Who We Are

Courage is Fear

It would be misleading for us, as the founders of Triple C – The A&E Group, to write a success story that boasts of “our” great achievements. Our small business is not, and never will be, about the two of us. Though we have had the privilege of starting Triple C – The A&E Group, it will easily outlive us. In order to emphasize the point that many factors and characters have played key roles in Triple C’s success, the title of our story, “Courage Is Fear,” is intentionally tweaked. The full title reveals the truth about the source of our courage, which, unlik...

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It would be misleading for us, as the founders of Triple C – The A&E Group, to write a success story that boasts of “our” great achievements. Our small business is not, and never will be, about the two of us. Though we have had the privilege of starting Triple C – The A&E Group, it will easily outlive us. In order to emphasize the point that many factors and characters have played key roles in Triple C’s success, the title of our story, “Courage Is Fear,” is intentionally tweaked. The full title reveals the truth about the source of our courage, which, unlike us, is worth boasting about: “Courage is fear . . . that has said its prayers” (silent film star, Dorothy Bernard). That daily exchange of fear for courage has been the first ingredient in our recipe for success.

The second ingredient in our recipe for success has been the purposes that have driven us to persist. We are purposed to be a small business that, like many others that have gone before us, exemplifies priorities founded upon principles. One such value-based priority is a phrase that inspires us to work ever harder in order to serve our fellow veterans who have served our nation. . . “to care for him who shall have borne the battle” (President Abraham Lincoln).

Triple C is also engaged in helping to fulfill George Washington’s wish, as expressed to his troops as he bade them an emotional farewell at the end of the Revolutionary War, “I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.” Whether it’s designing for the VA a Rehabilitation & Prosthetics Center or a Gait Lab for research and development, or providing Environmental Health and Safety services for the DoD, or any of its other opportunities to serve Veterans, Triple C – The A&E Group aims to make the latter days of our noble Veterans as prosperous and happy as their former ones have been glorious and honorable.

Only priorities grounded in values are able to sustain the endurance that it takes to succeed. Armed with value-driven priorities and prayerful courage, Triple C is successfully contributing to the mission of its diverse Clients.

David & Michele Potter, Founders

Our Ongoing Purpose

  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned: Purposed to employ Vets and “to care for him who shall have borne the battle."
  • Triple C’s Due Diligence: To have a thorough understanding from the Client’s eyes and a mutually developed team approach.
  • Triple C’s Mission: To be the Client’s solution.
  • Triple C’s Priority: Full and open communication to ensure complete adherence to all Client standards.
  • Triple C’s Commitment: To remain responsive throughout the construction stage.
  • Triple C’s Code of Conduct: Ever an ethical, diligent, and grateful servant.

Our Team

David Potter, PE, PLS

President

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David Potter, PE, PLS

President

The President of Triple C has experience that runs the gamut from designing local, county, and state roadways and interstate freeways (one scenic roadway, in an environmentally sensitive area, won the 1992 Award of Merit in the Federal Highway Administration Biennial Awards Program for Design) to designing Veterans Administration facilities and Housing & Urban Development projects; from designing site civil on a Social Security Administration facility to designing commercial and residential projects (with all the attendant entitlements involved in each of the planning, design, and inspection stages); from serving as an Assistant City Engineer to Regional Manager for several large corporations to President of Triple C. It is perhaps in this capacity, as President of Triple C, that the culmination of such diverse experience is brought to bear in the actualization of the motto that he took great pains to write for the continual guidance of his Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned & HUBZone small business: “Our reasonable service – to provide you with exemplary service.”

Education:

MBA, University of Phoenix, 1990
BSCE, Oregon State University, 1980

Professional Registrations:

Civil Engineer:
Arizona
California
Colorado
Montana
Nevada
Wyoming
New Mexico

Professional Land Surveyor:

California
Oregon

Mathew Perkins, AIA, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP BD+C

Vice President/Architect/Senior Project Manager

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Mathew Perkins, AIA, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP BD+C

Vice President/Architect/Senior Project Manager

At the “top of his class” when it comes to exuberance for architecture, knowledge, and productivity, Mr. Perkins has worked as a Project Manager, a Designer, and an Architect for countless Federal projects, including projects for the NPS, VA, DoD, DOE, USACE, and DHS. With his enjoyment of interfacing with clients/users and with his passion to be a problem solver, his ability to build strong, productive relationships has resulted in successful, award-winning projects that are sustainably designed.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture
University of Arizona, 1998

Professional Registrations:

Architect, AZ, FL, NM, MD
National Council of Architectural
Registration Board
Project Management Professional
US National Registration No. 1557067
LEED AP Building Design + Construction

