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Several companies in the construction industry have recently announced hires and promotions for high-level positions. The following appointments have been made in the second half of 2022.
The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) announced the hiring of Gordon Raymond Hefner as executive director. Hefner replaces Bev Garnant who led the association for more than 20 years. Hefner has over 27 years of association management experience in the construction trades. He will be responsible for the administration of all ASCC programs and will oversee its office staff of eight.
Hefner earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an M.A. from Webster University. He holds a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives.
Clark Branum, noted decorative concrete speaker, trainer, and quality control manager, has joined the technical division of ASCC as the decorative and polished concrete specialist. It is a part-time position. This role provides leadership, counsel, and direction for the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) and the Concrete Polishing Council (CPC).
Branum, with more than 40 years in the concrete industry, is the training and technical director for Sundek Products. He is the liaison with industry organizations including the American Concrete Institute (ACI), World of Concrete (WOC) and the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. Prior to this position, he was the training and specification manager for Diamatic USA, national training and technical development director for L.M. Scofield Co. and technical director for Brickform Products. He began his career as a laborer and concrete finisher.
Branum has spoken to numerous concrete industry groups including WOC seminars. He has developed curriculum and certification programs and has extensive experience in teaching and training. He is the chair of ACI-ASCC 310 Decorative Concrete.
Mack Trucks announced that Jonathan Randall has been named president of Mack Trucks North America, reporting to Martin Weissburg, global president of Mack Trucks and chairman of Volvo Group North America. Randall joined Mack in 2016 as senior vice president – North American sales, and served most recently as senior vice president – North American sales and commercial operations. He brings more than 25 years of commercial vehicle experience to the role, with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) leadership positions in truck sales, product marketing, truck leasing and aftermarket parts and service.
Randall, who has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, will continue to be based at the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.
The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) announced the association’s first dedicated safety director, Tabah Nez. This inaugural position was created to further ACPA’s safety and certification programs for concrete pumping professionals.
As ACPA safety director, Nez will be responsible for developing and overseeing all safety and risk management activities, including safety programs, committees, bulletins and resources. His role will be instrumental in developing the training curriculum for ACPA University, an online training platform to be launched January 2023.
Nez brings to this position 23 years of professional hands-on experience in the areas of occupational, safety and health management; environmental health and safety management, risk prevention programs, management of construction emergencies, safety training and worker’s comp claims management. He has served on the American Society of Concrete Contractors Executive Safety Committee. He earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University and is OSHA-certified from the University of California, San Diego.
The Volvo Group recently announced that Greg Higgins has been named senior vice president – legal and compliance, general counsel, and secretary for Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks. Higgins joined the company in 2012 and has served since 2015 as senior counsel.
Before joining the Volvo Group, Higgins spent 12 years as a member and partner at Nexsen Pruet PLLC in Greensboro, N.C. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and a juris doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Higgins will continue to be based in Greensboro. He succeeds Therence Pickett, who is retiring from the company.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) inducted Sherman Ward “Bud” Bushnell, founder of Genie, into its Hall of Fame for a broad range of contributions in developing and advancing technologies that support the construction and agriculture industries worldwide. The AEM Hall of Fame recognizes the pioneers whose inventions, ideas, leadership and courage have contributed to the industry and our community’s quality of life. The award was presented to Genie President Simon Meester at AEM’s Annual Conference in Napa, Calif. on Nov. 18.
“Bud Bushnell is a tremendous addition to the AEM Hall of Fame,” said AEM President Megan Tanel. “His combination of innovation, professional dedication to safety, and personal dedication to the team he built at Genie, are exactly what the AEM Hall of Fame is meant to celebrate.”
Bud Bushnell (June 13, 1921 – Nov. 14, 2020) founded Genie Industries, which today is the Genie brand of Terex Corporation, the pioneering manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms, which enable people to work safely and productively at height. An inventor and craftsman all his life, Bud launched the company in 1966 in a small warehouse in downtown Seattle. His first lift operated on compressed air, and customers referred to the hissing noise it made as “Genie magic in a bottle,” leading to the company name.
Through his inventions, Bud didn’t just make work at height more efficient, he helped make it safer. Helping people work safely at height is still the most important thing Genie and its equipment do today.
Associated Builders and Contractors announced that Milton Graugnard, executive vice president, Cajun Industries, Baton Rouge, La., was elected the 2023 ABC national chair at a board of directors meeting held in conjunction with the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Coronado, Calif.
The members of ABC’s 2023 Executive Committee, who will take office on Jan. 1, 2023, are:
Superior Industries announced that Jason Adams, current senior vice president, has been promoted to president of the 50-year-old company. Just before Superior’s big jump into aggregate processing equipment, Adams was one of the first industry veterans to take a chance when he joined the company in 2014. Since then, his team successfully launched Superior’s construction management group. Then, about 18-months ago, he was promoted to senior vice president. He continued to lead the construction management team in that role, but added sales, manufacturing, and aftermarket departments to his leadership portfolio as well. Adams followed both his father and grandfather into the aggregates industry when he started working for Terex in 1994. There, he most recently served as general manager for the publicly-traded company’s Simplicity and Canica brands. After Terex, he served as general manager and vice president of operations at Continental Companies, an equipment dealer, manufacturer and installer based in Missouri.
