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35 years. Thank you.

Alpha TestingI am, however politically incorrect, a devotee of the internal combustion engine (ICE), and the vehicles that they power.  You can have your battery powered anything, golf carts included. But I digress.

As a fan of the ICE, I subscribe to Top Gear (automobiles) and Rider (motorcycles) magazines in the print, actually-mailed-to-me editions.  In the last quarter, these monthly publications celebrated their 300th and 500th issues, respectively.  If Alpha Testing ® was a magazine, Alpha would be publishing our 420th issue this month.

There was some commonality in the content within these two milestone publications, and I find some commonality with Alpha itself as we contemplate our first 35 years.

Each magazine celebrated the original and continuing purpose that would set the magazine apart, the purpose that set the USP for each, the one that made the original staff believe they could fill an unmet need and be valid in an already overcrowded market.  Alpha faced the same challenges, and also celebrates our USP – being first in service, by embracing and solving client needs daily.

Each magazine featured some retrospective aspect, touching on the evolving products, haircuts, and fashion over the years.  All this in an attempt to both laugh at themselves and to provide context and continuity to the reader.  Alpha has been there through it all as well – you should see the pictures – continuously providing trusted engineering that clients use to drive the success of their businesses.

Each magazine boldly states that they remain committed to bringing the best in investigative, creative, and entertaining news to their subscribers, as their industries continue to evolve.  Alpha also brings the best in investigative studies, and is constantly finding creative solutions for our clients in an evolving market.

We are, however, still working on that ‘entertaining’ part.

Each magazine closed with a sincere thank you to their client base, as will I.  Without their subscribers, and Alpha without our clients, the numbers 300, 420, and 500 never would have been reached.

35 years.  I thank you sincerely.

Jeffrey G. Wilt, PG
Executive Principal
Alpha Testing, Inc.

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The End of an Era!

After 34 years —- Alpha Testing Principal David “Pat” Stettner has officially entered the world of retirement! Alpha celebrated Pat and his wife Rena with a luncheon at our Dallas office last week.

Pat was one of the first employees hired by Alpha’s founder, Jim Hillhouse, joining Alpha on November 7, 1983 when the company was only eight months old. He wore every hat imaginable in his 34 years with Alpha, including project management, IT, accounting, and sales, just to name a few. He also was responsible for opening our San Antonio and Houston offices.

“The last 34 years have been the best 34 years of my life. I have totally enjoyed my work and the people I have had the pleasure of working with at Alpha Testing, Inc. I would not have been able to accomplish what we accomplished without the support I received from you all.” Pat Stettner, Principal

“No single person at Alpha has been more in tune with making sure a client was served properly than Pat Stettner,” said Jeff Wilt, Executive Principal.  “It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Pat for the last 11 years.”

Congratulations, Pat! Time to enjoy the good life!”

Pat Stettner - Retirement Luncheon

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Founder’s Award – 2017

Alpha celebrated Christmas in each of our service regions throughout December. As part of these celebrations, Alpha awarded our 2017 Founder’s Award to five very deserving members of the Alpha family. This award is given annually to members of our staff who exemplify the Mission and Vision of Alpha Testing.

Thank you to David Schledorn (Dallas), Amber Williams (Dallas), Mahsa Hedayati (Fort Worth), Sergio Quintero (Houston), and Colin Dlugosh (San Antonio) for being wonderful examples of the “Alpha Way!”

Check out our Facebook page for pictures of our staff celebrating the Christmas season!

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ENR Top 500 Design Firms – 2017

Alpha TestingWe did it again – and we did it better! Alpha Testing ranked #308 on the 2017 ENR Top 500 Design Firms. That’s 26 spots higher than last year! We are honored to be among the top firms nationally ranked and recognized by ENR. This growth would not be possible without our outstanding clients, Alpha team, and leadership. We thank you!

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2016 Founder’s Award

Alpha Testing, IncEach year at our annual Christmas parties, it has been an Alpha tradition to recognize those who embrace “The Alpha Way” with the Founder’s Award. This year’s recipients of the 2016 Founder’s Award are Chris Pape (Dallas), Rickey Ferguson (Dallas), Gerry Holguin (Fort Worth), Gregory Gilbert (Houston), and Gabi Hernandez (San Antonio). Congratulations to all and thank you for your exceptional service!Alpha Testing, Inc

ENR Top 500 Design Firms – 2016

Alpha Testing, Inc.We are very excited and proud to share of our #334 spot on the national ENR Top 500 Design Firms! We have come a long way since our incorporation in 1983 – adding 3 additional offices in Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston and growing to a 300+ person firm. But we couldn’t have gotten to #334 alone. Our outstanding Alpha team, leadership, and clients have made this growth possible and we look forward to the many years ahead!

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2015 Founder’s Award

Congratulations to our five recipients of the 2015 Founder’s Award! Every year, we recognize our employees from each office who routinely demonstrate a commitment to embracing and solving any challenge before them. Presented at our Alpha Christmas parties, this award was created to recognize those who give exceptional service to both clients and our Alpha family.

This year’s recipients are Harsha Addula, PE and Junior Hernandez from our Dallas office, Bodie Yarbrough from our Fort Worth office, John Joseph from our Houston office, and Judy Villarreal from our San Antonio office. Congratulations with a heartfelt thank you for being examples to all of us at Alpha!

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