JANUARY Joe Chemello, popular Group Vice President, Estimating, bids farewell to his Walbridge colleagues at his retirement party. Joe worked for the company for 43 years. FEBRUARY Walbridge Technologies team members Rani Abdallah, left, and Bryan Yoakum brave temperatures in the 20s as they test equipment at the Walbridge Yard in New Hudson, Mich. MARCH Final adjustments are made in preparation for the launch of the newest version of Walbridge.com. APRIL Walbridge welcomed the children of employees to Detroit headquarters for the company’s first Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 27. MAY Kids in Monroe, Mich. have a new play area to enjoy thanks to the volunteer efforts of several construction companies, including Walbridge. JUNE Employees gather at company headquarters for “Fun Day,” a lunchtime event filled with good food and games. JULY Walbridge Project Manager Tom DeMattia at Northern Michigan University. Stephanie Williams greets Odie, a golden retriever, as trainers from Fur Angels headline a lunch & learn program at Walbridge in Detroit. The organization brings trained canines to nursing homes and hospitals to interact with the elderly and infirmed. AUGUST The 28 Grand project team, (l-r) Samantha Russo, Kristie Bieniewicz and Dominic Pizzo, enjoy the moment as the downtown Detroit project wraps up. SEPTEMBER A visitor to Walbridge’s first University of Michigan tailgate event for the 2017 football season likes what Chef Rob is cooking. OCTOBER Senior Project Controls Engineer Erick Hench brought some special guests with him to the Oct. 7 tailgate event prior to the Michigan-Michigan State football game. On the far left is Erick’s grandfather, Virginio Persicone, who once owned a masonry company that did some work for Walbridge in the 1970s. He is joined by Erick’s cousins Antonella Pagliaroli and Pasqualino Rossi, who live in Italy and run a Bed and Breakfast in Castro dei Volsci. Walbridge Business Development Manager Joe DiIorio (left) greets signori Persicone and Rossi, while Erick (yellow hat) looks on. Walbridge’s annual Built for Opportunity event focuses on building stronger relationships with subcontractors, suppliers and vendors. This year’s event, held at Ford Field in Detroit, drew more than 300 exhibitors and guests. Walbridge President Mike Haller takes a soaking as he raises $3,200 to benefit United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The company’s 2017 annual meeting was held Oct. 17 at The Colony Club in Detroit, which was constructed by Walbridge in 1928-29. Florida Group team members (l-r) Tim Sewell, Genevieve O’Hara, Lia Lane, Katlyn Thomas and Bo Dring take a break during the “Swing for the Kids Golf Classic” on Oct. 20 at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Walbridge was a sponsor of the event, which benefited the Pasco Education Foundation. NOVEMBER Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated at our Mexico City office. Members of Walbridge’s Florida Group gather for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk on Nov. 18 in Tampa. Money raised by the event funds treatments that save lives. The Walbridge squad, captained by Frank Rygiel (wearing the pink and yellow glasses), raised $10,300, making them the third-ranking corporate fundraising team. DECEMBER Walbridge launches its 12 Days of Giving program at Cristo Rey High School in Detroit. In lieu of sending gift baskets to customers this year, Walbridge donated $10,000 in books and other educational materials to the school. Here, employees gather around the school’s President Michael Khoury and Naomi Howrani, Director of Development. Customer feedback has been very positive: “My compliments to Walbridge for breaking with tradition; and to, instead, serve those in need”; and “What an outstanding idea and very much in keeping with the true spirit of the season. My hat is off to you and to all the Walbridge leadership for taking this initiative and making a difference in our world!” Walbridge Southeast Get Work Director Joey Smith and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed colleagues from the Charlotte office to their home in Waxhau, NC, for a holiday party. It was part celebration and part coat drive. The WSE team contributed 51 coats to be given out to local schoolchildren in need.