Today, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce named Stellar Solutions a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for performance excellence and sustainability. Stellar Solutions is a woman-owned small business in the aerospace engineering services field with a vision of satisfying customer critical needs while realizing dream jobs. Founded in 1995 by Celeste Ford, Stellar Solutions has been providing innovative solutions and high impact for its customers (government and commercial, national and international) for over 20 years. Receiving the Baldrige Award is an incredible honor that recognizes Stellar’s sustainability through visionary leadership, organizational alignment, and systemic improvement and innovation.
“We at Stellar Solutions are honored and humbled by the National Baldrige Award recognition. It is especially important for me as the Founder to have created an exciting business that is “built to last”, and to have the efforts of our Stellar team recognized,” said CEO and Founder of Stellar, Celeste Ford. “We work hard each and every day to have high impact and to live our vision of ‘satisfying our customers’ critical needs while realizing our dream jobs’, and the Baldrige framework has been an important element in making our business successful and sustainable.”
The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program is managed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). An independent board of examiners evaluated 24 applications this year on their processes around leadership, strategy, customers, measurement & analysis, workforce, and operations, as well as their results related to each of these categories. Stellar is one among five award recipients who will be presented the award in April 2018 during the Quest for Excellence Conference (the Baldrige community’s national meeting) in Baltimore, MD. Only 110 organizations have received the award (out of over 1,600 applicants) since 1987 when the Baldrige program began.