U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited SSOE on October 5th to present the firm with an Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to Brown, “When it comes to exports, most people think about the manufacturing of goods—which is critical to Ohio’s economic health. But we can’t afford to overlook the export of services, which is exactly SSOE specializes in—and why they’ve been recognized as a model for exporters.”
Of the certificate, Tony Damon, CEO and President of SSOE said, “This is really an honor for us to receive this award. As international opportunities continue to increase exporting has become a large part of our growth strategy. Currently 8% of our total revenue comes from international business; we are working toward increasing that number to 25% by 2015.”
SSOE is planning several new international locations in the next year in China, India and Canada.
The Export Achievement Certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce was created to recognize small and medium sized enterprises and organizations that have successfully entered the international marketplace.
Check out where SSOE has most recently appeared in the news including: Food Engineering; Engineering, Inc.; Long Term Living; Facility Care; and Food Manufacturing.
SSOE was recently recognized for its success in the global marketplace by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel at a luncheon held in Columbus. SSOE was named the “Large Exporter of the Year.” In total, 20 Ohio companies were presented with the Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award (“E”Award). This is SSOE’s third time being an “E” award recipient; we also received this honor in 2002 as well as 2006. The Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award annually recognizes Ohio companies that have increased sales and Ohio-based employment as a result of export activity, or have implemented a strategy to expand international sales.
Please see the full announcement from the Ohio Department of Development at www.development.ohio.gov/newsroom/2010PR/September/10.htm
SSOE is proud to welcome William “Bill” Case as Director of Computer & Information Systems (C&IS). He will succeed SSOE’s current Director of C&IS, Ken Hanson, who is scheduled to retire at the official start of SSOE’s performance year, October 1, 2010.
Case has over 12 years of experience as an IT Leader, 10 of those in the A/E/C industry. He comes to SSOE from Peter Basso Associates, Inc., a Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) engineering firm located in Troy, Michigan. There he served as a Principal and Director of Technical Support Services. Prior to Peter Basso Associates, Case worked as Director of Information Technology for DeMattia Group, a design-build firm located in Plymouth, Michigan.
Tony Damon, President and CEO of SSOE states “SSOE is very excited to have found an outstanding leader in the IT/IS field to succeed Ken Hanson. Ken and I are both very enthusiastic about Bill’s commitment to help build the Information Technology and Information Systems infrastructure that will support SSOE’s domestic and international growth in the coming years.”
SSOE Group announced recently that two employees have earned accreditations and nine employees earned certifications during the third quarter of the 2010 planning year. Attainment of professional licenses and certifications are strongly encouraged. SSOE covers the expense of preparation classes and exam fees as well as providing paid time off from work to take the exam. Also, as an added incentive, once a staff member has passed an exam, they are also eligible for a recognition bonus.
Longeau, RA, LEED AP, of SSOE Group was recently recognized as the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) Junior Officer of the Year (JOY). He received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at NAVELSG’s annual Commanders Conference held in Williamsburg. He served with distinction while concurrently filling two roles in the past year, both as the executive officer and maintenance officer of Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 14 (NCHB). Longeau was commissioned into the naval service through the Direct Commission Officer Program in 2003, as a Civil Engineering Corps (CEC) Officer. Remarkably, he is the first CEC Officer since the awards inception to receive the NAVELSG JOY in this predominantly Supply Corps Officer Organization.
“LT. Longeau’s record stood out from the pack of a very qualified and extremely competitive group of junior officers nominated for this award. He represents the finest of the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group and the Navy Reserve,” said Rear Adm. Patricia E. Wolfe, COMNAVELSG.
According to Wolfe, in spite of enormous odds, Longeau’s dedication to both the mission and his shipmates was instrumental in enabling NCHB-14 to successfully complete its Unit Level Training and Readiness Assessment (ULTRA), and to receiving an official certification as “Ready for Mobilization” (RFM).