Avionics News January 2017 - 58
At a recent AEA International Convention & Trade Show, AEA President Paula Derks asked member companies the following
question: What's working for you? Derks challenged AEA members to share their success stories, best practices and ideas
that are working for their respective companies. This article is part of a series that highlights how AEA member companies
recognized challenging economic circumstances, and how they responded and overcame them.
Business initiatives that are elevating companies to success
S T O R Y
T H O M A S
Awards roll in
uccessful companies have several business
practices that work well, and Astronics, along with
its many subsidiaries, can certainly be added to
that list. And the awards are starting to roll in, giving the
company some well-deserved industry recognition.
I N M A N
Take for example that in July 2016, Astronics
Advanced Electronic Systems, located in Kirkland,
Washington, was selected by Seattle Business magazine
as one of the 100 best companies to work for in the
state of Washington, marking the 10th straight year that
Astronics AES earned this recognition.
The award recipients are acknowledged for setting a
high standard for strong leadership, balanced employee
benefits, healthy work environments, innovative
training programs, the happiest employees and more.
Astronics AES believes that employee satisfaction
drives customer satisfaction. As a result, the company's
culture is centered on investing in its employees to build
"The enthusiasm of our employees is evident in the
results of this survey," said Mark Peabody, Astronics
AES president. "We care about our employees and find
they are motivated to learn, perform and grow when
surrounded by a culture of passion, teamwork, humility
and caring. That's the culture we have fostered here at
Astronics AES, and being selected 10 years in a row
gives it credence."
More recognition for the company arrived in October
2016, when Astronics Test Systems' new CTS-6000