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Sundt golf tournament raises $18,000 for MDA

The Sundt Foundation, a charitable organization funded by Sundt Construction, Inc. and its employees, hosted its annual Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament last month at La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, Ariz. More than 100 golfers attended the tournament, raising $18,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in honor of long-time Sundt employee Mike Gaines, who passed away in 2002 from Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease.

Originally launched in 2001 shortly after Gaines’ diagnosis, the tournament continues to raise money each year benefiting MDA in support of its research to find a cure for ALS. Although Gaines died in 2002, his legacy lives on through the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events held in Tucson and Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego and San Antonio. Sundt and the Sundt Foundation have hosted nearly 40 events in the past 14 years, raising more than $1 million in donations for ALS research programs.

“It’s an honor to be a part of these ongoing events benefiting research and other advances toward a cure for ALS. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the construction industry,” said Sundt administrator and tournament organizer Aly Gartin. “This tournament not only offers a means to give back but increases awareness of such a terrible disease.”

The Sundt Foundation has been raising funds for Tucson-based non-profit organizations since 1999. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5 million in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.


Sundt Foundation Awards $53,000 to Local Nonprofits

Sundt Construction’s Phoenix employees — through the Sundt Foundation — have selected 19 local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $53,500 this quarter.

The foundation was established by Sundt in 1999 to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults.

Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5M in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.

The Phoenix organizations that recently received funding:

$7,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona will use the grant to provide 222 bed nights of transitional housing, case management and education for 260 homeless children this year.

$5,000 Grant Recipients (4)

Child Crisis Center will use the grant to fund the costs for its Emergency Shelter Program, a 42-bed shelter where children from birth to age 11 whose families are in crisis are provided with temporary care in a safe, home-like environment.

Neighborhood Ministries Inc. will allocate the funds to support activities and purchase supplies for Kids Life, a weekly outreach to 600 at-risk K-7th graders. The program provides children with nutritious meals, character-building lessons and enriching activities.

Phoenix Revitalization Corporation will utilize the funding to expand its work with its community gardens that provide additional fresh produce for Phoenix residents.

Sojourner Center will use the grant to help cover direct program expenses of the Family Enrichment Program, which includes meals and snacks, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, sleep mats, pillows, blankets, books and toys to families in need.

$3,000 Grant Recipients (3)

Arizonans for the Protection of Exploited Children and Adults, Inc. will use the grant for constructing and installing security gates to ensure privacy and protection for victims at Natalie’s House, a place that provides a safe home setting to those in need.

Desert Mission, Inc. will allocate the funds to support high-quality dental care for uninsured and underinsured children ages six months to 20 years old.

New Foundation, Inc. is a residential treatment program that helps children overcome the devastation caused by abuse, neglect, addiction and mental illness. The grant will be used for its ISI program, offering a short-term stabilization experience to help children return to their home environments.

$2,500 Grant Recipients (3)

Angels on Patrol, Inc. supports families in crisis and youth who have either been abused or neglected and/or whose caregivers are facing extreme financial hardship. Awarded funds will help subsidize immediate crisis needs for families with children by providing necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Additionally, the grant will help underwrite enrichment and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Hope and a Future, Inc. will use the funds to provide year-round life skills mentoring to 75 Arizona teens currently in foster care.

Neighbors Who Care, Inc. provides volunteer services to low-income homebound, disabled seniors such as evening meal delivery, transportation to medical appointments, errand assistance and respite service for caregivers. This grant will provide the resources necessary to recruit, background check and train an additional 100 community volunteers.

$2,000 Grant Recipients (1)

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation will allocate the grant to provide tutoring and other educational support for children in foster care in order to prevent them from falling behind education standards.

$1,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children, Inc. is a free afterschool music academy for disadvantaged children in inner-city Phoenix. This grant will be used to sponsor a piano class for six new students from low-income families as classified by HUD guidelines.

$1,000 Grant Recipients (6)

Acts of Simple Kindness provides grants up to $200 for dependent children of widows and widowers. This grant will be used to help subsidize a program or class within the areas of education, sports, music or the arts in Maricopa County.

Blueprint Education, Inc. will use funds to cover costs for its Youth Education and Social Services (YESS) program, which brings the nationally recognized Nurturing Parenting Program to Hope and Blueprint High Schools. The program includes 16 instructional sessions and four “Put in Practice” events with parents and their children.

Flagstaff Shelter Services, Inc. will allocate the grant to underwrite the increased operational costs of expanding its emergency overnight shelter in Flagstaff, which currently has only 160 of the 1,000 beds needed to serve the city’s homeless population.

