Source: ETEC | Release | December 11, 2020

Oak Ridge Utility District’s Sasha Benjamin, and Joe Storch, co-owner of Patriot Talent Solutions, were awarded the Herman and Pat Postma Young Professional Medal given by the East Tennessee Economic Council at its virtual annual awards celebration today.

ETEC leaders Pat Postma, Alan Liby, Barry Stephenson and others participated in the presentation ceremonies that were pre-recorded and compiled into videos during the event.

Energy Solutions’ Sharon Templeton nominated Sasha Benjamin.

“I’ve known Sasha for the past 15 years,” says Templeton. “She is an incredible example of young professionalism. Her involvement in ETEC, the Roane Alliance board, the Oak Ridge IDB, ADFAC, and the Boys and Girls Club has placed her in a very visible leadership position in our community.”

Benjamin has worked at ORUD since 2003 in various capacities, including human resources and accounting. She currently vice president for external affairs and community relations.

“I have worked with Sasha for the past two years and from the moment I met her it was obvious that her commitment to not only her job but to this community was pure dedication, said ORUD CEO Sue Krisjansson. “I don’t believe I have seen anyone more giving of their time, energy and resources and all this on top of fulfilling her regular job responsibilities for ORUD.”

Joe Storch co-founded Patriot Talent Solutions in 2017, an organization founded on service to our community and country. It is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business providing IT staffing and services across East Tennessee.

“Joe led a successful membership initiative at ETEC, resulting in the addition of 30-plus companies within a year,” says Joe Heckman of Energy Solutions. “He spearheaded the ETEC After-Hours events to attract young professionals to the organization and has been the unofficial welcoming committee for all our members and guests at ETEC. With his warm approach and ability to make fast friends, he has created an environment that is easy for newcomers to walk into.”

Joe also serves on the board of directors of the Emory Valley Center, a cause he is passionate about. In his spare time, he coaches a youth soccer team and serves as a member of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge

About the East Tennessee Economic Council: ETEC is an independent, regional, non-profit, membership organization created in the early 1970s, dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in East Tennessee, as well as seeking new ways to create prosperity, promote regional development, and explore opportunities for growth. More information can be found at https://eteconline.org/