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Q&A with Brindley Engineering Leadership

 

This summer, Brindley Engineering sent 2 groups of current and future leaders to a leadership course conducted by Echelon Front. Echelon Front’s mission is to educate, train, mentor, and inspire leaders and organizations to achieve total victory. Echelon Front offers unmatched solutions in leadership, strategy, innovation, management, team building, contingency planning, and crisis management developed and proven in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams.

We sat down with those leaders to find out what they learned. This Q&A comprised all the individuals who attended the training course – this article is the result of a true group effort.  This is part 1 of a series on BE leadership.

Q: Why is investing in leadership important?

A: To have an experience with others on our leadership team is so valuable. Our team bonded. Some takeaways were that it made us aware of what we envision good leaders to look and act like in our organization. It also showed us what we need to improve on. We also realized that it will likely take us baby steps to implement our learning. And to give ourselves some credit, we are doing some things right too! We took personal and professional lessons away. We are family so it’s all a bit blended for us.

Q: What were your takeaways from the training?

A: We realize that there are some things we can apply to our everyday at BE.

  1. Keep ego in check.
  2. You can say the right thing but if you don’t look or act the right way it may not work. Body language is important.
  3. Leadership concepts are easy but doing them are not. Be accountable.
  4. Communication is key.
  5. Taking care of people you are in charge of rules the day.
  6. Reflect instead of deflect emotion.
  7. Leadership starts with relationships. Build relationships.
  8. Letting go of ‘I have to do it all myself’ mentality. Delegate.
  9. Showing ownership. We are a team. Everyone has a stake in our collective success.
  10. Let your team help plan things so they can take ownership in it.

Q: What makes a great leader?

A: Leadership is not about being in charge but about taking care of those you are in charge of are trying to bring the best out of them.

Q: What are some things that you as a leaders are more aware of now? 

A: There is a huge importance of balance to leadership. When to step in vs. when to let people solve the problem by  themselves.

Q: What does High Performance mean to you? 

A: When you can achieve success under extraordinary and/or difficult circumstances. We succeed as leaders when our vision inspires and attracts others to work as hard as we do. It is when we can get things done through others or empower our teams to achieve success.

Brindley Engineering Hires Operations Executive Jeffrey White

Operations and engineering leader to further develop Brindley operations and consulting practice.

LISLE, IL July 21, 2019 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in capital and maintenance projects, reliability initiatives and construction solutions, announced the addition of Jeffrey White to its team.  This is another milestone for the talent and growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service and client experience in the industry.

White is a long-time operations executive with a strong background in all aspects of operations and engineering in oil & gas processing plants. White joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Aux Sable Liquid Products, where he spent 20 years running all the facilities, pipelines, and assets of Aux Sable in the United States and Canada.

White joins Brindley as Principal Consulting Engineer, who will be further developing and scaling the operations and consulting practices of Brindley Engineering. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, Aux Sable, Mitsubishi Electric, HMT Inc., and others.

“The Oil & Gas industry is growing very quickly and is an exciting time to be in the industry. Jeff will be on-site providing recommendations to owners on how to best maximize the reliability and operations of their facilities so they can be well positioned for the long-term,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “His experience and attention to big picture will benefit clients and employees alike.”

His immediate focus will be assisting a client with the design and evaluation of their expansion opportunity.

“I joined BE because I saw it as a good opportunity to join a firm that is growing and clearly has a family feel,” said White. “I can’t wait to be part of the next chapter of growth and make an impact for our clients and for our employees. It’s an incredibly special place to be.”

White is an avid cyclist – he and his wife have logged over 10,000 miles in the last year and a half! He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. White lives in Channahon, Il.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering analyzes, designs and advises on the challenges of aging, mission-critical infrastructure, for capital and maintenance projects, as well reliability initiatives and construction solutions. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment. To learn more, visit brindleyengineering.com.

