Spirit Award

The Partnering Spirit Award originated in June 2013 to recognize partnership members for their outstanding commitment and dedication. The first individuals to be recognized were Dave Davidson, a consultant senior inspector at ADOT, and Barry Hunnel, a project superintendent at Visus Construction Engineering, Inc.

The State Engineer's Office understood the value of this recognition and requested the formation of a process that would allow qualified individuals to be recognized in a timely manner for their commitment and dedication to Partnering.

Original Spirit Award recognition presentation
Original Spirit Award recognition presentation. Pictured left to right; Dave Davidson, Laura Webb and Barry Hunnel
 

The Partnering Spirit Award honors individuals who, through their personal characteristics and conduct, have exemplified the best practices and values of ADOT Partnering.

The award recognizes individuals who have played a significant role as members of partnerships that achieved exceptionally positive results through agreements and productive working relationships.

 

These individuals demonstrate their dedication to collaborative teamwork by focusing on and demonstrating the Four C's of Partnering Principles — Communication, Commitment, Cooperation and Continuous Improvement — to achieve team goals effectively. They exhibited their commitment to continuous improvement through their strong, ongoing attention to and participation in the Partnering Evaluation Program (PEP).

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I recommend an individual for the Partnering Spirit Award?

To celebrate the talent, dedication and passion of individuals who are committed to

  • building and strengthening relationships.
  • improving the quality of their teams and products.
  • providing exemplary customer service.
  • resolving issues quickly and effectively.
  • enhancing their overall work environment.
  • accomplishing the mission and goals of their team.
  • making their partnership more successful and enjoyable.

Who is eligible for the Partnering Spirit Award?

The nominee must be or have been actively involved in a formal public, internal or construction partnership that was built on a pledge by all members to stand by and hold true to a set of common principles: Communication, Commitment, Cooperation and Continuous Improvement.

The nominee must have demonstrated one or more of the following distinguishing qualities to become a recipient of the Partnering Spirit Award:

  • encouraged open and honest communication
  • exhibited outstanding service and personal commitment to the project
  • treated others with care and respect
  • demonstrated a strong commitment to continuous improvement
  • exhibited a cooperative spirit
  • provided outstanding leadership
  • proved their ability to effectively resolve issues in a timely manner
  • encouraged cooperation and trust among team members
  • made a significant impact on the project
  • motivated coworkers to develop the partnering spirt by acting as a role model
  • exhibited strong professional ethics
  • uplifted the team culture through their outstanding optimism, enthusiasm, integrity and work ethic
  • shared occupational knowledge and industry experience with other team members
  • represented the ADOT Partnering Program values by demonstrating

✓ Accountability
✓ Integrity
✓ Respect
✓ Innovation
✓ Customer Service

How do I nominate an individual for the Partnering Spirit Award?

Complete the Partnering Spirit Award nomination form. Submit the form to Partnering Management.

If you have any questions regarding the Partnering Spirit Award, contact Partnering.

2019 Recipients


Brian Pott, Superintendent, Fann Contracting, Inc.
November 26, 2019, I-40 Cataract Lake Road to Parks TI

Brian Pott Spirit Award recipient (right) congratulated by T.C. Fish, RE, ADOT Consultant. 

Spirit Award Recipient Brian Pott


John Vanness, Lead Inspector, ADOT
November 26, 2019, I-40 Cataract Lake Road to Parks TI

John Vanness Spirit Award recipient (right) congratulated by Dave Gregson, Project Manager, Fann Contracting, Inc. 

Spirit Award Recipient John Vanness


Marty Soulard, ITS Director, CS Construction
November 13, 2019, State Route 303, Phase 3, ITS

Marty Soulard Spirit Award recipient (right) congratulated by Adam Brahm, Project Representative, ADOT. 

