Gordy Guest

SENIOR PRINCIPAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Everything about Gordy is loud. From his patterned shirts to his booming voice calling the hogs – he’s our all around Cyntergy hype man.

It would be a stretch to find a more personable and hands-on CEO; relationship building is his battle cry. He joined Ken back in ’97, and he’s deepened his t-town roots ever since. Gordy has a heart for serving our local community – the Chamber, New Life Ranch, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity…the list is truly a mile long. The only thing he loves more is his fam. He and his wife, Charlotte, spend most of their free time traveling, likely visiting their kids across the country. Empty nester life has its perks.

Feeling up to a challenge? Meet Gordy on the golf course. If you wager any money, both your bank account and your pride will take a hit.

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“If you had to replace your hands with objects already in your house, what would you replace your hands with?”
G: “Golf clubs”

Ken Hirshey, PE (TX), PMP

SENIOR PRINCIPAL | CHAIRMAN

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Ken’s Starbucks order is more complicated than navigating politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Ken Hirshey – the real O.G. He laid our foundation back in ’97, which seems fitting with his background as a civil engineer. He’s watched the company grow from a one-phone, three-man shop to today’s multi-discipline firm. He’s a straight-shooter with a big heart – feisty to his core with more grit than a block of sand paper. If he’s not indoctrinating the company on the benefits of kombucha, he’s likely at home tinkering on a car or traveling with his wife, Dena. A conversation with Ken will make you a fast fan of Young Life and leave you itching to explore the Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab.

If you aren’t too squeamish, ask Ken about his extended stay on the operating table.

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“If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be?”
K: “Facebook”

Josh Chesney

PRINCIPAL | CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

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If Josh had a meeting walk up song, it’d be MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” – the man refuses to use door handles.

He’s your classic case of home-grown talent; he started as Cyntergy’s first summer intern, and somehow, we haven’t scared him off yet. In fact, Josh simultaneously pilots our design and business development endeavors. He’s a level-headed sounding board who empowers his team to run with creativity. He doesn’t just bleed OSU orange, he pukes it too. Don’t believe us? Keep your eyes out for his wardrobe… You name it, he’s got it in orange. A classic evening for Josh includes a round of golf followed by dinner at Mondos with the girls where he’s guaranteed to order every appetizer on the menu.

If you ever need a change of shoes, ask Josh to borrow one of the new pairs he likely has hiding under his desk.

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“What product would you stockpile if you found out they weren’t going to sell it anymore?”
J: “COOP DNR & Cole Haans”

Michael Hicks, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, NICET SET

CHIEF PRODUCTION OFFICER

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Michael Hicks without a tie is like sticking a fork in a light socket: SHOCKING.

Michael is truly a jack of all trades and the proof is in the alphabet behind his name. He graduated top of his class from the School of Hard Knocks. True grit runs in his blood – from the farm as a child to the office as an adult, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone more driven. He’s fully present wherever he is and gifted at being invested with clients in the office and his fam at home. He’ll make you feel like the most valuable coworker around, but his favorite day on the calendar is his wedding anniversary.

Be sure to ask Hicks about his and his wife’s latest Netflix binge. They never leave a season unfinished.

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“If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?”
M: “My grandparents house”

Jeff Ferguson, PE, CPMP, NCEES

PRINCIPAL | CHIEF CULTURE OFFICER

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Don’t let his age fool you, Jeff can jam to the latest hit and cheer obnoxiously for the Pittsburgh Steelers with the best of them.

Jeffery D. Ferguson, aka Fergie Frog or Trout Boy, is focused on all things culture here at Cyntergy. He’s the king of processes and is quite literally always taking notes…you can thank his engineering background for that. He led our mechanical team for 11 years and gained great respect and street cred. He’s willing to weather the storm alongside you and will always do his best to bring you back to reality. His personal escape from reality is trout fishing in Creed, CO where he and his family can be found every summer.

If you’re curious about the latest documentary, grab Jeff and go to lunch, he’s sure to know it all.

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“If you could make a rule for a day and everyone had to follow it, what would it be?”
J: “Don’t assume motives”

Jim Turner, AIA, NCARB

PRINCIPAL | CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

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Architect by day, soccer star by night, Jeep addict 24/7.

