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.
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.
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.