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Impact Washington Announces Retirement of Director of Finance and Announcement of Successor

Friday, June 17, 2022 | News Release

Lori Friedt hands over the role to the new Director of Finance

Impact Washington – NIST MEP is pleased to announce that Eddie A Roldan has been named the Center’s Director of Finance. Roldan will lead all financial administration, budgeting, reporting, and fiscal grant management activities.

"Eddie is a proven leader and brings over 25 years of experience in finance and business administration," said Deloit R Wolfe, Jr, President, and Center Director, Impact Washington. "He is a committed professional who will promote and direct activities that maximize, leverage, and protect the Center's financial resources. He is a great addition to the manufacturing community and our organization."

Roldan is a native of El Salvador C.A. and immigrated to the U.S shortly after college; after a few years in San Diego, California, he moved to the Pacific Northwest in the early nineties and can't think of a better place to call home. He built his executive experience working in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. His career in Washington started when he joined Full House Sports and Entertainment, dba Seattle Supersonics; subsequent roles included executive roles in finance and administration and working for entrepreneurial startups. He began his career in not-for-profits with a stint at the University of Washington. He then joined The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and spent 13 years as their finance director. Before joining Impact Washington, he served as Director of Finance for another local non-profit named HomeSight.

"Impact Washington – NIST MEP plays a pivotal role in supporting manufacturers throughout the state," said Eddie. "With an extraordinary track record of impacts and success, I am honored to be asked to lead the finance function and join this wonderful organization."

Roldan joined Impact Washington in early May. He replaces Lori Friedt, who over the past 5 years has filled various financial roles at Impact Washington.

"On behalf of all my Impact Washington colleagues and our Board of Directors, I want to extend our deepest thanks to Lori," Deloit said. "Over her years of service, Lori has contributed a great deal to the success of Impact Washington. These efforts include leading the change to our ERP system and building a strong financial infrastructure and team that position us for continued success. We will miss Lori, and we wish her the best in her retirement."

About Impact Washington

Impact Washington has mobilized its Manufacturing Network to respond to Washington manufacturers' needs through the COVID-19 pandemic. Impact Washington is a statewide non-profit organization that provides competitive, value-driven services. With access to public and private resources, our goal is to enhance growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, and expand manufacturing capacity in Washington. Our solutions, consulting, and educational opportunities focus on the small and medium-sized manufacturers located throughout the state. We are Washington State's affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program (NIST MEP). Our nationwide Network consists of manufacturing extension partnership centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Since 1997 Impact Washington has 3,000 delivered solutions to more than 1,500 Washington State manufacturers.

About MEP National Network™

The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today's technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states, and Puerto Rico, and over 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at more than 400 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the Network interacted with 34,307 manufacturers. According to clients surveyed in FY 2021, the MEP National Network helped manufacturers achieve $14.4 billion in sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $5.2 billion in new client investments, and helped create and retain 125,746 U.S. manufacturing jobs. View the National Impact Data PDF for more information about NIST MEP, the National Network, and client impacts.

About NIST

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To learn more about NIST, visit www.nist.gov.



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