Friday, July 17, 2015

Teamwork the SP Way

Staff Meetings with Reports from All Departments
                       We hold staff meetings every third Thursday of the month. Every employee that is not solely a field worker is required to attend. Both our president and former president attend as well. Each department gives a presentation in summary of the previous month and is evaluated by Rob. So, from HR to Sheet Metal, every aspect of our company is reviewed. It's important to us that employees are aware of everything that goes on, not just in their department.

Stressing of Verbal Communication
                         At every staff meeting you can document at least one instance of Rob Springer reminding his employees how crucial verbal communication is. In such a technology-dominated world, it becomes more important than ever to speak to others directly rather than relying on a computer to communicate for you. When possible, face-to-face conversing or phone calling is preferred here at SP. It strengthens work relationships and eliminates technological misunderstandings. Rob himself is a great example of this type of communication, always making his rounds through the office and getting to know everyone personally.
Company-Wide Open Door Policy
                          One of the unique and best things about the SP Office is its welcoming network of people. While some busy companies have offices with closed doors and appointment forms required to visit with the CEO, we don't agree with that system. You can find every office door open here. If an employee has an issue or wants to speak with someone higher up, all they have to do is walk in their office. That goes for our president's office, as well. Having such an open environment lends itself to more frequent communication and stronger company relationships, which are key. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

SP Completes Heather Hill Healthcare Building

This summer, we've been faced with some challenging projects. It’s difficult when you have important jobs during rainy season, but we always make it work! Recently we've been over at Heather Hill Healthcare Center in New Port Richey repairing a damaged roof. They had two existing built-up roofing surfaces with granulate over a lightweight insulating concrete. The owner wanted a new roof surface that was durable, yet reflective and he decided to go with a 60 mil GAF fleece back TPO roof system, which was a great choice.

Some of the challenges of this project were environmental, while some were mechanical. The facility was left open during repair, which meant that we had to ensure that the roof remained water-tight at all times. The schedule of the work also had to be adjusted due to outside factors. Work had to be performed early in the day in order to beat the afternoon rain storms. Lastly, all of the mechanical equipment needed to be brought up to code to work on this facility. All this being said, it turned out great!

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Newest Bunch of Interns is Here and Working Hard

Springer-Peterson is well known locally for its summer college internship program. Starting this program back in 2011, we wanted to create an experience that would help the students foster professional skills while also benefiting our company by enlisting the skills of bright young minds. 

Here's how it works: The students keep us on our toes and up-to-date, and we give them a strong platform to exercise their abilities and challenge them with projects that help them grow. 

This year, we have our largest group of interns ever! We have several young men working on-site with our Service Team, responding to repair calls and fixing roofs. We also have a few interns working in our corporate office. These students are currently enrolled at a college or university in Florida, majoring in a similar department to their line of work here. They work for us full-time to get the that very necessary "real world" experience. 

Our field interns are Alex Mack, Devonte Mack, Zach Huffstickler, and Chris Hart. These boys work practically from sunrise all through the day, traveling to and from different job sites in order to service roofs that are having issues. They are mentored by our experienced foreman and will gain extensive knowledge of the logistics and details essential to the roofing industry. Our Service Department has 24/7 Emergency Repair hours, and our interns are not exempt from those special circumstances! If a repair request comes through in the middle of the night, they are on the list of workers to call. With this type of dedication and willingness required, we are sure these interns will leave with a new, more enlightened perspective on our industry. We pride ourselves in the opportunity to educate and train the roofing industry's next generation of leaders. 

Inside our home office in Lakeland, you will also find college interns spread throughout. This year we have four corporate interns, something we've never done before. Unlike the field interns, these students are assigned very different positions within our company. Gabby Molleda, studying Psychology and Advertising/Public Relations at Florida Southern College, is our official office receptionist (and everyone's personal assistant). She is honing her communications skills and mastering the art of organization. Rachel Heidegger, a Public Relations major at the University of Florida, is our in-house Marketing Coordinator. This is a new department for SP, and is something we are very excited about expanding. Rachel is managing our social media accounts, email marketing, and website updates. Jakob Contat, a fellow University of Florida Gator, is working in the Estimating Department, improving our data-management software. Ashley Skaggs, a graduate student studying Education at the University of Central Florida, is interning in the Customer Service Department. She handles invoicing and client communication, as well as any other office need in the Service Department.

This summer is sure to bring lots of good change and promise to our company, as every summer does when we are blessed with hard-working students. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Rob Springer Sworn In as FRSA President

Don Springer delivered the oath of office to his son, Rob Springer, CPRC, the 2013-14 FRSA President at the S.T.A.R. Awards Dinner and Presentation Friday evening. In his acceptance speech, Rob introduced his theme for the coming year: "Developing Industry All-Stars." Immediately following the President's oath, members of the 2013-14 Executive Committee took their oaths of service to the Association. This year's Executive Committee includes:
  • President - Rob Springer, CPRC
  • Vice President - Donnie Harp
  • President Elect - Burt Logan
  • Secretary-Treasurer - George Ebersold
  • Immediate Past President- Brad Sutter
Springer Peterson's Charlie Kennedy received received the "Enthusiasm Gets It Done Award," while Donna Dove received the "Life Member" designation. Also, Phillip Lane received the "Charlie Raymond Membership Award."

