Choice Mindsets

Choice Mindsets

Jeff Stewart, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District:
“The Queen most certainly owes Choice One royalties.”

If you got up early last Saturday to watch the Royal Wedding coverage at 4:30am (which is still probably later than Jeff Puthoff got up), you may have noticed, Like Jeff Stewart did, that a certain high-ranking wedding guest “borrowed” Choice One’s color scheme on an international stage. Talk about a royal scandal!

Although we lack scandals at Choice One, we do have some royalty. Kaye Borchers has been referred to as the “Survey Princess.” Michael Seeger was once the Shelby County Fair King. Brittany Clinehens was the Anna Homecoming Festival’s Queen. And, how could we forget that Matt Hoying is a royal pain in the…neck?

We can’t blame the Queen of England for choosing such a stylish color combination—we’re rather partial to it, of course. Perhaps we can even take a page from Her Majesty’s book and add a few more jewels and feathers to Choice One’s wardrobe (or at least encourage Michael and Brittany to wear their crowns on a daily basis). If nothing else, bling like Queen E.’s could cover up the place where Jeff’s sorely missed pockets used to be.

In honor of Choice One’s Kristi Moorman heading to Africa on a 10-week mission trip, Inquiring Mindsets want to know:
“Would you rather have an elephant trunk or a giraffe neck?”

Caray Schmiesing, Controller
“Elephant trunk—an easy extra grabber.” (Another tool to keep your kids from doing something silly, Caray?)
Jake Bertke, Project Design Engineer
“Elephant trunk. To make it easy to pick up all the food I drop.” (At least dropped food is less messy than spilled drinks, right Nick Selhorst?)

Troy Niese, Project Design Engineer
“Giraffe neck so I don’t have to get out of my seat every time I check to see if Jeff Puthoff is here–I’d be able to see over the cubicle wall from my seat.” (You mean you can’t hear the awkward clump of his cowboy boots, Troy?)
Megan Bornhorst, Administrative Assistant
“Giraffe neck. I’d look great in turtleneck sweaters.” (Both functional AND fashionable, Megan!)


Brian Schmidt:
“I wonder if the three words ‘Choice One Engineering’ are as meaningful?”

Let’s see, at first glance, the one direct correlation we can pinpoint between chocolate chunk cookies and Choice One Engineering is that we’re both full of sugar.

When engineer Brian Schmidt saw these three words on the wall at a Penn Station restaurant, we’re pretty sure they made him happy. That got us thinking: what three words bring us happiness at Choice One?

  • Free lunch included.
  • Just made coffee.
  • Green version available.
  • Kunk bought doughnuts.*
  • Roundabout option selected.
  • Beer’s on Mitch.
  • Cleveland Browns win.*
  • Bathroom is open.
  • Rock, paper, scissors
  • Canteen’s free today.*
  • Pockets are back!*

As Brian has implied, we hope that the three words “Choice One Engineering” bring happiness to others (or at least a smile from time to time). And no matter the three-word phrase on the wall, Brian should bring back cookies from Penn Station for the rest of us for fear that we use another three-word phrase: “Typical Kunk move.”

*Could bring happiness, if it ever actually happened.

Jason Brown, Ryan Homes:
“I’m concerned. It looks like Michael is literally one step away from being ‘trashed.’”


Our friend Jason Brown is at it again, picking on defenseless engineers like Michael Seeger.  But considering Michael placed his own photo near his trashcan, maybe Jason isn’t picking on Michael, but rather warning the rest of us…

We have photos of ourselves near our desks at Choice One to help our new hires, co-ops, and visitors know who sits where among an intricate arrangement of open desk spaces, stacks of construction plans, pre-modeled SmartWater bottles, countless body spray scents, and heaps of pens without pockets to reside in. When everyone has the same shirt on (not to mention the same names), it can get a little confusing for newbies to determine who each of us green-shirted nerds are, and the photos help.

We wonder if Michael thought that putting his photo near his wastebasket would help others recognize him, or if he just didn’t want to let it compete with his handmade P.E. certificate. However, if Michael wanted to help co-ops and visitors out more, perhaps he should put his photo near the Loveland office’s coffee machine where, he is more likely to actually be found.

Josh Craig:
“Just like in the movie, Goose bites it and Maverick lives on.”

Charity Cup Champions City of Greenville (l-r Steve Willman, Curt Garrison, Chad Henry, and Choice One’s Wes Goubeaux)

Great balls of fire! This past Wednesday, March 28, was the Top Gun-themed Sidney area Charity Cup, and once again our friends are the “best of the best” when it comes to helping us raise funds, have a good time, and compete in a dogfight of a bucket ball tournament.


As usual, the night was filled with friends, fun, and tomfoolery. Our resident Maverick and Goose, Choice One’s Wes Wolters and Kyle Siegrist, respectively, thrilled the crowd with their Navy pilot bravery and charm (and as noted by Josh in the quote, Wes’s team beat Kyle’s). Tennis balls soared like F-14s towards their targets… or at least towards the general vicinity of their targets.  And at the end of the night, the City of Greenville won the tournament, beating a solid team from the Village of Anna in the final game, but in reality, the MVDSA and several soldiers with local ties were the ones that really came out on top.


We are once again blown away by the amazing generosity of our friends. Thanks to your bigheartedness, we raised $5,000 for the MVDSA’s annual family picnic at Young’s Jersey Dairy*, and send 11 boxes to support US soldiers and their families (for a total of $7,330.00 raised!). THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for attending and participating in the event, and for supporting such wonderful causes. For that, you can be our wingmen anytime.


*Save the date–07/21/18–if you’d like to attend this MVDSA’s family picnic–you’re all invited!

Nick Selhorst:
“I bet Matt’s parents were confused.”

Every week or so Brittany writes a fun question on our break area whiteboard to help us learn more about each other and to have a little fun. We felt this one solicited quite a few entertaining answers (and at least one eye roll…).

So how did Choice One itself get named? Back in 1994, the original founders and owners didn’t want to use their last names for the new company, as they planned to add more owners as the company grew. (What foresight!). So, as the legend goes, the founders wanted something positioned at the beginning of the alphabet, because, you know, the Yellow Pages still mattered then. (What foresight?)

Brittany, maybe next week you can ask a follow-up question on the whiteboard: Why didn’t your parents name you something else? Didn’t they know that you’d work for Choice One someday and we’d have too many Jeffs, Allan/Allens, Nicks, Craigs, Brians, Ryans, and Michaels?

P.S. Don’t forget that we’re approaching the Sidney-area Choice One Charity Cup–join us March 28 for an evening of fun!