High Companies founder Sanford H. High counseled his co-workers to “Give Good Measure,” meaning to go beyond expectations of the job. His advice became the basis of the Good Measure Awards, a performance-based program that recognizes High co-workers whose outstanding efforts exemplify High’s hardworking, can-do culture and the tenets of The High Philosophy. Winners are celebrated at the annual High Forum management meeting where grand prize winners are announced.
High Concrete Group LLC
As site safety coordinator, Mark initiated industrial saw training and the use of high visibility hard hats. He coordinates safety stand downs, a time when all operations are shut down at the Denver, Pa. facility for two or three hours so all co-workers—office included—come together to learn about working safely. Mark works with Corporate EH&S to facilitate safety audits and the Drive to Zero initiative. He leads High Concrete’s First Aid Team and has strengthened its ranks by recruiting new members. He makes sure that safety is first and foremost on everyone’s mind!
Mark’s innovative approach to safety shows he has what it takes to lead a successful safety program. His commitment to the well-being of his co-workers has helped to build trustworthy relationships that are hallmarks of Good Measure.
Nominator: J. Phoenix Rann, Vice President of Operations, High Concrete Group LLC
Manager of Facilities
High Associates Ltd.
Recently Jim oversaw the successful installation of High’s first solar array. Located in Greenfield Corporate Center, the new system now provides 100% of the electricity consumed by the Courtyard by Marriott-Lancaster, Pa., making it the first fully solar-powered Marriott hotel in the U.S.
While undertaking this important project, Jim consulted with colleagues from other companies and learned about a non-published solar rebate program from the utility, PPL. Jim researched the rebate and contacted PPL to get High’s project pre-qualified for the program. Because of his action, the rebate contributes significantly to the overall financial picture of the environmentally conscious investment.
Jim demonstrates that he values customers and meets their needs and that he strengthens partnerships with suppliers. By obtaining this significant rebate he also found a way to make an already great project an even better asset for High, helping to invest profits to secure our future.
Nominator: Michael J. Lorelli, Senior Vice President – Commercial Asset Management, High Associates Ltd.
Morgan M. McGill, Room Attendant, High Hotels Ltd.
When the SpringHill Suites-Mt. Laurel, N.J. found itself without a housekeeping manager, Morgan stepped up to take control of the department’s daily activities. She set up assignments for the room attendants and oversaw the laundry, seeing that all work was completed to High and Marriott standards. Morgan pitches in where needed. Her work ethic and leadership is a great example of what it means to Give Good Measure.
Nominator: Patrick H. Brogan, General Manager, SpringHill Suites-Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Caleb R. McGaughran, Guest Services Representative, High Hotels Ltd.
Recently, a team member was going through a tough time and was unable to work. Seeing this need, Caleb organized volunteers to prepare and deliver pre-made meals. In another instance, he covered for a co-worker, staying beyond his shift to help check in a group of more than 70 guests. He also helps to organize fun events for co-workers, including a fall picnic and an Easter egg hunt.
Nominator: Dave Jacobs, General Manager, TownePlace Suites - Harrisburg West/ Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Raymond Ortega, Systems Analyst
Brian Simmons, Senior Database Administrator
Daryl Thomson, Systems Engineer
High Company LLC, Lancaster, Pa.
A system that processes invoices for payment was out of support and scheduled for an upgrade. Ray Ortega obtained a quote from a vendor to manage the upgrade. But when he calculated the additional development that was required, he saw that the total cost would be three times the original amount. So he dug deeper and found that the system’s upgrade packages and instructions were available free of charge. He identified a new platform to maintain compatibility with system forms.
Ray reached out to Brian Simmons and Daryl Thomson who work in different departments, and together they determined that they could do the system upgrade. They set up a process, worked through the installation, then recruited key users to test the system and forms platform which worked perfectly.
Ray, Brian, and Daryl performed as a cross-functional team and saved the company significant expense.
Nominator: Brenda S. Martin, Manager, Applications & Development, High Company LLC
High Associates Ltd.
Erik is both a resident and co-worker at High’s Orchard Ridge apartments. When residents forget or lose their keys, they show up at his door outside of business hours and he cheerfully goes to the office to get them spare keys, saving them a $50 after-hours service fee. He routinely assists elderly residents by carrying in groceries, shoveling snow, and delivering heavy packages.
Once Erik arranged to meet a former tenant on a Sunday to deliver a package that had been shipped to their old address. In another case, an elderly resident called just as the office was closing and told Erik she had fallen in her apartment while preparing to go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. Though the resident claimed to be fine, Erik checked in on her then picked up the prescription for her.
Erik goes above and beyond, which is why he has been recognized with the Good Measure Award.
Nominator: Kathryn Sylvia, Community Manager, Orchard Ridge Apartments, Pottstown, Pa.