family, friends, subcontractors, sponsors, vendors and everybody else who gave to Shave It or Save It and made this effort a success.
Phoenix-based barbershop Nippers Clippers came in style with their fully custom Airstream trailer.
Danny Gumm raised a toast to the crowd as the final look was revealed.
Sundt CEO Mike Hoover and Danny Gumm hold the final check addressed to the Sundt Foundation.
This week, over 70 national and global construction companies in the Construction Industry Safety (CISI) group and the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum have come together to celebrate Safety Week. Jobsites and offices near and far hosted safety briefings and safety shares, with topics ranging from fall protection to electrical safety to general health and well-being.
Together, we share a common goal that goes far beyond learning best practices. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our families to come home safe every day, and we owe it to our fellow builders—both colleagues and competitors—to build a safer industry. Here are just a few Safety Week snapshots of Sundt employee-owners and partners doing their part.
Sundt’s Sacramento State University Science Building team came together to learn about electrical safety from Bergelectric.
Brian Martinez, Corporate HS&E Trainer, led a discussion on electrical safety at Sundt’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona.
Tony Bonilla from Jobsite Supply, holding a rescue ladder with anchor point, reminded the San Diego Air Support Facilities team about the importance of Rescue Planning
The team at Sundt’s HACEP Chelsea project in El Paso, Texas met to learn about trench excavating safety.
May is National Awareness Month for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Since 2001, the Sundt Foundation has hosted a variety of sporting events to benefit ALS research in honor of Mike Gaines, a beloved member of the Sundt family who lost his life to the disease at 49. After his battle with ALS forced him to retire, Mike wanted to raise money for ALS research so that no one else would have to suffer. To date, the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events initiative has raised over $2 million dollars, with funds donated to the ALS Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
From left to right: Sara Gwaltney (ALS), Julia Marsili (ALS), Aly Gartin (Sundt), Amy Sugimoto (ALS), Stephanie Daniels (ALS), and Madison Jones (Sundt) hold a check for the ALS Association.
In honor of National ALS Awareness month, Sundt’s Sacramento location hosted the 10th Annual Mike Gaines Golf Tournament at Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville, California. The event was a huge success and raised over $50,000 to benefit the ALS Association.
Sundt CEO Mike Hoover, VP and Regional Director Jim Larrieu, Building Group President Teri Jones and Project Executive Mike Mielcarek came out to add their support and show off their skills.
Amy Sugimoto, Executive Director of the ALS Association’s Greater Sacramento Chapter, spoke to the success of the event and expressed her thanks: “The Chapter is grateful for Sundt’s commitment to funding research programs to find treatments and a cure for ALS. By hosting golf tournaments in the Sacramento region and beyond, Sundt has truly changed the landscape of ALS research in memory of their friend Mike Gaines. We appreciate all who participated in the tournament at Woodcreek Golf Club on May 3rd. Thank you to the Sundt team for your work and tireless dedication to eliminating ALS.”
Since 2001, Mike Gaines events have raised over $2 million dollars for the ALS Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Today is Law Day, a national day to celebrate the rule of law and to learn how the legal process protects the freedoms we share as Americans. As such, it’s a great occasion to spotlight Ron Stuff, who shared with us his love for the law and his journey to become Sundt Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
Growing up the son of a carpenter, Ron always knew he wanted to be involved in building things. The law was also something that held his interest with its ever-changing, dynamic nature and its opportunities to make a difference. Following his passion for construction, Ron graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Ron worked as a civil engineer with a construction firm and worked on the front lines. According to Ron, he wouldn’t trade his experience spending each day on a construction site for anything in the world.
After four years as an engineer, Ron attended Harvard Law. Not many construction lawyers have the same combination of field experience and education. Ron saw both benefits and challenges being an engineer studying law. “On one hand, engineering is a lot like law,” he said. “Both require analytical skills. Both require breaking large, complex problems down into smaller pieces, and solving them one piece at a time.” On the other hand, law required a lot more writing skills than he had. Over the last 30 years, Ron said he has been privileged to bring together his two passions for building and the law.
In 2017, Ron was named Arizona Corporate Counsel of the Year in the Large Private Company category. Upon receiving the award, he said, “In circumstances like this, I’m reminded of the words of an early mentor who told me, ‘It’s easy to look good when one is surrounded by good people.’ The legal team and the entire Sundt organization are the ones who made this possible.” Those who know Ron will agree: he readily attributes his success to those around him.
Lawyers in construction can often be seen as the “department of No” or just another hurdle to overcome. Ron hopes that he and his team are useful business partners to everyone in the company. “If they’ve got a legal question or problem, we want to find a way to help them solve it or answer it. If we’re not, then we need to change what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”
Looking back, there are many things Ron would count as his greatest accomplishment; from spending 37 wonderful years with his wife, to having three beautiful children, there is a lot to be proud of. Career-wise, Ron feels most accomplished with his current role. Of all his different jobs, Ron said, he has never had one that has felt more rewarding than his time with Sundt.