2018 – A Rewarding Year
Strata-G was recognized in 2018 with 2 prestigious awards: the Pinnacle Award for Community Impact given by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and the Dream Big Award for a Veteran-Owned Business, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce award. Dan gratefully and graciously accepted both awards on behalf of Strata-G employees. Congratulations to all!
Strata-G employees never stop learning.
Strata-G employs over 200 people, most of them engineers and scientists who work on projects that demand the utmost professionalism in creating solutions for sometimes complicated problems. Several of our employees are Project Management Professionals (PMPs) who have to go through annual professional development activities to maintain their PMP certification. Attending a recent Project Management institute- East Tennessee Chapter (ETPMI) Professional Development Day were, from left to right: George Davis, Sarah Walker, Lisa Turvin, and Allen Bradley.
Strata-G Dreams Big!
Because of our employees’ drive to deliver excellence, recruit and hire great people, and impact our community, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized us with their Veteran-Owned Business 2018 Dream Big Award. Dan Hurst was on hand in Washington, D.C., to receive the award. Thanks to our outstanding Strata-G staff, dedicated customers, and community partners for helping us win this prestigious award.
Strata-G is Serious about Health and Wellness.
Strata-G’s Wellness Program is robust with annual challenges that focus on fitness, diet, overall health and well-being. We’ve joined the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness (https://healthiertn.com), earning the 2018 Healthier Tennessee Workplace award, and the East Tennessee Wellness Round Table (https://etwellness.org), receiving Gold Status this year. These programs help us maintain good health, which, in turn, helps us enjoy work and home life more. We’ve even started a running club!
Happy 16th Birthday to Us!
We greeted friends, ate Brewster’s ice cream, and picked up Strata-G swag. We also celebrated in front of the Brewster’s ice cream truck, wishing each other many happy returns.
End-of-term Intern Presentations, a Strata-G Tradition!
Our staff gathered recently to hear our summer interns as they continued a Strata-G tradition by making an end-of-term presentation about their projects. Wow! Their accomplishments amazed us. James Lewis (left) and Joey Michaud (right) learned new skills, participated in significant Strata-G projects including advancement of important sensor technology, and managed to work their way into our collective heart. We wish them well as they return to UT to complete engineering degrees.
Strata-G Attends Leadercast
Strata-G staff recently attended the 2018 Leadercast event, the largest, one-day leadership event on the planet with more than 100,000 current visionaries and future world-changers attending each year. Here are some of their takeaways. “To justify your gift of life, give it away.” “Take care of yourself to create energy, an edge, and endurance.” “Risks not taken can be some of the biggest risks you take.” “Give myself (and those around me) permission to change.” Strata-G is proud of the qualities of our staff that drive them to want to change themselves, and the world, for the better.
Strata-G recognized at Pinnacle Business Awards
Strata-G was recognized at the recent Knoxville Chamber’s Pinnacle Business Awards dinner for “displaying a commitment to making East Tennessee a better place to live and work.” Dan accepted the award on behalf of the Strata-G team and was typically humorous and humble in his remarks. Strata-G joins the ranks of past Impact Award winners that include Pilot Flying J, Covenant Health, Green Mountain Coffee, Copper Cellar Restaurants, and Prestige Cleaners. Jill Kovalchik, Strata-G’s Outreach Coordinator, leads our outreach effort and was on hand to celebrate. Congratulations to all our employees who help make our East Tennessee home a better place.
Dr. David Haskell Presentation at UT Arboretum Conference Center on April 24
On Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m., at the UT Arboretum Conference Center, Strata-G will sponsor a presentation by Dr. David Haskell. Dr. Haskell is the 2018 John Burroughs Award-winning author of the book, The Songs of Trees. A Professor of Biology at the University of the South, he has been called “that rare kind of scientist Rachel Carson was when she pioneered a new cultural aesthetic of poetic prose about science.” A recent review in The Times Literary Supplement stated, “The Songs of Trees has the diverse busyness of a thriving woodland. It is hard to think of a recent scientifically-inflected book on nature that is as fluent, compelling, and intoxicatingly rich.” The presentation is free and open to the public.
Strata-G is One of Only 5 Tennessee Organizations to Receive 2017 TNCPE Achievement Award
The Tennessee Center of Performance Excellence recently awarded Strata-G the 2017 Achievement Award. On hand to accept the award were Dan Hurst, Strata-G CEO, and Kate Honebrink, Strata-G Baldrige Coordinator. This Level 3 Award marks the next milestone in the journey Strata-G envisioned several years ago when we aspired to achieve the Malcom Baldrige Quality Award and began the journey to attain it. Using the Baldrige Excellence Framework to improve our processes and results, along with rigorous TNCPE assessments, we have improved our business processes, focusing on achieving excellence through greater efficiency and effectiveness. Governor Haslam congratulated us by saying, “Organizations that pursue a TNCPE award have a special drive. Strata-G’s commitment to improvement will reach deep into our community, making a significant contribution to the state’s economy, and the wellbeing of its citizens.” Thanks to every Strata-G team member for daily commitment to integrity, service, and quality that make the journey successful.