Dakota's Quality Manager, Reid Spearman, was named Rookie of the Year at the annual awards presentation of the Maryland Performance Excellence Foundation, Inc. Mr. Spearman, applied to be a quality Examiner for the Maryland Performance Excellence Award (MPEA) program. MPEA is managed by the Maryland Performance Excellence Foundation, Inc. and is the state's Baldrige-based education and recognition program.
To earn this distinction, an Examiner must have had no previous experience with the Baldrige quality framework and must have made a significant contribution to his or her team. When asked for his reaction, he said, "I was privileged to be part of a great team. This recognition is more for them than for me. They helped me so much in my first year as an Examiner."