Sound Bites from the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA)                                                                                           Fall 2008





Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Villas
Indian Wells, California



Indian Wells Golf Resort

Celebrity Course Hole 10



Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Villas
Villa Pond



Indian Wells Golf Resort

Celebrity Course Hole 18














The Customer of the Year Award



Richard Hall Award for Leadership Excellence



Supplier Award



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November 11-12, 2008
SEA Awards Dinner, Golf Tournament, Reception and Supplier CEO Conference
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Villas
Indian Wells, CA


November 11 Morning - Golf Tournament

Enjoy world-class golf with industry executives at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, home of the Annual LG Skins Game.

November 11 Evening - Supplier Reception

Special acknowledgement for SEA Award Semi-Finalists and a great opportunity to meet and network with SEA Board members and other supplier company executives.


November 12 Morning - The SEA Supplier CEO Conference

Semi-Finalists acknowledgement, celebrating their accomplishments, and featuring a “Straight-Talk” panel discussion with leading suppliers and an “Assessing Your Leadership System Capabilities” session with SEA’s Leadership and Culture Industry Practice Leader.


November 12 Evening – Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Awards Gala

This prestigious industry event will recognize outstanding supplier performance and leadership contributions. Awards will include:

·       SEA Leadership & Culture Award

·       SEA Workforce Development Award

·       SEA Operational Excellence Award

·       SEA Performance Award: Most Improved

·       SEA Supply Chain Innovation Award

·       SEA Customer of the Year Award

·       SEA Richard Hall Award for Leadership Excellence

Register online for these events at


Out of 300 Nominations, the Panel of Judges forwarded 118 Applications to the semi-finalist stage.  The Judges are retired aerospace and defense industry executives representing the SCORE organization that is co-sponsored by the Small Business Administration.


December 8 – 12, 2008
SEA Leader Workshop

Guide your company on the journey to continuous improvement using the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System – the continuous improvement system designed by and for the aerospace and defense industry.


In this in-depth, 5-day workshop, you’ll gain a full understanding of the SEA Lean Enterprise System (LES), the SEA Roadmap, and how to prepare your company for the SEA Certification.  Register online at:





SEA announces its new Supplier Registry – available at

SEA Suppliers are distinguishing themselves by accelerating their improvement effort. When they first begin as “Members” they are educating themselves in order to choose the best path to SEA Roadmap implementation. Those who have chosen a path begin to invest, and successfully submitting their quarterly report for review by a SEA examiner qualifies them for the “Engaged” status. Those suppliers who continue their efforts achieve SEA Certification Stages 1-3. SEA Certified Suppliers are setting the bar for the Aerospace & Defense Industry.



Semi-Finalists Announced for Aerospace and Defense Industry’s 2008 Annual Supply Chain Awards

The Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) has announced semi-finalists for the prestigious 2008 Aerospace & Defense Industry Supply Chain Awards. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on November 12, 2008 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas & Spa in Indian Wells, California.


Semi-Finalists are among the few and the rare breed of suppliers who have distinguished themselves by making an uncommon investment in improvement. In many cases the difference between the announced winners, finalists, and semi-finalists is very small. There are 118 semi-finalists that represent the judge’s choices from over 300 nominations.


To download the list of Semi-Finalists, go to


What’s New on the SEA Website?

Miss some important news?  Here are the most recent additions to the SEA Website:


Check out our new EVENTS tab where you can access the following information:

CEO Conferences*  - for everyone - Suppliers share their success stories and collaborate on integrated supply chain projects

Supplier Briefings - for Members Only - Non-SEA suppliers visit benchmark sites and determine how best to participate in SEA

Process Owner Forums** - for Members Only - Process Owners study best practices and compare notes on implementation of the SEA LES

Webcasts - for Members Only  - Members learn how to prepare a quarterly report, how to implement the roadmap, and how to prepare for SEA certification.

Benchmark Site Visits - for Members Only  - Members visit benchmark supplier sites and share information

Certification Workshops* - for everyone  - Members and Qualified Associates learn to implement the SEA Lean Enterprise System

*fees apply

** subscription required


Other Important Links

Information about our November Event:

SEA 2009 calendar is now available:

A detailed introduction to the SEA Roadmap:

Information about the SEA Certification is available at:
SEA Sponsorship Opportunities are described at:
 A bio on all officers and directors is located here:
The most up to date listing of members and alliance partners is here:
The quarterly report format has been updated:



– ABOUT SEA –     


Did you know…? 

SEA is the non-profit alliance of leading aerospace and defense primes and tier-one contractors and leading sub-tier suppliers dedicated to transforming the U.S. supply chain.  SEA helps suppliers improve performance, expand capabilities, and collaborate to produce breakthrough, integrated supply chain solutions. 


SEA member companies represented on its board of directors include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, EADS North America, Esterline Corporation, United Technologies, Inc, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Cessna Aircraft Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Hitco Carbon Composites, Dresser- Rand, Roberts Tool Company, Cristek Interconnects, Photo Etch Company, and DRS Technologies.

SEA partners and alliances include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), California Space Authority.


Contact Information

For further information and answers to your questions about SEA, please contact:


Headquarters: 2062 Business Center Drive, Suite 225, Irvine, CA 92612

SEA Website:

Main telephone: (949) 476-1144 Ext 339

Executive Director: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 307

Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 316

Director, Small Business: David Blanco Ext 334

Director, Outreach: Kimberly Hawkins Ext 332

Director, Outreach: Curtis Harbin Ext 304