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A critical focus area for our strategic plan is developing the heart of our business – our employees! We have many amazing employees who celebrate “milestone” work anniversaries throughout the year. Check out the #WorkHereGrowHere features that highlight our staff, what they do, and why we love them.
With a background in 3D Visualization, Graphic Designer Tory Burke can bring ANYTHING to life through print or digital media! His skillset allows him to collaborate with professionals across the company to create incredible and engaging products for clients. Tory’s favorite memories over the past 15 years at Lamp Rynearson include working with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and attending an AutoDesk University conference in Las Vegas. His creativity bleeds over into his personal life too. Check out Tory’s Instagram feed @ToryBurke34 to see him work his magic on musically inspired design work, and pictures of smoked BBQ. We’re so fortunate to have Tory on our marketing team! Congratulations on your 15-year anniversary! #WorkHereGrowHere
It’s no secret Lamp Rynearson has had some BIG changes this past year – we rebranded! The REAL secret is Marketing Coordinator Kelsey McDonald, who was a huge proponent in ushering in our new look successfully. With a background in corporate design and promotion, Kelsey led the charge to rollout Lamp Rynearson’s awesome new look. She defines being a “mover and shaker” both in and out of the office. Racing around on giant tricycles for Employee Appreciation Day was Kelsey’s favorite memory from her first year at Lamp Rynearson. Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary, Kelsey! Cheers as you speed into the future with us! #WorkHereGrowHere
Engineering Intern Anthony Kaiser has been with Lamp Rynearson for the past year learning what the day-to-day life of an engineer is like! Entering his senior year as an environmental engineering student at the Colorado School of Mines, Anthony has been able to use his education outside of the classroom on water and wastewater treatment projects. He’s gained experience in AutoCAD Civil 3D and ArcGIS software, cost estimating, flow analysis, and developing professional relationships with office colleagues and clients! This summer, Anthony is looking forward to learning more complicated engineering processes and gaining site visit experience. Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary, Anthony! #WorkHereGrowHere
Jon Shellhorn joined Lamp Rynearson as a Senior Project Manager a year ago to help grow the company’s wastewater group – and he has done just that! As the new guy on the block, Jon has worked tirelessly to make sure projects exceed clients’ expectations. The outcome? In the short time Jon has been at Lamp Rynearson, he already has “repeat customers” because clients trust him to do a great job. That’s what we like to do here at Lamp Rynearson – “leave a legacy of enduring improvements to our communities”! Congratulations on your 1-year anniversary, Jon! #WorkHereGrowHere
As a goal-oriented individual, Brit Abney is always looking for ways to challenge himself and grow his engineering skills. Lamp Rynearson’s dedication to “foster development of our employee’s professional, personal, and family lives” provided the perfect environment for Brit to pursue the excellence he craves! In his first year at Lamp Rynearson, he has contributed as a meaningful member to the successful completion of many projects. He just completed a nationally recognized sustainability certification and now plans to begin his master’s degree as a way to continue providing expertise to the team. Even Brit’s hobbies are rigorous! When Brit is not at work, he’s challenging himself physically and mentally as an avid skier and book reader! Happy first year anniversary to our engineer – Brit! #WorkHereGrowHere
Lamp Rynearson is the company it is today because of Mike McMeekin. During his 35 years of service to a company that both clients and employees respect. With a family atmosphere and culture, Mike is proud of Lamp Rynearson for broadly sharing profits with both its employees and communities. Work experiences that Mike has enjoyed include the “community-changing” projects like the Convention Center/Arena, Aksarben Village, Midtown Crossing, First National Business Park, Lakeside, and West Farm/South Farm. Watching employees who have elected to stay with Lamp Rynearson for many years to advance their careers and being part of a business that provides real value to its communities and support to many families have been Mike McMeekin’s favorite things about being with Lamp Rynearson for 35 years. Outside of work, Mike’s describes his biggest enjoyments in life, “Grandchildren, no other experience matches them.” Happy 35-year anniversary, Mike! Thank you for your decades of leadership! #WorkHereGrowHere
From intern to full-time employee, a lot of great things have happened in the past five years for Senior Project Engineer Kortney Brown. The “family-like atmosphere” and opportunities for leadership development has made her decision to grow a career at Lamp Rynearson a no-brainer. Her favorite part about being on our team is the variety of projects she has been able to work on. Being in constant learning mode is an aspect of the work environment she enjoys and even thrives on! Another highlight is all the fun she has with her coworkers at company picnics, Christmas parties, and volunteer events. Happy 5-year work anniversary, Kortney! #WorkHereGrowHere
“That’s a great company to work for.” After hearing those words when he told professional colleagues that he landed a job at Lamp Rynearson, the deal was sealed for Tyler Klusaw. Five years later, this construction engineer has some great stories to share! A moment he will never forget was observing tunnel boring operations 40 feet below the streets of Omaha, Nebraska. Another memory Tyler is grateful for is the support of his teammates as he studied for and passed his PE exam in 2017. Looking to the next five years, Tyler is excited to take these experiences and continue to be an active part of our growing company. For now, part of that ambition is serving his colleagues as a wellness coordinator. Thank you for your contributions and happy 5-year work anniversary, Tyler! #WorkHereGrowHere
