McGill’s Asheville Office Greets Fall with Food, Games, and Good Times
McGill’s Asheville office hosted its annual fall office picnic on Friday, October 15th. The picnic tradition began five years ago when Danny Bridges, then Asheville Office Manager, wanted office leaders to serve and give back to the Asheville staff with service, food, and good times. Mark Cathey, Asheville’s current Office Manager, along with the help of a team of office leaders, prepared a bounty of hot food for employees to enjoy outside in the roped off parking lot and under tents.
Friendly Competition in Desserts, and Diaper Changing
One of the highlights each year is the dessert competition organized by Dallas Gordon, Surveying Services Manager. This year Sara Mayberry, Practice Area Assistant, won first prize with her individual Oreo cheesecake cups. Nelson Heringer, Project Engineer, came in second with his salted caramel chocolate chip cookies; Karen Kiehna, Client Relations-Funding, took third with her decadent pavlova; and Pam Briggs, Administrative Assistant, rounded out fourth place with her blueberry yum yum. Sara also won the game that involved guessing the number of Reese’s peanut butter cups in a jar.
In addition, the picnic included a diaper changing game, in which participants were blind folded and then challenged to powder and diaper a baby doll. The quickest to successfully do so was the winner. After three rounds of three staff competitors, Thomas Mannino won in the finals, showing off his fatherly skills.
Asheville Engineers Undefeated Cornhole Champions
The most anticipated activity of the picnic is the highly competitive cornhole tournament. Twelve teams set out to beat the reigning champions of the tournament, Mark and Ben Cathey – also known as the Tossing Tigers. They proved their skill level again this year by winning all games and will be keeping the trophies in their offices until next year when we all get our hopes up again to beat those Tossing Tigers.
The afternoon included staff of all ages — both brand new employees and those who have been with the company since its inception. The warm fall weather and brightly colored leaves created the perfect environment for an afternoon of fun, games, food, and friendly competition. One of the benefits of working at McGill is the value of relationships, whether it is in the office or outside enjoying fellowship.
To see how you can join our team, visit our careers page and check out job openings. You can also learn about a recent project headed up by our Asheville office at the Bobby Setzer Fish Hatchery in Pisgah Forest that involves collaboration among all practice areas.