Volunteering with the USO by Renee Keefe

My son joined the Marines on September 11, 2017.


After 13 grueling weeks of boot camp, he had to undertake what is called “the Crucible.” The Crucible is 54 hours of food and sleep deprivation, 45 miles of marching in the desert, and climbing to the top of a mountain to receive the EGA pin.

The marines hike back to base and graduate the next week.

Once the Crucible is over, they finally get to see their families, access emails, letters, and packages. The entire experience is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting, and yet, some don’t have their family members at graduation to support them.

That is where the United Services Organization (USO) comes into play.

The USO was formed to serve active military and their families on bases and in the field. Volunteers need to go through background checks, gain military access, and are not allowed at dangerous sites.

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My father was in the Navy at the end of WWII and assisted with prisoner’s of war (POW) to safety in Bikini, Atoll. He trained in Great Lakes. He taught me to always respect military personnel. My father and son’s experience with the military drove me to volunteer with the USO.

After graduating from the military, they can visit any USO and everything is free. All they need to do is sign-in and show an ID.

When volunteering with the USO, a typical Saturday morning might be picking up donations, providing bagels, pizza, hot dogs, and fruit.

Bigger events come up, too! The no-dough dinners and Luau are amazingly fulfilling for guests and volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit the USO of Illinois site to learn more.

$250 - New Employee Referral Program

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Grow our company and your wallet!

The Moran Group has started an employee referral program. If you refer someone who has successful employment for 90 days, you receive a $250 reward.

How does it work?

It’s easy.

Click here to view open positions.

If you know someone who would be a good fit, email Kevin Johnson (kevin.johnson@femoran.com).

If they get hired and have reached 90 days of successful employment, you get a referral bonus.

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Congratulations to James Meyer and Baby!

James Meyer and his wife welcomed a baby girl on September 28 at 6:17am.

Hailey Elizabeth Meyer weighed 6 pounds and 5 ounces.

Mom and baby are healthy and well!

Moran Health & Wellness Week

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The Moran Group of companies will be celebrating Health and Wellness week with some fun challenges.

From October 15-19, you will be challenged with several health and wellness tasks. These tasks are geared toward helping you build healthy habits.

Are you ready?

  Calling ALL The Moran Group

        …. Let’s get healthy!


  Moran Health and Wellness Week

            October 15 – October 19


       Challenge Yourself this week:


MONDAY, October 15

  • Kick off the week with the 10,000 steps challenge.

  • For optimum health - 30 minutes of exercise per day.

  • Challenge yourself with a lunchtime walk around the block each day!

TUESDAY, October 16  

  • Drink more water. Did you get your eight glasses in today?

  • Replace one glass of juice or pop with water.

  • Challenge yourself to seven hours of sleep per night!

  • Good rest will improve your judgment, mood and ability to learn and retain information.

WEDNESDAY, October 17

  • Mid-week exercise….do a yoga or work-out video at home on your laptop!

  • Challenge yourself to create your work-out goals.

  • Find a work-out buddy and support each other every step of the way.

THURSDAY, October 18

  • Positivity Challenge - Challenge yourself to be Positive.

  • Keep a Gratitude Journal  and write down one item each day you are grateful for today.

  • Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and feel healthier than others.

FRIDAY, October 19

  • Wrap up the healthy week with Mental Wellness

  • Meditation is a great way to foster brain and body health

  • There are meditation apps that can help you get started such as Headspace and Calm.


Use these tips for a Healthy Week:

… and Challenge Yourself to continue right through the end of 2018!



Social Selling for LinkedIn via MarketingProfs

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If you aren’t using LinkedIn for prospecting and social selling, you’re doing linkedIn all wrong.

Marketing Profs compiled a tips infographic to provide seven practical tips about social selling on LinkedIn.

Here is a snippet.

Social media is often viewed among digital marketers as a tool for boosting brand awareness—and it is a good tool for that.

But measurement of social media success is shifting from the quantity of followers to the quality of engagement, which offers the opportunity for social media to help you do more than create brand awareness. 

Marketers are discovering how social platforms can help drive visitors to your website, reach new audiences, and—perhaps most intriguing—sell your products and services.

Web design and marketing agency Branex created an infographic that explains how you can use LinkedIn as a platform for selling.



2018 Waukegan Summer Slam


Steve Rankin got a big atta boy from Todd Bendkowski of T.C.S. Corp.

I know, especially in this business, not many people get credit where credit is due.

I just thought I’d throw a nod your way for your guy Steve who I think handled these projects and himself very well this summer.

He’s a good add to your team, and I’m glad I had the chance to work with him.

October is Cancer Awareness Month at Moran + Wellness Week


In October, the Moran Group will be honoring those who have been touched by cancer with a Cancer Awareness Month.

In addition to this, the week of October 15 will be Health and Wellness Week. Each day we will have a health and wellness challenge. Then, on Thursday, we will have our Health and Wellness Fair with food, blood pressure checks, flu shots, and more.

Stay tuned for the challenges that will take place during Health and Wellness Week!