Superior also announced the addition of Pedro Kelley to its sales team in Latin America. There, Kelley will be responsible for developing new dealers, distributors and agents to represent the manufacturer’s crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment.
Kelley comes to Superior after spending most of his professional career at Grupo Tracsa, a machinery supplier to mining and aggregates industries throughout Mexico. He held numerous positions during his 25-year career there including director of crushing and screening, general director of operations, mining and aggregate manager, and branch manager. Kelley earned a degree in marketing and business administration from the Jesuit University of Guadalajara (ITESO).
Procore Technologies announced Olga Kibler as its chief people officer. Kibler will lead Procore’s people strategy and will join Procore’s executive leadership team and report to founder, president and CEO Tooey Courtemanche.
Most recently, Kibler served as chief people officer at Five9 leading all aspects of the human resources function. Prior to Five9, she served as vice president of talent services at DocuSign.
Kibler earned a master's degree in international trade from Moscow University of Humanities.
Oshkosh Corp. companies JLG Industries and Jerr-Dan Corp. have hired Sara Vincent as the new director of marketing for the Access segment. In this role, Vincent will lead marketing and communications initiatives for JLG mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, as well as Jerr-Dan towing and recovery equipment in North America and Latin America.
Vincent brings nearly 20 years of communications and marketing experience to this role, most recently as the vice president of marketing for Arete, a global cyber risk company. She also has experience in the telecommunications industry, having led branding, public relations, channel marketing for T-Mobile and AT&T. Vincent earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and is a student in the Master of Business Administration program at the University of Baltimore.
Vincent takes over the company’s efforts from Jennifer Stiansen, who has transitioned to her new role as vice president of global branding and communications for Oshkosh.
Ruan, a provider of integrated supply chain solutions, announced that its president and chief operating officer Dan Van Alstine has taken the helm as chairman of the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Van Alstine recently completed roles as first vice chairman of the ATA and chairman of the board of the Iowa Motor Truck Association (IMTA), a state representative to the ATA.
Prior to joining Ruan in 2014, Van Alstine held senior-level roles with Schneider National. Additionally, he served as vice president of marketing at Transport America and held other senior roles throughout his more than 40-year career in transportation and logistics.
Van Alstine earned his bachelor of arts in business and communication arts from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.
Rotary Corp. has announced the appointment of two new territory managers to serve its growing dealer network.
Chris Sipos is Rotary’s new territory manager for metro Atlanta and the Chattanooga, Tenn. region. He will replace Billy Sapp who was promoted to regional vice-president for the southeast. Sipos previously served 10 years in territory sales for another outdoor power equipment supplier with accounts in Georgia and Tennessee.
Todd Van Sickle has been named territory manager for Rotary dealers in Michigan and Ohio. Van Sickle is a Navy veteran who has more than 20 years of experience in sales, including municipal snow and ice removal equipment.
PlanRadar named veteran sales leader Jeff Jensen as its new general manager, Americas. Jensen has almost two decades of experience leading sales teams in the construction, telecommunications, and IT industries.
Jensen joins PlanRadar from ConstructConnect, a provider of construction information and technology solutions, where he served as senior vice president of PlanSwift, a subsidiary focused on digital estimating and takeoff software. Prior to his work in the construction sector, Jensen held sales and account-management leadership positions with AT&T and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.
Jensen held numerous positions with PlanSwift before promotion to senior vice president in 2019, climbing from sales representative to president in eight years.
Following the acquisition of GCP Applied Technologies by Saint-Gobain, GCP’s Specialty Construction Chemicals (SCC) segment will integrate with CHRYSO within the new Construction Chemicals Business Unit, part of the High-Performance Solutions division of Saint-Gobain.
Steve Williams, formerly president of Chryso North America, has been appointed president of the Construction Chemicals Business Unit for North America and will run the combined North American business. As part of the same business unit, GCP SCC and Chryso will combine their resources for customers and partners.
The International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA) has announced the hiring of Nicholas R. Davis as its director of technical services. In the newly created position, Davis will join IGGA executive director John Roberts in pursuing the association’s goals through the development and implementation of educational and promotional initiatives, while providing technical resources and engineering guidance to contracting agencies, consultants and industry partners.
Prior to joining the IGGA, Davis gained six years of experience as assistant engineer at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), where he authored specifications and reports, managed a certification program for testing agencies that perform ride quality testing, and managed specification and data collection for the first performance engineered mix (PEM) project in New York State, among other accomplishments. He participates in the Road Profile User Group (RPUG) and National Concrete Consortium (NCC) and was recently selected to be the NCC state representative for the Northeast region. Davis’s previous experience includes civil engineering support roles with the City of Troy in Troy, N.Y. and the Absolute Fire Protection company in Selkirk, N.Y. Davis earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology from State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in 2015, as well as an associate degree in applied science from Hudson Valley Community College in 2013.
Curry Supply Co. welcomed Tim Henry as its new director of continuous improvement, quality, and customer service.
Henry earned a bachelor's degree in economics from IUP and a master's degree in national defense and strategic studies from the Naval War College. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB).
Henry’s professional career began while serving as a Naval officer and fighter jet pilot. His Naval career culminated as the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower's Air Boss. Upon retiring from the Navy in 2016, Henry continued to support Naval aviation as a defense contractor and senior program manager in air-to-air missile developmental test programs. He has 10 years of experience leading teams through continuous improvement projects.
