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Message from the CTEA Council

Message from the CTEA Council

For Immediate Release


Orange, CA, U.S.A. (January 15, 2015) – The California Council of Excellence (CCE) is proud to announce the California Team Excellence Award (CTEA) Program’s “Team Trailblazer Recognition” and “Team 49er Award,” two new levels of criteria. Organizations can utilize this venue to formally honor work team environments.  Benefits include State-wide and/or international recognition, opportunity to compete in the International Team Excellence Award (ITEA) process, as well as receiving a benchmarked feedback report from judges enabling future improvements, while addressing areas for improvement or sustainment. Above all, CTEA is a catalyst in promoting and recognizing your company’s efforts towards improving employee motivation through teamwork, while driving profitability, customer satisfaction, and loyalty.

CTEA launches two new levels of criteria for problem-solving and process improvement.  Organizations can now participate by submitting their applications and formally presenting their teams’ project efforts.

  • The first is the “Team Trailblazer Recognition” which is recognition for organizations and teams beginning their journey in developing work teams in problem solving or process improvement. It is based on simple criteria addressing team project work process and results.  Applications accepted year-round as of October, 2014.                                         
  • The second is the “Team 49er Award” with Gold, Silver and Bronze leveling to recognize those teams that use the multi-level American Society for Quality (ASQ) International Team Excellence Award (ITEA) Criteria for complex project work.  CTEA is an authorized showcase of the ASQ ITEA program, which means the top scoring “Team 49er Award” recipient has an automatic space to compete at the International level.  Submissions will be accepted beginning April 1, 2015.

California Team Excellence Awards (CTEA) is a team showcase program. The focus of the program is to encourage the formation of work teams, foster their ability to perform systematic continuous process improvement, and a catalyst in formally recognizing companies and organizations for their teams’ accomplishments. This dynamic program is administered by the California Council for Excellence, a non- profit educational foundation through volunteers of the California Team Excellence Awards (CTEA) Council in collaboration with organizations dedicated to the growth of work teams in California.


The CTEA is administered by the CCE, a non-profit educational foundation headquartered in Orange, CA. CTEA’s mission is to promote organizational effectiveness through team-focused management. The CTEA program is an authorized showcase of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) International Team Excellence Award (ITEA) program. For detailed information: or contact



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