Normal, IL Fire Department Fire Sprinkler Training


Justin James conducted a fire sprinkler training for the Normal Fire Department recently, and got a big thank you from the Fire Chief.

James said, “We had great success last week not only in training, but also with developing a good source of communication for one of our sales staff who also sat in for a class session. The Lead Fire Prevention Inspector for Normal, IL offered Craig Arbuckle his support in anything that we need their support with. I think this reflects a great positive indication for the team building and networking we are trying to accomplish along with the training.”

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Justin James of F.E. Moran Fire Protection National Trains Peoria Fire Department

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Snippet from the blog:

Justin James, F.E. Moran Fire Protection National's expert trainer, provided marathon training sessions for the Peoria Fire Department.

James had 150 attendees that ranged from a few people that were weeks from retirement to firefighters that were on their second day on the job.  

His training sessions were four times a day for three consecutive days at 8am, 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.

Read the whole post here.

Town Hall Meeting - September 2018


On September 10, 2018, The Moran Group held their quarterly town hall meeting at the headquarters in Northbrook.

The theme of this quarter’s town hall was unity.

Don’t think of our different entities as different companies. They are merely different divisions.

We are one company with many capabilities!

If you missed the live town hall, you can still watch it. The recording is posted on Moran University. Just search for “Town Hall September 2018” in the Course Library.

What did you miss?

Here are a few of the topics that were discussed in the town hall meeting.

Annual Incentive Plan (AIP)

The AIP is changing. Over the past nine months or so, the executive team (ET) has been working on re-evaluating the AIP to focus more on individual accomplishments over other company’s successes.

More detail will be provided at the individual division town hall meetings.

Service Marketing is About You

Our company is about selling a service, not a product. What does that mean for marketing? The PEOPLE matter most. So, what do I need from you?

I want you to

  • Host webinars

  • Speak at industry events

  • Write blog posts

  • Allow me to ghost write for you

  • Post our articles on your social media

  • Share prospect lists with me

Together, we can build your thought leadership reputation. You already have the knowledge, I want to help people notice it.

Shout Outs

A big congratulations to

Veronica Smuk

Brad Thomas

John Stortz


Andrew Aleksich

for being an exemplary model of our core values. Day in, day out, they embody excellence, integrity, loyalty, perseverance, humility, and courage.

In Conclusion

If you have one take away, have it be this — we are one company. So, let’s work together and support one another.

United we thrive.

F.E. Moran, F.E. Moran Fire Protection, & GCs Come Together for Ravinia Festival

F.E. Moran, F.E. Moran Fire Protection, and their general contractor customers spent the evening of September 6, 2018 at Ravinia Festival to see Fifty Cent.

John Hewitt and his wife put together an amazing spread of food and drinks for 150 employees, GCs, and their spouses to enjoy.

While the morning was rainy and cold, it cleared up for the event, and everyone had an amazing time getting to know each other better.

F.E. Moran & F.E. Moran Fire Protection North Get Cook County Hospital Contract!

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F.E. Moran and F.E. Moran Fire Protection Northern Illinois  are excited to be the design/build HVAC and fire protection contractors on the Cook County Hospital conversion to two new hotels.

The $90 million building permit was recently issued for Walsh Construction to restore the vacant hospital and convert it to two hotels.

According to Chicago Construction News, it will become a hospitality, office, and retail center.  The hotels will be part of the Hyatt chain.

Here is a snippet from the Chicago Construction News article: 

A $90 million building permit has been issued for Walsh Construction Company II to restore the former Cook County Hospital’s long-vacant main building into two hotels.

The eight-story, 345,000 sq. ft. structure at 1835 W. Harrison St. will become a “210 key hospitality, office and retail” structure, according to the recently issued building permit.

Read the entire article here.

Moran University Introduces Single Sign-on

Moran University is getting simplified.

For those in the office who log into their computer each day, you can now sign into Moran University with the same login.

Here's how to do it!

1) Go to >>> femoran.litmos.com

2) Use the drop-down menu and click on Moran University.

2) Use your Moran computer's login.

3) You're in!

For those in the field without a login, you also have access to the same Moran University as everyone else; however, you must login with a user-created username and password.

To do this, follow these simple steps.

1) Request an account by emailing sarah.block@femoran.com.

2) You will receive an email from Moran University with login information and a direct link.

Do you have questions?  Email me directly at Sarah.Block@femoran.com.


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CBRE Charity Bash at Wrigley Field


F.E. Moran and F.E. Moran Fire Protection attended the CBRE Chicago Charity Bash at Wrigley Field on Monday, August 13.

The event had two parts.  One was a kid clinic where Kyle Schwarber, Wilson Contreras, and Jon Lester gave pro tips on hitting, pitching, and fielding to the first 125 kids who signed up.  The other part was a Q&A with Joe Madden.

Learn more about the event here.

Hello, world! The Fonte's Welcome Daughter

Congratulations to Brian and Brittney Fonte for welcoming a daughter to their family.

Olivia Sheila Fonte was born July 17, 2018 at 7:34pm.  She was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 19 inches long.