KAI shared the promotion of H. John Vetter II, PE to principal - electrical engineering at its Dallas-Fort Worth office. KAI hired Vetter in September 2021 to the new position of national electrical engineering subject matter expert.
Prior to KAI, Vetter was principal – electrical department head at Smith Seckman Reid in Dallas-Fort Worth and Associate – lead engineering project manager and project manager at Dallas-based Aguirre Roden.
Vetter earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and he is a registered professional engineer in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and South Carolina. He is also certified in Modicon PLC Programming; NSA Food Safety; ASCOA Fire Suppression Systems Design, Installation and Inspection; and Carrier Design. He is registered as a Record Model Law Engineer through NCEES and received the 30 Hour Construction Safety Certification through OSHA.
RUBBLE MASTER has announced the appointment of Paul Smith as sales manager for North America. Smith was promoted to lead the growing sales team in North America and spearheads the expansion of RUBBLE MASTER’s dealer network across North America while supporting new dealer onboarding.
Smith has more than 30 years of product development, sales and marketing and dealer development experience in the aggregates, recycling and mining industry around the world and brings a deep understanding of sales and marketing business operations.
Before joining RUBBLE MASTER, Smith served in numerous positions for Astec Industries where he contributed to their domestic and international growth. He will focus on strengthening existing dealer relationships as well as growing the dealer network in North America.
WINT Water Intelligence has named Gil Briman chief operating officer. He is joined by Josh Edwards, WINT's new vice president of North American sales and Deborah Margalit, the company's new vice president of marketing.
Briman has over 25 years of experience leading global software and hardware technology companies. Before joining WINT, he served as CEO of Solcon and Briefcam. Prior to that, he was the regional vice president of Asia Pacific for Mellanox (later acquired by Nvidia), and vice president and general manager of a large division at Amdocs.
With more than 15 years of experience in software sales and sales management, Edwards emphasizes strategy, sales execution and maximizing value. Within the last seven years, Edwards' sales teams have been part of two successful exits in the environmental, health and safety software industry.
Margalit has more than 18 years of experience in marketing, investor relations and general management at telcos and high-tech companies. Before joining WINT, she co-founded Tydex, a service company providing marketing services to startups, and served as part-time CMO in two B2B SaaS startups, MyPRM and TimeTonic. Previously, Margalit worked for 10 years at Perion Networks, where she held several management positions, including general manager of Smilebox, an online self-service creative platform.
Protective Industrial Products announced the appointment of its new president, Curt Holtz. He will oversee the company's five business units: North American Industrial, North American Retail, EMEA, APAC and Asian Exports.
Holtz has extensive experience in the workwear and apparel industry. He comes to PIP from VF Corp., where he recently led VF Corp.'s global workwear business as executive vice president and group president.
HCSS added Julie Spurlin as chief human resources officer. Spurlin brings over 25 years of extensive experience in human resources that will help HCSS set the course for future growth.
Previously, Spurlin served as senior vice-president of HR at Software AG, a German-based, global software provider. Before that she served in leadership roles within software and technology companies, including RSA and Sun Microsystems. Spurlin graduated from Virginia Tech and is close to completion of the Wharton School of Business CHRO Program.
Robert Bunting follows in the footsteps of his grandfather and father with his appointment as Bunting’s president and chief executive officer. Robert succeeded his father, Bob Bunting, in overseeing the continued growth of the global Bunting group. Bob Bunting assumes the position of Chairman.
Founded in 1959 by Walter F. Bunting in Chicago, the company has remained family-owned and family-operated ever since. Walter’s son, Bob Bunting, served as president of the company since 1993 and oversaw an international expansion of the company. Over the 29-years as president and CEO, Bob oversaw a three-fold increase in sales. Robert Bunting joined Bunting’s Elk Grove Village sales team in 2007. Before joining Bunting, he had earned a degree in business management at Rockhurst University in Kansas City.
CPC Logistics Solutions (CPCLS), has announced Marvin Allen as its new operations manager for CPCLS’ new Chicago branch.
He joins CPCLS from XPO Logistics where he was the manager of last mile operations, overseeing the daily operations of contract carriers and hiring and supervising employees.
LGMG North America announced the addition of Rick Quick as its new director of product support, while John Hofmeyer joins as the new director of sales and marketing. Quick comes with 25 years experience in the equipment industry with product support leadership roles for 18+ years with companies like AGCO and Mahindra USA.
Hofmeyer has over 30 years of experience in the equipment rental industry with 25 years in senior sales and executive positions with companies like NES, Metrolift, Patten CAT, and Alta Equipment.
Inc. released its annual Female Founders 100 list, highlighting the women entrepreneurs who are rethinking how things have been done. Collectively, these 100 founders’ companies are estimated to be worth over $22 billion.
This year saw the list’s most competitive pool of applicants to date with over 2,000 applications for only 100 spots. The top female founders in the construction industry, include:
Grote added three members to its leadership team. Kent Bode has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for the U.S. sales team, while Cesar Perez-Bolivar transitions to take over leadership responsibilities of Grote Electronics and Mel Mendoza has been hired as the new vice president of operations, North America.
Bode started at Grote in 1997, serving in various engineering capacities as a product manager, regional manager and director of OEM sales.
