Programs and Partnerships

Partnering

Spirit Award

2013 Spirit Award Winners
Original Spirit Award recognition presentation.
Pictured left to right; Dave Davidson, Laura Webb
and Barry Hunnel

The Partnering Spirit Award originated in June 2013 to recognize partnership members for their outstanding commitment and dedication. The first individuals to be recognized were Dave Davidson, a consultant senior inspector at ADOT, and Barry Hunnel, a project superintendent at Visus Construction Engineering, Inc.

The State Engineer's Office understood the value of this recognition and requested the formation of a process that would allow qualified individuals to be recognized in a timely manner for their commitment and dedication to Partnering.

The Partnering Spirit Award honors individuals who, through their personal characteristics and conduct,
have exemplified the best practices and values of
ADOT Partnering.

The award recognizes individuals who have played a significant role as members of partnerships that achieved exceptionally positive results through agreements and productive working relationships.

These individuals demonstrate their dedication to collaborative teamwork by focusing on and demonstrating the Four C's of Partnering Principles — Communication, Commitment, Cooperation and Continuous Improvement — to achieve team goals effectively. They exhibited their commitment to continuous improvement through their strong, ongoing attention to and participation in the Partnering Evaluation Program (PEP).

Why should I recommend an individual for the Partnering Spirit Award?

To celebrate the talent, dedication and passion of individuals who are committed to

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  • building and strengthening relationships.
  • improving the quality of their teams and products.
  • providing exemplary customer service.
  • resolving issues quickly and effectively.
  • enhancing their overall work environment.
  • accomplishing the mission and goals of their team.
  • making their partnership more successful and enjoyable.

Who is eligible for the Partnering Spirit Award?

The nominee must be or have been actively involved in a formal public, internal or construction partnership that was built on a pledge by all members to stand by and hold true to a set of common principles: Communication, Commitment, Cooperation and Continuous Improvement.

The nominee must have demonstrated one or more of the following distinguishing qualities to become a recipient of the Partnering Spirit Award:

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  • encouraged open and honest communication
  • exhibited outstanding service and personal commitment to the project
  • treated others with care and respect
  • demonstrated a strong commitment to continuous improvement
  • exhibited a cooperative spirit
  • provided outstanding leadership
  • proved their ability to effectively resolve issues in a timely manner
  • encouraged cooperation and trust among team members
  • made a significant impact on the project
  • motivated coworkers to develop the partnering spirt by acting as a role model
  • exhibited strong professional ethics
  • uplifted the team culture through their outstanding optimism, enthusiasm, integrity and work ethic
  • shared occupational knowledge and industry experience with other team members
  • represented the ADOT Partnering Program values by demonstrating
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✓ Accountability
✓ Integrity
✓ Respect
✓ Innovation
✓ Customer Service

How do I nominate an individual for the Partnering Spirit Award?

Complete the Partnering Spirit Award nomination form. Submit the form to PartneringManagement@azdot.gov.

If you have any questions regarding the Partnering Spirit Award, contact the ADOT Partnering Office at
PartneringInfo@azdot.gov.

2017 Recipients

Anthony Brozich
ADOT
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Anthony Brozich accepted two Spirit Awards from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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David Tabanico
Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, congratulates Spirit Award recipient David Tabanico.

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Chad Grossman
Rural Electric
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Chad Grossman accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Ed Ochmann
ADOT
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Ed Ochmann accepts Spirit Award from Madhu Reddy, ADOT Phoenix District Engineer.

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Armando Lopez
City of Surprise
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Armando Lopez accepted two Spirit Awards from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Stacie Myers
Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Stacie Myers accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Joseph Heller
TY Lin
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Joseph Heller accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Jorge Estrada
ADOT
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Jorge Estrada accepts Spirit Award from Madhu Reddy, ADOT Phoenix District Engineer.

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Jason Brunker
Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Jason Brunker accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Efren Palomino
Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017
US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, congratulates Spirit Award recipient Efren Palomino.

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Past Recipients

2016

Randall Beck
AECOM
December 21, 2016
Partnering in the Precon

Randall Beck (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie Partnering Administrator, and Dallas Hammit, ADOT Deputy Director for Transportation.

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John Patterson
Tristar Engineering and Management, Inc.
December 15, 2016
Partnering in the Precon

John Patterson, Aziz Haddad, Dallas Hammit ADOT Deputy Director for Transportation, Bonnie Opie Partnering Administrator and John Akin.

