The past year and a half has brought many changes to society and businesses as a whole, and it has become more important than ever for companies to adapt and adjust with the times to continue growing. Chenega IT Enterprise Services (CITES) and Chenega Decision Sciences (CDS) recently saw a “slingshot opportunity to leap forward together” and made sure to seize this moment completely. From August 3-5, 2021, the CITES and CDS leadership gathered in Sierra Vista, AZ, to discuss “Transforming Ourselves in the New Normal of COVID Recovery.”
CITES President and CDS General Manager, Mike Owens, spoke on how the gathering of both teams was “a moment where all the stars have aligned” and the important role each team member has on “the overall strategic and tactical puzzle that will define our future success.“
Over the course of three days, the team members started the day in a classroom atmosphere, learning about Chenega’s rich native history, corporate structure, and more. The history of Chenega is one that is held near and dear to our hearts, so it is always crucial that employees fully understand what it is that we work towards and who it is for. Please visit our Chenega History page to learn about our resilient Shareholders and how they inspire Chenega Corporation to be a powerhouse.
Other important topics discussed in lessons were where each company stands in the 8(a) process. Members were encouraged to collaborate and share ideas on how teams would work together to build future successes. After each morning’s lesson, employees enjoyed lunch and then began their journey to planned camaraderie events, including trips to Tombstone, Bisbee, and the Kartchner Caverns, eventually rounding out the excitement with a barbecue at CITES VP of Operations, Jeffrey Sallee’s home.
“COVID-19 has radically changed the way we live and work. It was revitalizing to finally connect with the CITES/CDS team face to face and reignite the fire the fuels us. Each day was packed with invaluable information about the company and the individuals that keep the train on the tracks. My favorite activity was spending time with the team at Jeff Sallee’s home; despite losing to Tom Lindenmayer in cornhole. All around a great time!” – Cierra Hardin, CDS Operations & Strategic Development Manager.
All in all, this three-day event proved to be extremely beneficial to each individual so that all members were informed and on the same page, building the foundation for the CITES and CDS teams as one.
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