Brindley Engineering Hires Capital Projects Manager Jarema Boyko

Celebration reflects company culture of investing in and supporting the local community

LISLE, IL April 23, 2019 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in capital and maintenance projects, reliability initiatives and construction solutions, announced the addition of Jarema Boyko to its team. This is another milestone for the talent and growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service and client experience in the industry.

Boyko is a long-time industry expert with a unique combination of solving complex problems and broad experience in process, mechanical and piping engineering. Boyko joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Ambitech Engineering Corporation, where he spent 20 years spanning a multitude of responsibilities including onsite for various clients managing capital projects.

Boyko joins Brindley as a Senior Mechanical Engineer & Project Manager, who will be making a major impact in the Mechanical & Capital Projects Departments of Brindley Engineering. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, HMT, and others.

“Talent is so imperative to our success and Jarema is going to bring a whole new level of expertise to our capital projects clients and to our teams internally,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “His experience and willingness to mentor young engineers and designers is a winning combination for clients and employees alike.”

His immediate focus will be as an onsite project manager at a Chicago area-based industrial client where he will be responsible for managing capital projects ranging from $1MM to $10MM.

“I joined Brindley Engineering to help expand the capital projects practice and further mentor and develop the top talent that has joined the Brindley team,” said Boyko. “I find this type of assignment both challenging and rewarding in that it involves working closely with operations, engineering and construction. There is great satisfaction in taking a project from concept through completion.”

Boyko has a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago and Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University. He lives in Brookfield, IL.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering analyzes, designs and advises on the challenges of aging, mission-critical infrastructure, for capital and maintenance projects, as well reliability initiatives and construction solutions. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment. To learn more, visit brindleyengineering.com.

Brindley Engineering Celebrates 2018 Success by giving back to Local Charity; Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Celebration reflects company culture of investing in and supporting the local community

LISLE, IL March 20, 2019 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in capital & maintenance projects, reliability initiatives, and construction solutions celebrated a successful 2018 with a company-wide visit to a local charity, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), in Aurora, Illinois. The company sets annual performance goals (or “KPIs”) around growth, talent acquisition, retention, customer outcomes, social responsibility, awards & publications, customer diversity, and more. All 2018 goals were exceeded so the company celebrated by giving back.

“We love our community and the more we invest, the more connected we feel,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “When we have success, it’s a no brainer to turn to our community and give back what we can. Our entire company participated in a successful 2018 and in this event – we are proud to feel connected to such a great initiative in our own backyard.”

FMSC is a nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. The Brindley Engineering staff packed 236 boxes of dried food, equaling 50,112 meals, or enough to feed 137 kids for an entire year. This event is one example of Brindley Engineering’s dedication to corporate social responsibility. In 2019 so far, the company has also raised money for the Lurie Children’s Hospital and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at a charity bowling event sponsored by a local client. The total raised at the event was over $100,000.

About Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to children worldwide. FMSC meals are hand-packed by volunteers and sent to an incredible network of partner organizations who distribute them to those in need. Nearly 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million FMSC meals in 2017. More than 90 percent of total donations go directly to feed kids. To learn more, visit www.fmsc.org.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering analyzes, designs and advises on the challenges of aging, mission-critical infrastructure, for capital and maintenance projects, as well reliability initiatives and construction solutions. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment. To learn more, visit brindleyengineering.com.

Brindley Engineering Announces Office Expansion

Build-out reflects customized work space to meet needs of growing workforce with strong emphasis on unique collaboration space.

 LISLE, IL March 4, 2019 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in capital & maintenance projects, reliability initiatives, and construction solutions, announces construction build-out for expanded headquarter office located at 901 Warrenville Road in Lisle, Illinois This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in capital and maintenance projects, reliability initiatives, and construction solutions 

The build-out includes an open-office plan with ample natural lightsit-stand desks, high-end central conferencing facilities for collaboration, and varied work environments to support a healthy, engaging place to workModern finishes will be incorporated throughout the office space, including branded wall graphicsmodernized lighting, custom millwork, and flooring.  

