It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

It is rewarding, but it sometimes can be difficult to accept what IMPROVING LIVES means.  Last Monday, May 8th, Courtney walked into my office and told me the news that she was leaving to take a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The best word I can use to describe how I felt is heartbreak.  Many of you may not know, but Courtney is like a daughter to me.  I met her at my first job out of college.  I was working for the Missouri Department of Transportation as a Highway Designer.  Courtney’s mom, Amy Nash (Barry’s wife) was one of my first mentors.  Amy was a brilliant mentor without really ever trying to be.  She helped me to learn to think for myself, design with common sense and listen to my instincts.  She was one of the first in my professional career to help me understand the importance of IMPROVING LIVES.   Looking back, I realize that I was one of Amy’s first work “sons.”  Courtney was raised by parents that always wanted see people do their best. When we met, Courtney was around the age of 5, so Kim and I have known her practically all her life.  We have gotten the opportunity to watch her grow from a young girl into a brilliant engineer.  Courtney has been one of our favorite examples of the value of internship program at TREKK.  She worked her way through survey, design, and construction inspection.  She benefited from seeing all the aspects of a project.  The opportunity to see our projects from multiple perspectives has helped her hone her design...