HAWA will be saying farewell at the end of 2017 to long-time team member, Chris A. Pore. Chris joined HAWA in 1996 as a principal, moving up from engineering and managerial roles to become executive vice president in 2001. Some of the key projects Chris worked on include the Huntington National Bank Business Service Center, student unions at several universities and Party Source Bourbon Distillery.
Chris is also the honoree of HAWA’s annual tradition, the Jingle Bell Run. Several years ago, Chris was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and to show our support our staff began to participate in the Arthritis Foundation’s yearly fundraising race. Our team, HAWA4CAP, grows larger each year and we hope to continue this tradition for years to come.
Chris plans to enjoy retirement with his family, including his four children and four grandchildren, and he intends to spend most of it in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida.
At the end of the year, Don Konkle will be retiring after 45 years of service to HAWA Incorporated. Don started in 1972 as a draftsman, and his reliability and hard work saw him rise the ranks from designing plumbing, fire protection and HVAC systems to project manager and associate with the firm. Some of the highlights of Don’s career with HAWA include the Ohio Union replacement at The Ohio State University, the Armstrong Student Center at Miami University and Ohio Bell Telephone.
In addition to his work with HAWA, Don played and coached for years on the company softball team, and organized and played in countless HAWA Opens.
Don will remain working part-time with HAWA starting January 1, and we are fortunate to be able to continue benefiting from his expertise and experience. We send our best wishes to Don’s wife Deborah, his sons and his grandchildren, and hope they are able to enjoy his retirement as much as he does.
Congratulations, Don and Chris, and thank you for your many years of service and dedication to HAWA! We wish you all the best in your retirement.