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Searph Operational Excellence Awards 2023

Welcome to the 2023 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards.


We are here to promote. Engage. And celebrate the world of North American automotive manufacturing suppliers. The last three years have been a challenge for our industry — but exceptional suppliers have proven the importance of future-driven innovation, partnership, and quality.

As a trusted consulting firm that specializes in sustainable operations improvements, Seraph solves supply chain challenges and works with suppliers trying to achieve their best. We are passionate about operations and we witness the value of North American automotive suppliers every day.

The Seraph Operational Excellence Awards welcome applications from premier automotive suppliers across North America that lead in operations, quality, logistics, and human resources.

2023 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards Categories.

Awards will be presented across five categories in the world of automotive manufacturing. These categories include:

Is the daily operation managed so that tasks are resolved and customer communication is effective?
Is there a quality system established to support long-term production and consistent root cause analysis?
Human Resources
Does the organization foster a safe, best-in-class work environment that leads to strong recruitment efforts and low employee turnover?
Are all responsible parties aligned to ensure that raw material requirements are met without disruptions?
Overall Best Supplier
The Overall Best Supplier Award will be presented to the organization that scores highest across the above categories.
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Our judges.

Winning a Seraph Operational Excellence Award is more than a prestigious achievement — every Award signifies recognition from automotive experts at the top of their fields.

Industry Experts

Over 150 years’ combined experience

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John Dunn

President — Fleet Vehicles and Services, The Shyft Group

Michael Fahy

CEO, DB Schenker - Americas

Chris Grabmiller

CEO, StaffBright

Jim Barbaretta

General Manager, Brose Tuscaloosa

Gloria Blanchard

HR Manager, Brose

Kerry Curvey

HR Vice President, Purem

Seraph Experts

Over 100 years’ combined experience

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Thomas Kowal

President — North America

Richard Payne

Managing Director

Wade Phillips

President — Europe

Jay Butler

Managing Director

Great judges. Good cause.

In recognition of the time, energy, and commitment of our judges, we will be donating $5,000 in the name of each judge to a charity of their choice.

Why enter for an Operational Excellence Award?

Entering your organization for a Seraph Operational Excellence Award can lead to far-reaching industry recognition, future partnership opportunities, and a new perspective on operational excellence.

Who is Seraph? We are an operations and strategy consulting firm that works directly with OEM purchasing and supplier management teams. We live and breathe automotive manufacturing and have dedicated our careers to making awesome things.

If you are a supplier pushing the automotive industry forward, reliably making great parts, we think you’re pretty cool and would love for you to apply

Industry Recognition
Opportunity to be recognized as a top supplier, winners will be promoted extensively through social media, the press, industry organizations and targeted advertising
Thorough Assessment
Seraph will conduct a two-day on-site assessment for the top eight finalists, valued at over $10,000
Expert Evaluation
Be evaluated by a judging panel of industry experts with prominent leadership positions
Round One
Evaluation of Online Submissions

Applicants will pre-register on the Seraph Operational Excellence Awards website. Applicants will receive a welcome email with a link to the online application questionnaire. The answers provided on this questionnaire will be scored, and the eight participants who score the highest will be our finalists.

January 23 – March 17
Round Two
Onsite Assessment

The eight organizations that received the highest scores from Round One will receive a no-cost on-site assessment performed by members of the Seraph team. This two day on-site assessment will measure criteria like customer satisfaction, environment safety, inventory WIP level, equipment tooling state maintenance, and more.

Late March — Mid May
Round Three
Judging Panel Review

Our panel of judges will review findings from the plant assessment to select the top five category winners.

Late May
Awards Banquet
June 15, 2023
2937 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

An Evening of Celebration.

We’re excited to host the 2023 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards at Chroma, in the heart of Detroit, Michigan on June 15th. Join us for a night of celebration including an award ceremony, mingling with industry peers, dinner, and cheers.

The banquet will bring industry experts together to share best practices in an evening of celebration. Whether you are an OEM or supplier, or simply work in the automotive industry, all are welcome.

Reserve your ticket

Apply for an Award Today.

Does your organization drive the future of operational excellence?

Submit the form below to apply by March 17, 2023.


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