LARGO, Florida (December, 2011) – The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) executive team was again recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal (TBBJ) as one of the area’s top management teams. TBBJ announced the winners of the 2011 Ultimate Management Team awards yesterday during a luncheon held at T. Pepin’s Hospitality Center in Tampa. NFSTC’s executive team, which includes Kevin Lothridge, CEO, David Epstein, COO, and David Sylvester, Chief Projects Officer, took the third spot out of 20 finalists. The current management team has worked together since 2003 and has led the organization to new levels of success over the past several years.
The team was honored for organizational growth, effectively adapting to a changing forensic science marketplace, putting the needs of employees front and center, and, most importantly, being accessible and listening to the great ideas that come from the unique and talented staff at NFSTC. Highlights from NFSTC’s award entry include:
- Attracting and maintaining a talented, satisfied workforce as evidenced by the 92% employee retention rate
- Creation of 10 new full-time positions and numerous contract positions in the Tampa Bay area
- Use of innovative and strategic business practices to ensure continued financial stability in a contracting market
- Portfolio diversification and risk mitigation to ensure sustainable growth in tough economic times
In addition, NFSTC used the expertise and creativity of staff to execute multiple projects exhibiting innovative problem-solving techniques. As a public safety service to assist publicly funded crime laboratories around the country, NFSTC spearheaded the creation of a comprehensive model for addressing forensic laboratory issues and ensuring optimal services to communities. The Michigan Public Safety Project served as the main resource for this model. NFSTC also created a number of useful tools to increase the understanding of forensic science among officers of the court, law enforcement, entry-level forensic practitioners and the general public. These projects include Forensic DNA Education for Law Enforcement Decision Makers, a CSI Effect Theory website, and innovative forensic science training delivery.
Read more about the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Ultimate Management Team 2011 event at: http://www2.bizjournals.com/tampabay/events/2011/ultimate_management_teams/