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Beth Mortimer Awardees

In honor of those individuals who give their heart and soul to the profession and positively impact our communities across the nation, WSP USA Inspection Services created the Extra Mile Award in 2007. Each year, WSP USA Inspection Services will bestow this award to an individual who best embodies the attributes exhibited by Elizabeth Claire Mortimer throughout her career in disaster services. These attributes include:

  • The highest level of customer service
  • A consistent emphasis on providing quality inspections
  • A willingness to assist applicants as well as other inspectors
  • A positive and caring attitude in every assignment
  • A creative and dedicated approach to getting the job done
  • Regularly exceeds expected performance requirements
  • Exhibits the highest standards of integrity and character

2016 – Charles Wade Yancey

Charles Wade Yancey

The Beth Mortimer award is about recognizing inspectors who always seem to go ‘the extra mile’. Each year we honor one person who seems to stand out above rest. This year there were several excellent nominees, but when the votes were tallied, one person was the clear winner. Wade Yancey began his career with us over 20 years ago and during that time has risen to become a trusted and valued leader and mentor to countless inspectors-both new and veteran alike. His easy smile and big heart make him easy to work with. When we need help, he always seems to be the first one there. Beth would be proud!

2015 – Paula St. John

Paula St. John

Paula is someone who is willing to assist no matter what.  She has a superior attitude and demonstrated willingness to help applicants, other inspectors and the project in general. Paula’s excellent customer service not only sets her apart with applicants, but with fellow inspectors as well. Paula has become one of the best Field Inspector Supervisors (FIS) and on many occasions, she has gone the extra mile to give both inspectors and applicants the best experience possible with her warm and positive attitude.

2013 – Tom Myers

Tom Myers

Tom has been an inspector with WSP USA since the first contract. He is also a QC inspector, and mentor. He has worked nearly 100 disasters including American Samoa, Guam and Alaska.  The most memorable and emotional disaster he worked was New York City for 9/11. He is married to Valerie Myers, who is also a WSP USA inspector. They have been married for 11 years.

Over the last seven years Tom has willingly went the extra mile for us on multiple occasions revisiting dwellings in order to provide clarity with regards to inspection issues from previous inspections. Tom did not ask for extra pay he simply did what we asked which help us to clear the matter up with FEMA in an expedited manner. He is a team player that puts the applicant and FEMA’s best interest before personal financial gain. He enjoys training and mentoring new inspectors. Tom also served as an Area Manager for WSP USA’s Main Street and High Value Home Inspection insurance programs. He is a top inspector and is respected by his peers.

2012 – Glenn Scarborough

Glenn Scarborough

Glenn, a.k.a. Scooter, has been associated with the FEMA disaster housing program for 18 years. A construction trade and skill person for 40 years, Glenn has participated in every type of disaster activity WSP USA has been awarded. Glenn has a very positive and caring attitude and makes himself available year after year to support the needs of citizens who have been devastated from natural disasters. Glenn was recently awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Federal Coordinator Officer in Disaster 4068 and these words summed it up; “For your professionalism and willingness to educate new Senior Staff. Your patience and dedication to the mission is greatly appreciated.” As noted by one of the FEMA ISCs, Glenn is recognized as an individual who regularly exceeds our client’s expectations by going above and beyond the call of duty in his daily activities and doing so with exemplary professionalism. 

2011 – Bob Harris

Bob Harris

Bob Harris started as a FEMA Housing Inspector in 1994 and has been with WSP USA since 1995 when we were awarded our first FEMA contract. His dedication to the project is demonstrated by his willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. He has a wealth of knowledge about the program which shows in every inspection he completes. His customer service with applicants is impeccable. During his 16 year career Bob has been on 75 disaster deployments, including American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and NY following the events of 9/11. Having completed in excess of 21,000 initial inspections, and over 2,000 QC inspections, Bob would be considered by most accrediting agencies to be an expert inspector. He has completed every other inspection type there is: Appeals, Re-inspects, Congressional, Media and Remote inspections. He has also assisted with the FQA Program and goes out of his way to help new/struggling inspectors by accompanying them on ride-along inspections or sharing his personal experience with them. According to Bob, “This program is about the applicants. We need to do whatever is necessary within our program parameters to help ensure that their needs are met following a disaster.”

