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Beacon 2023 Corporate Meeting & Holiday Party: Highlights & Photos

On December 7th and 8th, Beacon's team came together in Boston to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and hold our annual corporate meeting and holiday party. It was a truly memorable two days, with our corporate meeting held at the beautiful Omni Hotel in Boston's Seaport District. The festivities kicked off on Thursday night with great drinks, food, and competitive darts at "The Flight Club." Please click below for full article...

President's Message, November 2023

I hope your Fall is going well. Please check out this month's Beacon E-news for updates on our projects, staff, and general construction news, including a staff profile of Simon Gallagher who joined our team in January of 2023. Another interesting item in this month's newsletter is an article about the incredible "Sphere" arena which opened in Las Vegas recently (with U2 performing the inaugural concert on Sept. 29th). The Sphere is an amazing feat of architecture, construction engineering, and multi-media technology. Not only is it the largest spherical structure in the world, but it also features the largest high-definition LED screen (more than 4 acres in size).

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Beacon Staff Profile: Simon Gallagher, Construction & Surety Claims Consultant

Simon Gallagher joined Beacon’s team in January of 2023 and has been assisting on a wide range of construction consulting and surety claims projects over the past 10+ months. A native of County Antrim, Ireland, Simon graduated from the University of Dundee in Scotland with an LLB Degree (Bachelor of Laws). As part of Beacon’s team, Simon played a key role in helping to turn around a large lakeside hotel/resort construction project...

President's Message, August 2023

I hope you have been having a great summer! Once again, the summer seems to have flown by. It's already "back to school" time, with many college students returning to school in the past two weeks, including my two oldest kids. My oldest daughter is a senior at Northeastern University this year and our second daughter has started her sophomore year at Syracuse University. I've always liked this time of year—maybe because I can still feel the excitement of heading back to school and the new experiences that come with that.

Here at Beacon, we are "life-long learners" because there is always something new to learn in our industry, whether it's a new construction process, new technologies or software, or emerging best practices for managing a project. For this reason, our team is actively involved in a variety of professional organizations to keep up to date on the latest trends and technologies.

This summer, our team has been busy managing construction consulting assignments across the U.S. However, all work and no play isn't healthy (especially in the summer)! In July, I had the pleasure of traveling to Ireland with good friends and family members to participate in a charity event - The 41st Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. I would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who traveled all the way to County Kerry, Ireland to participate in this great event and/or cheer on the riders. Please click here for more info and photos from that event.

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Beacon Staff Profile: Andrew Lem, Surety Consultant & Project Manager

Andrew Lem, E.I.T. is a Project Manager based in Beacon Consulting Group's NYC office. Andrew joined Beacon as a Project Engineer in early 2017. Andrew is a graduate of Villanova University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining Beacon, Andrew worked as a Staff Engineer for a Pennsylvania-based engineering / consulting firm. Since joining Beacon, Andrew has been working on a wide range of construction consulting assignment. Click below for full article...

President's Message, June 2023

Happy Summer! As I write this message, it's June 22nd and I am in down in Cambridge, MD attending the Surety Claims Institute's 48th Annual Meeting, along with three other members of Beacon's Construction Consulting team. The SCI is a great group (the oldest & largest organization dedicated to professionals working in the fidelity and surety industry). I've enjoyed serving as SCI's Treasurer since 2019. This year's meeting has some interesting sessions. Today, Beacon Project Manager Elizabeth Paquet will be speaking as part of an SCI panel discussion entitled "Price Escalation, Inflation, and the Post-Pandemic World - Impacts to the Surety." Overall, the SCI's annual meeting is a great chance to stay on top of what is happening in the surety claims world and also network with friends, clients, and partners in the industry. Click below for full President's Message...

Dennis O'Neill & Friends Riding in Charity Cycling Event in Ireland: The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

On July 1st, Dennis O'Neill will be bicycling around the Ring of Kerry in Ireland along with his daughter Jackie O'Neill, his brother John, and a group of 30 clients, other family members, and friends in order to raise money for a local organization CRITICAL EMR (Emergency Medical Response). The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is an iconic cycling event now in its 41st year. The ride takes place along one of the world’s most renowned touring routes -- The Ring of Kerry, an incredibly scenic 105-mile (170 km) coastal road in County Kerry (Southwest Ireland). The ride starts and ends in the beautiful and famous town of Killarney. Dennis and company will be riding as part of the team "Kate's Pedlars" to raise money for CRITICAL EMR (To Donate, Click Here). Click below for full article..

Beacon Project Manager Elizabeth Paquet Participates on Expert Panel at Surety Claims Institute (SCI) Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Paquet participated on an expert panel at the 48th Annual Surety Claims Meeting of the Surety Claims Institute (SCI) held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD (June 21-23, 2023). The title of the panel's topic was "Price Escalation, Inflation, and the Post-Pandemic World - Impacts to the Surety." Along with Elizabeth, the other invited panelists included Melissa Rice (Crum & Forster) and Melissa Lee (Attorney at Manier & Herod). As a construction expert and project manager involved with managing and monitoring numerous surety-claims-related projects in recent years, Elizabeth brought the construction consultant's perspective to the panel.