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SQROCS WINNERS SEPTEMBER 2020

Congratulations to Our Winners

Please join us in congratulating the September 2020 winners of our SQRocs program. The program is designed to provide opportunity to feature employees who have gone above and beyond in delivering services to our clients and in supporting their team. SQRocs stands for 

Stratosphere Quality Recognizes Outstanding Contributions and Solutions.

North Region – United States

  • Cecilia Maldonado, Michigan
  • Cheryl Meade, Michigan
  • Trisha Bowser, Michigan

South Region – United States

  • Warner Carter, South Carolina
  • Deborah Harris, South Carolina
  • Jessica Henderson Christopher, South Carolina
  • Randy Holloway, Tennessee
  • Chiquita Kirkland, Alabama
  • Eric Lanpher, Tennessee
  • D’Vonte Newbill, Tennessee
  • Yoly Reigan, South Carolina
  • Stephen Russell, Tennessee
  • Loria Zientek, Alabama
SQRocs Congrats

Central Region – United States

  • Kevin Cox, Indiana
  • Stacey Goff, Indiana
  • Matthew Higginbotham, Kentucky
  • Geoffrey Kruger, Indiana
  • Darcy Lemons, Kentucky
  • Keith McManus, Indiana
  • Adam Peat, Indiana
  • Bill Preston, Kentucky
  • Jennifer Romandine, Indiana
  • Bruce Sales, Indiana
  • Donald Torrence, Indiana
  • Clayton Williams, Indiana
  • Meisha Young, Ohio
  • Donna Stephenson, Indiana

Canada

  • Debbie Crawford, Canada
  • Abjhiraj Gour, Canada
  • Sharon MacMillian, Canada
  • Alex Okopney, Canada
  • Christy DiClemente, Canada

SQROCS WINNERS

SQRocs Winners

Stratosphere Quality proudly recognizes employees who go above and beyond in delivering exceptional customer service and demonstrating excellence in performance and teamwork. 

This program is created to encourage increased quality in performance and provides an immediate way to award outstanding work! SQROCS stands for Stratosphere Quality Recognizes Outstanding Contributions and Solutions, and we are proud to announce winners each month.

Managers and supervisors have the opportunity to see first-hand when employees are performing beyond expectations, supporting their team, gaining customer trust and providing quality of service that supports our mission and thus nominate winners each month.


Please Join Us In Congratulating Recent SQROCS Winners!

JUNE

Mark Albahrani, Indiana
Randall Harrington, Indiana
Gary Fisher, Indiana
Demetria Griffin, Indiana
Sara Harris, Indiana
Carrie Foor, Indiana
Dale Sharp, Indiana
Eric Sipe, Indiana
Kameron Caldwell, Indiana
Kevin Caldwell, Indiana
Amanda Perkins, South Carolina
Maxwell Davis, South Carolina
Adella Eckinger, Alabama

JULY

Jessica Christopher (Henderson), South Carolina
Jilletta Marshall, South Carolina
Dolres Moore, Michigan
Jennifer Romandine, Indiana
Keith McManus, Indiana
Donavan Bell, Indiana
Sierra Raney, Indiana
Dylan Johnson, Indiana
Charles Riggs, Indiana
Paul Francis, Indiana
Erle Patterson, Indiana
Michael Sager, Tennessee
Don McCarty, Tennessee
Amber Smith, Tennessee
Mary Scott, Alabama
Kari Bolden, Michigan
Christine Davis, Tennessee
Debra Hancock, Tennessee
Locke Davis, North Carolina
Robin Woods, Indiana
Debra Hancock, Tennessee

AUGUST

Travis Christopher, Georgia
Rachel Wint, Ohio
Josh Lightle, Ohio
Jake Barber, Ohio
David Wick, Ohio
Jerry Royal, Indiana
Kim Kimpf, Indiana
Jessica Stinson, Indiana
Dan Douglas, Indiana
Daniel Balliet, Alabama
Angela Baskette, South Carolina
Tammy Daniels, Indiana
Betty Jarman, Ohio
Amanda Hawk, Ohio
Charles Werner, Alabama
Jeremy Pilkington, Alabama

Project Quality Improvement Recognition

Stratosphere Quality’s core existence is to help its customers improve their product quality. As a result, we are pleased to recognize employees for going above and beyond.

