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John (Jack) R. Sladkey

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Jack Sladkey

Graduate of Iowa State University 1954
Graduate Schools University of Houston and Northwestern University
 
Military USAF Pilot Training Class 56M
 
After Basic training at Enid, OK I went to Ellington AFB, Houston Texas and flew T-29s for Navigator Training.  I left the USAF in October 1957 when the base was closed to become the Houston Space Center. By then I had 1300 hours of flying time.
 
I married Lois Unger in August of 1953. I am still happily married after 52+ years. We have five children and a "spare". They live in Boston, Long Island, Chicago, Emporia, KS and two in the Kansas City area. They are all married and have given us 16 grandchildren. One granddaughter graduated from St Louis in its pilot training program.
 
After  leaving the service in October 1957 I worked for Western Electric for 34 years. I was located in Chicago until 1961 when I was transferred to Kansas City making electronic components, transitors, diodes RAMS, etc. Western Electric became AT&T with the divestures of the Baby Bells in 1984. I retired in 1988. Highlights of my career were:
 
              1. Developing an attendance control system that reduced
                  absenteeism by 50% without terminating any of the 2300
                  employees. This system saved the company $50 million
                  a year.
              2. Manager of "Just-In-Time" implementation for the factory.
              3. Manager of 256 RAM in the mid 1980s.
              4. The factory became a Class A factory.
              5. I was the factory manager of 1500 employees and
                  $120 million in sales.
 
After retirement from AT&T I became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City teaching production and operations to senior and graduate students for 14 years.
 
My interests outside of business:
 
              Coordinated the 1984 Olympic torch run in Missouri. I ran with
              the torch across Missouri. I have two Olympic torches.
              I ran a marathon in 1981.
              I play golf and I have had one hole-in-one.
              I am the Executive Director of a maternity home for unmarried
              women.
              I am the chairman of our church - Hillcrest Covenant
              I am the Board Chair of the Executive Service Corps of greater
              Kansas City.
              I am mentor and board member of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial
              Mentoring Program.
              I "bike ride" 350 miles with a son and his FCA huddle club each
              June for six days.
 
I am still in good health.
 
My wife has her master's degree in Early Chilhood education from the University of Kansas. Lois has been head of a preschool for 15 years in our church.
               

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