SAN DIEGO, February 8, 2017 – Tapestry Solutions, a global provider of information software and services for defense and commercial customers, is pleased to present its prestigious Pouliot award to employees Mike Becker and Tom Spahr for upholding the company’s long-standing tradition of excellence and core values.
The annual Pouliot award is given in memory of the company’s co-founder, Mike Pouliot, who was tragically killed during a terrorist attack in Kuwait while installing the company’s simulation software for the U.S. military in 2003. He left behind his wife, Carol, and two young daughters. He was only 46 years old when he gave his life for his country.
“Mike Becker and Tom Spahr are well-deserving of this award – they represent the top 1% of our employees,” said Robin Wright, president and CEO of Tapestry Solutions. “These men embody the company’s core values – our passion, spirit and pride in what we do.”
Spahr received the award for his outstanding leadership, engineering savvy and customer service in his role as Program Manager for the Weapons Programs, based in Saint Louis, MO. His supervisors describe him as a “consummate leader and recognized expert across Mission Planning and Military Products and Services arenas with the ability to execute potential business ventures.” Under his leadership, Tapestry’s weapons orders soared by 100 percent and revenue increased by 15 percent in 2016.
Becker, who is based in San Diego, was honored for his passionate dedication to Tapestry’s customers and colleagues in his position as Product Design Manager for Tapestry’s GOLDesp MRO & Supply product line. His customers, including military forces in the Middle East, often request his presence on a project because “they know their requirements will be met with quality engineering and service,” according to Tapestry’s leadership team.
“We are proud to have very dedicated people like Tom and Mike who truly care about the success of their customers. The result has been customers who love us – customers who will go out of their way to maintain their relationships with us,” said Michael Spencer, Tapestry’s Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing.
Such was the case with Mike Pouliot, whose close relationship with Tapestry’s customers helped drive the success of the company’s primary product lines: Vision XXI and the Joint Deployment Logistics Model, or JDLM, which is still in use today.
Pouliot’s strong belief in working with the end-user was the primary reason why he went to Kuwait. He believed that to provide effective tools, you needed to be with the users in their operational environment.
Although he never served in the military, Pouliot dedicated his life to providing our warfighters with the tools they needed for mission success. With a degree in Aerospace Engineering, his entire career was built around advancing various military systems. All the while, he lived his life with strong principles, extreme integrity and moral values.
In 1993, Mike and two of his business associates created Tapestry Solutions. His unique style of management earned him not only the respect of his employees, but also their friendship and love. His sudden death was a devastating loss to his family, friends and colleagues, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. It was also the first assault on U.S. civilians in Kuwait, according to this CBS News Report.
It’s been over a decade since Mike was killed in the line of duty. But his legacy still lives on in the hearts of all those he touched and within the company he built – a company that continues to grow and prosper as a result of its people and their customer-first commitment.
“The Pouliot Award is representative of our core values – the way we do business – as we fulfill Robin Wright’s vision for a ‘One Tapestry Team,’ ” added Spencer. “That’s because our people are our greatest asset, serving our customers with excellence.”