After 34 years —- Alpha Testing Principal David “Pat” Stettner has officially entered the world of retirement! Alpha celebrated Pat and his wife Rena with a luncheon at our Dallas office last week.
Pat was one of the first employees hired by Alpha’s founder, Jim Hillhouse, joining Alpha on November 7, 1983 when the company was only eight months old. He wore every hat imaginable in his 34 years with Alpha, including project management, IT, accounting, and sales, just to name a few. He also was responsible for opening our San Antonio and Houston offices.
“The last 34 years have been the best 34 years of my life. I have totally enjoyed my work and the people I have had the pleasure of working with at Alpha Testing, Inc. I would not have been able to accomplish what we accomplished without the support I received from you all.” Pat Stettner, Principal
“No single person at Alpha has been more in tune with making sure a client was served properly than Pat Stettner,” said Jeff Wilt, Executive Principal. “It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Pat for the last 11 years.”
Congratulations, Pat! Time to enjoy the good life!”
Alpha Testing is celebrating the season with good food and communion! Our Dallas and San Antonio offices hosted potluck lunches to bring staff together and enjoy the Holidays! Everyone brought their favorite treats to share.
What happens when you put Alpha Testing engineering staff together in one room? You get soil PI contests, Top Golf, and a whole lot of engineering expertise exchanged. Alpha hosted a geotechnical conference for our engineering team in October, bringing staff from all four offices together. Here are some highlights from the weekend.
As a thank you for all the hard work, Alpha CMT Project Managers (and a few freeloaders!) took a trip to Globe Life Park to watch the Texas Rangers take on the Boston Red Socks. Great seats, a selfie stick, and nine innings – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Alpha’s President, Brian Powell and Chairman, Jim Hillhouse “took aim at hunger” on April 27 at the Christian Community Action (CCA) Sporting Clay Shoot. Alberto Flores and Jacob Wadlington also joined the group as volunteers for the day. Alpha was a sponsor for the event which included 13 stations, a raffle, and BBQ for fuel. The clay shoot raised funds to benefit CCA’s mission to alleviate suffering, bring hope, and change lives. CCA has served the DFW area for over 43 years, providing food and crisis management and relief services. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about this nonprofit organization, visit their website.
Alpha Testing’s Business Development team took “team bonding” to a new level at Red Door Escape Room during a thee day training last week. What’s an escape room you say? Picture 8 people in a dimly lit room with puzzles and hidden clues. Doesn’t seem that bad, right? Oh yeah, and lock all the doors from the outside. The goal? Find the clues, solve them, and escape in 60 minutes. While the crew did not beat the 11% odds of escape, they did have a blast trying!
Each year at our annual Christmas parties, it has been an Alpha tradition to recognize those who embrace “The Alpha Way” with the Founder’s Award. This year’s recipients of the 2016 Founder’s Award are Chris Pape (Dallas), Rickey Ferguson (Dallas), Gerry Holguin (Fort Worth), Gregory Gilbert (Houston), and Gabi Hernandez (San Antonio). Congratulations to all and thank you for your exceptional service!