Professional Affiliations:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Member, 2003-Present
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Member, 2012-Present

Heather Gardiner, NCIDQ

Principal/Interior Designer

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Heather Gardiner, NCIDQ

Principal/Interior Designer

Ms. Heather Gardiner, Interior Design Principal, is a NCIDQ licensed Interior Designer with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Southwest University of Visual Arts (from which she graduated with Honors). Ms. Gardiner has completed projects in the Federal, Healthcare, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Civic, and Religious market sectors. For these varied clients, each with their own unique needs, it has been her goal to create spaces that are planned efficiently, utilized as desired and intended, and found to be aesthetically pleasing to the occupants. In addition, she ensures that installations are robust and that materials are appropriate for the needs of each environmental setting. Her skill set spans all phases of interior architecture design, as well as the management of all design phases. Ms. Gardiner has led production teams, managed contract deliverables, and ensured that project scopes are met.

Education:

Southwest University of Visual Arts Tucson, AZ
Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (Graduated with Honors), 2006

Certifications:

National Council for Interior Design Qualifications
NCIDQ #24826

Proficiencies:

REVIT/CAD ADT/SketchUp
3D Modeling
Digital Rendering
LEED Administration
Signage
AVI Movies
Construction Documents/
Administration/Schedules
Site Civil Diagrams

Ben McDonald

Principal, Federal Programs

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Ben McDonald

Principal, Federal Programs

As Business Development Principal, Mr. McDonald focuses on understanding client needs and building relationships throughout the A/E industry. Ben has over 25 years’ experience in business development, working with both large and small companies to hone their business development processes and behaviors. Mr. McDonald has created the 4P Business Development Model to guide Triple C’s responses to client solicitations and requests. The 4P Model links the range of business development activities [Position, Prepare, Propose, Perform] into an effective process to discover client needs, to create proposals that demonstrate this understanding, and to build the team that is prepared to perform so as to achieve the client’s goals.

Mr. McDonald understands that a proposal is not simply the means whereby to earn the privilege of an interview or a “win.” Rather, an effective proposal is one that enables the service provider to delve deep and to start the conversation to learn more about the client’s needs. Mr. McDonald’s goal in business development is to match Triple C’s local knowledge, past performance, and skill set with the unique needs of the client and to fully capture the client’s vision communicated through the solicitation.

As Director of Business Development, his emphasis on processes and tools ensures that Triple C proposals and documents are client-focused. He also ensures that they meet or exceed the rigid standards Triple C abides by regarding integrity and proposal submittals. This is in accordance with the Triple C motto that “our reasonable service is to provide you with exemplary service.”

Mr. McDonald is also passionate about mentoring in both business development and leadership topics. This is an asset that helps the Triple C team to take advantage of a fast-track approach to improving leadership skills, along with expanding the understanding of ethical, effective, and efficient business practices and instilling the importance of personal growth.  This mentoring emphasis and commitment demonstrates Triple C’s dedication to personal and professional growth for each staff member.

Education:
B.A. Psychology and Adult Learning, University of Pennsylvania, 1980

Publications:
The Leadership Compass, 2013
Customer Focus for Leaders and Managers, 2010
Time Management for Leaders and Managers, 2010
Multiple white papers on business development and leadership topics
Multiple workshops and training sessions on business development and leadership

Kevin Luke, PE

Mechanical Engineer/Engineering Department Quality Manager

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Kevin Luke, PE

Mechanical Engineer/Engineering Department Quality Manager

Mr. Luke, who serves as a Mechanical Engineer and the Engineering Department Quality Manager for Triple C, brings an indomitable spirit of innovation, fascination, and mechanical genius to every project that he tackles. Prior to joining Triple C, Mr. Luke accrued ten years of experience as a Project Engineer and Principal Investigator, performing research and development grants for the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation through the Small Business Innovation Research program. In that capacity, he was responsible for the research, development, and field testing of novel solar and wind power equipment.

