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Three Indiana Universities Make the NCAA Bracket!
Submitted by: Steve Wolff, Business Development Manager

Congratulations to Indiana's three NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's invited participants. Shiel Sexton is proud to have been a part of shaping the landscape of these college campuses through construction of various facilities. We would like to shine the spotlight on the achievements of these three schools and highlight facilities that we are privileged to have built.

In the #4 Seed of the South bracket we have Purdue University. Purdue was consistently ranked in the top 5 for most of the season and is in position to make a strong run in the tournament. Shiel Sexton provided construction services on the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, completing the previously shelled space of 44,460 sf. for the Music and Theater divisions as well as space for Art Education and Dance programs.

In the #5 Seed of the West bracket is Butler University. Butler beat Wright State to win the Horizon League Championship. Butler's stifling defense and outside shooting ability will certainly match up well against any tournament team. Shiel Sexton recently completed a renovation and addition on the Pharmacy and Health Science Building that totals 54,000 sf.

In the #6 seed of the South bracket is University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame finished the season strong and made a deep run in the Big East Conference Championship. Many consider Notre Dame to be the most explosive team in the Big East and look for them to make a statement in the tournament. Innovation Park at Notre Dame was completed in September 2009 with Shiel Sexton as Construction Manager. The 50,000 sf., three-story facility consists of wet and dry labs, research, and office space for start-up companies. This is South Bend's first certified technology park.

Shiel Sexton is proud to have partnered with each of these schools, helping to provide the best facilities for their student's education. Shiel Sexton wants to wish each of Indiana's teams good luck. We will be cheering for you.

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Spotlight on: Richard Hennessey, Executive VP
Submitted by: Stephen Wolff

Richard (Buddy) Hennessey is an Executive VP at Shiel Sexton heading up the Real Estate side of our company. We sat down and asked him a few questions, which are featured below:

What is your role at Shiel Sexton and how do you define it?
My role has evolved. I started out as CFO as well as heading up Real Estate Development. I also had a very successful CPA practice, which I still have. As time went on I took more of a focus on the development side of things and grew out of the CFO role. Also, being an owner, I am involved with strategy and the continuing future of our Company.

How did you get to this position at Shiel Sexton?
The company I was working for started working with Shiel Sexton on several projects and I got to know Andy, Mike and Brian. Andy and I discussed the idea of becoming CFO and a Partner and it made sense for me to make that move in my career. It was a natural transition.


What do you enjoy most about the company?
What I enjoy most are the people. I love the people here and the way we as a company treat our people. There always seems to be new and creative things to do and we are not afraid to try new things. I love how we do take some risks and position ourselves early on, trying to spot trends and I'm happy to be a part of that. Overall, it's a fun and exciting place to work.


What would you do if you weren't in the construction industry?
Well, I've always been sort of a "bean counter" and think I would remain a CPA to some extent, as I enjoy being a "tax guy". I like to see results and with tax dollars, that's real money. I also enjoy gardening, and getting dirt under my fingernails.


What is one thing that everyone should do or experience in their lives?
The joy of raising children and watching them grow and prosper. I have two children that I am very proud of, and just think it's one of the greatest gifts of life to see them turn into such amazing people.

What's something most people don't know about you?
I am a gardener, but don't look at it as just gardening. I like to consider myself a collector. I like to take different kinds of plants and see if they will grow in my garden, so I have a lot of different species of plants that may not be typical in the average garden. I really enjoy getting dirty and working the soil.

What do you like to do for fun?
As I said I like to garden but I also like to golf and spend time with my family. I can often be found traveling to visit my family and go on adventures with them. Hiking/skiing in Colorado and Montana or just walking the South Carolina beaches.

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Executive Profile: Kris Altice, General Counsel
Submitted by: Stephen Wolff

Kris Altice serves as General Counsel at Shiel Sexton. Kris has been an important part of Shiel Sexton's team for 11 years. She is our first spotlight for our executive profile and we are excited for you to get to know her a little better through a few questions we've asked her below:

What is your role at Shiel Sexton and how do you define it?
I see my role as an advisor and problem solver. I envision Shiel Sexton as a big wheel with each employee acting as a spoke in the wheel. If one of the spokes was to break, the wheel wouldn't turn smoothly. My job is to help grow the company responsibly; to learn, understand, digest and articulate complex information in a way that people without a legal background can understand and relate. The company has to be nimble to move in and out of markets, so understanding our company and employees is very important.

How did you get to this position at Shiel Sexton?
I had a great job in prominent Indianapolis law firm where I was in business litigation. I was starting to become frustrated because I was always reacting to client issues rather than working proactively to avoid issues. So, I wrote a letter to Shiel Sexton CEO and Owner, Andy Shiel, and said that that I would like to work for Shiel Sexton. Andy responded to my letter; "how did you know that we were looking?" We met and Andy offered me the job.

What do you enjoy most about working for Shiel Sexton?
The greatest thing about working at Shiel Sexton is the people and the way the company treats people. It is a fun place to work where people are able to see the results of their work daily and it feels like you are building something more than just a company.

What would you do if you were not in the construction industry?
If I wasn't working in the construction or legal industry I would like to be a professional golfer. I love being outside and I think it would be great to be able to see the world and play a game I love at the same time.

What is something that everyone should do or experience once in their lives?
Waiting tables is one thing I think everyone should experience. It's a real eye opener on human behavior - the good, the bad, and the ugly. You end up learning quickly that nothing is beneath you. It's all about customer service.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I think people would be surprised to know that I've seen Neil Diamond live in concert three times.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy golf, of course, cooking, traveling with my family, and just being outside. We try and take the family somewhere new whenever we get the chance. When we travel, we explore. Really anything we can do together is great.

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