From 2015 to 2019, Stratosphere Quality recognized employees who exhibited quality improvement characteristics to improve customer products and processes. Starting in 2020, we’ve developed new recognition programs, SQRocs and the Presidents Club for employee recognition.

Learn more about these great programs on our Stratosphere Quality Careers page, and see our list of SQRocs winners!

Previous Winners

We continue to recognize winners of our previous recognition program, ‘Project Quality Improvement Recognition’ and congratulate our past recipients of this award.

2019
January: Tara Burk, Alabama
February: Solomon Kifleiesus, Canada
March: Kyle Green, Kansas City
April: Alex Okopney, Canada
May: Wyatt Kingrey, Ohio
June: John MacDonald, Canada
July: Ashleigh Cameron, North Carolina
August: James Supler, Indiana
September: Brandon Holdren, Ohio
October: Becky Moon, OH
November: Gloria Garcia, Indiana
December: Tina Angle, Georgia; Andrew Tipton, Tennessee

2018
January: Nick Hairrell, Illinois
February: Rodney Bryson, Alabama
March: Edna McKellop, Ohio
April: Manouchehr Ghazinejad, Toronto
May: Pam Carpenter, Ohio
June: Indiana Price, Indiana
July: Julie Bair, Marysville
August: Traci Campbell, West Michigan
September: Della Goodwin, Greensburg
October: Haden Early, Marysville
November: Cody Crum, Northern California
December: Cathy Romie, Indiana
2018 Annual Winner: Nick Hairrell, Belvidere

2017
January: Owen Kaplan, Canada
February: George Rose
March: David Plessinger, Indiana
April: Paula Godsey, Indiana
May: Shawn Hendrickson and Natalie Boysel, Ohio
June: Julie Bair, Ohio
July: Farjad Dezfouli, Canada
August: Jared Klaeysen, Ohio
September: Dan McCauley, Toronto
October: Justin Robinson, Toronto
November: Jeff Killinger, Indiana
December: Zach Murphy, Ohio

2016
January: Hartford Murdoch, Canada
February: Sandy Wood, Michigan
March: Payam Firoozi, Canada
April: Juan Brooks, Ohio
May: Michelle Davis, Ohio
June: Ali Hanif, Canada
July: Jim Pilatz, Indiana
August: Cathy Moore, Indiana
September: Matt Corman, Kentucky
October: Joe Stein & Sid Patel, Ohio
November: ​Liviu Prundeanu, Canada
December: George Rose, Kentucky

2015
January: Kim Kempf, Western Indiana
February: David Phillips, Mansfield, OH
March: Joshua Warren, West Tennessee
April: Jared Klaeyson, Northern Ohio
May: Payam Firoozi, Canada
June: Cody Crum, Ohio
July: Nathaniel Arnold, Indiana
August: Harold Pettigrew, Indiana
September: Henry Pawlak, Illinois/Wisconsin
October: Cynthia Shaw, Indiana
November: Payam Firoozi, Canada
December: Don Reed, Indiana

Stratosphere Quality to Exhibit at Southern Automotive Conference

The Southern Automotive Conference (SAC) is back and better than ever. Stratosphere Quality will be exhibiting at the conference for the ninth consecutive year. Joseph Mertz (TN Account Manager) and Johnny Elder (GA Account Manager) will be attending and will be spearheading an exciting raffle for booth visitors. The conference will take place from September 25-27, 2019 in Nashville, TN, and the host representatives are expecting their biggest turnout yet. Come see us at booth 228. #SAC2019

Greetings from Belarus! Holiday Traditions Around the World

For many of us, traditions are what make the holidays so special. In the United States we celebrate many traditions as a nation: Santa Claus and his jolly crew going from house to house on the night of December 24th, the New Year’s Eve toast among family and friends, decking the halls and decorating holiday trees after November (unless of course you are in retail)! As a global company, we have such a diverse group of individuals working with us and we love to learn about the traditions in each of their native countries.

