You may see typo above, but rest assured, it is intentional. Let me explain.
Along with Improving Lives, another main goal of TREKK is educating the communities we serve. Our orange TREKK shirts stick out, regularly serving as conversation starters between us and local residents. Some could see this as a nuisance, but I see it as a way to further solidify the fact that the work we are doing affects everyone, either directly or indirectly.
I grew up in a small town and my work in Southwest Missouri is often centered on towns with populations less than 5,000. No matter who I communicate with, I am both educating them and gaining knowledge myself. Be it the little kids who try to sneak a peek down a manhole hoping to see a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pop out, or the town elder who wants nothing more than for you to listen for two minutes about his experiences in his community, I am amazed at how we are able to touch lives.
When I started with TREKK, I was one of those people who didn’t understand where wastewater went post flush. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” While the jokes may come and go – “Stuff flows downhill,” “you got something on your boots” – I have come to embrace the work I do on a daily basis. TREKK has built a true All-Star team, of like-minded, purpose driven leaders. And I see every day how what we do matters.
A new project was recently posted in our internal Project Management system – “Sanitary Sewer Evalucation” This was a simple typo, but it made me realize the true essence of TREKK. We endeavor to provide our client communities with evaluations of their systems and education on how to maintain them. By pure mistake, we accidentally combined the two and offered up an Evalucation, and it is something that I will continue to use in the future.
As the face of the TREKK in the field, I am able to pave the way for TREKK in not only the community I am working in, but hopefully others around it. As communities talk amongst themselves, certain words stick out and my goal is to make TREKK Design Group shine. The true hope with quality field work and perfectly executed data delivery is to garner the attention of other cities and towns and build TREKK. How else can we truly reach the maximum amount of communities and ultimately improve more lives? Solid working relationships to me are the greatest leads to future work. Even if there is not a huge budget or an immediate need for work to be performed, excelling at quality when work presents itself is how we operate. Evaluation by Evalucation. It is my honor to build the name of TREKK and forever Improve Lives.
~ Tony White Field Technician