Karla Trotman, our executive vice president here at Electro Soft, Inc., was honored by Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business during its annual Alumni Society Board Awards Program on March 24.
Karla Trotman is pictured here with Jamie Campbell, Assistant Dean of Diversity Enhancement Programs at the Smeal College of Business.
Karla, who holds a master’s degree in business administration from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in business logistics from Penn State, was presented with the Alumni Diversity Award, which “recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated a commitment to the college’s goal of being a diverse and mutually supportive community that provides a climate of sensitivity, open-mindedness, and respect.” She was among four alumni and two students recognized at the 2017 Awards Program and Hammond Society Dinner at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.
Karla got her start at Electro Soft, Inc., back when she’d help her father, company founder Jim Wallace, by cutting wires in the family garage. Since then, she says, “I’ve worked at every building we’ve ever had.”
While she’s always worked at Electro Soft in some capacity, after graduating from Penn State in 1998, she further honed her business acumen by working at other companies, too. At Ikea and The Gap, she held positions such as supply chain specialist and distribution supervisor. “I was able to take that education and use it here as far as purchasing, supply chain, looking at ways to cut costs,” she says. “My passion has always been business.”
Electro Soft was founded in 1986 and is based in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. It’s one of the largest independent contract manufacturers for Circuit Boards and Wire Harnesses in its market area.
Penn State’s Smeal College of Business was founded in 1953. One Alumni Diversity Award is given each year. Nominations for the award are solicited from Smeal faculty, staff, student organizations, and current members of the Smeal Alumni Society.
Our office Christmas tree is up! Last year we started adding electronics components to the tree to celebrate the work that we do. This year we added even more – Bourns potentiometers, Weidmuller parts, hardware, Amp/Tyco lugs, 3M ribbon cable, Alpha wire and more. The goal was to recycle and reuse parts in our stock, putting them to a better use, Christmas!
Congratulations to Trustiny “Johnny” Khoeum, the 2016 winner of Electro Soft’s Annual President’s Quality Award. Each year, the supervisors and top management put forth names of those who exhibited dedication and a commitment to top quality. After deliberation, one employee is recognized and celebrated at a luncheon, which was held this year at Joseph Ambler Inn in North Wales, Pennsylvania. This year’s winner is Trustiny “Johnny” Khoeum. Interestingly enough, Johnny missed this year’s luncheon, but we were happy to recognize him upon his return. This is Johnny’s second time winning the President’s Quality Award, having won it back in 2010.
Next month will mark Johnny’s 9 year anniversary at Electro Soft, Incorporated. We appreciate his dedication and commitment to this company.
This month we celebrated two employees who have been with Electro Soft for 10 years, Sara Yoth and Jodi Winter. Both ladies work in the PCB department – Sara’s specialty is surface mount and Jodi is our QC Supervisor for PCB.
Each received a gold watch with a personalized message engraved on the back, a gift of appreciation for their dedication.
This month, CEO and President, James T. Wallace was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader for 2016. The title sponsor for the event was Wells Fargo and though Mr. Wallace was unable to attend the function, the Philadelphia Business Journal was kind enough to send the award to his office for his enjoyment.
This is the second time Mr. Wallace has been awarded this prestigious honor, having won back in 2010.