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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Presents Five Organizations with Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Noting that this year's winners “are held in highest esteem in your communities and, now, in our nation," U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented five U.S. organizations on April 7, 2019, with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's only presidential award for performance excellence and innovation.

The five honorees are:

"By winning this award, you have made the ultimate commitment of leading by example, and of sharing your best practices and processes with hundreds of other companies and organizations that can benefit from them," said Ross.

Middle: Baldrige Award on a podium. Left: two men in suits. Right: three men in suites
Credit: Hamilton Studios
2018 Baldrige Award winner: Alamo Colleges District. From left-to-right: Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director; George Benson, Chairman of Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; Joe Alderete, Jr., Board of Trustees, Alamo Colleges District; and Mike Flores, Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District

Center: Baldrige Award on a podium. Left: two men in suits. Right: a man in a suit and two women in dresses
Credit: Hamilton Studios
2018 Baldrige Award winner: Donor Alliance. From left-to-right: Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director; George Benson, Chairman of Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; Sue Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Donor Alliance; and Jennifer Prinz, Chief Operating Officer, Donor Alliance.

Center: Baldrige Award on a podium. Left: 2 men in suits. Right: 3 men in suites
Credit: Hamilton Studios
2018 Baldrige Award winner: Integrated Project Management Company, Inc. (IPM). From left-to-right: Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director; George Benson, Chairman of Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; C. Richard Panico, Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, IPM; and Larry Meyer, Managing Director, Knowledge and Process Management, IPM

Center: Baldrige award on a podium. Left: 2 men in suits. Right: a man in a suit, woman in dress, man in suit
Credit: Hamilton Studios
2018 Baldrige Award winner: Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. From left-to-right: Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director; George Benson, Chairman of Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; Lori Persohn, Associate Vice President Patient Services, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center; and Kyle Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

Center: Baldrige Award on a podium. Left: 2 men in suits. Right: man in suit, woman in dress, man in suit
Credit: Hamilton Studios
2018 Baldrige Award winner: Tri County Tech. From left-to-right: Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director; George Benson, Chairman of Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; Tammie Strobel, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Quality Officer, Tri County Tech; and Lindel Fields, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Tri County Tech.

 

 

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Eligibility for the award was expanded in 1998 to include education and health care, and again in 2007 to include nonprofit organizations.

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in conjunction with the private sector, raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessments, training, tools and criteria; educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations and government and nonprofit organizations; shares the best practices of national role models; and recognizes those role models with the Baldrige Award.

A recording of the event, which occurred at the Gaylord Convention Center at the National Harbor in Maryland, will be available later this week.

Released April 8, 2019, Updated April 22, 2019