Strata-G celebrated the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Dream Big Award on October 16. Dan Hurst, Strata-G President and CEO, said of the award, “We are honored by our selection as the Small Business of the Year Dream Big Award winner. It’s a testament to our professional staff of more than 230 scientists, engineers, health and safety experts, and project managers who practice our core values of integrity, service, and quality each day. We appreciate the U.S. Chamber’s recognition.” The award came with a check for $25,000 which Strata-G will invest into two of its existing outreach partners, KARM and Westview Community School.
Strata-G is proud to welcome Dr. Harold Conner to the Strata-G Board of Advisors. Harold’s leadership experience and commitment to excellence during a long career at sites in Oak Ridge and throughout the DOE complex will help guide Strata-G into an even brighter future.
Conner has five decades of experience with the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration and is a career veteran of multiple nuclear projects. His career has taken him to DOE sites across the country – including the Paducah and Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plants, Y-12 National Security Complex, Idaho National Laboratory, Savannah River Site, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has received the prestigious University of Tennessee Knoxville Alumni Professional Achievement Award and the Secretary of Energy Award of Achievement. In 2017, Conner was named a Fellow by the American Society for Engineering Management and in 2018 was named a Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Conner serves on the University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Board of Advisors and the Oak Ridge American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation Board.
A registered professional engineer in Tennessee and South Carolina, Conner received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Conner will join Ms. Joan Cronan, Dr. Willis Bixby, Dr. Reinhold Mann, and Mr. John LaBine on Strata-G’s Board of Advisors.
Strata-G staff members participated in the 2019 Global Leadership Summit, part of the Global Leadership Network. This year’s “class” spent 2 days listening to creative, successful people talk about leadership and using our gifts to impact our world in real and powerful ways. Each year, each person comes away a different lesson, so the compilation of inspiring and creative messages, over time, is absorbed into the Strata-G corporate culture. Wade Adams learned that perfection is the “enemy of progress” that will limit a person; Kylie Julius was impressed by a message of diversity and inclusion; Darrell Daugherty gave a thumbs up to the speaker whose passion for customer service was captured in this video, “Jackie, the Krispy Kreme Employee.” It’s worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ax2CsVbrX0
Kay Matthews, a Procurement Center Representative with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Tennessee and North Carolina, recently presented the 2019 Region IV SBA Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award to Dan Hurst and the Strata-G Team. The award is based on outstanding service. Dan thanked Strata-G employees for their excellent service to our customers and congratulated them on the exceptional performance that made the award possible.
Strata-G is grateful to be part of the LATA-Atkins Technical Services, LLC (LATS) team that recently won the Waste Management Services contract at Y-12. This is a 2.5 year subcontract with five 1-year options. The LATA-Atkins press release stated, “The LATS team is further strengthened by team member Strata-G, an accomplished Veteran-Owned Small Business. Strata-G has Y-12 experience on the Liquid WMS subcontract and provides solid waste characterization and management services to other Y-12 entities.” Kudos to Strata-G’s Bryan Schock and Angela Fleming, who along with their dedicated Y-12 team, have provided outstanding service to the customer, Consolidated Nuclear Security.
Strata-G is proud of our newest graduate, Cade, a Smoky Mountain Service dog we sponsored 2 years ago as a puppy. Recently, Strata-G President and CEO, Dan Hurst, along with other Strata-G staff, participated in the Passing the Leash ceremony, officially transitioning Cade to her Veteran and his wife, both of whom look forward to the improvements in their lives that Cade will bring.
Safety Fest TN drew over 1,200 attendees to its annual slate of free safety training classes, demonstrations, and workshops. Among them were Kate Honebrink, Strata-G Executive Assistant, and Tina Webb, HR Specialist, who went to learn First Aid/CPR/AED basics. They enjoyed the small class of video and hands-on learning and were instructed in how to make a sling, stop a bleed, use an AED, perform CPR, treat someone in shock and trauma, and other basic skills. Thanks for attending. You make our office safer.
Strata-G was well-represented at the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & Relay. Our team, flashy in our new wellness shirts, participated in several of the races to promote good health and wellness. This race is one of many wellness activities that our employees can participate in throughout the year. Kate Honebrink manages our program that includes a variety of challenges such as hydration, healthy weight, eating more fruits and vegetables, and walking. Employees have the chance to win wellness prizes during each challenge. The Strata-G Wellness Program makes getting and staying healthy fun.
Our Quality Assurance (QA) services continue to grow as evidenced by new and expanded opportunities at several project sites. Michael Russell, Strata-G’s QA Manager, is key to this growth and leads our efforts to continue to develop our corporate QA Plan, cultivate awareness of the importance of QA among our employees, and develop QA as a business line.
Members of the Strata-G team congratulate President and CEO, Dan Hurst, for winning the Tennessee Valley Business Association’s Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year award. They want everyone to know that Dan has added something special to his business model, creating a small business based on a simple principle – treat others the way you wish to be treated. It’s a business principle that works, as evidenced by Strata-G’s successful relationships with our customers, teaming partners, and the community.