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Highlights & Photos from Beacon's 15th Anniversary Company Meeting

Each year in early December, members of Beacon's team gather in Boston for our annual company meeting and holiday dinner. This year, our meeting was held on December 7th at the Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston.

Each year in early December, members of Beacon's team gather in Boston for our annual company meeting and holiday dinner. This year, our meeting was held on December 7th at the Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston. Following the meeting, our team celebrated with a delicious holiday dinner, live music, great company, some singing, and even a little dancing at Ristorante Fiore in Boston's North End.

Beacon's Annual Meeting is a great opportunity for us to review some of the lessons learned from projects we worked on throughout the year. It's also an important part of our company's planning process for the year ahead. This year's meeting was very special as we celebrated the completion of our 15th year in business, as well as 10-year anniversaries for five of our key staff members (Mike Kinahan, Karen Anderson, Janet Mosey, John Steele, and Dan Newcombe). Needless to say, bringing together our teams from different locations is always a pleasure and festivities continued late into the evening on Friday night!

One of the themes at this year's meeting was "Mitigating Risk for Performing Sureties." We had an interesting panel discussion focusing on this area, with two special guests—attorneys Todd Braggins, Esq. (Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP) and Jonathan Burwood, Esq. (Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP). Todd and Jonathan, both of whom are Surety and Construction law specialists, provided the legal perspective regarding what information and factors help performing Sureties to make better-informed decisions at the start of a bond claim, as well as during the construction project completion process. From Beacon's team, Dennis O'Neill, Jim Bruno, John Yeung, and Mike Kinahan participated in the discussion, providing the construction consultant's perspective. Special thanks to Todd and Jonathan for taking the time out of their busy schedules to join us!

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The Game Master looks on while Cebi Stough attempts a difficult move as game play continues.
Some of the members of Beacon's team who participated in the Annual Meeting. It's rare and special when this crew gets together in one spot!
Marcus Lehner (Medford, MA office) & Andrew Lem (NYC office)—just a couple of cool young project engineers, doing what cool young project engineers do!
The panel discussion kicks off. Todd Braggins (Managing Partner, Ernstrom & Dreste LLP) addresses the room. The topic: "Mitigating Risk for Performing Sureties."
The panel shares some their experiences regarding the various phases of the Surety bond claim process and the challenges related to "turning around" troubled construction projects.
Jonathan Burwood (Partner at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP's Boston office) weighs in.
The panel listening to input and questions from project managers and other team members.
Daniel O'Neill, a Sr. Business Consultant and Partner at PwC, spoke to Beacon's team about goal setting, business development, and relationship development. Dan specializes in helping PwC's corporate clients with mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Beacon's Andrew Lem gave a presentation on current and emerging technologies being used in the construction industry, which included interesting sections regarding BIM, VR, and drones.
Cebi Stough looking happy after receiving a Holiday Thank You gift for a job well done!
Celebrating 10-year anniversaries (OK, maybe a couple of these folks have been around for 11 or 12 years, but so much more efficient this way)!
Project Manager / Site Superintendent Dan Newcombe looking triumphant as he receives his 10th Anniversary recognition and gift.
Karen Anderson graciously receiving her special gift for 10+ years of service at Beacon.
Janet Mosey cuts the checks. So, it's a rare case where she doesn't know what's in a Beacon bag!
A view from the balcony outside our meeting room. As the sun set over Boston, Beacon's team prepared for a night out on the town!
Members of Beacon's staff broke the ice after breakfast by playing the fun and challenging card game "D.N.Abled" which was invented by Beacon Project Engineer Marcus Lehner.
Members of Beacon's staff broke the ice after breakfast by playing the fun and challenging card game "D.N.Abled" which was invented by Beacon Project Engineer Marcus Lehner.
Project Manager Kieran O'Connor's training as an Irish Football player comes in handy in all sorts  of situations. "D.N. Abled" is a particularly challenging card game, requiring strength and balance.
Project Manager Kieran O'Connor's training as an Irish Football player comes in handy in all sorts of situations. "D.N. Abled" is a particularly challenging card game, requiring strength and balance.