TZL 932

HR A SUPPLEMENT OF THE ZWEIG LETTER

OCTOBER 24, 2011, ISSUE 932

B E S T F I RM

About MBP Who are the founders? Charlie Bolyard and MBP helps alleviate everyday stress Perks result in gratifying employment.

Trust and values = employee re- tention. Palfrey says that it is also MBP’s trust in their employees that is very gratify- ing. “The understanding is that MBP hires the right individuals and it is not necessary to impose strict protocols,” Palfrey says. Having a core set of shared values and top- notch perks also takes some of the stress out of recruiting and retention. “Our commitment to caring for the com- munity, both internally (caring for our fellow team members) and externally (our partici- pation in local community events) sets MBP apart from the rest,” Detwiler says. “And, our excellent benefits package definitely helps us with employee retention. One-third of our team members have been with us for more than five years; 50 percent have been with us for more than three years.” Employees participate in an array of events. In the past, employees and their families have joined forces to “Race for the Cure” and

Blake Peck have diverse backgrounds which make for a well-rounded team. Bolyard is the resident cost and scheduling expert who comes from a family of electrical contractors, and Peck is a West Point graduate who worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performing construction management and claims analysis services. Both men wanted to start a firm based on their own set of core values (hard-working, quality, forward-looking, caring for community, integrity and teamwork) and wanted a team that shared in the culture they sought to create.

By Liisa Sullivan Correspondent

F or many, healthcare coverage may be a luxury; however, if you are an employ- ee at McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. , it’s a human right. “The 100 percent paid premium for health- care is a meaningful perk provided by MBP,” says Dave Palfrey, project manager, who has been with the firm for three years. “This was a substantial savings over what I was paying at my previous employer. The benefits were very similar and the only difference was in the doctor visit and prescription copays. I es- timated that I saved more than $4,500 per year at MBP even with the slightly higher co- pays.” Due to its efforts to provide full coverage at a time when companies have cut back on their benefits, the Fairfax, Va.-based 293-per- son multidiscipline construction consulting firm is the top 2011 Best Multidiscipline A/E Services Firm To Work For. “For 20 years, the firm’s owners have made it a personal goal of theirs to eliminate causes of stress in our everyday lives: healthcare, dental premiums, and life insurance are paid for team members and their families,” says Danielle Prezioso, director of communica- tions and marketing. Prezioso attributes this company goal to the founders’ set of distinct values – integrity, quality, teamwork, hard work, forward-look- ing, and community. “These values mirror my own,” says Prezio- so, who has been with the firm for four years. “Work-life-family balance is just as important here as it is to me.” Julie Detwiler, HR director, has worked at MBP for eight years and adds that, “The fact that we continue to pay 100 percent of the premiums for our health, dental, and vision insurance shows candidates that we are com- mitted to the well-being of not only them, but their families, too. We take every oppor- tunity to include families in wellness activi- ties and company events. Candidates want more than just a place to work; they want to feel that they’ll be part of something bigger.”

took part in “Light the Night Walk,” just to name a few. They have also swung hammers to help build new futures for those in need while volunteering with Hab- itat for Humanity. MBP also offers edu- cation reimbursement, flexible schedules, gym memberships, 24-hour emergency travel as- sistance, team member referral programs, and more.

MBP team members at work.

What do they do? MBP is a multi-disciplined construction consulting firm experienced in assisting clients in managing the entire construction process. Awards and recognitions. Besides the Best Firms To Work For placing, MBP is consistently recognized by Engineering News-Record as a national Top 100 construction management firm and Top 40 program management firm.

In addition to top-notch perks and bene- fits, community involvement and a core set of shared values, MBP prepares for its fu- ture growth through careful planning, en- thusiasm, hard work, and optimism. Its team strives for professional and personal develop- ment through education, on-the-job training, and communication. The firm embraces new ideas and technologies by approaching work with a passion for innovation and a desire to take advantage of new opportunities. “If I had to sum up our company culture in a few words, I’d say, ‘We do things the right way’,” Prezioso says.

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