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Happy Independence Day from the Baldrige Program

Happy Independence Day showing an image of the U.S. flag with fireworks and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program logo in the background.
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The Baldrige Program would like to wish you and your families and friends a safe and happy Independence Day!

As I contemplate the upcoming holiday, I see many parallels between it and the Baldrige Program.

Just as July 4th is a uniquely American holiday, Baldrige is a unique public-private partnership to improve America’s organizations.

Just as Americans celebrate the escape from the bonds of tyranny, our Declaration of Independence, freedom of self-governance, and the creation of a new nation, Baldrige helps organizations escape from the bonds of poor performance, declare and celebrate continuous improvement, enjoy the freedom of self-assessment, and create a better organization on their own terms.

The Declaration of Independence was the product of a group of visionary leaders who dared to imagine a different future. Over the last 30 years, Baldrige has helped organizations visualize and operationalize their own desired future.

So, as you enjoy the cookouts, conversations, and fireworks, I invite you to do what I will do, pause for a few moments to be thankful for this unique public-private partnership and the extended Baldrige community that has benefitted so many individuals and organizations across the nation and around the globe.

About the author

Robert Fangmeyer

I am Bob, Director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. I have been with Baldrige since 1997 serving on many of the teams in the office in many different roles. Since becoming the Deputy Director in 2011, I have led the effort to design, develop, and implement a new business model that relies even more heavily on partnerships and collaboration as well as cost control and revenue generation. As Director, I manage overall operations, focusing on enhancing our products and services, ensuring efficient and effective operations, as well as planning for strategic capability and capacity needs. In addition, I spend significant time and energy helping to lead and guide the development and implementation of the Baldrige Enterprise.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Baldrige Program where I get to work with and learn from people and organizations committed to achieving excellence.

My background includes owning and managing small service-based businesses, six years as a human resources specialist, a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. When not working, I enjoy exercising and spending time with my wonderful wife, three kids, and Buddy, my boxer dog.

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