Kolenich Named to Baldrige Award Board of Examiners

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology has named Brian Kolenich, executive director at Ohio Living Lake Vista in Cortland, Ohio, to the Board of Examiners for the 2020 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. 

Appointed by the NIST director, examiners are responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Baldrige Award, as well as other assessment-related tasks. The board is composed of more than 325 leading experts competitively selected from industry, professional, trade, education, health care, and nonprofit (including government) organizations from across the United States. 

Kolenich has been with Ohio Living for nearly 30 years, serving as the executive director of Park Vista since 2006. Earlier this year he moved to Ohio Living Lake Vista as executive director. 

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th secretary of commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Awards are given in six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and nonprofit.

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