☷Commerce Deputy Secretary Don Graves Honors Employees for Distinguished and Exceptional Performance at the 75th Annual Commerce Honor Awards
U.S. Department of Commerce ( By Press Release office)
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Yesterday , the Deputy Secretary of Commerce , Don Graves , along with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Industry and Security , Jeremy Pelter , announced the recipients of the Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award . At the Department ' s 75th Honor Awards , employees were recognized with Gold and Silver Medals for their outstanding performance . These awards are the highest level of recognition within the Department of Commerce . In a message to the employees , Commerce Secretary Raimondo expressed gratitude to the honorees for their hard work and dedication in fulfilling the mission of the Commerce Department . Deputy Secretary Graves also praised the employees for their exceptional talents and expertise in various programs that contribute to America ' s success . He referred to the Department of Commerce as "America ' s Hall Closet , " emphasizing the diverse capabilities of its employees . The ceremony concluded with the announcement of the Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award , presented to the National Institute of Standards and Technology ' s Serial Cytometry team for their groundbreaking advancements in real - time cell analysis for early cancer diagnosis . This award is a tribute to the exceptional leadership and legacy of former Secretary of Commerce , Ron Brown . The Department has been honoring its top employees with Gold and Silver Medals since 1949 , recognizing their outstanding contributions . Yesterday , we handed out a total of 96 awards , with 54 of them being Gold Medals and 42 Silver Medals . These awards were given to a whopping 597 employees and organizations . The Gold and Silver Medals were awarded in seven different categories , which include Leadership , Personal and Professional Excellence , Scientific/Engineering Achievement , Organizational Development , Customer Service , Administrative/Technical Support , and Heroism . You can catch the full 75th Annual Honor Awards ceremony below , featuring a special mention for Leadership recipient Don Graves .
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