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A Case Where "Every Bit Matters"

Here at Element, we often refer to the company tagline of "every bit matters." We stress the small things, saying that those things are what may set companies apart.

When representatives from Element flew out ot Hawaii for the opening of HSFCU's Salt Lake branch, they experienced the effect of their own tag line.

12 hours total, the flight to Hawaii State FCU was split into two different parts. The first leg of the journey went through Minneapolis. Upon a late arrival, Element's reps realized that in order to get to the flight headed into Honolulu, they would have to run. The gate of the flight that they were on was far from the next boarding gate and they thought it would be a tight squeeze. To their surprise, there was a gentleman waiting inside the ramp area, looking for the passengers bound for Honolulu. When the people from Element passed, he quickly led them down the stairs that were attached to the gate and onto the tarmac.

He explained that he was part of Delta’s Elite Services and as part of their Surprise and Delight Porche Program, they try to find people that are stretched for time and bring them right to their flight. A quick ride in a Porsche Cayenne brought the reps to the set of stairs connected to their next flight. This small act of kindness relieved a great deal of potential stress and demonstrated that the little “bits” truly matter.

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Written by Bryn Baldasaro for The Element Group.

Intern Week: Matt Nguyen

Where do you go to school and what subject do you major in?

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Architecture

How did you first become interested in your field of study?

Since as far as I can remember. I was always interested in space/form. I love making spaces people use.

What’s your favorite food and why?

Favorite food, would have to say Korean BBQ.

Tell me about your favorite hobby.

Favorite hobby would have to be collecting things from figures to an assortment of weird pieces. 

How did you hear about Element and what was one thing that stood out to you about the company?

I first learned about Element through my school’s Career Fair. I remembering meeting Greg and Caleigh as they handed out free swag.

Lewis Clark Credit Union

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go, why, and who would you take with you?

I would travel to Spain because the weather is very nice and it’s rich with history/architecture. I would probably take my architecture friends.

Who are you interning under, what do they have you do, and out of all your responsibilities, which is your favorite/most interesting?

I was interning under Caleigh, but now it’s anyone who needs help. Mainly Jeff/Brian/Laura/Alina, on the architecture/interior side but I also help out with some graphics/renderings of spaces. Out of all my responsibility, I would have to say jumping back and forth between 3D modeling and 2D drafting.


Early phase exterior rendering

What is your favorite app and why?

I don’t have a favorite app unfortunately, but I do use snapchat/youtube a lot!

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Special thank you to Matt!

Organized by Bryn Baldasaro for The Element Group.

Intern Week: Bryn Baldasaro

Where do you go to school and what subject do you major in?

I will be attending Ave Maria University as a History major in the fall, with a minor in Shakespeare in Performance.

How did you first become interested in your field of study?

I think my loved of history stemmed from my love of fantasy and the medieval worlds that Lewis and Tolkien showcased. From there it only grew and this year, my history teacher really encouraged and inspired me to pursue a history degree.

SquareSpace: Blog Line Up

What’s your favorite food and why?

That’s a tough one as I absolutely love all types of food! If I had to pick one thing, I would pick something I am craving right now; a good cup of tea/coffee and a scone.

Tell me about your favorite hobby.

I love to read, my favorite genre being fantasy. Lately, I have been really enjoying some of Kazuro Ishiguro’s works, and am currently working my way through Anna Karenina. I also love musical theatre and I enjoy horseback riding when I can get to the barn.

How did you hear about Element and what was one thing that stood out to you about the company?

I have been indirectly involved with the company from its conception, but I didn’t really work here until a few years ago. I really like the digital aspect of the company. I have seen so much growth in this field and I think that the digital elements are very cool and set the company apart.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go, why, and who would you take with you? 

I would love to go through Europe. I want to see some of the great castles as well as experience the culture of each place. I definitely want to visit Le Château des Versailles as well as Windsor Castle, Chatsworth House, Guédelon Castle, and explore Rome. I would probably go with my best friend of nearly 14 years!

Who are you interning under, what do they have you do, and out of all your responsibilities which is your favorite/most interesting?

I am interning under Nate Baldasaro. I write the blogs and work on the social media pages. I think the most interesting thing that I get to do is write and produce the blog posts.

What is your favorite app and why?

My favorite app would probably be Instagram. I am on it far too much, but its a great place to glean inspiration, stay connected with friends, and follow some really cool people!

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Organized by Bryn Baldasaro for The Element Group.

Intern Week: Taylor Foley

Where do you go to school and what subject do you major in?

Currently, I’m majoring in Environmental Science at the University of New Hampshire, and minoring in Business Administration.

How did you first become interested in your field of study?

Senior year of high school I took AP Environmental Science. I already knew I wanted to do something with the environment going into college, but the teacher helped to cement my love for the natural world.

What’s your favorite food and why?

My favorite food would have to be a nice cheeseburger with bacon.

Tell me about your favorite hobby.

Anything outdoors! Hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, and camping are some of my favorites.

How did you hear about Element and what was one thing that stood out to you about the company?

I’ve been involved with Element for a while, and I’ve been doing different jobs here since almost the beginning.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go, why, and who would you take with you? 

My dream is to go to New Zealand and hike around the country. Tongariro National Park is supposed to be beautiful, and the people who live there are supposed to be extremely friendly. I’d probably take my younger brother.

Notes and Correspondence for the Avidia Project

Who are you interning under, what do they have you do, and out of all your responsibilities which is your favorite/most interesting?

I’m interning under Nathan Henry as a project manager. I’ve really enjoyed visiting different branches at different parts of the construction process.

What is your favorite app and why?

Recently I’ve downloaded an app called AllTrails, which shows me a bunch of different hiking trails in the area, a lot of which I didn’t know existed.

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Special thank you to Taylor!

Organized by Bryn Baldasaro for The Element Group.

Intern Week: LilyGrace York

Where do you go to school and what subject do you major in?

This coming fall I will be a junior at Wentworth Institute of Technology majoring in Interior Design and minoring in Business Entrepreneurship

How did you first become interested in your field of study?

I was lucky enough to find my passion for interior design and entrepreneurship at age nine and from there I experienced and created opportunities to learn about and immerse myself into the field.

Newburyport Savings Bank Layout by Lily Grace York

What’s your favorite food and why?

My favorite food is definitely Japanese food…anything from sushi, to chicken dumplings, to ramen.

Tell me about your favorite hobby.

My favorite hobby would have to be health and fitness. I love self-care, healthy cooking, and working out.

How did you hear about Element and what was one thing that stood out to you about the company?

I heard about Element from meeting Caleigh at the Wentworth Career Fair and what stood out to me was the inviting company culture and the spectrum of work the firm produces.

Desert Financial Credit Union Final Rendering by Lily Grace York

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go, why, and who would you take with you? 

I have wanted to go on a girl’s trip to Italy for years because I am amazed by the architectural history and obsessed with the Italian fashion.

Who are you interning under, what do they have you do, and out of all your responsibilities, which is your favorite/most interesting?

I am interning under Laura and Alina carrying out several different tasks that require both technical and creative skills in Adobe Suite, Sketchup rendering, and the materials library. William and Nate have also given me side projects such as furnishing the client/cigar lounge and graphic designing for branding projects (example below). I love being able to do a variety of things because I learn something new from each task as I sharpen my technical skills.

Line Drawing by LilyGrace York

What is your favorite app and why?

My favorite app is Instagram because I follow people who inspire me and share my lifestyle with my own creative community.

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Special thank you to Lily Grace!

Organized by Bryn Baldasaro for The Element Group.