The Weekly Surge

May 10, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

We hope that everyone had a fantastic Mother's Day last Sunday! It's good to spend time with someone special and celebrate all of the mothers out there for everything they do for us. Did you do something fun as a family? Have any fun photos from the weekend that you would like to share? Pass them along to us… we'd love to see them!

A portion of the Elgin team had a surprise birthday party for Rich Sosnowski last Thursday. Chris Hoxie made one of his wonderful birthday cakes for the event. The birthday was covered up by a Cinco de Mayo potluck celebration. Thank you to all of you who participated in the surprise.

Photos From Rich's Birthday Surprise In Elgin

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Guess The Mystery Employee

The TRP team had a "last night" get together dinner during LightFair 2016 in San Diego. This photo is proof. Does anyone have a guess who the gentlemen on the far right side of the photo is??? Let us know. Email your guesses here. Good luck!
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Each week we ask an expert something that may or may not be in their field. This week's Expert is Senior Technical Customer Services Rep Terri Dour.

If a penguin walked into the room wearing a sombrero right now, what does he say and why is he here?

The penguin begins to tell a story about how he was tired of being cold all the time, so he decided to go exploring. After escaping the frigid weather of Antarctica, he began working his way north on fishing boats for a time. As the climate began to get warmer, he left the boats and began to travel by land along the beaches, so he could still swim and fish and enjoy the sunny weather. The nice crew on the fishing boat made him a bag he could tie around his waist so he could carry things like pretty shells and fresh fish. He landed in Peru and fell in love with pan flute music – it was so happy! But, it just didn’t feel like home to him, so he continued on his trek. He continued north through Ecuador, but Columbia seemed a little dangerous, so he swam to Guatemala and walked into Mexico. There was some festival going on – there was lots of food and people cheering and he’d never seen fireworks before! It was a little confusing because children began chasing him, screaming “Piñata! Piñata!”. He managed to evade the kids, but he accidentally knocked a hat off a table and it landed on him. Catching a reflection of himself in a window, he thought he looked rather dashing and left a few fish in place of the hat, figuring it was a fair trade. He spent a lot of time in Mexico after having made friends with the children who chased him the first day. They named him Pepe the Pingüino. One day, while he was swimming, a big storm came and carried him far away to a land called Florida. He didn’t like Florida very much – there were these big, scary things called alligators – they were NOT friendly, but at least he still had his hat! While evading alligators, Pepe stumbled upon something called an “airport”. There were these big metal tubes with wings and they looked like a great place to hide from the alligators. Suddenly, there was a loud noise and a lot of pressure, but then it was calm and he must have fallen asleep. When he woke up, he snuck out of the tube and he was definitely not in Florida anymore! He was at a smaller airport somewhere called “Lake In The Hills”. This place was kind of cold! Not as cold at Antarctica, but he still preferred Mexico. Luckily, Pepe found a friend called a “goose” who was able to tell him that he needed to South to find the warm weather. Deciding that Mexico must also be south, he began his journey back. But, it started to rain, and he saw an opening in a building that was huge! He ran inside, but there were a lot of loud noises, so he ducked and dodged and tried not to be seen. A door opened to someplace that seemed quiet, and then he saw me. Thinking I looked pretty friendly, he decided to ask me for help in getting back to his friends in Mexico. And that is why there is a penguin in a sombrero in Elgin, IL.

Thank you penguin whisperer Terri for your wonderful translation this week. Who taught you to write - Steve Grossberg? Big thanks to Drea Bell as well for submitting this fantastic question.

If you have a question that you'd like to Ask An Expert please email us at A different expert will be up next week, but be prepared… it might be YOU!
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Employee Spotlight For This Week

Here's what he tells us about himself:

My Role: Manage and assist the project quotations, layout and submittal teams, the product support specialists and the Field Service Technicians for system start ups and service calls.

Job Likes: Mentoring the teams and being part of new product development.

Outside Work: Live theatre, craft beer, Scotch whisky, walking my dogs on the nature trails near Lake Travis.

Length of Employment: 3 years, 10 months.

Favorite Food(s): Fudge brownies, tex/mex tacos.

Vanilla or Chocolate: cake or Ice cream?

If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you want to have: To have a super hero physique and eat what I want.

Thank you for all that you do supporting the Hubbell Lighting Components Business Team!

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