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TRANSACTIONS HUNT ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS, LAND SURVEYORS & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, DPC ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF SHUMAKER CONSULTING ENGINEERING AND LAND SURVEYING, DPC HUNT Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors & Landscape Architect, DPC, a full-service multidisciplinary leader in engineering, architectural, land surveying and landscape architectural services, announced that it has acquired civil and environmental engineering and geomatics firm Shumaker Consulting Engineering and Land Surveying, DPC. HUNT CEO/President, Christopher Bond, PE, announces the acquisition of Shumaker stating, “With this acquisition, we have a unique opportunity to expand our full-service consulting and design capabilities to provide our clients with a broader range of services that supports our mission and vision for the communities in which we serve. With HUNT office locations in Rochester, New York, Horseheads, New York, and Towanda, Pennsylvania, and Shumaker offices located in Binghamton, New York, and Albany, New York, the combined professional resources will enhance HUNT’s geographic presence, consulting, and design service capacity. This will allow us to expand our breadth of capabilities and provide a more effective and streamlined project capacity from inception to project closeout.”

Shumaker President, Linda Shumaker, PE, is thrilled about the acquisition of the firm her father founded in 1956. “As a leading provider of engineering, environmental, and geomatics services in New York, I have successfully managed the firm since 1992. The HUNT transition will begin a new chapter for our loyal employees, many of whom have been with Shumaker for decades. I anticipate our close working relationship with HUNT and shared common ideologies will ensure a seamless transfer of leadership. Thereby safeguarding the exceptional service our clients have come to expect over the past 65 years. The Shumaker staff is looking forward to joining HUNT and being an essential component to future development.” Dedicated to taking a personal approach to its projects, HUNT has long been an entrusted partner, providing full- service expertise in architectural and engineering design services for K-12 clients, as well as public and private sector clients throughout western and central New York and Pennsylvania. HUNT also has an expansive municipal and private development portfolio which includes site and civil engineering, architectural design, land surveying, and planning services. Ultimately, the acquisition will further diversify HUNT’s full-service capabilities

as a premier provider of professional services within the many disciplines encompassing engineering, architecture, and surveying. Shumaker will be rebranded as HUNT, and will retain existing office locations and services, as well as culture. HUNT and Shumaker will support existing partnerships and long- term client relationships, now assisted with an enhanced team connection. Zweig Group advised Shumaker through the transaction, and the deal team included Drake Hamilton, an advisor with Zweig Group’s M&A team; Tracey Eaves, MBA, CBA, CVA, BCA, CMEA, an advisor with Zweig Group’s valuation team; and Jamie Claire Kiser, managing principal at Zweig Group. “Shumaker Consulting is a quality organization with a notable reputation and it has been a pleasure to assist Linda Shumaker and the Shumaker team in moving to the next chapter,” Eaves said. “We are excited to see two great companies joining forces to enhance client services.” Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training.

meaningfulness they experience from their work) stray from the firm’s average, the more likely the individual is to leave as they will be cognizant of the dissimilarity. In summary, pay is an important factor in turnover, but it is not the only one. Managers should also consider other factors like non-cash rewards, job characteristics, leadership, climate, and organizational support when developing strategies to reduce turnover. Furthermore, focusing on employee engagement, work-life balance, and alignment of employees’ values and personalities with the company culture are also crucial to employee retention. Johnny Smith is an intern focusing on strategy and operations at Zweig Group. Contact him at “Pay is an important factor in turnover, but it is not the only one. Managers should also consider non-cash rewards, job characteristics, leadership, climate, and organizational support when developing strategies to reduce turnover.”

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Alongside addressing issues with current employees’ levels of engagement and withdrawal attitudes, it is extremely cost- efficient to avoid hiring individuals who could be considered a “bad fit.” An important consideration when making hiring decisions is how well a candidate’s values and personality align with the company’s culture. Candidates who share the company’s values, such as a strong emphasis on professional development, are more likely to be successful and stay with the company for the long-term. Additionally, assessing candidates’ emotional stability and conscientiousness through personality tests may help to identify those who are more likely to stay with the company. Adding to the consideration one should make when examining person-company fit, the meta-analysis offers useful data. The relationship between mean-level data and employee characteristics such as job satisfaction and organizational commitment are negative. For example, in a firm that is full of highly committed and happy individuals, an unhappy individual is more likely to resign. This is why it is important for a new hire to share similarities with the company’s current staff. The more an individual’s characteristics (such as how much

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