Background about the Innovation Award George Washington Carver was an agricultural chemist, experimenter and inventor whose development of new products derived from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans helped revolutionize the agricultural economy of the South. For most of his career, Mr. Carver taught and conducted research at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Tuskegee, Alabama.
At Rubicon, we not only encourage innovation and creativity, but challenge our global team members to set the bar high and their goals even higher. So in honor of a man who dedicated his life’s work to innovating and challenging the norms in our society, we established the George Washington Carver Innovation Award in 2018. Mr. Carver was a scientist and inventor in a time when separate ideas were looked down upon. It could even be said Mr. Carver was one of the early adopters of Rubicon’s mission to end waste by taking a peanut, and creating more than 100 different repurposed or reinvented ways to leverage that peanut – from fibers of the peanut plant which could be used to make different types of paper to the creation of some early plastics and dyes. With this mission of inventing, exploring, and inspiring, it is with great honor that Rubicon recognizes one employee each quarter – an award based on a peer nomination and selection process - and names them the recipient of the George Washington Carver Innovation Award.
Ashish Juneja led two large initiatives successfully in our company within the past 6 months. Complex in nature, Ashish managed to align all moving parts while exceeding the expectations of key stakeholders. And, he not only did the job… he blew everyone away. He used strategic thinking mixed with his personal work ethic to move mountains, meet tight deadlines, communicate effectively and close two deals to further solidify Rubicon’s growing position in the marketplace.