For those who do not know JP Cullen well, the theme of this past Annual Meeting (June 12th) will personify the JP Cullen team perfectly – Superheroes. Each year, JP Cullen’s President, Ron Becher, surprises the company with a new theme. This year, he did not disappoint, coming out as the iconic Superman – wig and all!
The Annual Meeting allowed us to do the following: honor the Superheroes of a Super company, celebrate the incredible company achievements of this past fiscal year, and rehash the current year goals to be reached.
Becher kicked off the meeting with a quote, “All the best heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.” After researching about superheroes, Becher came to the conclusion that not all superheroes wear capes – some wear hard hats!
He proceeded to point out the “Superheroes” of JP Cullen.
The first Superhero who was most like the Superhero Thor is Randy Thor. Thor once said, “A victory has more meaning when it is won by the force of your own arms and ingenuity of your own brain.”
Curt Meier was followed by Randy as the Hulk, representing the Masonry Team and the Hulk-like work they put forth for every JP Cullen project, lifting blocks all day.
Kelly Wywialowski, also known as Wonder Woman, causes wonder and amazement through her Superhero-like Accounting feats. Additionally, she is a forerunner for all of the women of JP Cullen. Becher spoke highly of the women of JP Cullen saying, “Wonder Woman is one of the strongest superheroes, period.”
Becher then asked the audience who Superman was. Stumping the audience completely, he revealed Superman: each and every Superintendent. These individuals go above and beyond the call of duty, having laser-like vision on the details and schedules to ensure projects are done well and on time. Our Superintendents are JP Cullen’s CEO’s inside the fence, just like Superman being the leader of the Justice League.
Ironman was later introduced as all Millwrights and the Industrial team. With Jarvis as their blue prints, these individuals do the unthinkable, such as attaching massive trusses to structures.
Batman, though lacking superpowers, does not lack “Super Intelligence.” Steve Wisnefsky was introduced as Batman – an intellectual mastermind behind the processes of the JP Cullen’s Accounting Department “Batcave.” His team, characterized as Robin and Alfred, faithfully and committedly work beside Batman to run not only the “Batcave,” but also the accounts of the work done in the “Gotham City” sectors.
“The Thing,” formed by an impenetrable concrete armor, expresses the finished products of the concrete workers who form armor around the buildings they construct. Like the Thing, they can do acts thought to be impossible.
Lastly, but certainly not least, Captain America, represented our Project Managers. As Captain America embodies an individual of honor, integrity, hard work, and authentic leadership, so do our Project Managers. Our “Captains” work their best on the field to treat and lead their workers faithfully, while consistently conquering the everyday challenges of construction work.
Directly after this portion of the speech, Becher spoke of the new superheroes to welcome aboard the JP Cullen team. Thirty-six new employees were recognized.
After this portion of the gathering, JP Cullen College graduates were introduced and awarded plaques in honor of their graduation.
The evening ended with a social hour (including an awesome photo booth) and dinner to continue the comradery.
A special thanks goes out to Becky Backhaus, Alex Sleaver, and Dawn Sleaver for coordinating this epic event and for exemplifying the extraordinary workforce of JP Cullen.