Get the Recognition Your Team Deserves

We’re celebrating examples of excellence in automotive manufacturing across North America.

Welcome to the 2024 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards.

The North American automotive manufacturing industry is an engine for regional progress and prosperity. We know that you, the exceptional suppliers, are the ones driving this industry forward.

The last few years have been tough. But you’ve adapted and overcome. And that’s why we want to hear from you.

Our Operational Excellence Awards are your chance to showcase your outstanding achievements in operations, quality, logistics, and human resources. Don’t keep your hard work a secret – share it with the world and get the recognition you deserve.

So what are you waiting for? Apply now and join us in celebrating the best of the best in North American automotive manufacturing. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

Does one of your manufacturing plants raise the bar of operational excellence?

2024 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards Categories.

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

01        Operations

Is the daily operation managed so that tasks are resolved and customer communication is effective?

02        Quality

Is there a quality system established to support long-term production and consistent root cause analysis?

03        Human Resources

Does the organization foster a safe, best-in-class work environment that leads to strong recruitment efforts and low employee turnover?

04        Logistics

Are all responsible parties aligned to ensure that raw material requirements are met without disruptions?

05      Overall Best Supplier

The Overall Best Supplier Award will be presented to the organization that scores highest across the above categories.

Hear from last year’s winners!

“Organizations should apply regardless of winning.

It is a valuable process for any organization to undergo”.

“It validated from a 3rd party that what we were doing was good and measured our facility against other manufacturing plants that were doing things right”.

“It was a positive and motivational experience”.

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

Michael Fahy

CEO, Neovia Logistics

Linda Taliaferro

Vice President of Global Quality for the Chassis Solutions Division, ZF Group

Jim Barbaretta

General Manager, Brose Tuscaloosa

Gloria Blanchard

HR Director, Brose

Chris Grabmiller

CEO, StaffBright

Amin Alidina

Former Global Director of Supplier Technical Assistance, Ford Motor Company

Brad Tolley

Operating Partner, Lake State Partners

Seraph Experts

Over 100 years’ combined experience

Ambrose Conroy


Wade Phillips

President, Europe

Richard Payne

Managing Director

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.

There is no cost to apply.

If you are a supplier that has a plant location that is pushing the automotive industry forward, reliably making great parts, we think you deserve to be celebrated!

Who should apply:

Automotive Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, including automotive aftermarket manufactures with operations in North America that achieve exceptional results are eligible to apply for the Seraph Operational Excellence Awards. Please note that each application is for a single plant, so we encourage you to put forward your best! You can submit an application for each of your top performing manufacturing facilities. Winning plants from previous years may reapply, including other manufacturing facilities within the organization.


What to expect:

Applicants must complete an online supplier questionnaire specific to each plant location that is applying. The questionnaire takes approximately one hour to complete and assesses your facility against your peers in four key categories: operations, quality, human resources, and logistics. There is no need to choose a specific category to apply for. Completing the application automatically considers you for all five awards. All information shared during the process is confidential and each judge has signed an NDA, our privacy policy is available here.

“The Operational Excellence Awards gave us great recognition, industry, and
market presence”.

“Our team was very satisfied with the quality of the assessment content; it brought a lot of value. We have already implemented two of the recommendations”.

“Seraph really tried to understand our business model and our daily operations”.

“The judges brought a high caliber of expertise in evaluating applicants”.

Industry Recognition

Opportunity to be recognized as a top supplier, winners will be promoted through social media, the press, and industry organizations.

Thorough Assessment

Seraph will conduct a 1-day on-site assessment for the top eight finalists, valued at over $10,000. All finalists will receive an onsite assessment report. Timing and audit duration will be accommodated based on each applicant’s availability.

Expert Evaluation

Be evaluated by a judging panel of industry experts with prominent leadership positions.

The Awards Process.

