Many companies have catchy mission statements, some are hard to understand, and it can be difficult to tell if anyone in the organization lives by them. Fortunately, at Blach Construction, our mission statement is pretty straightforward and comprehensible – to build the very best people, projects, and relationships that enhance the communities in which we live and work.
I was fortunate to see our mission statement in action this past week in a number of instances.
First, last Saturday we dedicated two significant projects that really do enhance the communities where we live and work, and both of them for very different reasons. In the morning we saw the grand opening of the Vasquez Elementary School in Salinas, the newest addition to the Alisal Union School District. This beautiful elementary school on almost 20 acres will be the future home this September for 850 students. You could see the pride and joy beaming in the more than 200 young students, parents, administrators, trustees and other community leaders as they dedicated this state-of-the-art school. It was a great celebration, complete with a Mariachi band, lunch and refreshments!
Later that evening, also in Monterey County, I was able to attend the re-dedication of the historic Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel. One of the highlights was watching the pastor, Fr. John, remove the warning placard that you saw as you entered the mission, reminding you that you were in an unreinforced masonry building that could be unsafe in an earthquake. Again, about 200 folks gathered for this ceremony and to learn from a panel of speakers the technical details of the project, much of which was hidden from their view because of protective screening and tenting. To be able to play a vital part in saving and preserving one of California’s oldest buildings, some of which dates back to the 1790s, again brought home our mission statement to me.
On the “building people” side of our mission, I also was delighted to attend Tuesday night the YWCA’s annual Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) awards gala in which the YWCA recognizes leading women executives who have made extraordinary contributions to their organizations and communities. Our Gaye Landau-Leonard, vice president, human resources, was one of the honorees, and for good reason – Gaye has made, and continues to make, an incredible difference in our organization, from her strategic and savvy counsel to her coaching of numerous colleagues throughout our company. I was thrilled that Gaye was recognized in such a public manner for her accomplishments, along with so many other outstanding women leaders!
Lastly, we just learned that one of our young interns, Jessica Sullivan, won this year’s San Jose-Silicon Valley’s Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership Grant! We nominated Jessica, a Santa Clara University sophomore who works on our marketing team, and we were delighted to hear that the Chamber selected her for this prestigious and generous scholarship. Jessica is truly a future star, and all of us congratulate her on this achievement.
So, it’s been an exciting week around here at Blach. Every day, our people live out our mission statement, and yet there are certain periods, like this week, when many of these actions become more visible and tangible. I was once again reminded of how privileged I am to work alongside such amazing, community-minded colleagues!