Perez-Bolivar has been with Grote for nearly a decade, working on research, engineering and development, while focusing on Grote’s focus on safety, productivity, security and cost savings.
Mendoza is new to the Grote team, bringing more than 35 years of experience as a global business leader working for a diverse group of manufacturing companies.
Wright announced Julie Snelbaker as its new customer service manager. In her new role, Snelbaker will manage key customer relationships and international sales.
Snelbaker brings nine years of experience working in customer service and relevant leadership roles. In her previous position, she led the customer service department and inside sales team at TenPoint Crossbow Technologies.
Altenloh, Brinck & Co. US announced that Loren Ross has been hired as a Structural Engineer for Wood Frame Constructions. Ross earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and his master of science degree in civil engineering from Washington State University. Prior to joining ABC, Ross was manager of engineering research for the American Wood Council.
TENNA announced the addition of Karen Wuerfl as chief operating officer. Wuerfl is a senior operations and technology leader who has spent her entire career in the construction industry. She joins Tenna leadership fulltime after spending the last 18 months serving on the company’s advisory board.
Her experience in construction technology spans multiple roles including serving as the chief information officer at J.F. White and years of consulting experience guiding construction clients. She brings ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and acquisition integration experience, with knowledge in systems that Tenna integrates with such as ViewPoint Vista and Sage.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has hired Dean A. Frank to develop programs to assist in supporting the use of nonmetallic reinforcement and reducing carbon emissions in the concrete construction industry. Frank will initially be working primarily with NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, assisting in the development of assessment, validation, and certification programs as identified by NEU.
Frank joins ACI staff as a program developer and brings experience in sustainability, International Standards Organization (ISO) standards, and certification development of personnel, products, and manufacturing plants. Prior to joining ACI, Frank gained a comprehensive working knowledge of resilience and sustainability as an employee at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., the National Precast Concrete Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and through his consulting company. He also has experience in working in with ISO standards governing the operations of certifying bodies and is a licensed P.E. in Indiana and Colorado.
REV Group announced Brenda Novachek has joined as senior director global sourcing & supply chain for REV Commercial Segment which includes manufacturers of Collins Type A school bus, ENC heavy-duty transit bus, Capacity terminal tractor and LayMor street sweeper brands.
Most recently Novachek held the role of director global strategic sourcing at Polaris Industries, where she was responsible for indirect and electrification focusing on global strategic sourcing, operations and supply chain management. Prior to Polaris Industries, she worked for Oshkosh Corp., Actuant Corp., Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Manitowoc Ice and Newell Rubbermaid. Her roles covered commodity management, supply chain, global procurement, as well as other various commodities.
Holding a master of science degree in business management and organizational behavior, bachelor of science degrees in manufacturing systems engineering technology and in business management from Silver Lake College, Novachek also has certifications in business contract from Cornell University and project management from the Project Management Institute.
Uwe Hirsch has been named vice president finance of STIHL. Hirsch joins STIHL after a career with the Bosch Group, where he most recently served as global vice president of finance, controlling and purchasing for Bosch Automotive Service Solutions in the Automotive Aftermarket division. Prior to that, he served as vice president of finance at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions. Hirsch received a degree in business administration from the Cooperative State University in Stuttgart Germany.
Melody Doleman has been named vice president human resources. Doleman joins STIHL after a career with HII Mission Technologies division where she most recently served as vice president of human resources of the nuclear and environmental services business unit. Prior to her career at HII, she served as vice president of human resources/operations at B&B Manufacturing Inc.
Doleman earned a bachelor of arts in mass communication/media studies from the University of South Carolina.
Sakai America has announced three new hires in the Adairsville, Ga. headquarters. Joey Queen joined Sakai America in the newly created manufacturing engineer role. Queen has over 20 years in manufacturing and tooling with the heavy equipment and heavy machine components industries.
Curtis McCrillis was recently hired as service manager. McCrillis comes to Sakai America from a local heavy equipment dealer, where he held several service and management positions.
Rosa Bennett joins the company as receiving coordinator where she will work with the inventory control team on in-bound component and parts management.
Consigli Construction Co., has welcomed Hannah Franklin as its managing director quality.
Franklin has over 15 years of expertise in construction and real estate development operations, quality, and project management, including oversight of new builds topping $500 million.
My dad always wanted me to become an engineer because he wanted to see me succeed. The industry has low unemployment rates and he thought I should always be able to find work.
I listened to his advice and decided to become a computer science major in college and later become a software engineer.
I graduated about four years ago and since then I've worked as a full stack developer, a front-end web developer, a front-end engineer at JP Morgan Chase & Co, and a developer evangelist at Twilio — which I say is a cross between developing, marketing, and product management.
I also create content for social media. On YouTube, I have 145,000 followers and I have 63,100 TikTok followers.
I talk more about what I like about software engineering more than about what I don't like. Sure, there are a lot of perks to being a software engineer such as six-figure salaries and free food, but some things are less than ideal.
Here are the top 5 things I don't like about being a software engineer.
Programmers are often building things that have never been made before and there aren't references on how to do it. And it's incredibly exhausting work.
Plus, the more you move up the ladder as a programmer, the more expectations there are on top of your programming duties and it can feel like a never-ending growing list of things to do. It also doesn't help that most teams I've seen are undermanned.
I know I've burned out when I stop feeling fulfilled or excited by my work.
I think the reason many software engineers burn out is because there's pressure to code even when we're home.