Here are the other awards Springer Peterson received:

Category: Green, Commercial Contractor
Project: Hillsborough Community College, Plant City Campus

Category: Steep Slope, Commercial Contractor
Project: Polk State College Lake Wales Art Center

Category: Low Slope, Commercial Contractor
Project: Sea World Antarctica, Orlando

Category: Unique, Commercial Contractor
Project: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tampa

Category: Community Service, Commercial Contractor
Project: NBA Cares, Tampa

Featured Project:
The Peabody Hotel and Conference Center

Springer-Peterson is pleased to announce the recent completion of their project with the Peabody Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. The Peabody Hotel was purchased by the Hyatt Regency this month and hired Springer Peterson to cover the large Peabody signature ducks that were painted on the roof of the hotel. A total of sixteen workers labored under the supervision of Keith, utilizing a cold process with Siplas Cap Sheet.

The 120' x 40' area included twelve larger-than-life painted ducks. The team worked rigorously and diligently during the two day timeframe to complete the task with excellence. Ultimately, it was an honor that the Hyatt Regency chose Springer Peterson to complete such an important project!

Rob Springer Featured
in Orange and Blueprints Magazine

Rob graduated from the Rinker School of Building Construction in the fall of 1984. While at Rinker, Rob served as the "first" President of the student chapter of ABC. After graduation, Rob joined Hubbard Construction of Orlando, and served as a project manager on several projects including Lake Nona Golf and Country Club Community, and the Melbourne Airport expansion. In 1985, he joined Springer - Peterson Roofing, replacing one of the original partners, Brooke Peterson, and served as Vice President of Operations until 2006, when he became President, and continues to serve in that role.
Springer-Peterson Roofing specializes in Industrial and Commercial reroofing, and when a challenging new Construction project warrants their expertise, they also participate in that market. Recent new construction projects include: Legoland Theme Park in Winter Haven, the new Antarctica Penguin exhibit at Seaworld in Orlando, and 2 recent expansions by Coca Cola at their Tampa and Auburndale locations. Re-roofing however has always been, and continues to be their specialty. Client relationships are always the nucleus of most projects, which include Publix Supermarkets, CVS, numerous Central Florida School Districts, and Hospital / Medical Facilities throughout Florida. Rob’s role at Springer-Petersen includes business development, current and new client support and providing support to the operations side of the company.
Rob is involved in the community and has served on the local boards of the YMCA, several local banks, as well as numerous non-profit organizations. His industry involvement includes serving on the board of National Roofing Partners (NRP) and will be installed as President of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal (FRSA) Contractors Association in July of 2013.

Like most UF Graduates, Rob is an avid Gator fan, and has attended every National Championship football game, along with all of the Final Four Appearances, and four College World Series in which the Gator Baseball team participated in Omaha. Rob and his wife Tammy, live in Mulberry, and have 2 children. Their daughter is a teacher in Lakeland, and their son is currently a Senior 1 at Rinker. Rob loves to spend time in the outdoors, including hunting big game across North America, and fly fishing the rivers of the Western U.S.

Read more about the Rinker School of Building Construction here. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

That's Just Cantastic

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SP Gives Back

Rob and Tammy Springer hosted a dinner at their home in honor of the The U.S. Naval Academy Baseball Team. The event took place in March and was courtesy of Fran Gren & The Friends of Navy Baseball. The team was in town for the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven. Many community leaders and previous Naval graduates were all in attendance. The team captain presented the game flag that flies over their stadium to Rob and Tammy Springer.

Some of the attendees included:

Melanie Bell
Al Kaline
Gal Fields
Mayor of Bartow
Mayor of Winter Haven
Director of Sun-n-Fun
County Commissioners

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Florida's Natural 2012 Charity Classic

Futures Golf Tour Inc. - Florida's Natural Charity Classic
Friday, March 23, 2012 — Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Florida’s Natural Charity Classic is an official event on the LPGA Futures Tour, the “Road to the LPGA.” The 54-hole golf tournament brings 144 of the best women golfers in the world to The Lake Region Golf & Country Club of Winter Haven. This is the fourth season the LPGA Futures Tour has played in Winter Haven and the 12th season overall that the Tour has visited Polk County. Proceeds from the event are given to the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation, which in turn distributes grants amongst 20 + charities in Polk County. The tournament has generated more than $250,000 for Polk County charities through the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation in the past three years.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hillsborough Community College PLRC Building in Plant City

PROJECT: Hillsborough Community College PLRC Building in Plant City

CLIENT: Hillsborough Community College

LOCATION: Plant City, FL

SIZE: 175 squares

ROOFING SYSTEM: Johns Manville cold applied modified – Tricor Energy cap

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: SP is working with Crossroads Construction for Hillsborough Community College to complete the interesting reroof project while the campus is active with students. The Manville system is a unique energy efficient roof system using Durofoam 180 with Tricor solar cap.