Partnering Spirit Award being presented to Marty Soulard - Nov. 13, 2019


Anthony Torres, Project Supervisor, ADOT
September 27, 2019, Pinal Air Park TI UP STR#771

Anthony Torres Spirit Award recipient (right) congratulated by Michael Rigby, RE, ADOT

Anthony Torres accepting Spirit Award


Josh Campbell, Project Manager, FNF Construction, Inc.
September 27, 2019, Pinal Air Park TI UP STR#771

Josh Campbell Spirit Award recipient (right) congratulated by Michael Rigby, RE, ADOT

Josh Campbell accepting Spirit Award


Michael Rigby, Resident Engineer, ADOT
September 27, 2019, Pinal Air Park TI UP STR#771

Michael Rigby Spirit Award recipient (right) congratulated by John Akin, PE, Tristar Engineering and Management, Inc.

Michael Rigby accepting Spirit Award

 

Greg Erks, VSS International
June 21, 2019, SR 179 Chipseal

Greg Eriks accepting Spirit Award

 

Mel Raney, ADOT
June 21, 2019, SR 179 Chipseal

Mel Raney accepting Spirit Award

 

Anthony Heim, SWP Contracting and Paving
January 9, 2019, Midway Road, Ash Avenue to Cornman Road

Anthony Heim accepting Spirit Award

 

2018


Jon Lenzmeier, ADOT Payson Construction
December 17, 2018, East Bonita Street: SR 87 to Bentley Street project

Jon Lenzmeier Spirit Award recipient (left) is congratulated by Thomas Goodman, ADOT.

Jon Lenzmeier accepting Spirit Award

 

Tara Chief, WMAT Transportation Division
August 8, 2018, WMAT Transportation Division and San Carlos Nnee Bich'o Nii Apache Transit Partnership.

Tara Chief accepting Spirit Award

 

Bernadette Kniffin, San Carlos Nnee Bich'o Nii Apache Transit
August 8, 2018, WMAT Transportation Division and San Carlos Nnee Bich'o Nii Apache Transit Partnership.

Bernadette Kniffin

 

Kiran Guntupalli, City of Glendale
April 16, 2018, 59th Ave and Olive Ave Project

Kiran Guntupalli Spirit Award recipient (center) is congratulated by Julia Voight and Sam Enmon, ADOT.

Kiran Guntupalli accepting Spirit Award

 

2017


Layne Patton, Federal Highway Administration
November 30, 2017, 4 Agency Partnership

Layne Patton Spirit Award recipient is congratulated by Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator (right).

Layne Patton accepting Spirit Award

 

Luke Leonard, FNF Construction
August 4, 2017, SR 101 L/I-10 Ramp SW#2201 and Ramp SE#2202

Luke Leonard Spirit Award recipient is congratulated by Shawn Sheble, FNF Construction (right).

Luke Leonard accepting Spirit Award

 

Norm Bessler, Fisher Industries
July 31, 2017, Oak Flats Widening and Near Summit

T.C. Fish, ADOT, congratulates Spirit Award recipient Norm Bessler (left).

Norm Bessler accepting Spirit Award

 

Mindy Teague, ADOT
July 31, 2017, Oak Flats Widening and Near Summit

Mindy Teague accepts Spirit Award from T.C. Fish, ADOT.

Mindy Teague accepting Spirit Award

 

Bryan Teskey, Fisher Industries
July 31, 2017, Oak Flats Widening and Near Summit

T.C. Fish, ADOT, congratulates Spirit Award recipient Bryan Teskey (left).

Bryan Teskey accepting Spirit Award

 

Anthony Brozich, ADOT
July 26, 2017, SR 101 L/I-10 Ramp SW#2201 and Ramp SE#2202

Anthony Brozich accepts Spirit Award from Luke Leonard, FNF Construction (right).

Anthony Brozich accepting Spirit Award

 

Jim Ross, Consultant Engineering Inc.
May 4, 2017, SR 77 Rockfall Mitigation near Summit

Norman Bessler, Fisher Sand and Gravel, congratulates Spirit Award recipient Jim Ross (right).

