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HCSS Announces Promotion of Steve McGough to President/COO

February 3, 2015
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Construction software developer HCSS announced the promotion of Steve McGough to President and Chief Operating Officer. McGough joined HCSS as Chief Operating Officer in January 2005 and has seen the company grow from 60 employees to nearly 200 today.

Steve serves as the Western Region Vice Chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and received the organization's Paul F. Phelan Award in 2012. Additionally, he is chairman for the Finanace and Technology Council and Membership and Development Committee. He also served as their Materials & Services Dvision President from 2011-2012. 

"Being named President of HCSS is an incredible honor," McGough said. "It's especially rewarding to lead an organization committed to being a partner with our customers and improving their business. We take immense pride in both our software and incredibly helpful service."

McGough received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and his Master of Business Administration from Tulane University.

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Perspectives: Lessons Learned by Homeschooling

January 23, 2015
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My wife and I have five children. We’ve moved 17 times to eight different states, and we’ve tried just about every type of education available—public, private, parochial, and even homeschooling. We aren’t crazy, just flexible with my jobs in the Marine Corps and the corporate world, and we wanted to give our kids a great childhood and education.

I’m used to hearing creative ideas from my wife, but when she suggested homeschooling in 1998 after another last-second move, she had me worried. Questions like “How will our kids do socially?” and “Will they get behind?” and “What will our friends and family say?” ran through my mind.

My wife, who is smarter than me, didn’t have those doubts, so we tried it. Now 17 years later, our oldest two daughters have graduated college and are married with good jobs, our middle son is at Texas A&M, and our youngest boys are doing well in 7th and 9th grades. Along the way, we learned a lot too, debunking the top three myths we heard about homeschooling:

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Looking for a Job You Can Love? Come to the HCSS Hiring Event

January 22, 2015
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Want a cool job? Come join the HCSS team!

HCSS, a construction software developer based in Sugar Land, Texas, is holding a VIP Hiring Event on Feb. 5, 2015, from 3-7 p.m. Those looking for a solid career at a company they will love should jump on this exclusive opportunity to have an immediate onsite interview with our executive team. We may even hire the right candidates on the spot!

"I cannot think of a better way to interview," HCSS Recruiter Daniel Howard said. "You have the opportunity to meet with the CEO and a hiring manager in the same day. If you knock it out of the park, you walk away with an offer to work at one of the best companies in Texas."Open positions include:

HCSS will fast-track our application process at this event to guarantee you an interview. All you have to do is dazzle us with an impressive résumé and pass our online assessment test. Applicants will have 50 minutes to take the 14-question test, which focuses on logic and basic math questions.

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The Tech Gadgets You'll Really Want This Year

January 2, 2015
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You probably didn't get everything you wanted for the holidays. A person can only receive so many ties, coffee mugs, and candles before enough is enough, right?

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HCSS UGM 2015 Registration up 33 Percent, Classes Filling Up

December 23, 2014
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The 2015 HCSS Users Group Meetings are fast approaching, and registrations are filling up faster than ever.

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HCSS Pinewood Derby Turns Construction Software Company into Race Hub

December 9, 2014
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There is no shortage of entertainment and fun around the HCSS office. At any given time, NERF® darts whiz past desks, bean bags fall into cornhole boards, golf balls are sunk via accurate putts, and video games light up flat-screen televisions.

But on Friday, Dec. 5, at 1:30 p.m., the aura turned serious as real competition loomed. It was no longer about fun and games as the annual HCSS Pinewood Derby Race began.

Software developers, support specialists, IT gurus, marketing professionals, and more all worked tirelessly to craft the perfect wooden vehicle that would effortlessly glide down the metal ramp to speedy victory, leaving its competition in dust and tears.

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10 Class Schedules to Improve Your Business at UGM2015

December 3, 2014
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Join over 1,000 construction professionals at the  2015 Users Group Meetings Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 19-21 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston. Discover new technologies and create a plan for using them to improve your business in 2015. You'll learn to work faster with your HCSS software, network with industry peers, get one-on-one support from our experts, and impact future HCSS releases.
With over 75 classes to chose from, we have suggested 10 different tracks to address common business issues that you may be facing. 

 

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Perspectives: The Right Time to Teach

December 3, 2014
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I always try to be in "teaching mode" with my twin 16-year-old boys. As you can probably guess, they are not always in "learning mode," and this leads to them getting frustrated with me, me getting frustrated with them, and my wife getting frustrated with all of us.

I try not to let that stop me. I tell myself that one day they’ll remember my lessons. Am I right? I have no clue whatsoever.

One example of this is leadership. I have spent years trying to talk to them about the importance of being a good leader, only to see rolling eyes and glassed-over expressions.

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Get your techies the gifts they really want this year

November 26, 2014
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My wife revoked my right to receive high-tech gifts about two years ago. Everyone in our household gets gizmos and gadgets for Christmas except me.

As it turns out, I have a bad habit of returning every techie gift I get. It’s not like my wife is a tech novice. She does her research and picks up on clues--sometimes even hints I’ve unknowingly dropped. But it rarely helps.

She recently bought me a Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch, and I returned it the very next day because I thought the watch was useless without the phone. She once bought me a DSLR camera; it too went back to the store. So did the home theater speakers, portable navigation system, mp3 player, and just about everything else I’ve received.

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Some Like It Hot: HCSS Holds a Company Wide Chili Cook-Off

August 28, 2014
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Last Thursday was hot! And we don’t mean the blazing summer temps. Walking inside the HCSS building on August 21st, slow cookers were strategically placed along the ground and on tops of counters, anywhere an electrical outlet could be found. The aroma of bubbling meat and spices filled the air. This was the 2014 Uncomfortably Awesome HCSS Chili Cook-Off and Gramma’s secret recipe was bubbling for votes.

Employees were asked to sign up to participate and compete to win in three categories: Spiciest, Most Original Flavor and Best Tasting. The winner in each category took home a gift card.

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