In his role within the Triple C family, Mr. Luke specializes in mechanical, electrical, and technological designs for VA medical facilities. Representative experience includes the following: central plant and infrastructure improvements, photovoltaic systems, a campus-wide emergency call box network, and control systems for domestic water distribution. Mr. Luke’s work on central plant and infrastructure improvements incorporates LIDAR with site surveys on as-built existing structures and mechanical systems in order to increase utility capacity and efficiency for existing facilities. Purposed to provide best value to the project owner, he develops integrated BIM models for mechanical systems.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2005
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, University of Wyoming, 2005

Professional Registrations:

Professional Engineer, Wyoming

Kelly Struble

Civil Design Manager

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Kelly Struble

Civil Design Manager

Prior to joining Triple C, Mr. Kelly Struble spent 15 years in the Las Vegas, Nevada, private development sector holding such positions as Project Manager and Lead Designer. Mr. Struble has years of experience in the role of firm liaison purposed to accomplish the effective and productive inter-working of clients and municipal entities, while overseeing projects, budgets, employees, and quality assurance. For example, his experience includes the successful coordination of plan approval spanning 10 different jurisdictions across multiple states. Mr. Struble has also enjoyed working in the role of Hydrology Technician, providing hydrologic studies and hydraulic analyses for many projects.

Adept at AutoCAD, Mr. Struble is known for having implemented design standards that have effectively reduced costs by streamlining production standards. As a result of his experience and expertise in AutoCAD civil design, he had the privilege of conducting a seminar in Mexico City, Mexico, on the strategies and processes of “American Civil Design.”

Education:

Community College of Southern Nevada; Las Vegas, NV General Studies, A.S. Degree 2001

Proficiencies:

AutoCAD
Civil 3D
HEC-1
HEC-Ras
Flowmaster
WSPG
WaterCAD
MS Project

Nicole Blanchard

Interior Designer

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Nicole Blanchard

Interior Designer

Ms. Blanchard has been responsible for planning, designing, and specifications and coordination support for over 10 years. She is experienced in the federal, healthcare, civic and higher education markets. During her years in the industry, Ms. Blanchard has designed furniture solutions, planned spatial layouts for systems and furniture, created specifications, and tailored and monitored the budgeting process. She has both led and assisted project teams by utilizing her drafting skills, creating three-dimensional drawings to enhance the owner’s understanding, generating material specifications, and designing concept boards for presentations. Ms. Blanchard enjoys the problem-solving aspect of design as it motivates and challenges her to create spaces that are highly functioning and aesthetically pleasing for involved end-users.

Education:

Southwest University of Visual Arts, Tucson, AZ; Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Proficiencies:

Revit/ CAD
Construction Documents
Project Administration
Furniture specifications/ planning

Greysen Weaver

Project Coordinator

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Greysen Weaver

Project Coordinator

Mr. Greysen Weaver’s experience has entailed the management and supervision of fire suppression installation teams, as well as the oversight of the necessitated fire suppression resources / materials and the required coordination with all involved project entities. While developing as-builts that facilitate fire inspection walk-throughs required for approval at the intermediate and final fire inspection stages, Mr. Weaver has cohesively worked with multiple trades in order to seamlessly develop efficient and effective code-compliant systems. With his academic training, from which he graduated with honors, and his field experience, from which he has enhanced his theoretical knowledge with practical and hands-on knowledge and tools, Mr. Weaver is eager to apply his skillsets to future projects, promoting public safety through conscientiously provided fire suppression measures.

Education:

Associate of Science, Computer-Aided Design, Construction Concentration
Pima Community College, 2016 (Graduated with Honors)

Proficiencies:

REVIT

REVIT MEP

AutoCAD

SketchUp

Erik Daniels, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Architect/Project Manager

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Erik Daniels, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Architect/Project Manager

Mr. Daniels has over sixteen years of industry experience specializing in healthcare, military, education, and housing projects. With experience in both the domestic and international arenas, he has participated in a wide range of projects from one room renovations to new, multi-billion-dollar facilities. In all phases of planning, design, construction documentation, and construction administration, Mr. Daniels works closely with the clients, consultants, and contractors to solve problems. His responsibilities have included programming, schematic design, Design-Build Request for Proposals, Solicitations for Offers, design development, construction document development, discipline coordination, and construction administration.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2001

Masters of Architecture

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2003

Professional Registrations:

Architect, Minnesota

National Council of Architectural Registration Board

LEED AP Building Design + Construction

Profession Affiliations:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Associate Member, 2005 – 2008

Member, 2009 – Present

Kristy McDermott, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C

Interior Designer

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Kristy McDermott, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C

Interior Designer

As a NCIDQ licensed and a LEED accredited professional, Ms. Kristy McDermott has over 10 years’ experience as an Interior Designer specializing in commercial design. She has been responsible for all project aspects, including plans, specifications, design, and implementation. Keenly aware of the unique needs and solutions of each facility, Ms. McDermott has enjoyed utilizing her skills on numerous, varied projects for multiple governmental agencies – projects ranging from the healthcare sector to emergency communications.  Much to her delight, she creates timeless, functional, maintainable spaces that exceed client expectations.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design (Graduated with Honors), Southwest University of Visual Arts, 2006

