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Ray Southern, Division CEO for Balfour Beatty Construction, Leads His Florida Division to Become a People First(R) Certified Company

PLANTATION, Fla., Sept. 3, 2008 — On July 23, 2008, Balfour Beatty Construction completed its three-month People First(R) Certification Program. Over 150 employees participated in this in-depth leadership development program focused on tapping into the human spirit and unleashing the full talent and potential of individuals.

Balfour Beatty Construction is a world-class construction services company performing over $2.5 billion each year with a long client list of highly distinguished companies in the U.S., including Disney, Peabody Hotel and Office Depot.

A Top 20 leader in the construction industry (as ranked by Engineering News-Record), Balfour Beatty's vision to "differentiate itself so significantly that they change the industry" aligns well with the key principles of People First(R). Through participating in the program and sharing in the lived experiences of "purpose partners," employees raised their awareness of their value as human beings, both in their personal and professional lives, and in turn learned how to appreciate the value in others. The initiative has contributed to enhanced productivity and higher levels of employee engagement. It goes to show how investing in employees pays off – "take good care of employees and they will take care of the business."

"People ask me why I chose to implement the People First(R) Certification Program. My reply is simple: I truly wanted to make a difference in the lives of our employees. Now that we have completed the program, the next question might be, did it make a difference? It absolutely did! I have never witnessed such a profound impact with these employees. Their testimonies reveal improved relationships with their spouses and their children, more effective communication skills with each other in the workplace, and healthy business relationships with our customers," said Ray Southern, Division CEO for Balfour Beatty Construction.

"In my 30 years of teaching leadership development, I have only met a few CEO's like Ray Southern who truly 'get it'! Ray understands that leading with a 'people before profits' mindset will lead to greater profits through a culture of honor that values the people that produce the profit. It is an honor to award this great leader's company, Balfour Beatty Construction, the People First(R) Certification," said Jack Lannom, Founder of Lannom Worldwide.

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