MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – May 17, 2017
Attention: Clients, Employees and Business Partners
It is with great pleasure that I’m announcing the promotions of Erica Burgess and David McGrady.
Both of these individuals have displayed passion and commitment to the company’s long term success. They have also made significant contributions to make Progressive Design a better company.
With me and John Waddill approaching retirement, I felt it was essential to start the process of creating Progressive Design’s next generation of management. We have quietly worked in this direction for a number of months and we are now ready to realign our management team.
As of June 5, 2017, I will assume the role of Chairman of the Board, and will work to mentor Erica and David in their new roles. John Waddill will remain a Vice President, but will no longer be COO and Executive VP. John will work with me to mentor Erica and David. He will also maintain his role of directing all business development activities and personnel.
Erica will assume the role of President, and David will assume the role Executive Vice President. Erica will be responsible for the overall management of the company. David will be responsible for managing all engineering and technical personnel. I strongly believe Erica and David will be extremely effective and successful in their new roles. They both possess the ethics and strength of character required to be a great leader.
John and I want to thank you for your support of the Organization over the past 30 plus years. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with all of our Clients, Employees and Business Partners. Without you, Progressive Design would not be the thriving business it is today. John and I look forward to stepping back and working in the background to support the continued growth and development of this Organization.
Congratulations to Erica and David. Each of you has worked hard to earn your new roles in Progressive Design. You have the trust and respect of all of those that work with you.
Robert A. Ranson, Jr.
Hunter Mawyer, Ryan McPeters and Jonathan Stelter recently received their PE license in the Commonwealth of Virginia!
INFANT INCUBATOR PROJECT
Volunteers from Progressive Design, St. Mary’s Hospital and a number of local businesses in the Richmond area are now volunteering their time and effort to develop a sturdy, inexpensive infant incubator. Already in the prototype stage, this incubator is designed to use electric current from virtually any source (including car batteries). Based around a heavy-duty camping cooler, the incubator uses many parts (fans, filters, etc.) that are readily available in car shops or computer stores.
The goal is to have five incubators ready for delivery and testing by the summer of 2017, and one hundred incubators ready for delivery by the following summer.
Unlike much of the world, Americans are fortunate to have access to some of the best medical care (and equipment) available. Developing countries do not have this luxury. Most of the medical equipment used in their hospitals and clinics is second-hand, having been donated by the US or other developed countries.
The problem is that used equipment usually only lasts for a short time, because technicians (and parts) are not available to keep these devices operating properly, and the equipment is not designed to operate in the harsher conditions of developing countries.
This means that there is a real need in these countries for medical equipment that is sturdy and durable, easy to operate with little maintenance, and uses replacement parts that are readily available in these outlying areas.
The Incubator Project was created as a way to begin to address this need. Most hospitals and clinics in developing countries do not have infant incubators, and it’s this device that is (according to medical professionals in these countries) most desperately needed.
Robert Ranson Jr. worked at an engineering and design consulting firm about three decades ago, correcting errors and omissions found in projects from engineering firms.
The engineering and construction phases of the projects, he noticed, seem disjointed.
That disconnect gave Ranson the reason to start Progressive Design Inc. in 1986 to deliver constructible, maintainable and well-designed engineering and design projects to clients. Read the article
Progressive Design receives 2011 Business of the Year Award!
Progressive Design, Inc. supports Church Hill Academy and Church Hill Activities and Tutoring with participating in the Church Hill “Marketplace” Academy. Local businesses help coach students on good business etiquette. Church Hill Academy wants to prepare their students not only academically, but also with professional skills needed to succeed in the marketplace.
Progressive Design, Inc. proudly announces a major milestone as we celebrate our 25th year in business. We truly appreciate your support of our organization over the past 25 years and look forward to supporting you in the years to come.
Progressive Design participates in the Be The Match Foundation 5K Run in support of our dear co-worker and friend Ray Mitchell. Be The Match recruits and matches volunteer marrow donors with patients who have blood cancer, like leukemia or lymphoma.
PDI does prescribe to the proverb that states “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Employees have participated in many activities away from the office as a way to unwind and get to know each other better in a fun and relaxed environment. Most recent are sports endeavors involving a slow pitch softball team in a local organized league as well as a “PDI Bowling League” made up of (8) 4-man teams of PDI employees, spouses and friends. Both were very successful in bringing fellow workers together for fun and recreation which in turn tends to solidify group across discipline boundaries.
Congratulations go to John Mason, Jeffrey Smith and Bob Burgess as the winning team “High Rollers” who secured the “PDI Cup” trophy this season.