We created an office-layout team, furniture team, and IT team to help design and curate our build-out, said founder and president, Tom Brindley. We spend a considerable portion of our lives physically at work and with our co-workers.  Therefore, the environments we work in should be healthy and engaging.  Just like when you are in your home, you like to work from your home office, or the sofa, or the kitchen table.  We like to vary our environments to fit our moods and our tasks. 

The office is located close to Morton Arboretum in close proximity to the downtown Lisle train-station. There is an in-building fitness center with locker rooms, in-building cafeteria, and beautifully maintained grounds.  Dan Ryan, project manager for Brindley Engineering, will lead the construction team on behalf of the firm with Ostrander Construction serving as project superintendent. Ware Malcomb will provide the architectural services.  

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Engineering Hires Instrumentation Engineer Mina Imani

Long time industry leader to develop Brindley Instrumentation and Controls team, liaison with clients for all growth initiatives.

LISLE, IL November 28, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Ms. Mina Imani to its team.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Imani is an Instrumentation and Controls leader who has spent 16 years working for Oil and Gas consulting companies, small and large size in Canada and Middle East. Imani joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Alberta, Canada where she worked at Canadian firm, Bantrel, specializing in engineering, procurement and construction management services to upstream and refining plants.

Imani joins Brindley as an Instrumentation Engineer, who will be making a major impact in this specialized department of Brindley Engineering. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Client’s desire to improve the on-stream efficiency of their refineries is an increasing focus and that is a core strength of Brindley Engineering,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Mina knows how to build relationships and direct growth initiatives for our clients. She will make a huge impact to help customers navigate Instrumentation and Controls programs.”

“I was referred to Brindley by one of its very own clients,” said Imani. “That’s the best kind of referral for me and I wanted to be part of Brindley because it’s growing, innovative, and the fact that a client referred me speaks volumes to Brindley’s reputation.”

Imani has a degree in electrical engineering from Khajeh Nasir Toosi University in Iran. She lives in Naperville with her husband and daughter.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

ACI Conference in Quebec City

In March 2019, Brindley Engineering will be attending the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Semi-Annual Convention in Quebec City, Canada.  ACI Conventions are excellent opportunities to learn about concrete and to meet professionals passionate about this exciting material!  At the convention, Brindley Engineering will be participating in committee meetings for 546D (Packaged Repair Materials) and 546 (Repair of Concrete), of which Nicholas Triandafilou, P.E., S.E. has been a member since 2016.  Brindley Engineering is looking forward to catching up with old colleagues, making progress on concrete repair publications, attending technical sessions, and meeting new concrete enthusiasts.

https://www.concrete.org/events/conventions/currentconvention.aspx

Brindley Engineering Hires Top Process Engineer Executive Gavin Palmer

Long time industry executive to lead Process Team initiatives for company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL November 13, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Gavin Palmer to its executive leadership team as Process Team Lead.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability arenas.

Palmer is an industry veteran in Technical Process leadership on small, mid and large capital projects in the refining, energy and chemical industries. He will be responsible for directing and building out the Brindley Engineering Process department infrastructure, serving client needs for small, mid and large capital work in refining and other industries. Palmer’s strategy includes an emphasis on the recruitment and mentorship of top young Process Engineering talent, with a focus on the development of their careers.

This hire comes at a time when the industry is growing, and engineering resources are at a premium.

“We need to encourage younger generations that engineering is an exciting field of study, and offers a promising career,” said Palmer. “I’m excited to join a company with dynamic leadership and help Brindley Engineering with targeted growth in both size and services in the coming years.”

“Maintaining current infrastructure in refineries and chemical plants for our clients remains critical to ensuring safe, efficient and reliable operations of these facilities in the future,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Gavin and the team he is building will provide clients with FEL/FEED and project scoping services allowing Brindley Engineering to tackle larger projects, while maintaining their current values of providing a creative, meticulous and reliable customer-focused environment.”