2010 – Wayne Mattair

Wayne Mattair

Wayne Mattair has continuously shown that he is willing to go the extra mile for the company while taking on the many hard inspections that have been sent to him where the inspector needs to put on his best customer service skills, either due to complaints or inadvertent mistakes by less experienced inspectors. Wayne has been known to assist other “new” inspectors taking them under his wing without prompting or requests for an FQA and has been known to always portray a positive and caring attitude towards the applicants and his fellow inspectors. From all reports and personal experience, Wayne is dedicated in his approach to delivering a quality product in a timely manner back to our client often exceeding most warranted expectations. It has been touted throughout the inspection community and repeated within the company that Wayne continuously conducts himself with the highest level of integrity in all aspects of his professional and private life.

2009 – David Podolsky

David Podolsky

David Podolsky (a.k.a. Podo), started his career as an inspector in 1977, prior to the creation of FEMA, and has been with WSP USA Inspection Services since the award of the first FEMA contract in 1995. He has willingly accepted hundreds of deployments to all types of disasters across the United States and US Territories. During his thirty plus years in the industry he has accumulated a wealth of field experience and knowledge that few inspectors can claim. As a result David is considered a leading field expert in the FEMA Housing Inspection Program. David's consistent commitment to making sure that every inspection is a quality inspection has gained him the well deserved reputation as a premier quality control inspector and has earned him the respect of WSP USA, FEMA, and most importantly, the inspectors that he works with. David has successfully mentored thousands of inspectors over the years and, although David is one of the best in the business, he is not averse to calling upon others for assistance and has often said that, “you should learn something new from EVERY disaster”. His willingness to do what is asked and always taking the initiative to go the extra mile for WSP USA, FEMA, and the disaster victim, is why he is this year's recipient of the Beth Mortimer Extra Mile Award.

“I would like to thank WSP USA Inspection Services for establishing this great award in memory of my friend and colleague Beth Mortimer. I would also like to thank WSP USA for choosing me as this year's recipient for this award. It is a great honor and privilege for me and my family. Thank you.” – David Podolsky

2008 – Mark Parr

Mark Parr

In honor of those individuals who give their heart and soul to the profession and positively impact our communities across the nation, we have created the Beth Mortimer “Extra Mile” Award. This award will be bestowed to one person each year that best embodies the attributes exhibited by the late Elizabeth Claire Mortimer throughout her career in disaster services.

The recipient of the 2008 Beth Mortimer “Extra Mile” Award is Mark Parr.

As a WSP USA Inspector, Mark has dedicated many countless hours to the task of assisting disaster victims. For his outstanding customer service, amazing work ethic, and willingness to go the “Extra Mile”... Mark is honored with this award.

“What an honor this is to me. I have enjoyed so many places, people and experiences over the years performing a job I have loved doing . I am especially happy to receive this award named after Beth Mortimer, a friend to me, and many others. Thank you!” – Mark Parr

2007 – Elizabeth Claire Mortimer

Elizabeth Claire Mortimer

It has long been said that if you get into the FEMA Housing Inspection business for the money, you won't stay long. If you get into the business because you enjoy travel, meeting and helping people, independent fast-paced outdoor work, and a willingness to learn and be flexible, then the business may be for you. It is almost like volunteer work, which happens to pay.

Very few inspectors can say that they do this for a living. The vast majority must have some other means of support for slow seasons and come out to disasters when work allows. If you are lucky enough to consider yourself a full time inspector it means that you have weathered good times and bad, and you must be doing something right. You are one of the few.

In honor of those individuals who give their heart and soul to the profession and positively impact our communities across the nation, we have created the Beth Mortimer “Extra Mile” Award. This award will be bestowed to one person each year that best embodies the attributes exhibited by the late Elizabeth Claire Mortimer throughout her career in disaster services.

“I feel honored, appreciated and loved to have been presented such a beautiful award. My words cannot adequately express how deep my appreciation is to be so recognized for performing work that was so fulfilling for me. My family was both thrilled and proud, as well as awed by the commitment of our professional community in service.” – Beth Mortimer

Beth fully embraced this program many years ago and has been involved in every aspect of disaster work even before the inception of FEMA. Her dedication as an inspection services contractor as well as a corporate employee for WSP USA has set a standard of excellence that all should aspire to achieve. Her positive influence on the many thousands of applicants and fellow inspectors that she has met and/or trained will be felt throughout the industry for many years to come.

The recipient of the award is one who has demonstrated:

  • The highest level of customer service
  • A consistent emphasis on providing quality inspections
  • A willingness to assist applicants as well as other inspectors
  • A positive and caring attitude in every assignment
  • A creative and dedicated approach to getting the job done
  • Regularly exceeds expected performance requirements
  • Exhibits the highest standards of integrity and character

Beth exemplifies these attributes and has been named the inaugural recipient. We profess our heartfelt and humble thanks for her many years of service and invaluable contributions.

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