Rapid City, SD
When Chris Maks was growing up, he played multiple sports, with his dad almost always serving as his coach. On road trips, they would listen to singer Tom Petty. Now, whenever Chris hears Petty’s “Learning to Fly,” he returns to a time when he and his father were driving a two-lane highway in the middle of nowhere on their way to a game in some small town. It’s a warming memory especially for someone who cares about his family and friends, saying “I’d be nowhere without them.” Chris, a mechanical engineer-in-training, spends his free time coaching Special Olympics teams and helping out some of the area Legion baseball programs part time. All of these experiences cultivated a teamwork mentality. And that’s what it’s all about for him: being a team. It could be his team at TSP, or working with clients as a team, or coming together with contractors as team member to successfully complete a project. At work, he focuses on the client’s best interest, whatever form it takes: budgetary, functionality, aesthetics, and energy efficiency. Whatever role he needs to play, he is just part of the team.