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Zachary Teegarden
CS Construction, Inc.
December 15, 2016
Partnering in the Precon

Zach Lambert, Ross Genenbacher, Zach Barnes, Bonnie Opie Partnering Administrator, Lukasz Mikula, Zachary Teegarden, Dallas Hammit ADOT Deputy Director for Transportation.

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Robert Cunningham
ADOT
December 1, 2016
I-10 WB Verrado Way to SR 85

Robert Cunningham (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Michael Rigby.

Spirit Award recipient: Robert Cunningham

Michael Sullivan
Combs Construction
December 1, 2016
I-10 WB Verrado Way to SR 85

Michael Sullivan (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Michael Rigby.

Spirit Award recipient: Michael Sullivan

Rod Rummel
Rummel Construction
November 16, 2016
Partnering in the Precon

Rod Rummel (2nd from left), Andrew Torres, and Carlos Gonzalez accept the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Jesse Gutierrez, Deputy State Engineer for Operations.

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Matt Gully
FNF Construction
November 16, 2016
Partnering in the Precon

Matt Gully recipient of the Spirit Award.

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Bobby Lall
Horrocks Engineers
November 16, 2016
Partnering in the Precon

Bobby Lall (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Jesse Gutierrez, Deputy State Engineer for Operations.

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T.C. Fish
Horrocks Engineers
July 7, 2016
US 60 Oak Flat Climbing Lane

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Laura Webb (right) congratulate Spirit Award recipient T.C. Fish.

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Tye Roer
Coffman Specialties, Inc.
June 9, 2016
US 60 / Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Tye Roer accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator..

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Elvira Galarza
ADOT
June 9, 2016
US 60 / Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Elvira Galarza accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Clint Peterson
McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016
Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Clint Peterson accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Bob Hoyt
McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016
Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, presents the Spirit Award to Bob Hoyt.

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Lindsey Pribble
McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016
Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Lindsey Pribble accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Scott Gahr
McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016
Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, presents the Spirit Award to Scott Gahr.

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Pete Thompson
McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016
Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Pete Thompson accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

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Rick Schilke
ADOT
May 26, 2016
US 89, State Route 64 to Little Colorado River

Rick Schilke recipient of the Spirit Award.

Rick Schilke receives Spirit Award

Raquel Schatz
City of Apache Junction
February 3, 2016
Ironwood Drive Safety Pullouts

Shane Kiesow presents the Spirit Award to Raquel Schatz.

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Raquel Schatz
City of Apache Junction
February 3, 2016
SR 88 (Idaho Road)/Old West Highway

James Hartman presents the Spirit Award to Raquel Schatz.

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Dave Locher
ADOT
January 14, 2016
Loop 101 – Shea to Loop 202 (Red Mountain)

Julie Gadsby presents the Spirit Award to Dave Locher.

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2015

Bernadette Kniffin
San Carlos Transit Services Nnee bich’ o Nii
October 20, 2015
San Carlos Apache Partnership

Chairman Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribe, presents the Spirit Award to Bernadette Kniffin. Bill Harmon, ADOT District Engineer Southeast District and Marvin Mull, SCAT Director of Transportation join the presentation.
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Del Whittington
ADOT
July 14, 2015
US 93, Antelope and Moss Wash Bridges and Roadway

Allison Baker presents the Spirit Award to Del Whittington.
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Jesse Gutierrez
ADOT
June 23, 2015
SR 277 Culvert Project, Town of Snowflake

Bonnie Opie of Partnering presents the Spirit Award to Jesse Gutierrez with the Snowflake Town Council.
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Patrick McCarron
ADOT
June 4, 2015
I 15 Virgin River Bridge #6

Erik Wolf presents the Spirit Award to Patrick McCarron
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Laura Nordan
ADOT
June 3, 2015
Ewing Trail Bridge over Oak Creek

Terrin Lane presents the Spirit Award to Laura Nordan.
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Scott Jones
Haydon Building Corp.
June 3, 2015
US 60 / SR 303 Interim Traffic Interchange

Bill Pederson of Partnering presents the Spirit Award to Scott Jones.
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2013

Dave Davidson
Consultant, Senior Inspector
ADOT
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Project
Barry Hunnel
Project Superintendent
Visus Construction Engineering, Inc.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Project
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