Jim Ross accepting Spirit Award

 

Orlando Carroll, BIA Forestry
April 18, 2017, SR 260 Hazard Tree Removal

Orlando Carroll (right) accepts Spirit Award from Matt Moul and Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Orlando Carroll accepting Spirit Award

 

Tara Chief, White Mountain Apache Tribe
April 18, 2017, SR 260 Hazard Tree Removal

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Matt Moul congratulate Spirit Award recipient Tara Chief (center).

Tara Chief accepting Spirit Award

 

Anthony Brozich, ADOT
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Anthony Brozich accepted two Spirit Awards from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Anthony Brozich accepting Spirit Award

 

David Tabanico, Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, congratulates Spirit Award recipient David Tabanico.

David Tabanico accepting Spirit Award

 

Chad Grossman, Rural Electric
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Chad Grossman accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Chad Grossman accepting Spirit Award

 

Ed Ochmann, ADOT
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Ed Ochmann accepts Spirit Award from Madhu Reddy, ADOT Phoenix District Engineer.

Ed Ochmann accepting Spirit Award

 

Armando Lopez, City of Surprise
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Armando Lopez accepted two Spirit Awards from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Armando Lopez accepting Spirit Award

 

Stacie Myers, Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Stacie Myers accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Stacie Myers accepting Spirit Award

 

Joseph Heller, TY Lin
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Joseph Heller accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Joseph Heller accepting Spirit Award

 

Jorge Estrada, ADOT
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Jorge Estrada accepts Spirit Award from Madhu Reddy, ADOT Phoenix District Engineer.

Jorge Estrada accepting Spirit Award

 

Jason Brunker, Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Jason Brunker accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Jason Brunker accepting Spirit Award

 

Efren Palomino, Coffman Specialties, Inc.
February 15, 2017, US 60 and Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, congratulates Spirit Award recipient Efren Palomino.

Efren Palomino accepting Spirit Award

 

2016


Randall Beck, AECOM
December 21, 2016, Partnering in the Precon

Randall Beck (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie Partnering Administrator, and Dallas Hammit, ADOT Deputy Director for Transportation.

Randall Beck accepting Spirit Award

 

John Patterson, Tristar Engineering and Management, Inc.
December 15, 2016, Partnering in the Precon

John Patterson, Aziz Haddad, Dallas Hammit ADOT Deputy Director for Transportation, Bonnie Opie Partnering Administrator and John Akin.

John Patterson accepting Spirit Award

 

Zachary Teegarden, CS Construction, Inc.
December 15, 2016, Partnering in the Precon

Zach Lambert, Ross Genenbacher, Zach Barnes, Bonnie Opie Partnering Administrator, Lukasz Mikula, Zachary Teegarden, Dallas Hammit ADOT Deputy Director for Transportation.

Zachary Teegarden accepting Spirit Award

 

Robert Cunningham, ADOT
December 1, 2016, I-10 WB Verrado Way to SR 85

Robert Cunningham (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Michael Rigby.

Robert Cunningham accepting Spirit Award

 

Michael Sullivan, Combs Construction
December 1, 2016, I-10 WB Verrado Way to SR 85

Michael Sullivan (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Michael Rigby.

Michael Sullivan accepting Spirit Award

 

Rod Rummel, Rummel Construction
November 16, 2016, Partnering in the Precon

Rod Rummel (2nd from left), Andrew Torres, and Carlos Gonzalez accept the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Jesse Gutierrez, Deputy State Engineer for Operations.

Rod Rummel accepting Spirit Award

 

Matt Gully, FNF Construction
November 16, 2016, Partnering in the Precon

Matt Gully recipient of the Spirit Award.

Matt Gully accepting Spirit Award

 

Bobby Lall, Horrocks Engineers
November 16, 2016, Partnering in the Precon

Bobby Lall (center) accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Jesse Gutierrez, Deputy State Engineer for Operations.

Bobby Lall accepting Spirit Award

 

T.C. Fish, Horrocks Engineers
July 7, 2016, US 60 Oak Flat Climbing Lane

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, and Laura Webb (right) congratulate Spirit Award recipient T.C. Fish.