House of Refuge, Inc. hosts a no-charge, on-site donation center where food items can be obtained to assist in hunger relief and monthly budgeting of families in need. This grant would be utilized for the purchase of additional food to supplement the center.

Inn Transitions, Inc. will use funds to increase staff support of the organization, which assists those not receiving aid from other agencies, such as teenage parents, single fathers, homeless veterans with families and the disabled elderly.

The Arc of Arizona Inc., Tempe provides a life skills and recreation program for people ages 16 and older who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds from this grant will help develop a vocational component to the current life skills program that aims to help these teenagers find and hold jobs.


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Sundt Recognized By BestCompaniesAZ For Reshaping State

Sundt Construction, Inc.  is among 100 Arizona companies being honored by BestCompaniesAZ for reshaping the state’s workplaces over the past decade.

BestCompaniesAZ, a Mesa, Ariz.-based consulting firm that identifies, develops and promotes outstanding employers, recently released its 100 Best Arizona Companies of the Decade list in celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary and Arizona’s Centennial. “We are proud to recognize companies that are at the forefront of innovation and economic growth in Arizona,” said Denise Gredler, president and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ. “These are the best and they deserve recognition.” Sundt’s name appears in the Stars of the Best category for mastery and leadership in its field.

“At Sundt Construction, we believe it is our people who make the difference,” said Sundt Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Richard Condit.  “We know that if we keep our employees happy, they, in turn, will work hard to keep our customers happy. We are grateful to be honored among other Arizona companies that also are dedicated to creating great workplaces and maintaining the highest performance standards.”

In addition to being one of the country’s oldest and most respected general contractors, Sundt provides a number of employee benefits, including an employee stock ownership plan; health plan, vision and prescription benefits; paid time off and an opportunity to make pre-tax donations to the Sundt Foundation, a separate non-profit organization focused on the needs of disadvantaged children and adults. The foundation receives most of its funding through employee contributions, which are matched by the company. To date, the Sundt Foundation has provided more than $5 million in aid to community organizations in communities where Sundt has an established office, or to charitable organizations associated with military installations where the company has a construction project underway.

For more information about Sundt Construction and BestCompaniesAZ, visit Sundt Construction’s website at sundt.com and visit BestCompaniesAZ’s website at bestcompaniesaz.com.

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Sundt Foundation Names New Officers

The Sundt Foundation has named three new officers to its board of directors. Tom Crohurst, area quality manager in Tucson and the board’s former vice president, will serve as president for the coming year.

Lisa White, a project administrator from Sundt’s Tempe office, will fill the role of vice president, while John Parsons, a Sundt senior accountant in Tucson, will be the board’s new treasurer. He replaces Carol Peabody, a longtime Sundt employee who plans to retire next year.

Meanwhile, Abigail Shaver, office manager for Sundt Construction’s San Antonio office and immediate past-president, was elected to a three-year term on the board. She will continue to represent Foundation members throughout Texas.

“Giving back to the community is a personal value of mine that aligns with the corporate conviction here at Sundt that supporting the less fortunate is the right thing to do,” said Crohurst. “As individuals – and as a company and a foundation – we have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the communities where we live and work.”

The Sundt Foundation was established by Sundt in 1999 to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities.  It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults through organizations located near a Sundt office. The Foundation is primarily funded by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching.

The Sundt Foundation Board of Directors is composed of nine employees, four appointed by the company and five elected by the membership. The board convenes quarterly to approve grants based on recommendations made by employee committees in each Sundt officiate on funding allocation.

Sundt recognizes the importance of community giving. Today, its employees remain dedicated to ensuring the well-being of others, donating generously to charitable causes and volunteering hundreds of hours each year to help various local organizations achieve their missions. For many employees, the Sundt Foundation is the principal way by which they give back to the communities they call home.

To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in donations. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant may visit www.sundtfoundation.org for more information.

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Sundt Foundation Eclipses $1M In Donations For MDA

The Sundt Foundation and Sundt Construction, Inc. employees surpassed the $1M mark in funds raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the Annual Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament hosted at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix.

The golf tournament, which is the second of six MDA charity events scheduled in 2012, collected $48,562 – putting the total funds collected and donated through Mike Gaines Charity Fundraising Events at $1,003,522 since the inaugural tournament was held 11 years ago.

The balance of the more than $1M in funds raised for ALS research through the Mike Gaines Fundraising Events has been contributed by Sundt employees and tournament participants, and most of the monies were given directly to MDA.