Some programmers will code at home to try and solve problems they don't know how to fix yet. And if you're not doing this, you may fall behind. Others work on projects they're passionate about do they're coding at night for fun.
Also, technology moves so fast so you need to keep learning to stay up to date. There is this added pressure to constantly read blog posts, engage with open-source coding, and work on personal projects even when you're off the clock.
I can't think of any other industry where you treat your job like a hobby as well. I like to do other things, like play basketball, and it's hard to find room for things outside of coding — there is an expectation that you need to eat, sleep, and breathe code all the time.
There are so many videos about people making upwards of $120,000 right out of college or $200,000 in their twenties in this industry. That really pushes people to try and make as much money as they can and to jump from one job to another seeking more success.
It's difficult to feel satisfied where you are professionally since there may be something better or higher paying somewhere else.
When I'm preparing for technical interviews, I don't have time for anything else. I'm basically a student after 5 p.m. on top of my regular job. I also don't think technical interviews accurately show my, or anyone's, abilities.
It was around the last week of December when I was preparing for my technical interviews. And on New Year's Eve, I could only celebrate with my wife and her family for a few minutes before returning to studying for a technical interview that was a week away.
Plus, it's terrible to be rejected from a job opportunity on the 4th, 5th, or 6th round of interviews because you've already dedicated so much time just to be considered.
Programming is a competitive field but there are way more jobs than there are programmers. But there's a constant feeling that you may lose your job if you aren't the very best developer on your team. A lot of programmers end up with imposter syndrome and constantly compare themselves to their peers — which is really unhealthy.
If you are a software engineer, know that you bring value to the tech world and your company. And if you're feeling burnout, unfulfilled, or thinking that you're not getting as much done as your peers, understand that programming ebbs and flows. It's extremely hard to even become a software engineer so think about how far you've come already.
The world needs problem solvers like software engineers and the opportunities for people in this industry are pretty much endless given the digital transformation the world is going through. I can't think of any other field that can compare as far as job security and the amount of high paying positions you can get.
Less than a week afterof Twitter employees, new owner Elon Musk is firing staffers who disagree with him — sometimes publicly.
On Monday, Musk tweeted that he fired an engineer at the company who had publicly disagreed with him about the Twitter app.
Musk had tweeted an apology for the app being "super slow" in some countries, to which engineer Eric Frohnhoefer replied, saying, "I have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android and can say this is wrong."
Musk then challenged Frohnhoefer, saying, "Twitter is super slow on Android. What have you done to fix that?"
Frohnhoefer replied with a detailed thread about changes he had made to Strengthen the app, and suggested deleting some features to speed up loading time.
The exchange was met with incredulity from Twitter users that a CEO and staffer would argue publicly about a product feature. Shortly after, Musk tweeted, "He's fired."
Frohnhoefer responded with a salute emoji, later tweeting a photograph of a locked laptop screen.
Frohnhoefer didn't immediately respond to a request from CBS MoneyWatch for comment.
Frohnhoefer appears to be the first of several outspoken employees to get the ax. On Tuesday, tech publication Platformer reported that 20 engineers who had criticized Musk in internal Slack channels had been fired via email.
"We regret to inform you that your employment is terminated effective immediately. Your exact behavior has violated company policy," now-former workers were told via email, according to screenshots posted on Twitter.
On Tuesday, Musk deleted the tweet in which he fires Frohnhoefer, but it remains unclear if that revokes his termination. He also tweeted a mocking reply to reports of the fired engineers.
"I would like to apologize for firing these geniuses. Their immense talent will no doubt be of great use elsewhere," Musk said.
Twitter's media relations team, which has been disbanded, according to multiple media reports, did not respond to a request for comment.
Since Musk took ownership of Twitter, he has lauched, then paused, a plan to open its blue-check verification system to anyone paying $8 a month, which led to aon the platform. Several large advertisers have over concerns about moderation and hate speech. After Tuesday's firings, some users wondered how long a company could keep running after eviscerating its staff.
One of the nearly 4,000 Twitter employees laid off in the company‘s tumultuous post-Elon Musk acquisition says the company illegally targeted him for trying to help fellow employees save documents prior to their abrupt removal from the company.
Former Twitter engineer Emmanuel “Manu” Cornet reportedly filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday accusing them of retaliatory actions days after Musk took the helm as CEO. That firing, according to the complaint, came in response to a Google Chrome extension Cornet built and shared with employees that let them download emails from their Gmail accounts. Twitter haphazardly moved to lay off around half of its global workforce last week and has already reportedly had to beg some of those workers to return.
Cornet detailed some of the time leading up to his firing on his personal blog. With rumors of mass layoffs circling Twitter’s online channels, Cornet says he decided to upload his email downloading tool to the Google Play Store and then sent a copy of that link to a Twitter Slack channel. Workers, now in hindsight rightfully fearful of sudden layoff calls from their new boss, could use the tool to download important documents like performance reviews, stock statements, key proofs of achievement and other human resources documents.
“Think about it: if you thought you may lose access to all your work email tomorrow, is there anything in there that you may need?” Cornet said.
Twitter allegedly saw things differently. Cornet, in the complaint and on his blog alleges Twitter fired him the same day he shared the extension link on Slack. The post containing the link was also allegedly taken down. Cornet published a redacted version of his termination email which said his, “recent behavior has violated multiple policies.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.
