2019 Fit Company Challenge


HBK competed in the 2019 Fit Company Challenge on September 28 at Cricket Hill Turf Field in Chicago's Lincoln Park. Employees participated in agility, strength and team building tasks. HBK reprised a first place finish in the medium sized company category.

Strive/NEW Emotional Intelligence Event


HBK Strive Employee Resource Group and Network of Exelon Women joined to present a panel discussion on Emotional Intelligence October 15 at the HBK Carroll Office. Kelly Tomblin, CEO of Intren, was the keynote speaker. Panelists were Susan Kutansky, ComEd Vice President of Human Resources, Dr. Reem Azhari PhD, RN Endowed Chair of Inter-Professional Education at Resurrection University, Rito Martinez, Vice President of Programs for Surge Institute, Nareman Taha, Co-Founder and Director of Arab American Social Services, Stephanie Hickman, Trice President & CEO, and Gabrielle Buckley, Director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. HBK Division Manager Amanda Payonk was the moderator.

Tomblin said emotional intelligence accounts for 80% of career success. While IQ involves balanced performance and decision making, EQ involves self awareness, motivation, self management, social skills and empathy. Women in particular exhibit EQ Power for success.

Panelists shared how as good leaders they take time to acknowledge team members and be good listeners. They relayed personal experiences of how emotional intelligence has influenced them.

Casa Central 65th Anniversary Awards Gala


Casa Central celebrated its 65th Anniversary with an awards gala October 11 at the Chicago Hilton. HBK was pleased to sponsor the event. The evening reflected on the organization's leadership in serving the Latino community of Chicago. Award recipients were: Governor J.B. Pritzker, Changemaker Award; Allstate, Community Builder Award; Bank of America, Corporate Partner Award; and State Sen. Omar Aquino, Pastora San Juan Cafferty Legacy Award.

Casa Central provides bi-lingual and culturally responsive services to nearly 9,000 immigrant, Spanish-speaking and low-income participants each year.


Cedar Rapids Flood Protection Groundbreaking


HBK attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a Cedar Rapids floodgate October 8. Participating were public officials including Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst, Representative Abby Finkenaur, and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The floodgate is a section of a $117 million project funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With this floodgate at the 16 Avenue Bridge comes a retractable gate that rolls across the road and locks in 30 minutes. The gate will be 67 feet long and 14 feet high. This part of the project costs $2.4 million.


Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity


HBK employees in Iowa City volunteered for Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Saturday, October 12. The group worked on building projects within a new duplex to make the home ready for move-in. They spent time spackling, painting, and putting up trim. Their efforts will help to provide an Iowa City family with a new and affordable home.

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity has constructed and renovated over 150 homes in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson and Washington counties since 1992. 

Project SYNCERE Gala


HBK was pleased to support the 2nd Annual Project SYNCERE Gala on October 10. Project SYNCERE's mission is to prepare the minds and create pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to pursue careers in the STEM fields.

The PS ENpowered Games Competition is a middle school engineering design competition which includes middle school students from 20 Chicago-area elementary schools. The first phase consists of a 10-week in school program during which students are assisted in developing skills in three main areas: engineering, design thinking, problem solving and teamwork. The second phase is the competition, during which students showcase the valuable skills they have learned in the program in a real-world setting.

Cedar Rapids Adopt A Road Clean Up


HBK's Cedar Rapids Office participated in the Adopt A Road Clean Up Program on October 14. Through the program HBK picked up litter on 15th Avenue Southwest and 12th Avenue Southeast from 6th Street Southwest to 6th Street Southeast. This marked the second time the group has gone out this year.

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education


HBK participated in the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education Restoration Volunteer Workday on Saturday, October 19. Volunteers removed invasive plants and helped to improve the center's trails. The center's mission is to inspire meaningful connections between people and nature through the Schuylkill forest in Philadelphia. During Saturday's event, volunteers helped improve the health and biodiversity of the forest while getting to know the property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.

KCRG-TV Coats for Kids Drive


HBK participated in the annual KCRG-TV Coats for Kids Drive this fall. The Iowa City and Cedar Rapids offices contributed coats to the event which collects and distributes new and gently used coats to families in Eastern Iowa. The drive has provided coats to those in need for more than 25 years. 

MSI Chicago Science Works


HBK Engineering took part in the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Science Works on Saturday, October 19. Through the program, HBK employees promoted careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields to visiting children and parents. Nearly 300 people attended the event.