Jim hits full throttle in his dedication to architecture, Jeeping and all things Tulsa. He fully encompasses the role of architect – from his seasoned leadership at the office to his involvement in the community, Jim is always generous with his time. He has a passion for historic preservation and uses his expertise with the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and the Preservation Commission. Back at the office, Jim oversees our administrative team with a knack for the nitty gritty. He’s not afraid to get his hands (or his Jeep) dirty…he could tell you tales from Moab for days. If it’s not Moab, be sure to ask about his latest trip across the pond with his wife, Cherrie or his thoughts on this year’s Cowboy football team.

Similar to an Oklahoma ‘nader, Jim tells us he runs people over on the soccer field, so if you’re in his path, we recommend to seek shelter immediately.

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“You are about to get in a fight, what song comes on as your soundtrack?”
J: “Eye of the Tiger”

Stephanie Putzke

ASSOCIATE | DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN

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Two things you need to know about Steph – she’s always down to chat and she’s one heckuva juggler.

When it’s crunch time, Stephanie is your go to girl – she stops nothing shy of a job well done. She’s a defender of her people and fights hard for her clients. Steph keeps her head down when football rolls around, but come November 1st, she talks a lot of smack over her Jayhawk basketball. In fact, the entire Putzke household rock chalks harder than anyone in the Tulsa metroplex. Magically, Stephanie’s a full-time mom, full-time wife and a full-time leader. Basically, she’s a unicorn.

If you ask her to pick the restaurant, 10 times out of 10 you’ll end up at a joint that serves chips and salsa and tall margaritas.

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“What is your favorite Disney movie?”
S: “I have so many…probably Little Mermaid”

David Phelps, AIA, NCARB

PRINCIPAL | DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE

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David is equal parts director and ringmaster. He could give Barnum and Bailey a run for their money.

He oversees our largest discipline, so he has his hands full balancing many different acts. David’s as patient as they come, which comes in handy because his office might as well have a revolving door. Regardless of how busy he is, he always makes time to listen. We’re confident David’s TV only has two channels – ESPN for OU football and The History Channel for everything else. His evenings and weekends are filled with his favorite people, whether it’s baseball practice and dance lessons with his kids or social events with his wife, Marnie.

If you’re ever bored in the office, try challenging David to a speed-walking contest – you’re sure to lose.

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“What is your favorite animal sound?”
D: “Cat”

Chuck Mitchell, PE, LEED® AP

DIRECTOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

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Too bad Chuck lives in the 21st century. He would’ve been the perfect third wheel to Lewis & Clark.

Chuck is your classic good ole boy – he loves to hunt and fish in the great outdoors. He has Arkansan roots and an itch for adventure. His first job was printing jerseys, but his childhood dream was to be a Navy pilot. Lucky for us, he ended up in the AEC industry. Chuck heads up our civil department – good thing because he knows how to rally behind his team and help navigate the waters (pun intended).

You can always count on two things from Chuck – a smile on his face and a thick Southern drawl.

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“If you had to replace your hands with objects already in your house, what would replace them with?”
C: “Pistols”

Larry Vorba, PE, PMP

PRINCIPAL | DIRECTOR OF STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

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Larry only communicates in two ways: Post-it note and speaker phone.

If it isn’t face to face, that is. He’s overseen our structural department since its inception, and his team would agree – he’s a man easy to follow. Known for being cool, calm and collected, Larry and his vast knowledge can handle any engineering challenge. He’s a biker, a deep thinker, a random question asker and a die hard OSU football fan. His grandson is his pride and joy, so he and his wife, Linda, spend many weekends visiting.

A great sense of humor and a lack of shame make for the perfect combo when Halloween rolls around. Most of the evidence has been destroyed over the years, but if you’re lucky, you can find a few surviving photos of the 2008 party.

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“You’ve been given an elephant you can’t get rid of. What would you do with it?”
L: “Eat it one piece at a time”

Mike Obermark, PE, NCEES

DIRECTOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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Voted most likely Cyntergian to win the Tour de France, Mike is your classic cycling junkie.

Odds are, if the weather is nice, you can spot him making the 15 mile trek to the office. Newly named mechanical director, Mike has played an integral role on the team since day one. He’s unquestionably humble with a knack for putting pen to paper and helping others iron out project wrinkles. In fact, the entire paper industry has job security thanks to Mike – his presence at the printer is inevitable. He’s steady and deliberate, a man of routine whose workout regimen would put yours to shame. His dedication spills into all areas of life from his family to his golf game to most recently, exploring his German roots.

