“I was able to start a career in the navy and never have to go to sea,” Hurst said. He joined out of a sense of duty, and the opportunity to pay for his college education. Dan Hurst is the owner of Strata G and is also a retired Navy veteran. (Photo: Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel ) His experiences in the Navy influenced his commitment to quality and excellence at his 210-person company, Strata G, an environmental engineering firm. The company is the culmination of Hurst’s lifelong passion for the environment. He once wrote a paper on spiders that won him his first college scholarship and first plane ride. The Navy taught him a uncompromising approach to doing one’s best. “The Navy had such a demanding commitment to excellence. It’s as rigorous as anything I’ve ever been part of,” Hurst said. “The rest of the world doesn’t operate like that.” Service to the community has become a major component of Strata G’s effort to be a “significant” company.
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