DGS announced the winners of the 2017 DGS Values Awards presented to a small group of employees who were nominated by their peers for demonstrating an especially strong commitment to the department’s core values: Integrity, Accountability, Communication, Excellence, Innovation, and Teamwork.

View the DGS Values Awards archived streaming video.

Viana Barbu

Exhibits integrity in all she does

  • Takes extra steps to ensure excellent service, advice and counsel

Goes above and beyond to find solutions

  • Works to find ways to solve problems and achieve client goals
  • Highly respected by clients

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Caesar Gutierrez

Saw a need and created a solution

  • Took initiative to create one-click portal to save staff time, money and frustration

Embraces innovation

  • With his team, developed a tool that reflects ideas and needs of all staff
  • Finds ways to improve processes that will benefit state, customers and DGS

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Will Herald

Vastly improved process for staff and stakeholders

  • Allows real-time collaboration, replacing antiquated, exclusionary process

Innovative thinker who solves problems

  • Aims to resolve current and future problems
  • Created organizational shift

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Alex Hunter

Jack of all trades in a complicated industry

  • Takes on multiple roles in a highly technical environment

Represents BSC with extensive skill set

  • Handles budget change proposals, reviews legislation, stays on top of regulations in constantly changing cycles
  • Produces thorough, reliable analysis

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Adam Ibarra & Gilbert Salinas
Adam  Gilbert

Support vital work of judges, other DGS staff

  • Responsive to requests from the field
  • Follow-through: keep customers informed and take responsibility

Mastered systems specific to OAH, DSA

  • Learned industry-specific systems
  • Understand importance of technology to the work of judges and other staff

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Benny Kharaghani

Designed innovative system for Food & Ag

  • Took on the design & installation of automation systems for four greenhouses
  • Replaced 30-year-old system beyond repair

Saved thousands of dollars for the state

  • Conscientious, meticulous and skilled in commercial building automation

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Lori Medina

Coordinated completion of 98% of overdue projects

  • Helped Direct Construction Unit manage and overcome backlog to deliver for customers

Created “DCU Dashboard” to track projects

  • System provides project details, status, funding and tracks progress

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Elias Quezada

Made a big impact in a short time

  • Eagerly requests and completes difficult tasks with pride and care
  • Keeps customers top of mind in everything he does

Displays accountability and reliability

  • Honors all commitments to customers and fellow staff

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Matt Walters
Matt 2

Laid foundation for website redesign project

  • Created extensive planning and tracking systems
  • Deftly coordinated a multidivisional team to implement website changes

Makes work easier for others

  • Simplifies technical details so all can understand and do necessary work

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Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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