This month marks a momentous milestone in Stratom’s history as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary as a company. We are incredibly proud to be two decades old and look forward to celebrating this important occasion by recognizing our employees and acknowledging their invaluable contributions.
Twenty Years of Problem-Solving Innovation
All the way back in 2001, Stratom launched as a one-on-one consulting firm. Over the past 20 years, the company has evolved into a leader in autonomous systems development, collaborating with global corporations, local businesses and government institutions to solve a broad range of logistics and operations challenges.
On a mission to develop and deploy innovative technologies and solutions that empower our customers to overcome their most challenging real-world problems, we have expanded our areas of expertise and enlarged our product and IP portfolio, leveraging our unique technical prowess to truly make a difference in the world.
Because we haven’t taken any venture capital money, it has been exceedingly gratifying for our small company to win these large Department of Defense contracts and to witness our long-term strategy come to fruition. As a completely self-funded company, we have scratched and clawed to get to where we’re currently at, and I am appreciative of the remarkable growth our team has experienced over the last two decades.
This year alone, the Stratom team has grown by 33% and now has a nationwide presence, with employees spread across five states throughout the country. While our path to this point has seen numerous twists and turns, it has been amazing to be able to provide jobs and opportunities to a driven, committed and extremely intelligent team that is truly dedicated to what they do. I believe we have assembled a great group of people and have cultivated a wonderful work environment in which we try to take care of one another in more ways than just financially.
As a company operating in a very demanding, high-tech environment, we are competing against Google, Apple, Twitter and other tech giants to hire employees, and this anniversary illustrates that there must be something about our mission, our work environment, the work that we do and our leadership team that is truly inspiring to our employees and customers.
These last 20 years have already taken me on a journey I never expected to be on, and I’ve met innumerable people I never thought I would meet. From meeting with senators and congressmen in D.C. and sitting at tables with general officers to having the director of the SBA come to our facility, we have been blessed to receive support from people in high places.
When considered all together, these achievements make me tremendously excited for where we’re headed in the future.
Looking Ahead to the Next 20 Years
Thinking about the future, the prospect of ongoing success and continued growth is exciting. As we push innovation and drive technologies forward, we look forward to seeing our systems deployed across the globe to address real world challenges. For me, personally, I am looking forward to the proud moment when our systems are deployed in the field overseas, bringing my career full circle: from being a Marine Corps Officer to being an engineer who’s now providing the technologies that are helping save Marine lives.
From our humble beginnings as a one-man firm to our breakthrough into the autonomous systems market, Stratom has witnessed significant development during its 20-year lifespan. Practical problem-solving is at the core of everything Stratom does and what sets us apart is our ability to apply our deep technical expertise to every automated logistics solution we develop. As our mission and vision continue to evolve, I am proud of the work we have done.
Finally, we’d like to say a massive thank you to all of the people who have helped Stratom grow over the past two decades. We are beyond appreciative of you, our staff, customers, partners, mentors, mentees, friends and family. Thank you!