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, be sure to drop by the office for an afternoon tour of the Museum of Paper – Mike is the best tour guide around!

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“What holiday would you create?”
M: “The Masters”

Christopher Harwell, PE, NCEES

PRINCIPAL | DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

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How many electrical engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Only one if you’re as tall as Christopher Harwell.

Thank goodness his heart is above average too – he would unquestionably give you the shirt off his back. He will always lend a helping hand but never wants the credit. A leader willing to evaluate and continually improve, Christopher brings an expertise that’s second to none; specialty lighting is his jam. When he isn’t busy lighting up the office (literally and figuratively), he’s likely in the great outdoors fishing, shooting hoops or metal detecting. He spends most of his time with his best friend and partner in crime – his wife, Angela.

Next time you’re feeling bold, challenge Christopher to a pick-up game over the lunch hour. We’ll warn you though, he may block your shot.

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“What would you do if you were invisible for a day?”
C: “Lots of practical jokes”

James Spradling, PE, NCEES

DIRECTOR OF FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING

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What do the Jolly Green Giant and James Spradling have in common? Basically everything.

He’s reliably cheerful, a country boy through and through, and his height turns heads everywhere he goes. In college, those genes helped UCONN win the ’88 NIT National Championship and lock down his wife. She’s attracted to winners and, obviously, so are we since we hired him straight outta St. Louis. We mean it when we say he’s the best of the best – his expertise ranges from South American cathedrals to large scale prototypical development. James is a go with the flow (test – ha) kind of guy who is committed to developing the strengths of his team members and collecting fire paraphernalia. Look for him and his 1937 fire truck at the next local parade.

Two things you can bank on – James is either traveling or up to no good.

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“What is your hometown famous for”
J: “Me!”

Stephen Burgin, ASSOCIATE DBIA, LEED® AP

DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

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Stephen’s a no-nonsense, sooner-loving, wannabe Hostess truck driver who runs our killer construction team.

Speaking of killer – his dogs are something fierce. His passion for dog training has rubbed off on him… he’s got a pretty loud bark, especially when it comes to advocating for his client. His care is undeniable, and he’s consistently dedicated to the finished product. Stephen will go above and beyond to ensure the quality of his projects and development of his individual team members. 2018 was a big year for Stephen – he managed to join both the leadership team and the fatherhood club all within a few months.

While he’s the director here, the girls take over at home. You can find him wrapped around Emerson’s little finger or traveling with his wife, Shanna.

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“Is cereal soup?”
S: “No, it’s cereal”

Mike Phelps, PE, LEED® AP BD+C

PRINCIPAL | DIRECTOR OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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When looking for a champ to lead our project management team, Mike was first off the starting block – must be something in the name.

Beginning his career as an intern here, Mike has proven he’s willing to go the distance. With his level-headed attitude and willingness to be challenged, we’ve had the joy of watching him develop into a confident leader. Although Mike is a people person through and through at the office with his warm smile and friendly chatter, this introvert recharges by tinkering with his 1996 Mazda Miata at home. He’s your typical family man – weekends include coaching his son’s baseball team and watching Formula 1 racing on full blast.

He’s a little OCD, so if you ever want to get under his skin, pop open a bag of chips and smack away.

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“If you could be famous for something, what do you wish it would be?”
M: “Not swimming”

Lynda Shaw

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS SPECIALIST

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Lynda is the greatest champion of our people, but her favorite job description is #momlife.

9 times out of 10, you can find her at Chick-fil-a with her two favorite guys – Evan and Waylon – the other 1 is spent laughing. Here at Cyntergy, Lynda touches all things people (in the most HR appropriate way). From recruiting the best talent, to keeping it around, she is always a listening ear whose organizational skills could rival those of Marie Kondo. You can usually spot her with a Dr Pepper in hand while singing along to Beyonce’s latest hit.

If you have a few hours to spare, be sure to ask for the newest Waylon stories – they always leave us begging for more.

