August 2018 News

August 2018 News

Time to sign up for free safety classes at Safety Fest TN!

Over 90 classes are on tap this year at New Hope Center and other Oak Ridge venues, along with safety demonstrations, a community safety forum, and a Safety Expo. This is the 7th year for this fun and useful event and is a great way to receive training in almost anything you can use at work or home. Please let Jenny Freeman know if she can help you.

 

July 2018 News

July 2018 News

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.

June 2018 News

June 2018 News

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.

May 2018 News

May 2018 News

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.

April 2018 News

April 2018 News

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.

March 2018 News

March 2018 News

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.

February 2018 News

February 2018 News

Welcome Joan Cronan to the Strata-G Board of Advisors

Please help us welcome Joan Cronan to Strata-G’s Board of Advisors. Joan is currently the University of Tennessee’s Women’s Athletic Director Emeritus, having served the university for 35 years in a variety of roles focused on strengthening UT and their student athletics through strong athletic programs.

Joan’s depth of leadership experience, her commitment to excellence, her ability to identify and recruit talent, are assets that will help guide Strata-G into an exciting future. Joan has become one of the most recognized people in the Knoxville area through her ability to connect with people and her reputation for trust-based relationships. She has served in leadership roles on Boards of numerous foundations and non-profit organizations, and her development accomplishments are as robust as her reputation for getting things done. Joan takes great pride in leading an academic initiative in UT’s Athletic Department which has resulted in a 98% graduation rate.

Strata-G CEO, Dan Hurst, recently welcomed Joan to her first Board of Advisors meeting by thanking her for her service to the community and now to Strata-G. “Thank you, Joan, for choosing to spend your time, talent and experience with us. We know that we will be blessed by your leadership, and we believe that you will enjoy working with our great team.” Joan Cronan joins Dr. Willis Bixby, Dr. Reinhold Mann, and Mr. John LaBine on Strata-G’s Board of Advisors.

January 2018 News

January 2018 News

Strata-G’s Outreach Program Impacts People Regionally and Globally

Strata-G’s outreach program impacts people in our backyard and around the world throughout the year. Three projects in which we had the opportunity to serve in 2017 included participating in a Habitat for Humanity home build; providing games to our Community School, Westview Elementary; and providing funds to purchase medicine for a clinic in a remote village in Haiti. Jill Kovalchik, seen here at Westview and with Billy Stair, Haiti project volunteer, is our Outreach Coordinator.

December 2017 News

December 2017 News

Strata-G Earns 2017 TNCPE Achievement Award

The TN Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) awarded Strata-G the 2017 Achievement Award through its annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program. TNCPE is Tennessee’s only statewide quality program and is based on the National Malcolm Baldridge Performance Excellence framework. Strata-G’s Quality Manager, Tammy Phillips, CQE, sums up this achievement as a formal declaration of our commitment to improving our business excellence. Winning the Achievement Award is especially gratifying because only 5 organizations in the state were awarded this honor.

The Strata-G team will receive recognition for this achievement at the Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet in February 2018. “The commitment of our team to our core values of integrity, service, and quality is the foundation which makes this recognition possible”, said Dan Hurst, President of Strata-G.

November 2017 News

November 2017 News

Strata-G Helps with tnAchieves

Tammy Phillips knows. So does Bruce Phillips. Janna Nash understands, too, as do other Strata-G tnAchieves mentors. What do they know? “I was that kid,” says Tammy, “who was first in my family to go to college and who did not have a clue about how to get there.” And, that’s what tnAchieves is all about – helping that graduating senior achieve success in navigating from high school to college. Bruce Phillips is volunteering for the 3rd year because of the connection he makes with one or two students. “There’s always that one that I am able to help, that one student who makes it because of tnAchieves and my willingness to volunteer,” he said. The time commitment is not excessive, but the potential to make a difference in a young person’s life is huge. “If you can get them that far,” said Janna, “you’ve accomplished a lot.”

To learn more about tnAchieves or If you are interested in helping out, please visit https://tnachieves.org/ . In anticipation of 60,000 student applications from the 2018 Class, tnAchieves needs to recruit 9,000 volunteers. Here’s Governor Bill Haslam’s message about the program: Click here to view a message from Governor Bill Haslam!

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