As it turns out, I won the company logo contest (WooHoo!). My unit director decided to go in a different direction than my previous entry and showed me an example of what he had in mind. I came up with these logos next and apparently I'd nailed his idea.
The top part represents a path, just a simplified abstract icon. I created a couple dozen different shapes along the same lines and these two captured the correct "path" feel I'd wanted. :)
Adobe Illustrator CS2