Since we are starting demolition on December 15, we would like to introduce you to the rest of the team behind the Blaffer renovation.*

Meet Penny Short, lead accountant for the project. Penny grew up in Silicon Valley, California and received her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After a twenty year career working for Price Waterhouse Coopers, Penny headed to sunny Florida to start her own consulting firm—Never Short, Inc.

Penny Short paying some bills.

Penny is a stickler with the construction budget, and is most closely aligned with Head Contractor Swen Sabella—both love rules, and impose following them to a tee! When not crunching numbers and pushing Lead Architect Britta Bright’s buttons, Penny enjoys reading, teaching young people how to balance their checkbooks, and trolling the Gulf of Mexico on her yacht with her dog Zippy.

Inspector Jessica Dooright has taken on the difficult job of securing everyone’s safety on the construction site, and supervises everything from the demolition of the current facade to the installation of our new state-of-the-art elevator. She manages the safety of the construction crew and the museum staff with such ease and expertise that nothing is left to the imagination. Jessica grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan just outside of Detroit, and went to the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Jessica Dooright at work in the new courtyard lounge.

After 10 years in the auto industry with Chrysler, as safety coordinator for the Dodge plant in Hamtramck, Jessica moved to Houston in 1995 to start her own consulting firm—Dooright Logistics. When she’s not tinkering on her 1940 Dodge TC ½ ton, Jessica enjoys running in Memorial Park and attending Star Trek conventions as her favorite next generation character—Whoopi Goldberg’s Guinan.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that we have yet to “introduce” you to Demolition Leader AJ Kinevil and Explosives Expert Johnny Golightly, but given the incident that by now is all over the news, and our inability to offer comments on the matter due to the impending trial, we have to refrain from revealing background information on these particular (and at least in one case now former) crew members. What we are at liberty to say is that we offer our deepest condolences to Johnny’s family for their tragic loss. He will be honored with a plaque in the completed facility. For the record, AJ is currently in prison, without bail, awaiting trial for criminal negligent homicide.

Despite this unexpected turn of events, team Blaffer is finally ready to dig in and start building! Stay tuned for news of our progress!

Johnny Golightly and AJ Kinevil during better days.

*Once again, these “Meet the Team” posts are entirely fictional. If you are subscribed to text-only updates from this blog, it would behoove you to see the web version that displays ridiculous pictures in conjunction with the text.

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