Jim Thompson (L) and Todd Brooks (R)
We had an opportunity to gather on the evening of 6 October 2022 and award the Capital Arguments Project Manager of the Year Award to Todd Brooks of NORPAC in Longview, Washington. Todd came in on budget on a tough project that was done entirely during the Covid Era. Todd learned the meaning of Force Majeure and still pulled it in on budget. Great job, Todd!
Even though this award is labeled, "Project Manager of the Year" we don't award it every year because we receive many nominations that are just not quite up to our standards. But Todd made the grade.
Todd joins an esteemed list:
Mike Ahcan, UPM Blandin Mill, Grand Rapids, MN, for replacing the mill's sole final effluent line without (a) shutting the mill down, and (b) avoiding any spills in the Mississippi River (the line runs along the bank of the river about 3 feet from the water's edge). (2008)
Dean Abrams, Corrugated Services, Forney, Texas (now Smurfit Kappa) for replacing the secondary headbox on the liner machine in 24 hours paper to paper. (2009)
Ed Kersery, Pratt, Shreveport, for building a greenfield mill in a record time and on budget. (2011)
Mac Switkowski, Pratt, Valparaiso, for being forced to change machine vendors (the selected vendor went bankrupt) mid project and still bringing it in on time and on budget. (2016)