Magnus’ management group participated this week in a special team-building project with a unique charitable component. As the finale to the company’s leadership training through Corporate College® at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), managers gathered for Tri-C’s Bike for a Tyke program, during which they built four customized bicycles for kids.
At the end of the three-hour experience, the bikes were given away to two Painesville Township families, both of which have two children with juvenile diabetes who received the gifts as a surprise.
The company designated the Lake County Juvenile Diabetes Walk Family (LCJDWF) as its Bike for a Tyke beneficiary because of its ongoing community service relationship with the organization. Magnus owns and operates Hardy Industrial Technologies and Hardy Animal Nutrition in Painesville Township, the site at which the event took place.
Fifteen Magnus and Hardy managers divided into four teams to construct the bikes from scratch under the guidance of Corporate College instructors Meghan Bilardo and Norina Columbaro. Jody Wheaton, Corporate College’s executive director for client solutions and programs, who introduced the idea to Magnus owner Scott Forster, was part of the facilitation team. Magnus owner Eric Lofquist was also on-site for the event.
Parents of the bike recipients were notified in advance by LCJDWF president Terry Mowery of the giveaway and filled out a short questionnaire in secret for their children, describing things like his or her favorite color, activities and cartoon character so the bikes could be built accordingly.
Management teams worked to earn bike supplies and decorative bling as the competition progressed, and also had to create a marketing presentation for the giveaway. Communication, problem-solving and leadership skills were tested throughout the assembly.
Painesville Township trustee Gabe Cicconetti stopped by at the end of the event to witness the awarding of the bikes and meet the children and their families.
“It was a fun opportunity and meaningful way to wrap up this round of management training,” said Forster. “As with everything they’ve done for Magnus and Hardy, Corporate College put on a great and memorable program. The most worthwhile moments were watching the kids and their families react to the bikes.”
Magnus kicked off Bike for a Tyke with a graduation ceremony for main office and plant managers who completed various Corporate College leadership courses between December 2014 and April 2015.
Get more Bike for a Tyke information here or call Corporate College at 216-987-0234 for details on the program.