Certifications:

NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C

Proficiencies:

AutoCAD, Revit, Project Management

Monica Rios

Interior Designer

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Monica Rios

Interior Designer

Ms. Rios is an interior designer with over a decade of experience in government, healthcare, and commercial design. She has been responsible for preparing finishes and furniture performance specification packages. Also, she has created rendering models and designed environments for various unique projects. By staying up-to-date on current regulations, trends, technology, and research, Ms. Rios provides the latest knowledge and techniques that produce the optimum environments which facilitate cultural changes and support person-centered care models. Through the collaborative relationship that she builds and maintains with each client, based on the client’s specific vision and needs she utilizes her skills and experience to improve the quality of life and the outcomes for the valued patients and their families, as well as for the dedicated staff who serve them. Ms. Rios offers a balance of creativity, collaboration, and futuristic thinking along with a structured, organized, and detailed mentality, enabling her to deliver focused development, follow-through, and completion to each aspect of the design phase.

Education:

The Southwest University of Visual Arts

Bachelor of Arts, 2006

Professional Registrations:

LEED Green Associate

Profession Affiliations:

International Interior Designer Association [IIDA]

Society of American Military Engineers [SAME], Young Member

Society of American Military Engineers [SAME], Southern Arizona Post President, 2017-2018

Awards:

Dilkon Judicial Courts, Navajo Nation; Dilkon, Arizona – ASID Merit Design Award, 2010

Proficiencies:

Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD,

Digital renderings in 3D Max

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

Website design, graphic design, branding, and visioning

Shannon Pollard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Architect/Project Manager

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Shannon Pollard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Architect/Project Manager

Ms. Pollard is a team player with a complete Architectural skillset, including Project Management expertise leading internal and external teams through Design and Documentation. She is experienced with historical building renovations and has served as project architect for multiple LEED Gold projects. She is an excellent collaborator and consensus builder with a passion for listening to building users and determining how the project can achieve their vision and enhance daily use of space.

With a portfolio across many U.S. states and internationally, Ms. Pollard’s client focus has brought her multi-industry client’s quality, efficient, and purposed designs, always adhering to their goals.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Oklahoma State University, 1994

 Professional Registrations:

Registered Architect: Kansas

LEED AP Building Design + Construction

Professional Affiliations:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

United States Green Building Council

 

Sidney McDonald

Proposal Manager

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Sidney McDonald

Proposal Manager

Sidney McDonald rolls her passion for clients and her curiosity for learning into her craft as the Business Development/Proposal Manager for Triple C. Ms. McDonald is focused on ascertaining the unique needs of current and prospective clients. Employing her honed skills to analyze client needs, she then assesses the diverse capabilities of Triple C, as proven by past performance, to successfully achieve client goals as determined by the needs assessment she developed.
Early in her career as a sales consultant, Ms. McDonald realized she had a passion to help clients succeed in all their varied needs. Driven by that passion to serve the client, she then managed sales teams and later trained teams in business development and leadership best practices. Honored by the professional recognition, she has earned several awards in innovative training design/development. The enjoyment she derives from mentoring and coaching brings her great fulfillment and brings her trainees greater results in their endeavors.
Ms. McDonald deems it a privilege to have assisted many university and architecture/engineering/construction leaders to improve their organization’s systems and processes, and to enrich their skills and talents, leading to increased organizational teamwork and to greater achievement. Similarly, as the Proposal Manager for Triple C, Ms. McDonald is purposed to understand the client behind each proposal and to clearly convey the integrity and competence of Triple C as an ethical problem solver, leading to greater client satisfaction.

Education:
Grand Canyon University, Psychology, Business Studies
Publications:
The Leadership Compass, 2013
Customer Focus for Leaders and Managers, 2010
Time Management for Leaders and Managers, 2010
Multiple white papers on business development and leadership topics

Joseph Amos, II, Assoc. AIA

Senior Project Coordinator, Architecture

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Joseph Amos, II, Assoc. AIA

Senior Project Coordinator, Architecture

Mr. Amos is a dedicated professional with a unique ability to translate a client’s vision into visual and narrative design solutions that achieve stakeholder goals. As an experienced architectural project coordinator, he is an expert in connecting multiple data sets and bringing clarity to complex design concepts while linking all disciplines to assure all function succinctly within the design.

As a knowledgeable specialist, Joseph takes a proactive approach toward value engineering and incorporates best practices for each design phase, always seeking the owner’s best interest.  His communication skills help contribute to his success in expediting decisions, designing process modifications, and scheduling efforts needed to efficiently move a project forward.

