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Wellness Spotlight

CECFIT FOR THE FUTURE Elements sits down for some Q & A

Due to ongoing changes in our nation’s with CEC’s Four Founders
health care system, CEC Management
recognized that a fi rm-wide commitment
to employee wellness needed to be made. What other career could offi ces in so many cities. I had no doubts
“Part of that commitment,” said Greg Q you have imagined for yourself that we would succeed and be a dominant fi rm
and why?
Quatchak, CEC founding principal, “was in Pittsburgh, but I couldn’t have imagined it
fi nding ways to educate our staff and their JR: I got into civil engineering would get this big. It’s a great feeling.
families on how to better manage their A because I like “yellow iron.” So Why did it require the four
care and make healthy lifestyle choices.” maybe I would have owned a of you to start CEC?
The new CECFit program emerged. construction company? Seeing a construction Q
Now, a Wellness Committee with site for the fi rst time and the equipment lifting, KM: It didn’t require four, but four
pushing, moving, shoving, digging—I thought
members from each CEC offi ce strives it was just fascinating. I was a lieutenant in the made it better. I think the reason why
to provide benefi cial information and Army Corps of Engineers and a platoon leader A four worked is because everybody
create engaging physical activities. in Vietnam. We had a construction division, so brought a little something diff erent: a bit of a
Lunch and Learn programs and weekly I had dump trucks, dozers, a front-end loader diff erent administrative focus, a di ff erent client
email blasts focus on topics such as and drills. Running a dozer looks so easy when base, diff erent capabilities. I can’t tell you
chiropractic care, stress management and you’re good at it, but you can literally dig exactly what everyone brought, however,
food selection, while fi rm participation in yourself into a hole rather quickly. because then the secret would be out! For me,
national eff orts like the American Cancer I really just wanted to create a workplace
Society’s “Great American Smokeout” Share an example of what I enjoyed going to every day.
you consider to be a great
helps to provide staff and their families Q CEC moment. What was one of the
with useful tools and support. GQ: Every year when we hold our Q more diffi cult challenges
CEC-coordinated events such as “Walk annual strategic planning meeting, CEC faced?
at Lunch Days” and the recent “Make A I see the talent we have in our JN: Early on, one client was occupying
Fitness Fun” challenge, which saw 197 organization—the unique skills of all these A a signifi cant portion of our workforce
individuals each complete 700 minutes folks—and it really gives me a feeling of pride. as we helped them to get out of a bad
of physical activity in eight weeks, have I always refl ect on all that we’ve accomplished, situation and fi nd a way to continue to operate.
been well-received. In fact, more than and having more than 650 employees and We were still small and only had a few leaders
60 percent of staff took advantage of
voluntary biometric screenings and
health assessments in 2014.
have overwhelmingly IN THE OF THE YEAR
embraced the CEC was named Engineering
Company of the Year at the
CECFit program as 2013 Northeast Oil & Gas WINNER

a fi rm benefi t.” – Greg Quatchak ■ NEWS Awards. The Oil & Gas Awards Northeast
are a platform for the industry to
demonstrate and celebrate the advances
made in environmental stewardship,
effi ciency, innovation, corporate social
responsibility, and health and safety. ■

CEC received an Honor Award at the 2014
Engineering Excellence Awards banquet,

CEC Sayre employees ran presented by the American Council of
to support Guthrie Sports Engineering Companies of Tennessee. CEC’s
Medicine’s community Marion County Park Shoreline Stabilization
concussion awareness project was submitted at the request of the
and education program. Tennessee Department of Transportation. ■
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