Cornet has had a busy few days away from Twitter. Last week, he was the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit accusing Twitter of potentially violating federal and state laws requiring companies generally to provide at least 60 days of advance notice for major layoffs.
“A couple of people much smarter than me have suggested that that this may be an excuse to fire me over a ‘troublemaker’ vibe coming from me,” Cornet said on his blog. “I don’t deny that, and I don’t blame the new management for preferring not to have to deal with that liability.”
The new complaint comes on the heels of another unfair labor complaint filing, this time by the Alphabet Workers Union, which accused Google of illegally preventing contract workers from accessing an online “Share my Salary” spreadsheet showing workers pay rates. The AWU says hundreds of workers had submitted pay details to that spreadsheet since it was created in 2021 in an effort to bolster workplace transparency. According to the AWU, Alphabet withdrew access to that spreadsheet on July 14, leaving as many as 50,000 workers locked out of the file.
“It’s clear that Alphabet and its various affiliates do not want workers to be armed with knowledge regarding pay rates across the company,” Alphabet Workers Union Organizing Chair Shelby Hunter said in a statement. “Every Alphabet worker, including Temporary, Vendor and Contract workers, have a right to pay transparency and fair wages.”
Ovechkin tallied an assist in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning.
This could have been a much bigger night for Ovechkin, who saw a whopping 11:25 of ice time on the power play. The Capitals went 0-for-6 on the man advantage, but a relentless 5-on-5 attack led to the lopsided score in their favor. Ovechkin's next chance to power up will be Sunday in another clash against the Bolts, this time on the road.
If you have super-helper syndrome, you have a compulsion to help other people – so much so that you can fail to look after your own needs.
It’s more common than you might think, and it’s a trait you might observe in yourself or others; those people that can’t stop themselves helping.
But why are some people so driven to help? Is it a learned behaviour, or something in their DNA?
That’s something psychologists Jess Baker and Rod Vincent explore in their book, The Super-Helper Syndrome – A Survival Guide For Compassionate People.
‘Some super-helpers are in the helping professions but many of them aren’t,’ say Jess and Rod. ‘They can range from lawyers and accountants to the self-employed, mums, teachers, nurses, therapists and social workers.
‘What they have in common is that they are 360-degree helpers, helping in all aspects of their lives.
‘People who are susceptible to the super-helper syndrome are all around us. They are the problem-solvers, the mediators, the fixers who can’t resist any opportunity to help. There is usually one in every family. The friend that always helps in a crisis or lends an ear. They are reliable.’
Ahead, the pair break down four possible causes of being a super-helper.
For some super-helpers, it’s in their genes.
‘There is scientific evidence that helping can have a genetic component,’ say Jess and Rod. ‘Researchers have found that empathy is determined to some extent by our genes and have pinpointed the genes involved in this.’
Jess and Rod tell Metro.co.uk: ‘Some children (especially girls) are taught that they must help other people in order to be a good person.
‘If this socialisation is strong enough it can lead them to adopt what we call the Good Person Belief, one of the irrational beliefs that drive compulsive helping.’
Picture a little girl who finds one of her classmates crying in the playground with a grazed knee. She takes her to the school nurse who tells her she’s a really good girl.
After dinner, as she dashes off to play with her brothers, her mother calls her back, ‘Be a good girl and help me clear the plates.’
Later, she’s praised for memorizing her younger sister a story at bedtime.
Next morning, she is told off because she hasn’t made a birthday card for grandma. You get the picture!
A support worker who responded to the psychologists’ questionnaires listed this reason for her super-helping tendencies, explaining: ‘I got noticed when I was a good girl. Praise made me feel like I was good enough.
‘I can see where my people-pleasing comes from. Thirty-seven years of autopilot is hard to break.’
‘It’s hardly surprising when children begin to internalise their parents’ and teachers’ messages,’ Jess and Rod note. ‘They see themselves as good when they help; they criticise themselves when they don’t. They feed off the praise and rewards. They live in fear of these being taken away. They are on the way to becoming a compulsive helper.
‘Over time, the Good Person Belief becomes part of their operating system. Helping becomes habitual.’
Another childhood message that can create super-helper syndrome is one around suffering.
Jess and Rod say: ‘Other children are socialised by childhood messages that highlight the suffering around them or they grow up with role-models who attempt to alleviate that suffering.
‘While it is understandable to want to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of others, when this is taken to extremes it can lead them to adopt another of the irrational beliefs, a sense of personal responsibility to help everyone you meet.
‘Everyone else’s problem becomes your problem if you hold the Help Everyone Belief.’
One woman had an alcoholic father. He had stopped drinking as soon as she was born. He became heavily involved in setting up an alcoholics’ support group. He would disappear on errands of mercy in the middle of the night. When she was old enough he would take her on missions to ‘go and see the poorly man’. Her deep connection with her father and these formative memories were still with her more than forty years later.
When he was little it was agonising watching the news with his mother. She’d huff at every report of famine and disaster around the world, scolding the politicians on the television. She was active in many causes. She traipsed door to door for Christian Aid, distributing and collecting donation envelopes. Every Sunday she stood at the back of the cold church in her Clothkits coat, behind a trestle table heaped with bags of Traidcraft coffee. The message he most vividly recalled was whenever her children were impatient for mealtimes. If he, or any of his brothers said, ‘I’m starving,’ she reproached them. ‘Don’t say that. There are children starving in Africa.’ Her four sons went on to be a nurse, a teacher, a social worker and a psychologist.
