Our flexible work arrangements are an appealing perk, and they’ve attracted a lot of employees who are also proud and active parents. Sara Van Portfliet is one such valued team member. Her son Sam is a member of an Oakland University-sponsored FSAE team that builds a Formula-style race car every year. SAE is the Society of Automotive Engineers, and Formula SAE is the student competition arm of SAE. The car and team get judged on design, cost, presentation and engineering capabilities – like acceleration, fuel economy and endurance – and they’ve been busy raising funds to cover expenses for a race in Germany. This was a perfect fit for some TBA philanthropy as this unique situation supports not only one of our employees but also bolsters youth leadership and team skills. Kim was even invited to the official unveiling of this year’s car – Go Grizzlies!