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Olga Chaikouskaya, Chief Financial Officer at Stratosphere Quality, celebrates many American traditions with her family, but also incorporates the traditions true to her heart from her hometown of Belarus. We sat down with Olga to learn more about her favorite holiday customs true to her Russian heritage, and thought you would enjoy them too!

New Year’s Day is the biggest celebration of the year in Russia, and is similar to Christmas in the United States. The holiday celebration begins one to two hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Families and friends join together and enjoy dinner while sharing reflections of the past year. This is a way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new. Olga’s family would decorate their tree earlier on December 30th. They always had a live fir. For Olga, decorating the tree is one of her favorite childhood memories.

Ten minutes before midnight, the President of the Russian Federation gives a speech that is broadcast throughout the country. The President speaks shortly about the country’s life in the outgoing year, and then sends his greetings to all the Russians. The end of the president’s speech is usually followed by the first stroke of the Kremlin Clock.

At midnight, the Kremlin Clock begins to chime and rings for twelve counts. This is Olga’s favorite part of ringing in the New Year. As the clock rings, it prompts a time of reflection and an opportunity to set a sincere wish for the new year. This is not simply a general wish, it is a very specific and intentional wish that you hope to come true. Then, the Russian national anthem is played, fireworks light up the sky, and families and friends embrace, cheer, and toast with champagne. Listen to the Kremlin Clock chiming at midnight.

After the bell tolls…the party begins! Friends and family get together and sing, dance, perform skits, wear costumes or cocktail attire. Families and friends enjoy each other’s company, with the goal of starting the new year on a positive note. Olga pointed out that the belief is that how you celebrate that evening will set the tone for the year to come. So, avoiding conflict, sadness, or stress is very important while celebrating that evening.

Russian Christmas takes place on January 7th, but is a more subdued celebration and is mostly a time to spend more intimately with family and friends. This day closes out the holiday season.

Thank you, Olga, for sharing the holiday traditions that are so meaningful to you and your family!

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Growing With A Changing Auto Industry

Stratosphere Quality’s Chairman, Steve Cage, and CEO, Tom Gray, discuss their ability to grow in a competitive environment with an ever-changing automotive industry. They were recently featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Inspection firm grows with changing auto industry

Steve Cage took the risky step of starting a quality-control business focused on the automotive industry near the peak of the Great Recession.

It was February 2009, and a similar company he sold to a venture capital firm in 2004, Product Action International, had suddenly ceased operations.

“They crashed it in five years, which is hard to believe,” Cage said. “It’s like riding a bike.”

Cage, 64, didn’t want his former employees to be out of work, so almost immediately he launched Stratosphere Quality, which inspects products and plant processes, ensures quality, and helps manufacturers eliminate defects.

He housed the company in a facility at 12024 Exit Five Parkway in Fishers that had been intended for his muscle car collection.

The first year, the company managed $8 million in revenue as Cage was able to snag former customers. The next year, revenue zoomed to $21 million.

Read the full article written by Lindsey Erdody at the Indiana Business Journal

Tips for Workplace Safety Shared Throughout June

Stratosphere Quality is committed to safety as a top priority both onsite and offsite at our client locations.  To us, every month is safety month, however, the month of June is recognized specifically in the United States for workplace safety.  Over the course of the month, Stratosphere Quality shared ongoing workplace safety tips on our social media.  If you didn’t see them, or are not following us (we would love for you to follow us on facebook ) we compiled some of the best tips shared, and some great websites that provide up-to-date safety tips, training and tools.

Workplace Safety Tip: ‪Ensure a clear and easy route to emergency exits and equipment.‎

Workplace Safety Tip: When in doubt, contact your supervisor or manager for instruction, guidance, or training!

