Archive for the ‘General’ Category

30 year Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Accident

Monday, April 18th, 2016

We’re coming up on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident.

Tucker Elliott worked briefly on the sarcophagus stabilization project, but thankfully never had to go there. The photo is of the nuclear fuel that melted onto the operating floor like a lava flow. The person in the photo actually survived, but you reached your lifetime exposure limit in 40 seconds!

Nuclear fuel on operating floor.

Nuclear fuel on operating floor.

VN Services holds Annual Renewal

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Renewal 2016  Every business gets caught up in the constant frenetic state of focusing on day-to-day challenges, meeting deadlines and finding yourself not moving forward on the goals that you have set for individuals and the company at large.

VN Services recognizes that it is essential to stop the daily hustle and take the time to regroup for the overall mental and financial health of our company.

So each year, we leave the office for 2 days and assess the past year, set personal and company goals (with an action plan) and then spend an afternoon doing something relaxing and fun.

Each year our renewal becomes more valuable, and our commitment to following through becomes a more natural part of our work activities.

We highly recommend that all businesses make this an important part of your year.

VN Services holds it’s 2015 company renewal.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Our staff just successfully  completed our annual company renewal.  Each spring, we go off-site to review the past year, and set goals for the upcoming 12 months.

We really look forward to this process each year, because it’s a time of team building, reflection and analysis, where we set actionable goals for each other and the company.

On the last day of the renewal, we also take a ½ day to just “have fun” as a team. This year we enjoyed the delicious cuisine at The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, followed by a quick walk through the Old Arcade and a 2 hour  tour of the historic Cleveland Public Library.

Jim Bettinger, librarian from the Science and Technology Department, was our guide.  We started our tour in Tech Central and Maker Space, where we were mesmerized by the 3-D printer, laser engraving and cutting machines, and vinyl cutter.

Our tour also highlighted the Maps Collection, Photograph Collection and the Special Collections sections of the library.  The library staff was eager to answer any questions and show us many fascinating pieces of both Cleveland and the United States’ history.  Their expertise and enthusiasm made our time in the library seem to fly by, and of course the architecture and art at the library is breathtaking!  We are sure to go back soon to take in more of this beautiful Cleveland treasure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing Mehmet Turkel Good Luck

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

We first met Mehmet Turkel at an SMPS (Society of Marketing Professionals Services) function where he was speaking on “Turning Contacts into Clients: Client and Business Development”.   We have since become more than business associates.

We have enjoyed fine dining at Anatolia Café, where Mehmet regaled us with tales of Turkey. He introduced us to a Raki, an unsweetened, anise-flavored alcoholic drink that is popular in Turkey, and changes color when introduced to ice. We have attended a Lake Captains baseball game, bringing home a win.

Now, we wish Mehmet good luck on the next phase of his life, as he leaves Technical Assurance.  We expect to hear great things about half-marathons, volunteering engagements, and perhaps a vacation somewhere warm.  Maybe at Anatolia’s over a Raki?

Does something on your construction project stink?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Bob Vail and Tucker Elliott attended the Cleveland Engineering Society’s Leadership Breakfast, and listened to a presentation by Mr. Julius Ciaccia. Mr. Ciaccia is Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD). Mr. Ciaccia discussed how far the Cleveland area has come in cleaning up the local rivers and Lake Erie, the sheer size of the sewer system, as well as the challenges of working with a multitude of community governments. The current main tasks being undertaken are reduction of combined sewer overflows and improvements to storm water management.

Tucker Elliott makes the observation that sewer system management is a lot like project management – if it breaks down, something starts to smell bad really fast! So if you’re on a project and something doesn’t smell right about how it’s being managed, give us a call!