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Freese and Nichols Hosts White House Business Council Roundtable

September 06, 2011

Freese and Nichols hosted a group of 35 North Texas business leaders and elected officials August 30 for a White House Business Council roundtable to discuss ways the federal government can support the growth and success of American companies. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for Science and Technology and Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The roundtable session was also moderated by Dr. Harry Hertz, Director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is administered by NIST. Distinguished participants at the August 30, 2011 event included U.S. Representative Joe Barton (6th Congressional District of Texas) and U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (30th Congressional District of Texas).

During the session, participants shared their ideas and concerns about government regulations, taxes, job creation and other issues impacting America’s small businesses. Dr. Gallagher will take this input back to Washington D.C. to share with Administration officials.

“The Baldrige Program is about good management practices that are central to sustainability of any enterprise. Listening to the customer is part of good management,” said Dr. Hertz. “This roundtable provided a very honest and open dialogue for us to take back the voice of our business and local government customers. We thank you for the opportunity to listen.”

Following the session, Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Hertz received a behind-the-scenes tour of DFW International Airport. Freese and Nichols is providing program management services for DFW Airport’s Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP).

Freese and Nichols, a Fort Worth-based engineering, architecture, construction and environmental services firm, was invited to host this White House Business Council roundtable in recognition of the firm’s advocacy of continuous improvement initiatives — a concept championed by NIST’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The firm’s 15-year commitment to performance excellence resulted in its receipt of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest national honor for performance excellence that any U.S. organization can receive. The award, which is administered through the NIST Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, is designed to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. businesses and help them compete in an ever-expanding, demanding global market. Organizations that use the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, such as Freese and Nichols, continue to report strong performance even in a tough economy.

The White House Business Council is facilitating roundtable sessions across the nation in order to open a dialogue with American business leaders about how the Administration can facilitate job growth and increase economic competitiveness. Sponsors of this event included the White House Business Council, Freese and Nichols, Inc., the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and Quality Texas.