Workplace Safety Tip: Be alert to hazards that could affect anyone— not just yourself. Maintain a team mentality at all times!

For more safety tips and tools, head over to: complianceandsafety.com or check out 4 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety. Finally, check out the National Safety Council

Stratosphere Quality to Partner with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as Associate Sponsor

Hinchcliffe-poster-webSchmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that Stratosphere Quality will be an associate sponsor on the No. 5 car, driven by pole sitter James Hinchcliffe, for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Stratosphere Quality is the largest global provider of quality assurance and outsourcing solutions to manufacturers of parts and components in the automotive, medical device and large equipment industry. Stratosphere’s broad geographic footprint in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China allows the company to mobilize complete teams immediately.

“As a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis 500, I am excited and honored to be a partner with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and James Hinchcliffe for the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” said Steve Cage, Chairman of Stratosphere Quality. “Having attended the last 53 Indianapolis 500 races, this year will be even more special given Stratosphere Quality’s alignment with this winning team.”

Tom Gray, Chief Executive Officer of Stratosphere Quality, said, “As the leading provider of quality assurance solutions, Stratosphere Quality is proud to be sponsoring the pole sitter, Hinch and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. We share a laser-sharp focus on people and performance to achieve high-quality outcomes. There is no doubt that the number 5 car and all those who have worked tirelessly to prepare for Sunday will have an outstanding race. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”

SPM team co-owner Sam Schmidt added, “I met Steve Cage less than two weeks ago and felt there was an instant connection. Not only do we share a passion for muscle cars and the Indy 500, but his company is a perfect fit for our SPM partner platform. I know we will increase business and have fun in the process. What could be better?”

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will take place on Sunday, May 29. Fans can get more information about the Greatest Spectacle in Racing at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com or catch all the action live on ABC starting at 11 a.m. ET.

About Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) was established in 2001 and is owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson. Schmidt was paralyzed (quad) in 2000 after an accident during testing at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla. SPM fields cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, and the Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires. SPM is the most successful team in Indy Lights Series history with sixty-five race wins and seven championships. In addition, SPM won the coveted Indianapolis 500 pole position in 2011 for the 100th anniversary and 2016 for the 100th running, and has won five Verizon IndyCar Series races between 2013 and 2015.

Stratosphere Quality Named To Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies List for Third Consecutive Year

Fishers, IN, August 13, 2015 – Stratosphere Quality CEO Tom Gray announced today Stratosphere Quality has been named to the 2015 Inc. 5000 list for the third consecutive year. The Inc. 5000 list is a reputable annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

“I want to thank all of our valued clients, our incredible and dedicated team, and all of our partners. This ranking is an indicator of the people we have surrounded ourselves with and the passion we share to provide solutions our clients and team believe in and trust. Our innovative approach allows us to provide the highest quality services to over 2,500 manufacturers across the globe,” Gray said. “We continue to grow and lead our industry in new advancements, geographic reach, response times, and operational excellence.”

As the leading provider of quality assurance and quality control solutions to manufacturers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China, Stratosphere Quality grew revenue 134% between 2011 and 2014, and has added over 729 jobs during that three-year period. This outstanding performance earned Stratosphere Quality their third year rankings—and continues to compound through precise management and focus on expansion.

About Stratosphere Quality

Stratosphere Quality, founded in 2009,  is the largest global provider of quality assurance and outsourcing solutions, including sorting and inspection services, to manufacturers of parts and components in the automotive, medical device, electronics, military, home appliance and recreational vehicle industries.  Stratosphere Quality helps suppliers and OEMs identify the root cause of quality problems, minimize defects, improve quality, increase efficiency and reduce costs associated with quality issues. Headquartered just northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana, Stratosphere Quality has a geographic reach of 20 US states, Canada, Mexico and China.

 About Inc. 5000

Inc. is the only major business magazine, dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 — including how the companies were chosen, company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria — can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2015.