Ball Aerospace Honors 22 Employees With Excellence Awards

February 28, 2017

BOULDER, Colo., February 28, 2016 – Ball Aerospace has recognized 22 employees for outstanding contributions to the business and its customers in the areas of administration and leadership, engineering, program management, technical and strategic support, sustainability, business and customer support. The Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who are selected by their peers.


“This year’s Excellence Awards winners represent the very best of the Ball Aerospace family, and I congratulate and thank each of them for their outstanding contributions and hard work,” said Rob Strain, president of Ball Aerospace. “Our continued success is made possible by our talented teams, our technologies and innovations, and our dedication to our customers.”  


This year’s award winners comprise the following recipients.


  • Administrative Awards for excellence in maintaining daily operations:

    Doug Denslow and Merri Owens


  • Engineering Awards for excellence in engineering:

Anna Clark, Jennifer Deppen, David Ellis, Josh Funderburg, Chris McLean, Mike McNally, Nason Newberg, Dan Soo, Kevin St. Claire, Manoja Weiss


  • Management Award for exemplary leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills:

    Tami Oswald


  • R. David Hoover Sustainability Award for an employee who embodies safety, business excellence, quality, continuous improvement and conservation:

    Scott Werkmeister


  • Strategic Services Excellence Awards for work in non-engineering or technical role:

    Dale Friedholm and Hilary Payne


  • Technical Support Awards for excellence in turning ideas into products and meeting our commitments to our customers:

    Russ Nagata, Aislinn Struble, Tony Velasquez, Dean Vinke


  • Follett Award for continuous outstanding contributions in an engineering technical field. This award is named for Bill Follett, a remarkably gifted engineer from the early days of Ball Brothers Research Corporation who always demonstrated a common sense approach to programs.

    Rob Baltrum


  • Gabe Award for outstanding professional efforts to enhance competitiveness while producing an exemplary body of work and personifying the best of Ball. This award is named R.H. “Gabe” Gablehouse, president of Ball Aerospace from 1974-78 and 1980-85.

    Jake Sauer


Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.  We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.


Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,450 people worldwide and 2016 net sales were $9.1 billion. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.



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