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Finalists Announced – 2015 SWAE Leadership Award

Posted By Laura Bassett, Arizona Small Business Association, Monday, December 22, 2014

Finalists Announced – 2015 SWAE Leadership Award

PHOENIX, AZ (December 18, 2014) - The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) is proud to announce the 3 finalists for the 2015 Leadership Award: David Dexter of Sonora Quest Laboratories, Bill Hoddy of Intel Corporation and Jacob Snow of the City of Henderson, NV.

The finalists were selected by a committee of individuals with a high level of experience in organizational excellence, and understanding of the SWAE core values. The SWAE Leadership Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence and has furthered performance improvement beyond the boundaries of their organization. This is the inaugural year of the award and will be given out annually.

David Dexter joined Sonora Quest Laboratories / Laboratory Sciences of Arizona in 1999 as President & CEO and quickly helped lead the organization through a business turnaround by re-establishing and embedding a commitment to Quality throughout SQL/LSA. David’s help and leadership in introducing a companywide Quality Management System allowed SQL/LSA to grow into one of the largest integrated laboratory networks in the nation. David has also expanded his breadth of leadership by being highly involved in multiple health related boards, councils, societies and initiatives throughout the state of Arizona.

Bill Hoddy, a 26 year veteran of Intel Corporation, is a Business Process Quality Engineer and a Lean Bronze Sensei who has a long term passion for Continuous Quality Improvement. For over a decade, Bill has enhanced Arizona communities by sharing his knowledge of quality improvement through volunteerism with numerous organizations including local non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies. Through the Intel Mentoring and Planning Services (MAPS) initiative Bill has also helped coach many organizations in improving their business processes to more efficiently meet the needs of their clients, learners and tax payers.

Jacob Snow is a native to Southern Nevada who strongly believes in giving back in order to make his community a better place and has spent his entire career serving in various positions throughout Clark County Nevada. He has served as the City of Henderson City Manager since 2012. Jacob acted with integrity and transparency by reaching out to the community for assistance in addressing the City’s budget and cost containment efforts.  As City Manager, Jacob demonstrated his dedication for continuous improvement by establishing the Henderson Quality Initiative (HQI), a quality approach which is modeled after a national quality model; which has now been successfully implemented for two years running and is continuing to mature and improve the quality of life in the City of Henderson.

The recipient of the inaugural SWAE Leadership Award will be announced at the annual SWAE Performance Excellence Program Award Banquet on January, 27, 2015 at the Chaparral Suites Resorts in Scottsdale, AZ.  For more information visit www.swae.org.  
Established in 1990, The Southwest Alliance for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah by using the Baldrige Criteria.
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2014 Performance Excellence Program Award Recipients

Posted By Karen Shepard, The Southwest Alliance for Excellence /Arizona Quality Alliance, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 8, 2014

Contact: Karen Shepard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Six Organizations Honored with Performance Excellence Awards

PHOENIX, AZ (December 8, 2014) – The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE), announced today the six recipients of the 2014 Performance Excellence Program.  

The annual Performance Excellence Program recognizes organizations for excellence in quality, performance, and outcomes.  The program, modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige Award criteria, provides not only an opportunity for recognition, but also valuable feedback on where an organization is positioned on the quality continuum.  

In addition to formal recognition, the SWAE’s multi-tiered process assists organizations in Arizona, Nevada and Utah along their path to achieving performance excellence, which means being role models in customer and employee satisfaction, sound management, innovation and results.

Awards will be presented at a banquet to be held from 11:30am-1:30pm on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The keynote speaker at the Banquet will be Carolyn Campos, MSN RNC of Sutter Davis Hospital in California, a 2013 Baldrige National Award Recipient.

The Pioneer Award for Excellence will also be presented at a City Council meeting with the Mayor of Henderson, NV at a date yet to be determined. Additional information about the Awards is available at www.swae.org or by calling 480-874-5815. 

Recipients for the 2014 Performance Excellence Program are:

Pioneer Award for Excellence   (Organization Level)

  • City of Henderson, Nevada

Showcase in Excellence Awards   (Process Level)

  • Arizona State Retirement System – “Online Member Statements”
  • Arizona State Retirement System – “Online Refund Process”
  • Deer Valley Unified School District, AZ – “Campus Improvement Plan”
  • University of Phoenix – “Prior Learning Assessment Professional Training Portfolio”
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center, AZ – Reducing Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers: One Patient at a Time”

“SWAE is proud to continue empowering organizations to pursue performance excellence,

improve outcomes and contribute to the economic strength of their community and state.

This evaluation process and feedback is one of the best methodologies available to develop a higher level of organizational performance, said Karen Shepard, Executive Director of the Southwest Alliance for Excellence.”

The Pioneer Award for Excellence honors organizations in the early stages of carrying out operations with repeatable processes, evaluation, and improvement and there is early coordination among organizational units. Strategy and quantitative goals are being defined. Some results demonstrate good performance levels and use of comparative and trend data is in the early stages.

The Showcase in Excellence Award recognizes teams for one specific process that is innovative or a cutting-edge approach. It may be used as a role model in comparison to competitors or result in exceptional performance. It could also be a routine process performed in an extraordinary manner.

The 2014 Board of Examiners, made up of more than 45 experts in business, education healthcare and government spent more than 4500 hours assessing this year’s applicants in seven areas: leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, operations focus, and results. The SWAE Panel of Judges is responsible for validating the integrity of the award process and determining recognition levels for each of the applicants. The Panel is comprised of experts selected from all industry sectors with experience at both the state and national levels.

Applications for the 2015 program will be available in February 2015.

Established in 1990, The Southwest Alliance for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout

Arizona, Nevada and Utah by using the Baldrige Criteria.

 

 

 

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SWAE 2015 Leadership Award- Open for Nominations

Posted By Karen Shepard, The Southwest Alliance for Excellence /Arizona Quality Alliance, Thursday, November 13, 2014

SOUTHWEST ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCES ITS INAUGURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD AND OPENS NOMINATIONS

 

PHOENIX, AZ (October 3, 2014) – The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE)

 announced its inaugural Leadership Award and they are now accepting nominations for the 2015 SWAE Leadership Award.

 

The Southwest Alliance for Excellence Leadership Award is an annual award recognizing an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of performance excellence and has furthered performance improvement beyond the boundaries of their organization.

Nomination Process – Candidates may be nominated by anyone; no self-nominations permitted. 

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees will:

·         Represent any industry and any type or size organization in Arizona, Nevada or Utah, or a division of a corporation operating in said states, residing in that state for 5 or more years

·         Demonstrate leadership behaviors and results consistent with the SWAE Core Values, community involvement, corporate citizenship and economic development

·         Be willing to share their leadership practices as they relate to the SWAE Core Values and Leadership Behaviors and

·         Be able to attend and receive the award during the annual SWAE Performance Excellence Program Award Banquet

A nomination submission includes a cover page, a nominee’s biography or curriculum vitae and a nomination essay of 1,000 words or less. Additional information about the Award, including a nomination form is available at www.swae.org or by calling (480)874-5815.

Key Dates for the 2015 Award Cycle

·         2015 Award Nominations Submitted by November 23, 2014

·         2015 top Nominees Announced December 2014

The Award will be presented at the Annual Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) Performance Excellence Program Awards Banquet on January 27, 2015 at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. All nominees are requested to attend the Banquet.

 

The Southwest Alliance for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances

improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout

Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

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