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Professional Background: Ken Salzman has extensive experience in a variety of industrial settings demonstrating skill in strategic planning, project management, staff development, meeting leadership, mediation, and process improvement. Examples of career experiences include the following: Plant Engineer at a large Weyerhaeuser wood products complex where staff development skills proved invaluable; with Washington Iron Works, developed Project Management function, introducing control and predictability to the manufacturing process for heavy capital equipment; provided consulting to companies, focusing on process improvement and quality management; with Staff Extension, Intl., provided Human Resource professionals to perform projects, requiring ability to clearly define task in order to select proper personnel.
BS in General Engineering from United States Naval Academy; MBA from City University, Seattle, WA. Has lived in Houston since 1990.
In addition to volunteering with ESCH, has served as a mediator with the Fort Bend court system; was an original consultant with CORE, the Center for Organizational Research and Effectiveness at the U of H Graduate School of Social Work; active on various church committees, serving as Chair of Adult Education.
ESCH Experience: Background includes significant experience with non-profits through the Management Assistance Program of the United Way of King County (Seattle) WA. Assignments included:
Custom Industries - Requested outside view of their operation. Resulted in revising processes, developing a system for planning.
American Red Cross - Guided the Financial Development Committee through process to update multi-year plan. Process enabled Board members of committee to clarify their roles.
Foundation for the Handicapped - Requested by staff to mediate conflict with Executive Director. With participation of Executive Director, developed procedures which allowed the staff to feel like they had some say in decisions that affected them, resulting in a significant reduction in tensions. Also facilitated a one day planning session with Executive Committee of the Board.
Camp Fire - Supported Volunteer Development Committee in developing an orientation manual and presentation. Integrated orientation into other trainings throughout the organization.