This Thursday, the 20th, Norm Bodek is slated to receive the Certified Grand Master Six Sigma Medal at an event hosted by the Portland, Oregon (Norm’s home town) APICS chapter. The announcement reads more like a eulogy than anything else, but believe me, Norm is very much alive and well, and rabble rousing all over the world.
He joins Armand Feigenbaum, James Harrington and Mohammed Zairi in receiving the award – all three are guys who have had a global impact on manufacturing quality. As good as the other recipients are, they should feel honored by having Norm join the exclusive club.
Any Superfactory readers who live near Portland ought to try to make it out there. For the rest of you, it seems like an excellent time to fire off an email to Norm, letting him know that you are with him in spirit, even if you’ve never met him before. He deserves the thanks, respect and admiration of all of us. You know, they don’t call him ‘The Godfather of Lean’ for nothin’ .