Palmer joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Ambitech. Previous to Ambitech, Palmer worked at Stepan Company, leading teams of operators in the day-to-day operation of site utilities.  Palmer has held Process Engineering roles of increasing responsibility for nearly 20 years.

Palmer has a master’s in chemical engineering from Loughborough University in England. He lives in Mokena with his wife and 4 children.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Engineering Hires Industry Recruiting and Human Resources Executive Mark Manalad

Long time industry executive to lead talent acquisition and human resources initiatives for company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL November 2, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Mark Manalad to its management team.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Manalad is a seasoned recruiting and human resources leader whose career spans two decades of work in the engineering sector. Manalad joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Ambitech. Previous to Ambitech, Manalad worked in both staffing agencies and well-known engineering consulting firms as well as  operated his own boutique search firm.

Manalad joins Brindley as a Manager of Talent Acquisition and Human Resources who will be making a major impact in the growth and culture of Brindley Engineering. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Building the right teams and culture are imperative to successful outcomes for our clients,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Mark knows this industry well and understands what it takes to thrive at our company. We are looking forward to seeing his talent and culture-building efforts in action.”

“At Brindley Engineering your voice is heard and ideas implemented,” said Manalad. “It’s a truly special place with a culture that reflects compassion, passion, and meticulous attention to detail. I can’t wait to see this place grow and wow clients like no other firm can.”

Manalad has a BS in Psychology  from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Oswego with his wife and daughter.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Team Presenting at the ASCE Forensic Engineering 8th Congress Conference

Come see the Brindley Team present at the ASCE Forensic Engineering 8th Congress Conference in Austin, Texas that occurs between November 29th through December 2, 2018 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capital located at 701 E. 111th Street in Austin, TX.

Brindley Team Speaking Topics and Times:

  • Chris Naegele – Artic Structure Forensic Study – Saturday December 1st at 1:30 PM
  • Kathy Sitko – Oil Refinery Failed Wire Ropes Case Study – Sunday December 2nd at 10:30 AM
  • Mike Buckley – Material Deterioration, Fitness-For-Service Analysis and Repair of a Streel Tank – Sunday December 2nd at 10:30 AM

Conference Sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsors: Exponent Engineering; ZS Architectural
  • Silver Sponsors: Element Analytical, PLLC; Nelson Forensics; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Engineering of Structures and Building Enclosures; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Corporate Sponsors: Bank of America; Geico; Pearl Insurance; UPS
  • Cooperating Organizations: Construction Leadership Council; SEA of Texas

Brindley Engineering Announces Hiring of Industry Executive Bernie Gunn


Long time industry executive to lead innovative customer-centric initiatives for
company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL September 18, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Bernie Gunn to its executive leadership team.  This is the next chapter of the growth story for Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Gunn is a seasoned leader whose career spans three decades of client and employee-development positions and has led some of the highest-performing engineering teams across a multitude of disciplines. Gunn joins Brindley Engineering from Ambitech and Zachry Engineering groups, where he spent over 20 years and held leadership positions as Vice-President of Engineering and Vice-President of Major Projects.

Gunn joins Brindley as a Principal who will be leading business development as well as overseeing operational execution strategy to help Brindley Engineering continue to scale and provide the best client service in the industry. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Our people set us apart,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Bernie is another strong addition to our team, he brings a level of expertise that our organization and clients will benefit from. We are looking forward to seeing his technical acumen, creativity and passion in action.”

“Technology is more advanced and more important than ever before in our industry,” said Gunn. “Brindley Engineering is well positioned to help clients function in high tech environments using 3D, relevant data and software platforms. Our talent thrives in high tech environments and will bring a level of efficiency unimagined by our clients. I’m excited to be part of this journey.”

About Brindley Engineering
Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.