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Austin Accepts Waugh Award

Dubuque, IA—Cody Austin, PE, accepted the fourth annual Waugh Award during Origin Design’s annual holiday party held on January 13, 2023 at Hotel Julien Dubuque.

The Waugh Award was created in honor of IIW/Origin Design co-founder, Dennis Waugh, who retired at the end of 2018 after 37 years of service. The award recognizes an Origin employee owner that supports and furthers its Mission-Vision-Values, while exhibiting the traits of Waugh, including passion, generosity, leading by example and loyalty. 

Thirteen nominations were received for the Waugh Award. “Cody is actively engaged and has established trust with his co-workers and our clients. He’s a go to expert. He truly considers himself an employee owner,” as described in the nomination.

Austin, Land Development Team Leader at Origin Design, accepted the award from Pat Ready, PE, President & CEO of Origin Design. “Cody is truly 100% dedicated to the success of others and to Origin Design. Whether externally by consistently finding ways to bring additional value to our clients, or internally by mentoring staff, Cody truly gives his all every day. He is absolutely deserving of this year’s award! It is a pleasure to recognize Cody’s efforts and I’m proud to call him my colleague and friend,” said Ready.

Ready presenting Waugh Award to Austin.
Ready presenting Waugh Award to Austin.
It’s hard to explain what receiving the Waugh Award means to me. The award is named after our company’s founder Denny Waugh who is one of the most kind, humble, intelligent and giving people that I know. If I tried to list all of Denny’s amazing qualities, the list would be endless. Many, if not all, of the employee owners at Origin possess these qualities and I am extremely honored to be the one that was selected for this award.

Cody Austin, PE Land Development Team Leader

Left to Right: Dennis Waugh, Cody Austin, Pat Ready
Left to Right: Dennis Waugh, Cody Austin, Pat Ready
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