T.C. Fish accepting Spirit Award

 

Tye Roer, Coffman Specialties, Inc.
June 9, 2016, US 60 / Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Tye Roer accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Tye Roer accepting Spirit Award

 

Elvira Galarza, ADOT
June 9, 2016, US 60 / Bell Road Traffic Interchange

Elvira Galarza accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Elvira Galarza accepting Spirit Award

 

Clint Peterson, McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016, Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Clint Peterson accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Clint Peterson accepting Spirit Award

 

Bob Hoyt, McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016, Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, presents the Spirit Award to Bob Hoyt.

Bob Hoyt accepting Spirit Award

 

Lindsey Pribble, McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016, Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Lindsey Pribble accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Lindsey Pribble accepting Spirit Award

 

Scott Gahr, McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016, Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator, presents the Spirit Award to Scott Gahr.

Scott Gahr accepting Spirit Award

 

Pete Thompson, McCormick Construction Co.
June 6, 2016, Cherry Creek Road / Cherry Road-Orme Road

Pete Thompson accepts the Spirit Award from Bonnie Opie, Partnering Administrator.

Pete Thompson accepting Spirit Award

 

Rick Schilke, ADOT
May 26, 2016, US 89, State Route 64 to Little Colorado River

Rick Schilke recipient of the Spirit Award.

Rick Schilke accepting Spirit Award

 

Raquel Schatz, City of Apache Junction
February 3, 2016, Ironwood Drive Safety Pullouts

Shane Kiesow presents the Spirit Award to Raquel Schatz.

Raquel Schatz accepting Spirit Award

 

Raquel Schatz, City of Apache Junction
February 3, 2016, SR 88 (Idaho Road)/Old West Highway

James Hartman presents the Spirit Award to Raquel Schatz.

Raquel Schatz accepting Spirit Award

 

Dave Locher, ADOT
January 14, 2016, Loop 101 – Shea to Loop 202 (Red Mountain)

Julie Gadsby presents the Spirit Award to Dave Locher.

Dave Locher accepting Spirit Award

 

2015


Bernadette Kniffin, San Carlos Transit Services Nnee bich’ o Nii
October 20, 2015, San Carlos Apache Partnership

Chairman Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribe, presents the Spirit Award to Bernadette Kniffin. Bill Harmon, ADOT District Engineer Southeast District and Marvin Mull, SCAT Director of Transportation join the presentation. 

Bernadette Kniffin accepting Spirit Award

 

Del Whittington, ADOT
July 14, 2015, US 93, Antelope and Moss Wash Bridges and Roadway

Allison Baker presents the Spirit Award to Del Whittington.

Del Whittington accepting Spirit Award

 

Jesse Gutierrez, ADOT
June 23, 2015, SR 277 Culvert Project, Town of Snowflake

Bonnie Opie of Partnering presents the Spirit Award to Jesse Gutierrez with the Snowflake Town Council.

Jesse Gutierrez accepting Spirit Award

 

Patrick McCarron, ADOT
June 4, 2015, I-15 Virgin River Bridge #6

Erik Wolf presents the Spirit Award to Patrick McCarron

Patrick McCarron accepting Spirit Award

 

Laura Nordan, ADOT
June 3, 2015, Ewing Trail Bridge over Oak Creek

Terrin Lane presents the Spirit Award to Laura Nordan.

Laura Nordan accepting Spirit Award

 

Scott Jones, Haydon Building Corp.
June 3, 2015, US 60 / SR 303 Interim Traffic Interchange

Bill Pederson of Partnering presents the Spirit Award to Scott Jones.

Scott Jones accepting Spirit Award

 

2013


Dave Davidson, Consultant, Senior Inspector
ADOT, Boyce Thompson Arboretum Project


Barry Hunnel, Project Superintendent
Visus Construction Engineering, Inc., Boyce Thompson Arboretum Project