AIKEN, S.C. (June 14, 2018) – At a recent awards banquet, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) President and Project Manager Tom Foster was awarded Executive of the Year, and SRR Field Safety and Health Manager Jim Wilson was awarded Leader of the Year, by the National Management Association (NMA) chapter Savannah River Site Leadership Association (SRSLA) for their exemplary leadership in the liquid waste operations at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The SRR leaders were surprised as the awards were unvield at the annual SRSLA banquet on June 12, 2018.
Foster said he was surprised and thankful for being recognized in the role he proudly fills at SRR. In his nomination, Foster was recognized for his 35-year reputation of managing high-hazard nuclear facility operations and its personnel in ways that have set him apart from the rest.
“I am equally humbled and honored to even be considered, much less to receive the Executive of the Year Award,” Foster said. “Leading people is a responsibility that I take seriously, largely based on my own experience with leaders who have greatly impacted my life, and I recognize my position demands a great deal of care for people. I gladly assume this position for the SRR team.”
Foster started his career at SRS and has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in various facilities. His career led him across the nation as former Director of Waste Retrievals at the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington, and to the United Kingdom where he was the Director of Waste Effluent Disposition at the Sellafield Site.
Wilson said he is equally as honored to be awarded Leader of the Year. Wilson’s nomination highlighted his continual improvement initiatives for implementing new technology to make work safer for employees, and his genuine humble nature toward caring for the people he leads.
“Being in leadership within the safety organization at SRR requires me to value people and their safety above all work,” Wilson said. “I prefer to spend time in the field with the workers understanding their needs so I can make decisions that better serve them.”
Prior to SRR, Wilson retired after a 29-year illustrious career in the U.S. Navy involving the supervision, operation, and maintenance of Navy nuclear propulsion plants and radiological controls facilities. He was the Plant Manager of two Navy nuclear facilities, receiving honor’s such as the Fleet Commander’s Award for Excellence in human resource programs while under command as Captain of the US Holland. For the last 26 years, Wilson has served in various management positions at SRS.
SRSLA is a professional organization dedicated to developing leadership skills through education, mentoring, and practice. SRSLA is a charter member of the National Management Association (NMA), a professional, nonprofit leadership development association with 35,000 members nationwide.
Like its parent organization, SRSLA is dedicated to improving the performance of people and organizations through effective leadership education. SRSLA encourages all interested persons to join in efforts to create an effective workforce empowered by an enlightened leadership.
SRR is the liquid waste contractor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.