‘Some people metamorphose into helpers as a result of childhood pain,’ say Jess and Rod.
‘When we asked people why they became a helper, they often referenced their childhood. Many had experienced early deprivation or hardship. Some grew up with volatile or abusive parents.
‘Childhood trauma doesn’t necessarily make people into helpers. It sculpts them in many forms. But it does shape compulsive helpers out of some of them.
‘They move on from their trauma to become the problem-solver, the fixer, the go-to rescuer in the family. They move on from trauma to a career as an expert helper.
‘One example of this from our research was a dentist who described her mother as very hot and cold. She said it was the cold bits she remembered.
‘She told us how she needed love but would get nothing from her mother and how that rejection has impacted her own awareness of others. “I don’t want to upset anyone; I want to do right by them and help people.”‘
Some people are made to become helpers by circumstance, as someone else is dependent on them.
‘They may or may not be a natural helper but the circumstances they find themselves in or the responsibilities they face mean that they have little choice,’ Jess and Rod note.
‘Examples that readily come to mind are looking after a child with Down’s syndrome, a grandfather who has had a stroke, a partner injured in a car accident.
‘There are an estimated 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK alone. Dependent relationships can also occur in the workplace. They are found across all occupations, where someone believes their patients, customers or the rest of the team couldn’t survive without them.’
If you’re relating to this, don’t panic – there are ways to tackle the super-helper mindset and look after yourself.
We’ve shared some self-help for super-helpers here, and Jess and Rod’s book provides practical guidance.
‘For anyone who is helping to the point where they are finding it difficult to look after their own needs, the book provides solutions,’ they say. ‘It shows how to counter any irrational beliefs you might be holding. It shows that however difficult your circumstances when you are looking after a dependent, you deserve to have your own needs met too.
‘The book provides activities for the reader to profile and analyse their own helping relationships. It offers support for people who want to adopt a Healthy Helper Mindset, including meeting their own needs, building assertiveness and setting helping boundaries.
‘It guides the reader towards countering self-criticism with mindful self-compassion. It’s only by doing these things that compassionate people can be most effective at helping others.’
Jess Baker & Rod Vincent are Chartered Psychologists and authors of The Super-Helper Syndrome – A Survival Guide for Compassionate People on sale now in hardback (£18.99) and ebook published by Flint Books.
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Lolly believes in a dog-help-dog world.
In Nov. 2021, the innocent canine was one of the over 500 dogs that the ASPCA rescued from deplorable conditions at an Iowa puppy mill. Now, she is a "helper dog" at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center (BRC) in Weaverville, North Carolina, where she helps guide fearful dogs through new activities.
Lolly's journey from "nervous" puppy mill rescue to hero helper dog started last year after the ASPCA pulled Lolly from the Iowa breeding facility. Following her rescue, Lolly went to an emergency shelter operated by the ASPCA for initial exams and treatment.
According to the ASPCA, Lolly had matted fur, internal parasites, dental disease, and a severe infection during her first medical exam. After receiving treatment for these issues, Lolly was transferred to the BRC to address her avoidant behavior toward human interactions and walking on a leash.
"The BRC is the first-ever permanent facility dedicated to the study and behavioral rehabilitation of canine victims of cruelty and neglect. After being rescued from the Iowa puppy mill, Lolly needed support with her fear and under socialization, and came to the BRC for treatment," Darren Young, CPDT-KA, Lolly's behavioral rehabilitation specialist at the BRC, tells PEOPLE.
"At first, Lolly was nervous and pacing, her stress even causing her paw pads to sweat," Young adds of Lolly's initial behavior.
Young is used to working with dogs demonstrating "severe fear." The BRC cares for numerous puppy mill rescues each year. Young says dogs saved from these situations "have almost always lived in isolated environments, where they had little, if any, exposure to the outside world." Young focused on training with Lolly to help the dog gradually overcome her fears.
"Our team employed evidence-based training methods to help Lolly learn to create positive associations with new people and places, and walking on a leash. As the weeks passed, she began to come out of her shell with the help of our team as well as other dogs in the program, including some of whom were also rescued from the same puppy mill. Eventually, Lolly was more and more excited to work with her handlers and began to solicit our attention — seeking pets and time spent in our laps," the behavioral rehabilitation specialist says of Lolly's training journey.
"After six weeks, Lolly was ready for 'graduation.' She was enjoying spending time with people, car rides, and exploring local parks," he adds.
Today, Lolly lives with her forever family, which includes Dr. Ashley Eisenback, DVM, the senior director of veterinary services at the BRC.
Dr. Eisenback met Lolly at the BRC when the dog was approaching graduation and needed a vet visit to address overgrown fur near her eyes.
"Lolly seemed to be able to warm up to people fairly quickly and enjoyed playing with larger dogs at the BRC. This behavior really captured my interest as our family was wanting to adopt a smaller dog that would be a companion for my two daughters and our relatively new young dog," the senior director said of her first impressions of Lolly.
Dr. Eisenback decided to adopt Lolly, who quickly made herself comfortable with her new family.