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“What is the most interesting thing you could do with 400 pounds of cheddar cheese?”
L: “Make Evan the biggest Keto meal he’s ever seen”

Ann Allred, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

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If you’re looking for details on HR compliance or Middle Eastern travel, Ann’s the guru for you.

Her love for various cultures runs deep – originating from her upbringing on the mission field. On any given weekend, you can find her in the basketball stands cheering on her grandsons and in the choir stands cheering on Jesus. Compassionate to her core, Ann makes time to be a listening ear. As a kid, she aspired to be a journalist but, as an adult, landed in the HR world; thankfully, her love of people and communication stuck with her. Her door is always open…unless it’s not…in which case, you hope to not be inside.

You’ll consistently feel heard with Ann which is why her grandsons are lucky to call her grandma.

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“What fad or trend do you hope comes back?”
A: “Books”

Mark Eberhard

PRINCIPAL

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Mark’s a little gruff on the surface, but we’ll let the cat out of the bag, he’s a sucker for a good mystery novel and a fluffy kitten.

He played an integral role in building our construction department from the ground up (pun intended) and now focuses his time on our state projects. He’ll always tell it like it is, but his belly laugh is more contagious than a case of lice at summer camp. His knack for bringing his projects to life is unrivaled just like his sarcastic sense of humor. It’s a guarantee that he’ll beat the sun to the office wearing his sandals and Cardinals hat. Come 3:00, he’s easier to catch at the gym or the golf course enjoying some peace and quiet. Mark collects baseball caps, books and, if he’s not careful, cats.

If you’re ever in the market for a good read, stop by and ask Mark for a suggestion.

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“If you had to replace your hands with objects already in your house, what would you replace your hands with?”
M: “Where the hell did you come up with this question?”

Robert Day, PE, BCEE, F.SAME

PRINCIPAL | DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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Robert was once approached to go on tour with the Dixie Chicks. He took one look at the groupie life and decided to avoid that “landslide.”

He is truly a jack of all trades – you name it, he’s dabbled in it. Playing keys, bee-keeping, house renovating, cooking and restoring Ford Broncos just to name a few. He and Kathy spend most weekends at their lake house fishing and boating together. He’s a romantic at heart who always has on his rose colored glasses. Robert lives and breathes people – whether an SAME mentee, coworker, client or friend, he consistently focuses his time on others. Though he kicked off his career here in our civil department, he now spearheads our business development in the government realm.

If you ever bump into Robert, ask him to show you his latest and greatest wacky app.

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“Where do you feel most comfortable?”
R: “In overalls”

Leo Williams, RA

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE

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Seems like Leo is preparing to be a transformer in his next life with the number of bionic parts he’s acquired over the years.

Leo is a team staple; his fingerprints can be found on countless careers and projects. His experience is validated by the white hairs on his head – he’s our go-to guy for anything and everything when it comes to detailing a building. He’s headstrong, a great story teller with a heart for training the next generation of architects. True snowbirds, Leo and his wife, Ellen, head south for the winter to their second residence in Mexico. No matter where he is, he has a fishing pole in one hand and a drink in the other.

Need a gift idea for Leo? Red colored pencils and cookies are his thing.

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“How are you today, Leo?”
L: “Well, partly cloudy”

Robert Burkman

ASSOCIATE | DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RETAIL ARCHITECTURE

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The only way Robert could be more open-minded is if he was having brain surgery.

Robert loves traveling to Europe, but he finds himself most comfortable in the company of family and friends. In fact, you could bet money that, on the weekend, he is spending time with his wife, Lisa, watching Live PD or at a concert – either way they’re definitely living empty nester life to the fullest. He isn’t afraid of change, and his humility induces respect. He leads our retail architecture group with an approachability that creates genuine relationships within the team and beyond.

If you want to talk the Kansas City Chiefs, Corvettes or classic Rock, give Robert a call. And remember – Robert isn’t like most dads, he’s a cool dad.

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“If you could be famous for something, what do you wish it would be?”
R: “A rock and roll star”

Seth Hildebrant

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RETAIL ARCHITECTURE

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Picture this: Curious George cruising down the highway at 90 mph on his way to volunteer at church. This is Seth Hildebrant.

