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2018 Alacriant’s Adopted NEOPAT Family

Alacriant, Inc. was proud to help in 2018 a NEOPAT family again this year and help in providing presents so the Grant family can have a fabulous Christmas. We are always honored to help support Veteran family’s who have served our country in efforts to protect all of the US citizens.

The Grant family, husband and wife and their 4 small children were gracious enough to let several of the Alacriant employees as well as the owner Jeff Berkes come to their home and spend time with them and open some presents. Every year this is such a rewarding gesture and look forward to helping and supporting families in the future.


Alacriant Employees Participate in “Wreaths for Western Reserve”

On Saturday, December 13, volunteers and family members of Alacriant Inc. placed wreaths at 5,300 graves at the cemetery as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event.  Worldwide, 700,000 wreaths were placed at veterans’ graves.

Wreaths For Western Reserve solicits donations from veterans groups and other organizations to pay for the wreaths. Also, family and friends of veterans buried at the cemetery buy wreaths through the group.

The volunteer effort for the local event, Wreaths For Western Reserve, began at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13, and was followed by a ceremony at noon. The keynote speaker was Jason Kaufmann of the Ohio Civil Air Patrol.

Representing Alacriant at the ceremony were: Michael Taylor, Rick Scheel, Bob Klusty, Zech Paul, Derek Lohr, Toni Williams, and Susan Lass. When the group arrived at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at about 10:15am that Saturday, it was very cold and slightly snowy, but the weather did not stop the hundreds of people who came out to show their respect. Rick Scheel’s father, a four-year veteran of the Air Force, is buried in the cemetery were the wreaths were laid.

Toni Williams said, “Seeing all of the volunteers and the amount of wreaths placed was a very heartwarming experience. It was an honor to be able to give back just a little bit for those who have served and for the families that have endured.“

At the end of the two hour event, the representatives of NEOPAT and Alacriant laid more than 200 wreaths. Other volunteers on behalf of Alacriant were: Elise Taylor, Cheryl Paul, Terry Cooper.

Alacriant Employees Brighten Holidays for Local Military Families

The business of the holiday season did not stop employees of Alacriant, Inc. from taking time for some extra shopping and gift-giving. Alacriant partnered with NEOPAT (Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism) to adopt two military families for the holidays.

Last year, NEOPAT and its 36 sponsors helped 44 families. This year that increased to 68 families with the help of 54 sponsors, including Alacriant.

“This is a huge improvement, and we are so grateful for all our sponsors this year,” said Doug and Eneida Dentler, co-chairs of the campaign.

“Adopting” a family included shopping for Christmas presents and delivering them in person. On Dec. 15, when Jeff Berkes, Tina Vanscoy, Susan Lass and Michael Taylor went to the home of five-year Marine Corps veteran, the whole family met them at the door! The first presents the kids opened were new bicycle helmets. After opening them and trying them on, they rushed outside to see their new bikes. The gifts also included clothes, shoes and new bedding.

The father said during the five years of duty, he only saw his family for a total of eight months. “That was the hardest part; I needed to see my girls,” he said.

On Dec. 19, Jeff Berkes, Tina Vanscoy, Phil White and Michael Taylor took gifts to the family of a 15-year veteran of the National Guard, who is a chinook helicopter mechanic. He and his wife, a special needs teacher working on her master’s degree, have three children, all age 3.  The gifts for this deserving family included gift cards for gas and groceries, shoes and, of course, diapers.

Employees Take Pride in Marching in Cleveland’s Veteran’s Day Parade

Alacriant values its partnership with the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism (NEOPAT). We have supported the organization and its mission through various donations.  In this new year, we will be offering our employees the opportunity to show their support for our war fighters, veterans, and their families.

First stop . . . Representing NEOPAT at the City of Cleveland’s Inaugural Veterans Day parade in downtown, Cleveland on November 11.  Alacriant employees/veterans marched the parade route that started at Cleveland City Hall, then moved down Lakeside Avenue to East Ninth Street, on to Rockwell Avenue, then passing Public Square before turning on Ontario Avenue to return to City Hall.   Alacriant was honored to march on behalf of NEOPAT alongside Cleveland police officers on motorcycle and horseback, bagpipes, and drums and brass of the Collinwood and Shaw High School marching bands.  Be sure to click the story that was on cleveland.com and also watch the video.  You will see our Alacriant veterans proudly marching!


Alacriant Undergoes Strategic Planning

Alacriant Inc. is in the process of undergoing a strategic planning process to help guide us as to what we want our future to look like.

This past September, our leadership team attended a two-day, intensive planning session with Synergy Business Group. We took the time to critically examine our company and establish a strategic focus on the areas that we, as a company, can excel.

A large part of this strategic plan is the adoption of our new “Core Values” – Safety, Accountability, Customer-Focused, Respectful, and Teamwork.

At the top of the list is safety.  Safety comes first for our employees at all times.   Next, accountability.  All of us at Alacriant will honor our commitments to our customers and to each other.  Next, customer-focused.  Employees are committed to doing what it takes to meet customer expectations.  Next, respectful.  We treat others professionally, with dignity and courtesy.  Finally, teamwork.  We work together as one for the good of all.

During our strategic planning, we developed our hedgehog.  A hedgehog is a concept that was identified in the book “Good to Great” and has become known for creating focus and driving profitability.   Our hedgehog at Alacriant is consistently executing outcomes critical to our customer’s success.  We want to stand out from our competition. Our goal is to excel at this.  Today, we are good at this. But our goal is not just to be good, but to be outstanding at this.

Our plan also consists of our goals – both long-range and short-range.  Our ultimate goal is to become an outcome-driven organization that will serve our customers with the same dedication and exceptional quality that they have come to expect from us.