"We saw progress with Lolly becoming more comfortable in our home each week. She had never been in a home before ours, so there was a lot for her to experience and adjust to. Now, she is fully part of the family and does everything with us. She loves sitting and cuddling with us and being petted. She loves walks in the neighborhood and exploring new places. She sleeps with my youngest daughter every night," Dr. Eisenback says.
A year after her rescue, Lolly no longer needs the BRC's services, but she still visits the center often.
"Lolly pays it forward by coming to work with me at the BRC often to serve as a helper dog for other dogs moving through the program. She also helps me teach children that are afraid of dogs, that dogs are kind and gentle," her owner adds.
At the BRC, helper dogs encourage fearful dogs to explore and enjoy new experiences.
"Helper dogs can act as guides, showing a fearful dog how to walk on a leash, jump into a car, or even how to happily engage in play. The helper dog often gives the fearful dogs the confidence they need to interact with people and their environment. This, in turn, helps them to feel more relaxed and allows their personalities to blossom," Young explains.
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Even the rescue dogs that don't come through the BRC benefit from Lolly's recovery because the dog's success shows that all neglected animals deserve a second chance.
"Dogs are very resilient when we are patient with them. Fearful dogs can become wonderful companions with patience and understanding," Dr. Eisenback says.
The ASPCA's BRC encourages everyone to fight for the dogs in commercial breeding facilities and hold the USDA accountable for protecting those animals. If you are located in Western North Carolina or the surrounding area and are interested in adopting an animal from the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, visit the ASPCA's adoption website and view the adoptable dogs in North Carolina.
A former Twitter software engineer took to the platform to talk about what he called "the most unethical thing" he was asked to build at the company before he left in 2017.
Steve Krenzel, who is currently a principal engineer at Brex, worked at Twitter as a software engineer from 2015 to 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile. He told Insider that he wrote the thread amid Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter to "share a war story and provide some support to engineers in similarly difficult positions."
Krenzel said that, years ago, he was pulled into working with Twitter's sales team with a large telecommunications company that wanted to pay Twitter to log and then send it signal strength data for North America.
At the time, Krenzel said Twitter was "near death" and "desperate" to find a buyer. In April 2015, Insider reported that Twitter's monthly active users were on the decline after peaking in August 2014. In February 2016, the company's user growth had stalled.
Krenzel said he worked with the data science team "to find a granularity" that would still "preserve anonymity even when combined with other sources of data."
But the telco company thought it was useless, and instead wanted to be able to learn how many Twitter users were entering rivals' stores, a request Krenzel said he found "a bit sketchier, but maybe workable in a privacy respecting way."
After presenting an alternative, Krenzel said the telco company "didn't like it and were frustrated," as was Twitter's sales team. He said he was then asked to go to the telco's headquarters, and that "the subsequent request was absurd."
"I wound up meeting with a director who came in huffing and puffing," Krenzel said. "The director said, 'We should know when users leave their house, their commute to work, and everywhere they go throughout the day. Anything less is useless. We get a lot more than that from other tech companies."
Krenzel said he would never help sell "granular identifiable" user data, but Twitter's legal team told him the telco company's request was "fine" and that it didn't violate Twitter users' terms of service.
At the time, Krenzel said Twitter was doing layoffs, and didn't have another engineer to do the work Krenzel and the rest of his team didn't want to do. Although his team wasn't impacted by layoffs, Krenzel said half of them quit.
"I decided to join the exodus and would pull any levers to kill this on my out," Krenzel said.
He quit. Krenzel said a new manager then asked if he would stay at the company and work with the telco company if Twitter "filled a dump truck with money and dumped it on" him.
Krenzel said he sent his last email at Twitter to Jack Dorsey, the company's co-founder who served as CEO from the time Krenzel started in 2015 until 2021.
In response, Krenzel said Dorsey said he would look into the telco company's request to "make sure there isn't a misunderstanding." Dorsey said the request "doesn't seem right," and that Twitter "wouldn't want to do that," according to Krenzel.
He said the project was canned from what he knows, and that Dorsey "genuinely didn't like it."
"I don't know if this mindset will hold true with the new owner of Twitter though," Krenzel said. "I would assume Elon will do far worse things with the data."
To current Twitter employees, Krenzel said not to underestimate the concept of a "pocket veto," or not following through with decisions to stall them.
"Sometimes it doesn't work out, or you have to escalate and risk it back firing, but a good pocket veto is a tool to learn to wield well," he said.
Elon Musk, who became Twitter's new owner last month, replied to Krenzel's tweet about his meeting with the unnamed telecom director, and said, "Wow, this is messed up!" Musk did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment ahead of publication asking whether he would ever sell access to identifiable user data.
Musk wants to grow Twitter's subscription revenue, which would help it move away from a dependence on advertising, an industry which is facing headwinds.
The CEO has talked about Twitter's loss of advertising revenue as some advertisers pause or pull out from the platform amid his takeover. In a tweet, he blamed activist groups "pressuring advertisers" for the loss.
Hakanpaa posted an assist, four shots on goal and three hits in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Oilers.
Hakanpaa has a goal and an assist over the last two games, though that's an unusual burst of offense for the physical defenseman. He's at three points, 40 hits, 15 blocked shots, 19 PIM, 18 shots on net and a plus-4 rating in 12 contests overall. Hakanpaa may see top-four minutes, but he's not a factor on the power play and shouldn't be counted on for offense.