Seth is an all or nothing kind of guy – he jumps in with both feet, which feels fitting with his fancy footwork on the soccer field. He played at John Brown and relives his glory days on the sidelines coaching his daughters. He takes his responsibilities seriously, including that Sooner Schooner bandwagon. His love of the Sooners could put any actual alumn to shame. Seth leaves no question unasked and helps lead our architecture team with tenacity.

If you’re ever hungry on a Saturday morning, head over to Seth’s house where he’s sure to be cooking up a big breakfast for his family.

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“If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?”
S: “A camel”

Todd Barnett

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RETAIL ARCHITECTURE

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Todd’s two favorite things? Cars & craft beer. Don’t worry, he tells us they never mix.

As the new sheriff in town, our Deputy Director has it all under control at our Northwest Arkansas branch. His version of paradise includes a pit pass to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and a celebratory beer at the local brewery. For now, Todd spends most of his time with his wife, Serena, and their corgi in NWA. He was born and raised in the natural state and went to the U of A, woo pig! Arkansas runs in his blood, but somehow the love of football, guns and fishing doesn’t – we know, we’re just as confused as you are.

If you need advice on how to communicate long distance, talk to Todd. Trust us, he’s a pro.

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“What’s your dream car?”
T: “Porsche 911”

Todd Lester, PE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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The only thing drier than Todd’s sense of humor is the Sahara Desert. Maybe.

He’s slow to speak, a man of sincerity, and if you stick around long enough, you’ll catch a witty one-liner. Todd is kind in every sense of the word. He’s a die-hard family man who loves nowhere more than home. But the golf course and gym are a close second when he needs a break from wrangling his kiddos. A sci-fi buff since day one, he always dreamt of visiting outer space. So, if the International Space Station ever needs a new HVAC system, we assume Todd’s job would be up for grabs… and we definitely wouldn’t be over the moon about it because his work capacity is absurd and ability to problem solve is matchless.

Todd’s a European soccer fanatic, so if you want to ask him to bend it like Beckham, be our guest.

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“If you had to become an inanimate object for a year, what object would you choose?”
T: “A TV, I would watch myself”

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Matt Rutkowski, PE, LEED® GA

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

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What happens when you cross Jesus with Harry Potter? You get Matt Rutkowski – a wood-working wizard.

When you first meet Matt, you only see the tip of the iceberg. He is silent but deadly – typically quiet, but his knowledge runs deep – he’s our secret electrical weapon. Matt is so brilliant, he’d clock in on the lumens scale at a whopping 80,000 lumens (for those of you who don’t speak nerd, that’s pretty damn bright). Speaking of bright, Independence Day on the lake is his favorite family tradition.

Behind his professionalism is just a guy who loves nature, a good steak and skilled carpentry.

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“What would you do if you were invisible for a day?”
M: “Mess with people at the office”

Stefan Tittjung

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

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No matter who you are – Stef already likes you and believes in you.

He’s as genuine as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa; you’ll never meet someone with a more meaningful ‘how are you?’ Stefan oversees our civil production and is a chief problem solver. He finds water runoff anything but draining (see what we did there?)… An invaluable piece of the puzzle, he works tirelessly for his team – Cyntergy is his home away from home. However, his actual home isn’t four walls, it’s his wife and son. Sporting events, yard work and the Walking Dead fill his typical weekend. Don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you, Stefan is secretly a concert fanatic.

Need a good pick-me-up? Give Stef a shout – he’ll always come through.

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“If your childhood had a smell, what would it be?”
S: “Sausage and blueberry pie”

Joel Ross, DBIA

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

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Joel only has one item on his breakfast menu: s’mores Pop Tarts.

He has the meanest giggle of anyone west of the Mississippi, and Halloween is his birthday, which just so happens to be his favorite day…coincidence? We think nah. Basically, what we’re saying is he’s a riot. He always keeps us on our toes at the office, which is why we’ve loved having him on our team since 2006. Joel never backs down from the challenge of seeing a project through and thrives off of the relationships he builds along the way. Using these skills to impact people in his community is his forte. If Joel was a food, he would be Hamburger Helper. He’ll never shy away from talking about his wife and four sons and their annual trip to Florida.

Spend five minutes with Joel, and you’re bound to add a few new country sayings to your vocabulary. Us city-folk could use a translator on occasion.

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“If you had to become an inanimate object for a year, what object would you choose?”
J: “A stop sign. No one pays attention to you anyway.”