3 Tips for Outdoor Entertaining from TAMKO


Are you planning an outdoor party? Whether your home lacks adequate indoor space or you just want to get out and enjoy the fresh air, outdoor parties are a great way to relax and spend time with friends and family. But, before you send out the invites, consider these outdoor party tips from TAMKO Building Products:

  1. Consider the location: Just as with buying a house or commercial property, location is everything when it comes to throwing an unforgettable outdoor party. If you’re someone who does a lot of entertaining at home, you could consider investing in a beautiful and functional deck. Not only will it provide a great space for parties, but also a daily-use space where you could come out back and unwind with a book after a long workday. There are many different, wood-alternative decking products to choose from that will satisfy your budget and style. For instance, TAMKO’s Envision series of composite decking offers beautiful color variation and random wood-grain patterns for a deck that’s appealing and unique.
  1. Check the weather: While this tip may seem a little obvious, it’s an important one that’s worth noting. Weather predictions often change as the party date draws closer, so be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest forecast. Have a back-up plan in case there ends up being unforeseen inclement weather.
  1. Add a pop of color: Create an environment that’s energetic and inviting by adding a pop of color. Think about adding warm, bright colors like reds, oranges and yellows. You can easily add a pop of color through your décor and party decorations, such as patio lights, patio cushions, table cloths and table settings, and disposable plates and napkins.

How do you prepare for an outdoor party? What are your favorite outdoor entertaining tips?


TAMKO’s Owners Volunteer Their Corporate Pilots to Fly Wounded Veterans

TAMKO Pilot Mitchell Ochs checks a power cable to prepare for a flight. Image Source: Roger Nomer/Joplin Globe
Image Source: Roger Nomer/Joplin Globe 

TAMKO Pilot Mitchell Ochs checks a power cable to prepare for a flight.

On a typical day, TAMKO Building Products’ corporate pilots fly company executives to and from job sites and business meetings. But, whenever possible, TAMKO’s owners volunteer them for the Veterans Airlift Command, a nonprofit that transports wounded veterans and their loved ones across the country using volunteered corporate planes and pilots.

For many wounded veterans, especially those with prosthetic limbs, flying commercial can be a challenge. With private planes, veterans can experience less waiting time, fewer delays and hassles, and more accommodations, such as removing plane seats to provide them with more room and enhanced comfort.

One of the veterans TAMKO’s corporate pilots have assisted through the program is U.S. Army Spc. Eric Lund, who they flew to and from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, so he could meet with an arm transplant team.  Lund was injured on May 20, 2012, after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. He lost both arms above the elbow, suffered a fractured hip, vertebrae and femur, and underwent facial reconstruction. Lund was one of the 10 members of the Michigan Army National Guard who were injured in the attack, and among four other soldiers who suffered serious injuries.

Lund told the Joplin Globe that private flights like the ones he received from TAMKO are very important to veterans and their families. For someone like Lund with prosthetic limbs, flying commercially can be difficult and uncomfortable due to cramped airplane seating.

Founded in 2006 by veteran Walt Fricke, who was injured in the Vietnam War, the Veterans Airlift Command provides free transport, known as Hero Flights, to wounded veterans and their families. When wounded veterans or their family members have a travel need, the organization sends out a request for open seats on corporate or private planes.

TAMKO, a manufacturer of building products, has employed a number of military personnel and veterans, and completed its first Veterans Airlift Command Flight in 2008 when the company’s owners donated its planes and pilots to fly Matthew Miles and his wife Maria. Miles lost his left leg and endured other severe injuries after his vehicle hit an IED in Afghanistan in 2007. Since their first flight for the VAC, TAMKO has provided several Hero Flights each year.

“TAMKO supports the Veterans Airlift Command to do our small part helping these men and women who were injured in service to our country,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys.  “It is difficult for them to travel on commercial airlines and to be subjected to TSA patdowns. We’re trying to make their lives easier after all that they have done for us.”