2024 Applications Closed

Round One     

Online Supplier Questionnaire

All applicants must apply for an award by providing basic company information through the form at the bottom of this page. Upon application, applicants will receive an email containing their unique link to our online questionnaire platform. The supplier questionnaire will cover questions across four key areas; operations, quality, human resources and logistics. Once you receive the link to our online supplier questionnaire, you can forward it to collaborators who can fill in specific sections. The responses to the supplier questionnaire will undergo scoring, and the top eight applicants will proceed to Round Two. At the completion of awards program, each applicant will receive a benchmarking summary report which will outline where their organization scored against your peers.
Online Supplier Questionnnaire must be completed by March 15.

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. Timing and audit duration will be accommodated based on applicant’s availability. The visit will be executed by seasoned automotive manufacturing consultants that will measure criteria like customer satisfaction, environment safety, inventory WIP level, equipment tooling state maintenance, and more. After completion of the 1-day assessment, your team will receive a thorough findings document that can be shared with your management team.

  End March — April 30


Judging Panel Review

Our esteemed panel of judges will review findings from the plant assessment to select the top five category winners. All winners will be promoted via the press, social media and obtain the right to use the award mark on your website or any place you see fit.

  Early May


Awards Banquet

All winners will receive a complimentary reserved table to invite others from your organization to attend.

  June 6, 2024
     2937 E Grand Blvd
     Detroit, MI 48202

About Seraph

We are a global operations and strategy consulting firm that works directly with OEM purchasing and supplier management teams. We’ve worked with hundreds of Automotive Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, including automotive aftermarket manufactures facilities to bring out the best in their teams and operations. We live and breathe automotive manufacturing and have dedicated our careers to improved stability, profitability and output for our clients.

An Evening of Celebration.

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.

We’re excited to host the 2024 Seraph Operational Excellence Awards at Chroma, in the heart of Detroit, Michigan on June 6th.  Join us for a night of celebration including an award ceremony, mingling with industry peers, dinner, and cheers.

“The networking opportunities led to a business deal in the making”.

“Outstanding, elegant, and classy event”.

“It was an incredible evening focused on celebrating automotive manufacturing”.

We were incredibly happy with the turnout of last year’s first awards ceremony. Our celebration included over 140 guests from over 50 companies represented. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and appetizers followed by an elegant dinner that provided great networking opportunities while celebrating the award winners.

Starting March 18th, 2024, you can reserve your tickets for the upcoming awards ceremony which will take place on June 6th, 2024. 

Seats are limited to only 150 guests!
Don’t miss out – be ready to RSVP and secure your spot!

Mark your calendars!

Our special guests:


Jan Griffiths delivers the keynote at the Operational Excellence Awards, offering a deep dive into the transformational leadership required for the future of the automotive industry.

Armed with the skills she learned in the Welsh farmlands and a degree from the University of Wales, Jan moved to the United States at 23. She quickly made her mark and rose through the corporate ranks, ultimately serving as Chief Procurement Officer for a $3 billion, Tier-1 global automotive supplier. Her success in the position helped her earn a spot on Automotive News’ list of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.

Beyond the corporate achievements, Jan’s fervor for culture change shines brightest. As the CEO and Founder of Gravitas Detroit, host of the Automotive Leaders Podcast, and with 30 years of industry experience, Jan will share insights from her interviews with top automotive executives. Gravitas Detroit, is a testament to her commitment to cultivating the next generation of industry leaders. Known for her dynamic and engaging speaking style making this is a not-miss-event.

master of ceremonies:

Erin Schrieber will serve as our Master of Ceremony for the second consecutive year. Erin proudly serves as the Development Director for City Year Detroit. She is also on the board of the Automotive Women’s Alliance.

Previously, Erin was the Director of Membership Engagement for MEMA Original Equipment, where she helped to organize an Automotive Sustainability Summit, led their EHS&S Council and Operations and Plant Managers Council. She led and contributed to various automotive events focused on suppliers and the industry. 

Apply for an Award Today.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

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