Cindy Milrany Receives Baldrige Foundation Leadership Award

Congratulations to Cindy Milrany on being honored with The Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award by the Baldrige Foundation.

The Baldrige Program promotes performance excellence among a variety of organizations, including businesses, government agencies and nonprofits, and recognizes leaders who implement best-in-class practices.

“Cindy is a role-model leader deeply committed to the Baldrige Framework,” Al Faber, President and CEO of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Inc., said in a release.

“The Hertz Leadership Award recognizes role-model leaders that challenge, encourage and empower others to achieve performance excellence.”

Cindy, who served as our Chief Financial Officer for 30 years, was instrumental in Freese and Nichols becoming the first engineering firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2010. Baldrige provides a framework to improve an organization’s performance and get sustainable results.

Freese and Nichols continues to follow those business practices, and Cindy helps lead our continuous improvement approach. She also helps cities and school districts pursue performance excellence in their own organizations.

Cindy joined Freese and Nichols in 1984 and was named our first CFO in 1994. She remains Chief Strategy Officer and serves as Chief Administrative Officer. Cindy leads our strategic planning and oversees Strategic Services, Business Technology and Marketing.

She is a CPA and graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s in business administration.

About The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Inc.

The Baldrige Foundation was created as the private partner to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program in 1988. Its mission is to ensure the long-term financial viability of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and to support organizational performance excellence throughout the United States and the world. The Baldrige Program, located at NIST within the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a separate entity and is solely responsible for managing and administering the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  For more information on the Baldrige Award process please visit: