AIKEN, S.C. (November 15, 2021) — Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS), has named Anthony “Tony” Brightharp as the 2021 SRR Boss of the Year.
The Boss of the Year award is an annual employee-nominated process to honor SRR supervisors and managers who have supported community involvement, career enhancement of employees, and fair and impartial treatment of all personnel, as well as demonstrated outstanding personal and professional accomplishments.
As the SRR Procedures Manager, Brightharp is responsible for ensuring that all SRR procedures are developed and maintained in accordance with SRR’s governing documents, as well as provide guidance and information to the procedure organization, such as safety, company policies, facility needs, and employee opportunities.
On his approach to leadership, Brightharp provides employees with the tools and mentorship they need to succeed, while also giving them the opportunity to grow by challenging them with tasks outside of their comfort zones.
“I make sure that I stay involved enough where individuals don’t feel like they are on an island alone, but I also don’t feel that I am micromanaging their work,” Brightharp said. “I also strive to ensure that my team members know that I am not only concerned about their contributions to the job, but I deeply care for each individual and their well-being.”
SRR President and Project Manager Phil Breidenbach said that Brightharp uses SRR’s core values of Safety, Integrity, Ownership, Teamwork, and Continuous Improvement to guide his team and organizational improvements.
“Our values and expectations are the key to our success. They describe how we do work and who we want to be,” Breidenbach said. “Tony is a living example of our values for all to see. As a leader, he provides an example for us all to emulate.”
According to his team members who nominated him for the honor, “Anthony exhibits benchmarking leadership and impeccable integrity for the SRR procedure organization while staunchly promoting safety, quality, productivity, and team cohesiveness.”
Outside of work, Brightharp is an activist for the youth in his church and community. He mentors youth academically and supports school donation drives to help less-fortunate kids in his community.
“He is also a passionate supporter of the aging communities, ensuring they are taken care of, sometimes with simple tasks as repairing a door or window,” according to his nomination.
There were nine other finalists for 2021 SRR Boss of the Year:
Jeff Becker, Training Lead
Jack Bradley, Training Lead
Derek Colligan, Principal Health & Safety Specialist
Keith Harp, SWPF Integration Manager
David Kerlin, Tank Farm Shift Operations Manager
Eric McCormick, Saltstone Maintenance First Line Manager
Paul Shedd, Contractor Assurance Manager
Morgan Stringfield, Effluent Treatment Facility Shift Operations Manager
Aaron Weeks, Construction Engineering Manager
SRR is a team of companies led by Amentum with partners Bechtel National, Jacobs, and BWX Technologies, Inc. Critical subcontractors for the contract are Orano, Atkins, and Amentum N&E Technical Services.
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