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Arnold Olender Celebrates 10 Years at Helm of Burns & McDonnell’s Southeast Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2012

ATLANTA — This month, Arnold Olender, vice president and regional manager of Burns & McDonnell's Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta celebrated his 10th anniversary at the helm of the award-winning firm. With clients and projects throughout the Southeast, Olender has overseen a decade of positive growth, enviable talent recruitment and retention, and increasing revenues. The regional office is part of the full-service engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, based in Kansas City, Mo.

Since 2002, under Olender's leadership, the Atlanta-based team of employee-owners has grown from less than 10 people to more than 50, a growth of more than 500 percent. With more than 3,000 projects completed throughout Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, the Carolinas and Florida, Burns & McDonnell-Southeast revenue has grown from less than $1 million in 2002 to more than $15 million this year, a growth of more than 1,500 percent over the last decade.

With consistent focus on attracting and retaining top talent to be employee-owners along with unparalleled client service, Olender and his team built opportunities even through a challenging economic decade. "We've been able to use an entrepreneurial position supported by a 114-year-old company and make real, tangible growth happen," said Olender. "It starts and ends with a commitment to hire the right people, maintain a laser-like focus on client service and apply innovative solutions to the most challenging projects."

As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, Olender anticipates continued growth. "In this part of the country, with rapid population growth, the need for infrastructure, water, power and more, Burns & McDonnell will continue to be a partner of choice to meet those needs and deliver what our clients in the Southeast region require."

Recognized as one of Georgia's "Best Places to Work" by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and "Best Engineering Firm" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the accolades reflect the company's dedication to all of its employee-owners and to its clients. Additionally, Burns & McDonnell was ranked No. 26 on FORTUNE magazine‘s annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work For", the 2012 ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Company of the Year from the ESOP Association, and one of eight architecture, engineering and construction firms nationwide to receive the Premier Award for Client Satisfaction from the Professional Services Management Journal.

Burns & McDonnell-Southeast
Established in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm with multidisciplinary expertise of more than 3,700 employee-owners in more than 30 offices, including Atlanta. For more than 100 years, Burns & McDonnell has built a reputation for engineering and technical excellence and a culture of ownership, effort, and expertise that benefits each and every client. Today, with expertise in 24 industries, its teams plan, design, permit, construct and manage projects here and abroad with one mission in mind — to make every client successful.

Among the numerous awards and honors, Burns & McDonnell is one of FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For and one of six Premier Client Service award winners in North America as named by the Professional Services Management Journal. The Atlanta regional team of more than 50 professional engineers and technical staff adds the distinction of being one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Top Workplaces in 2012 and one of Atlanta's Best Engineering Firms as ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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