Approximately $270,000 in donations has been made through the Sundt Foundation.

Former longtime Sundt Construction, Inc. employee Mike Gaines launched the golf tournament in 2001, shortly after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gaines passed away in 2002. His legacy lives on through the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events, which are held every year in Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento, San Diego and San Antonio. Funds raised through these events benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association in support of its research to find a cure for ALS. Over the years, the Sundt Foundation has hosted more than 30 of these events nationwide.

“Mike Gaines was an incredible colleague and friend. It has been our privilege to honor Mike’s memory by raising money to help find a cure for ALS by playing the sports he loved during his life,” said Aly Gartin, long-term Sundt employee-owner and administrator for Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events. “We are grateful to all of our employees and supporters who have participated in these events over the years, all of whom have made it possible for us to surpass $1 million in funds raised for MDA to help eradicate this disease.”

The Sundt Foundation, which is funded primarily by Sundt employees and company matching, helps organize and raise awareness for Mike Gaines Charity Fundraising Events held throughout Arizona, California and Texas.

AZRE Magazine July/August 2011

Doug Pruitt: His Retirement & Accomplishments

Doug Pruitt - AZRE Magazine July/August 2011As president and CEO of Sundt Construction, Doug Pruitt is responsible for landmark building projects in the United States and abroad. As he prepares to retire in September after 45 years with the Arizona-based company, it’s the little things, he says, to which he’s looking forward.

“I’ve had a great career and fortunately I have enjoyed getting up every day and working,” says Pruitt, who steps down Sept. 29. “I hope to spend more time with my lovely wife (Becky) of 43 years and have our kids and grandkids join us often. I plan to hit a few golf balls, as well. It will be very different for both of us, but we are looking forward to it.”

Perhaps it’s only fitting that on his 45th anniversary and final year with the firm — he joined the employee-owned business in 1966 — Sundt is the nation’s 45th largest construction company, according to Engineering News Record. Sundt reported revenues of $1B in 2010. It has Arizona offices in Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson, plus offices in California, Nevada, North Carolina and Texas.

But it’s the leadership and direction of Pruitt, who prefers to take a low-profile approach, that have put Sundt on the map as one of the top general contractors in the nation. Asked what he’s most proud of, Pruitt doesn’t hesitate in his response: It’s the Sundt Foundation that was started about 10 years ago.

“The Sundt family had a long history of contributing to our society in many ways, but we hadn’t created an environment that encouraged our employees to get involved in charitable giving and volunteerism,” Pruitt says. “The Sundt Foundation has given them that opportunity. They have really risen to the occasion, and through a combination of their gifts and the company’s matching funds, the foundation has been able to award grants totaling more than $4 million. Employees have also volunteered thousands of hours. I’m extremely proud for what they have done.”

Pruitt’s retirement comes at a critical time. The commercial real estate industry continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Great Recession. However, Sundt has been able withstand the economic downturn better than other general contractors, but it isn’t immune to the industry’s peaks and valleys. The industry was flourishing when Pruitt served as executive vice president and manager of the building division, as well as in 1992, when he assumed the position of president and CEO.

“Construction is a very cyclical business and as the economy cycles we are usually hit a lot harder than most industries,” Pruitt says. “In this recession, the general economy saw an unemployment rate at approximately 10%. However, in the construction industry it hit 24%.

“Sundt has had its share of ups and downs during the many years that I have been there. I have now been through six recessions and Sundt has been very resourceful at adapting to the different markets, and moving around the globe to keep our revenue up and survive.”

These days, it’s rare for one person to spend more than a handful of years — let alone an entire career — in one place. Besides running the company, he has authored articles and chaired national and state committees. Pruitt is a board member with the Arizona Commerce Authority, and in 2009 was president of the Associated General Contractors of America, the trade organization for commercial contractors.

“My theme for my year as president was, ‘Dare to Challenge — Dare to Change,’ ” Pruitt says. “I chose that theme because our industry has seen very little productive growth compared to other industries, and I really wanted us to challenge our industry to change.”

Pruitt’s retirement this fall marks a new chapter in terms of his role with Sundt and in the community. He will remain a member of the board of directors at Sundt, and he will continue serving as a board member of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

He offers these parting words: “Think about it. There is nothing that goes on in our society that doesn’t go through our industry. We build the homes you live in, the streets, highway and bridges you drive on, the hospitals you are treated in, the schools and universities you are educated in, the power plants that generate your electricity, and the list goes on. What an awesome job.”

For more information on Doug Pruitt and Sundt Construction, visit Sundt’s website.

AZRE Magazine July-August 2011