2017 is in full swing! The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for many to start fresh. It’s exciting to think of what the coming year holds. We asked some of our employees to share their favorite GS&P tradition that they are looking forward to continuing in 2017.
“I’m looking forward to “Battle of the Firms”, an event hosted by IIDA North Florida Chapter that brings the design community together for an afternoon of fun. For the second year they will host a friendly field day competition for local firms. We compete at activities such as cornhole, tug of war, sumo wrestling, an obstacle course and more! They even set up a carnival for the design community, complete with popcorn, cotton candy, hamburgers, hotdogs, music and prizes! Team GS&P came in second place last year after a tie breaker balloon toss. I know we will have a blast again this year!”
“I am looking forward to Celebration in the early spring. Celebration is always a special time for the whole firm to come together, reflect on the year that has passed and energize ourselves to carry our momentum into the year ahead. I always enjoy seeing what all the offices are up to and the videos that we share are a fun way to get the know some of the other employees. I think getting to know each other helps work better as a whole. It is quite amazing how we can come together to create and design such amazing projects.
Within our Tampa office, our local Celebration festivities include a tradition of superlatives called the “Greshies”. Each Greshie is given with light-hearted humor that is meant to make us all smile and laugh. Sometimes recipients even blush, like Carrie Kovacs in 2014 when she was awarded the “Godiva Greshie” for being “completely sweet, all the way through!” Other times they make us all laugh and cry, like last year when Jonathan Massaro received the “Break-up Greshie” for “dumping us and moving to the ‘ville” in recognition of him relocating to the GS&P office in Nashville. We have lots of fun with these awards and the whole office enjoys the team-building! I am looking forward to seeing what Greshies each of us in Tampa will be “awarded” in 2017!”
KATRINA PASTEUR, AIA, NCARB
“My favorite GS&P tradition has to be the United Way Campaign Week! It provides us an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are and give back to our communities. It also provides an occasion for us to celebrate GS&P and each other. Our United Way partnership actively improves our community and makes GS&P an even more enjoyable place to work!”
“Although I’ve been with GS&P for more than 15 years, my favorite tradition is a relatively new addition to the Louisville office calendar. Year after year, we have struggled to get everyone together for an office Christmas party. Sometimes we would go out for dinner, other times we would meet at someone’s house. Invariably, it would was impossible to find a time that worked for everyone during the busy month of December.
Two years ago, we had the idea to use our employee activity fund for a fall party. The party planners in our office had the idea of hosting the party at my house and then let me in on the plan when they had the details worked out. I knew my wife would love the idea because she loves everything associated with fall. I supplied tables and canopies, Tony Young volunteered to come early and smoke meat all day and Chris Gary brought a popcorn machine, games and pumpkins for carving. Everyone else pitched in with side dishes and chairs.
Last October marked the second year of the event. There are no frills, just the comradery inspired by coworkers coming together for food and friendship. It is a reflection of the ever changing family that is the Louisville office. We are a group defined more by our collaboration than by our egos. We have celebrated each other’s accomplishments and shared each other’s burdens in times of grief. The simple act of coming together for no other reason than to celebrate friendship is a symbol of what makes GS&P more than a place to work. Whether the fall party stays at my house or someone else offers to carry the torch, I hope this young tradition continues to create memories for years to come.”