At 19 years old, Aaron Grote interviewed for an internship at Lamp Rynearson and never looked back. He says, “I had no idea how important that interview was going to be.” Aaron accepted the job and set his course, growing into the role of senior project engineer over the past 15 years and becoming a significant contributor to his community. In fact, Aaron was named ACEC Nebraska’s 2018 Young Professional of the Year for his work on housing, safe drinking water, parks, and sanitary sewers! For as many projects as Aaron has been involved in along the way, he has a funny golf story involving a coworker to match. Here’s to many more years of successful projects and great memories! Congratulations on your 15-year anniversary! #WorkHereGrowHere
After five years, the amount of work Lamp Rynearson cranks out is still mind-blowing to Project Engineer Rob Vanderveen. It is also his favorite part of the job! There is nothing quite so satisfying as seeing designs he’s help create come to life all over Omaha. As a ping-pong fanatic, Rob even spends most weekends enjoying a Lamp Rynearson site redevelopment – Midtown Crossing – playing the sport on outdoor tables our landscape architecture team included in the design. His favorite work memory (so far) was during a recent Omaha office renovation when his group was relocated to a temporary office space that “felt like a hybrid of a college dorm room and a start-up company”. It was a great environment to get to know his coworkers better! We’re glad we snagged Rob as a new college grad and look forward to his continuous growth with us. Happy 5-year anniversary, Rob! #WorkHereGrowHere
Literally the heart of the Kansas City office, Lynn Cunningham always has a smile beaming for employees and clients when they arrive through our front doors. After working for some time in the probate division of a local county courthouse, Lynn wanted to get back in the private sector and decided to check out Lamp Rynearson. She says, “The moment I walked into the office, I knew I had found my new home.” We like to think she was the missing piece of our Kansas City family. Five years later as a senior administrative assistant, she provides exceptional support to group leaders and engineers, acting as the go-to for the preparation of plans and specifications. Lynn is only a few years away from retirement where she plans to unload and spend some quality time for herself. Although we hope she embarks on an ultimate swimming and biking vacation when Lynn’s time in the office is finally up, we can’t imagine life without her! Lynn, you may leave us for retirement, but you will always be a significant part of our family! Happy anniversary! #WorkHereGrowHere
Hired right out of college, Survey Crew Leader Chris Schulte has enjoyed working on community changing projects like Shadow Lake, Village Point, Midtown Crossing, and the Dodge Expressway Bridge. Currently working toward his professional surveyor license, Chris looks forward to becoming a manager and helping his coworkers advance their careers. An outdoorsman by nature Chris enjoys hunting and fishing, so working in the field has been a great fit for him these past 15 years. People also admire his welcoming presence, and we look forward to continuing to enjoy future company events with Chris. Thank you for 15 years of dedicated service! #WorkHereGrowHere
If you’ve ever met a person who deserves a cape, it’s Project Manager Craig Matsuda. He is a hero for his clients. With the natural ability to foster relationships and dedication to using his talent to benefit communities, Craig is an up-and-coming leader. It was a no-brainer to have him participate in Leadership Development Training and Strategic Planning during his first year at the firm! These events have provided Craig with self-discovery opportunities, a clear direction for growing the water and wastewater group, and a network of supportive coworkers. Investing in the next generation of leaders, like Craig, distinguishes Lamp Rynearson as a committed partner to the success of our clients and community! Congrats on your first employment anniversary, Craig! #WorkHereGrowHere
Fifteen years ago and a fresh college graduate, Candice Hartley joined Lamp Rynearson as a part-time graphic designer to help get the marketing department started. And by golly, did it boom! As the company grew, Candice did too. She ventured from her home state of Nebraska to pioneer the first satellite office in the west. Today, Candice is influential in the client pursuits for all four of Lamp Rynearson's offices as the Marketing and Business Development Group Leader! Although that was quite the adventure, her exploration of uncharted territory didn’t stop there. One of her greatest “summits” was presenting Lamp Rynearson’s customer service program titled GOT CLIENT at the 2016 ACEC National Conference with her mentor and friend – Leslie Peterson! It was a hit! No matter where she goes or what she does, Candice’s love for life and creative spirit sets a course for success. Congratulations on your 15-year anniversary, Candice! #WorkHereGrowHere
Fifteen years ago and not knowing much at all about Lamp Rynearson, Joe Zadina accepted an internship with Omaha’s “best kept secret” at the time. Since then, Joe and the firm’s reputation for excellence have been on a rapid rise. As a senior project manager, he is influential in growing the firm’s K-12 education market, mentoring a younger generation of engineers, and keeping clients happy with successful projects. He's even rescued a pet cat out of a storm sewer in the name of customer service! When he is not going above and beyond for his team or clients, Joe rejuvenates by seizing every opportunity to act like a kid again with his three growing and rambunctious boys! Happy 15-year anniversary, Joe! #WorkHereGrowHere