Mr. Amos has an extensive healthcare portfolio, serving over 35 healthcare clients across the U.S. In addition, he has successfully provided design services for the higher education, science and technology, industrial, office, and hospitality industries.

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture – Prairie View A&M University

Professional Affiliations:  American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter

Kate Hutchinson

Architectural Designer/Project Coordinator

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Kate Hutchinson

Architectural Designer/Project Coordinator

Ms. Hutchinson is strong advocate in designs that better the life, safety, and welfare of the public; and at the macro level, creating spaces that positively impact our society and culture. Her enthusiastic nature and skills in communication, collaboration, and teamwork promote positive outcomes that serve all stakeholders and the common greater good.

Kate’s experience covers the full spectrum of design services, including construction administration. Her client-focused dedication is evident in her design products as she proactively works to understand all stakeholder needs in the change management process to ensure that all project requirements are addressed, especially in space planning and programming.

Serving clients across the United States, Ms. Hutchinson has successfully provided design services in the healthcare, higher education, and hospitality industries.

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design – Morgan State University

Master of Architecture – Morgan State University

 Awards:  Excellence in Holistic Design Award

Elena Naydenova, NCARB

Project Architect

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Elena Naydenova, NCARB

Project Architect

With all stakeholders in mind and an eye for detail, Ms. Naydenova brings her clients into each phase of the design. She is a collaborative design professional that seeks all perspectives to assure the outcome brings the owner’s and user’s vision to reality.

As a project architect, she has also managed projects of various sizes, including new builds and renovations. Elena’s skills encompass the full spectrum of architectural design and planning. Her expertise includes coordination with clients, consultants, and jurisdictional standards, as well as performing full construction administration duties. She is especially passionate about incorporating environmentally conscious design options into each phase of the design.

Ms. Naydenova’s innovative solutions, with a focus on positive user experiences, have been successfully proven in the healthcare and hospitality industries.

Education:
Master of Architecture, Urban Design Concentration – Georgia Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Architecture – Georgia Institute of Technology

Professional Registrations:

Architect, Georgia

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Scott Hopkins

IT Manager

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Scott Hopkins

IT Manager

Mr. Scott Hopkins, who serves as Triple C’s IT expert, has over twenty years of experience in the field of IT implementation and problem resolution. After retiring from the Union Pacific Railroad as a Quality Control Inspector with the Rail Welding & Track Testing Department, he started his own computer business, COM-TEK Computer and Internet Services, in 1995. Services include custom-built computers, repair and troubleshooting, upgrades, networking, virus and malware removal, and consulting. Mr. Hopkins’ firm became a local internet service provider, offering dial-up and DSL services to the surrounding community. As the founder, he managed and operated all aspects of COM-TEK as its services and staff rapidly grew. His computer business continues to serve the needs of primarily public-sector clients, such as the University of Wyoming.

For Triple C’s IT needs, Mr. Hopkins performs the following services: Maintenance/updates of all computers, as well as troubleshooting of all computer, Office 365, and Autodesk issues; administration/maintenance of Microsoft & Autodesk cloud and subscription services; the set-up of all employee computers; and the monitoring of all software licensing and compliance requirements. In addition to serving Triple C’s IT department and running his own IT-related small business, Mr. Hopkins also serves as an officer for the local Fraternal Order of Eagles, as well as performing services for the local Seven-Mile Water & Sewer District.

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Michele Potter

Business Development Advisor

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Michele Potter

Business Development Advisor

Prior to assisting in the startup of Triple C, Mrs. Potter served in advisory roles focused on family and women’s issues. The multifaceted guidance centered on the wellness of the individual/family as a whole. Having majored in nutrition, she had the privilege of assisting women and families with the everyday needs common to young, struggling families, such as dietary insufficiency. Housing, clothing, food, and counseling were made available to clients in the interests of helping them to overcome challenges on multiple levels and to function as sound, healthy individuals contributing to their families and communities.

In her capacity as a business advisor in the current/future trends and processes of Triple C, Mrs. Potter particularly delights in her role as the self-described “Company Culture Designer.” Surrounded by all the talented designers and planners who have graced Triple C with their passion, skills, and professionalism, she considers herself privileged to gather them together on a weekly basis to discuss matters of integrity, ethics, and values, including wide-ranging topics related to maintaining Triple C’s focus on doing business in the right way . . . for the right reasons. With her academic background in public relations, Mrs. Potter relishes every opportunity to see to it that Triple C is a “walking billboard” of the principles upon which she helped to found it and now endeavors to guide it.