March 31, 2015
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Messer Construction Co. recently named craft force manager Todd Sasser its Knoxville Region 2014 Community Service Award recipient in recognition of his volunteer work throughout East Tennessee. The annual award is given to one employee in each of the company’s nine regions in recognition of outstanding community service and a demonstrated commitment to advancing the communities where those employees live and work.
Along with the Community Service Award, Messer donated $500 to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sasser’s honor.
Sasser’s connection to Shriners Hospitals is a result of his participation in an annual motorcycle ride supporting the hospital. He and his wife are active in numerous charity rides throughout the region, such as the Tennessee School for the Deaf Charity Ride, a Memorial Day ride honoring fallen military heroes, two separate Toys for Tots runs, the annual Shannon and Chris Charitable Ride, and the Blue Knights 911 Remembrance Ride.
Sasser also serves on the Knox County Foster Care Review Board, an all-volunteer group that meets monthly to hear case updates for foster children across Knox County. The group ensures that foster children are in positive environments and makes recommendations for action to the County Court system.
Finally, Sasser is heavily involved with Rebuilding Together Knoxville (RTK), an affiliate of a national organization that brings together volunteers and communities to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners. RTK works to ensure that these homeowners, particularly older adults, military veterans, people with disabilities and families with children, live in warmth, safety and independence.
“As the leader of several Rebuilding Together Knoxville projects throughout the year, Todd showed a commitment to the organization and to the families they serve that far exceeded responsibilities placed on him by Messer,” John Blum, Messer senior project executive, said. “Todd spent countless hours of his personal time working to create better environments for the families served by RTK. He also personally impacted the success of the RTK organization through his planning, craftsmanship, dedication and compassion.”
Sasser resides in the Powell community.
About Messer Construction Co.
Messer Construction Co. is a construction manager and general contractor providing leadership for complex commercial building projects. An employee-owned company, Messer builds better lives for its customers, communities and each other, and delivers value through quality construction and client experiences. Founded in 1932, Messer’s footprint has grown to nine regional offices located across the Midwest and Southeast. The company is consistently ranked among the country’s 100 largest contractors by Engineering News-Record, and in fiscal 2014, Messer put in place $1.03 billion in commercial construction. Messer now stands as one of the nation’s leading health care and higher education builders, and also boasts extensive, award-winning work in the life sciences and industrial market segments. Messer employees live where they work, resulting in the company’s sustained commitment to building better communities. That commitment has remained paramount throughout Messer’s growth, and it is achieved annually through the company’s own foundation and through the time, service and dollars invested by its employee-owners in community organizations and causes.