Affinis is proud to be among this year’s 25 Under 25 honorees.
We were one of more than two dozen area companies honored during the 11th annual awards gala March 3. Thinking Bigger Business Media acknowledged each company’s role in “Building the City of Entrepreneurs.” The awards recognize 25 outstanding Kansas City area companies with fewer than 25 employees. Companies must demonstrate consistent growth, commitment to community and an ability to overcome challenges.
“The gala was a real treat,” said Cindy Martens, manager of recruiting and retention at Affinis. “We are so honored to be among this group of incredible companies.”
The gala not only honored each of the firms named to this year’s list, but also observed the tradition of entrepreneurship in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
We see this as both a celebration of what Affinis has accomplished and as a challenge to keep improving. Affinis is built on a foundation of five values and in 2012 we are committed to finding ways to “think bigger” about them:
– We normally think of balance in terms of time at work and time at home, but in 2012 Affinis president Rick Worrel, PE
, is thinking bigger about balance. Several presenters at the gala brought up balance. Now put that together with the idea of small business as the engine of the economy. As Rick observes, “Often entrepreneurs are faced with so many day-to-day issues in their place of business that they don’t find the time to focus on the larger regulatory issues that affect them.” Rick, who also serves as chairman of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, is exploring ways small business can influence public policy.
– Cindy Martens, SPHR
, manager of recruiting and retention for Affinis, is thinking bigger about how we get what we give. Realizing that “your clients get what you give to your co-workers,” Cindy is focusing on the relationship between the ways an Affinis co-worker’s own experience influences a client’s experience.
Project Engineer Cliff Speegle, PE, LEED AP
, is one of the owners of Affinis. Cliff likes to remind us that we aren't the only consulting engineers in town. We can set ourselves apart by making life easier for our clients. In 2012 Cliff is thinking bigger by focusing on ways to deliver our expertise with an extraordinary client experience every step of the way.
– Mike McKenna, PE, PTOE
, executive vice president and traffic engineer, is thinking bigger about keeping personal relationships strong. According to Mike, conventional wisdom says a person’s network can include about 150 people he or she knows well. “We need to ask ourselves, ‘Are we offering the best of ourselves to the people in our networks?’”
– Peggy Amor
, marketing coordinator, is thinking bigger about how we demonstrate trustworthiness to audiences who don’t already know us. She’ll be thinking bigger by engaging all of her Affinis co-workers in the process of growing our brand awareness while maintaining our commitment to establishing relationships based on trust.
For a complete list of all 25 Under 25 companies, visit www.ithinkbigger.com/25-under-25r-awards/winners
About Affinis Corp:
Affinis Corp co-workers are experts in transportation design, stormwater management, traffic engineering and land surveying. But our true expertise lies in creating the right solution for each project. We think relationships
are so important we made the word our company name. Affinis means relationships in Latin. We genuinely collaborate with our clients and each other and this approach helps us develop and measure ways to save a project time and money.
At Affinis, we engineer ways to make life easier.