Member Spotlight – Ken Paddock

Ken PaddockI am the new Section Treasurer. I recently took over this position, replacing the retiring Marilyn Pehl. As our Senior Director, Ashwani Sahni recently told us to “Get Involved”. So after a few years of inactive involvement here I am again.

I have a bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. In 1999, I retired from 3M where I was involved in basic research, product development and quality, I was involved in Nuclear, Reflective, and Tape Products during my career.

I joined ASQ in 1967 and was soon involved in the Annual Conference activities. In 1971-73 I chaired the Technical Education area where we increased our efforts to include several outlying teaching locations and expanded the Quality Education Certification Program.. In 1973 I was elected Treasurer and in 1974 I was elected Vice Chair – the last Vice Chair to be the only Vice Chair. In 1975 I became the first Chairmen to have multiple Vice Chairs for Program, Education (including conference) and Membership Services. I completed past Chair and Director roles (Twice replacing Russ Gibbons) and then went back to the Annual Conference for the next 15 years or so. I also served three times on the Long Range Planning Committee.

In addition to serving as Section Chairman, my serving as co-chair of the Host Committee when MN Section hosted the 41st ASQ national Conference in 1987 was the highlight of my section involvement.

After I see all the activities undertaken by the Executive Board in recent years, it’s hard to believe we used to have just 12 members in leadership positions to carry on Section business when I was Chair. Most of us served in dual roles and we were smaller in size. We were exited when we reached 500 members vs. the 2890 members we have today.

One of the best decisions I made was to become involved with the MN section. being involved in ASQ has brought me, quality related education, leadership training, better understanding of working with diverse groups, and fellowship that is irreplaceable.

I urge you to become involved, the price is low and the rewards are high.