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TRANSACT IONS RCE CONSULTANTS JOINS RTM ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS RTM Engineering Consultants – a rapidly-growing, national consulting firm headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois that offers services in civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design – has announced its recent acquisition of RCE Consultants . RCE Consultants is a civil engineering firm based in Laguna Woods, California, specializing in water, wastewater, public works, private land development, industrial and water quality sectors. “We are impressed by the growth that RTM has achieved over the last 39 years and look forward to partnering with them in this next chapter of their development,” said RCE President, Rich Clark. “With our combined resources moving forward, we will be able to take on new and challenging projects,

while also growing and developing our team internally.” Established in 2004, the RCE team brings a creative and unique approach to civil engineering consulting. By asking the important questions upfront regarding added value to investment, enhanced site functionality and sustainable design strategies, the RCE team ensures a balance among the needs of stakeholders, approving agencies, and end users alike. For RCE, projects become more than just interpreting local codes, ordinances, regulations, and bureaucratic finagling, but also bringing together communities, united in excitement for the project. Tony Mirchandani, CEO of RTM Engineering Consultants commented, “The RCE team

will not only bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to RTM, but they are a perfect fit culturally. With this new strategic growth move, we will be able to broaden our civil engineering services nationwide as well as expand our presence on the West Coast.” Established in 1981 and headquartered outside Chicago, RTM Engineering Consultants integrates civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering design services with sustainability as a given. RTM goes beyond a typical consulting role and becomes a partner to clients by aligning with the goals, processes, and people at each organization. Licensed in all 50 states, RTM’s portfolio spans major market sectors nationwide.

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red flags in your inbox ensures important emails stay top- of-mind and don’t go unnoticed. ❚ ❚ Delete, delete, delete. Take five to 10 minutes at the end of each day to make sure any unnecessary or “spammy” emails are deleted out of your inbox. Additionally, move any important emails that need to be filed into the appropriate folder. ❚ ❚ Implement lists into your work routine. Whether you prefer a digital app like Evernote or a simple hand-written list, getting your tasks out of your head and in writing will help you to not lose sight of your day-to-day tasks and overall goals. Take time at the beginning or end of each day to evaluate your list and revise where needed. I also like to take some time to edit my list at the end of each week, so I am ready to hit the ground running Monday morning. In addition to a day-to-day task list, writing a monthly or quarterly list that includes more lofty goals helps you stay abreast of what you’re trying to accomplish in the long run. Note: Your day-to-day task list should support and move toward these loftier goals. So, where do you start on your organizational journey? 1)Start with what can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. If you can clean up your desk or inbox in less than an hour, start there. Tackling a relatively “easy” organization task that will produce clear and visible results is likely to motivate you to move on to larger tasks. 2)Take it one day at a time. Organization is successful through day-to-day maintenance. Going back to the exercise analogy, if you stay on top of it, it will be much easier to maintain. 3)Be willing to put in the grunt work upfront. Getting started at ground zero may seem overwhelming, but it’s important to stay focused on the long-term benefits. As the saying goes, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” 4)Give yourself grace. If you begin to fall behind on some of your organizational goals, don’t beat yourself up. Do what you can with the time that you have. Every bit counts. KIM FOWLER, CPSM is the marketing manager at Falcon Engineering, Inc. She can be reached at

long does it take them to retrieve what they’re looking for? If they are searching for more than 30 seconds, you may need to rethink your file structure. Below are some items to consider: ❚ ❚ Do you have a standard nomenclature when naming your folders and documents? For example, each of your project folders may include the following nomenclature: Department_MM/YY, Client, Project Name ❚ ❚ Are your folders and subfolders consistent throughout? For example, on a Marketing Drive, each proposal folder may always include five subfolders: 1) RFP, 2) Working Documents, 3) Supporting Documents, 4) Graphics, 5) Final Document ❚ ❚ Time-saver tip: Use the F2 Command to quickly select and edit a folder or file name. ❚ ❚ Stay on top of your email and online calendar. In this digital age, email can become overwhelming if you don’t keep it in check and your calendar may quickly fill up as the week goes on. Below are some tips for staying organized with your online communication tools. ❚ ❚ Take advantage of the color-coding feature in your calendar. Color-coding items helps to visually see what needs more attention and what may simply just be a reminder or small task. If you have your hand in several departments, you could also designate a color for each department. The possibilities are endless – do what make sense to you. ❚ ❚ Create folders and subfolders in your inbox. I am a big advocate of creating a file structure within your inbox to save your emails no matter how small or minute they may seem at the time. As a marketing manager, perhaps the most important folders I create are for proposals – organized by year, month, and proposal name. Each time we begin a new pursuit, I create a folder and simply drag any emails related to that pursuit into the folder. Saving your emails in an organized fashion saves time when you need to reference a specific pursuit, person, or firm. ❚ ❚ Take advantage of the flagging system in your inbox. Flag important emails that need attention. The visual of

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