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Concept Systems Celebrates 15 Years!

The Concept team before the Team Building Regatta. Front Row (from right to left) Donovan Moore, Ed Diehl, Daniel Miller, Kelsea Fowler, Terry Kingry, Kyle Butler, Bob O’Brien, Brent Rutter Second Row: Cory Tomford, Eli Girod, Abram Smith, Jim Erickson, Mark Seymour, Seth Drebick, Ron Schiedler, Jenny Johnston, Jack Gourley, Patrick Cross Third Row: Craig Hartwick, Michael Lindley, Michael Gurney, Joan Rose, Michelle Johnston, Jerry Buthmann, Sey Roomiany, Kristyne Smith, Bob Zapalski, ? Anthony Johnson, Zach Hibberd, Jerry Flynn, Mike Dodds, Tracy Brandt, Maria Zaharko Last row: Goktug Dazkir, Justin Richter, Ben Burton, Megan VanDelinder Sergei Furduy, Scott VanDelinder, Jim Ford, Keith Marler, Doug Taylor, Brian Edwards, David Skidmore, Shun Yamamoto, J.J. Arthur, Michael Maas, LaVonne Walters, Tyler Parmelee, Steve Karter, Chandler Gehlhausen, Chad McDowell, Brian Foster

The Concept team before Front Row (from right to left) Donovan Moore, Ed Diehl, Daniel Miller, Kelsea Fowler, Terry Kingry, Kyle Butler, Bob O’Brien, Brent Rutter
Second Row: Cory Tomford, Eli Girod, Abram Smith, Jim Erickson, Mark Seymour, Seth Drebick, Ron Schiedler, Jenny Johnston, Jack Gourley, Patrick Cross
Third Row: Craig Hartwick, Michael Lindley, Michael Gurney, Joan Rose, Michelle Johnston, Jerry Buthmann, Sey Roomiany, Kristyne Smith, Bob Zapalski, ? Anthony Johnson, Zach Hibberd, Jerry Flynn, Mike Dodds, Tracy Brandt, Maria Zaharko
Last row: Goktug Dazkir, Justin Richter, Ben Burton, Megan VanDelinder Sergei Furduy, Scott VanDelinder, Jim Ford, Keith Marler, Doug Taylor, Brian Edwards, David Skidmore, Shun Yamamoto, J.J. Arthur, Michael Maas, LaVonne Walters, Tyler Parmelee, Steve Karter, Chandler Gehlhausen, Chad McDowell, Brian Foster

“Only one in four start-ups make it to 15 years,” noted Ed Diehl, our president and co-founder. That’s reason to celebrate. So, we did! Concept Systems’ employees and their families spent a weekend in Sunriver–team building, white water rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, and enjoying great food, s’mores, dancing, and a band. What memories we created!

A much anticipated activity was our Team Building Regatta, which challenged us to build boats and sail them. Our team building guides divided us into random teams, so we worked with people we often don’t interact with on the job. Each team received cardboard, duct tape, and a plastic bag. Then, a whole lot of creativity ensued.

When the whistle blew after 40 minutes, 10 teams were ready to set sail and paddle to victory. Some focused on paddling, some on sinking other boats. Yet, at the end of the day, everyone enjoyed the team building experience. Some of us managed to stay dry, while others had a nice swim!

During our farewell dinner Michael Gurney, our CEO and co-founder emphasized the importance of each employee. “We could not have reached our 15 year mark without you, this is a celebration of you. Thank you.”

Dancing after the farewell dinner.

Dancing after the farewell dinner.


This occasion marked a momentous milestone for the Concept Systems team and was a testament to our work-life balance and the family spirit rooted deeply in our culture. Here’s to many more years of serving our customers and sharing our passion for automation.

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