The ESD Association spotlight for March/April is on Fred Tenzer of Desco Industries, Inc.
Fred Tenzer became involved in static control in 1979 and got hooked on static after attending the first ESD Symposium in Denver, Colorado later that same year. At the third Symposium in 1982, the ESD Association was officially formed of which he is considered a founding member with an initial membership number of <100.
That same year, 1982, was the beginning of the ESDA’s Standards activity. Fred wanted to be more involved, so he volunteered to participate in Standards. He recalls that the group first consisted of about 7 members; 5 from the user/military sector and two from the supplier side. The first Chairman was Whit Kirk and the first document produced was the wrist strap standard S1.0. Today, it is known as ANSI/ESD S1.1 For the Protection of Electrostatic Discharge Susceptible Items Wrist Straps.
By 1989, ESDA’s Standard activities had grown to ~18 people with about 4 active projects. There was still only one meeting per year, at the annual Symposium. All that was about to change. In 1989, Steve Halperin became STDCOM Chair. He asked the ESDA President at that time, Clarence Muncie, if he had any restrictions. Being told there were none. . . Steve went to work! Using his considerable organizational skills and legendary energy, Steve transformed Standards and STDCOM to the beginnings of what we see today. He introduced STDCOM to 3 meeting series per year and the goal was to make the ESD Association the leader in ESD Standards development . . . World Wide. It was a real treat and honor to be part of the Halperin machine. It was some years prior to this that Steve introduced Fred to the EIA PEPS Committee, TASK Force 1 and EIA-541, but that is another story.
By 1993, STDCOM had a whole new look. There were now over 150 volunteers, meeting 3X per year, working on some 26 different projects for Standards. These projects were not only Standards documents and ADVs (today’s TRs – Technical Reports), but included projects with ANSI, IEC and other standards bodies. Today, Tim Jarrett is STDCOM Chair and the Standards development activities continue to grow.
Over the past three decades, Fred has had the privilege to work with some of the greatest minds and greatest characters involved in static control. “I got into Standards and found that I got so much from the people that I never got out. My entire “volunteer career” with the ESDA has been with Standards. As a result, I’ve been blessed with life-long friendships that have developed from Standards work”.
Fred works for Desco Industries, Inc. who supports his involvement in Standards activities as the Chair of TAS (Technology and Administrative Support) and Vice-Chair of STDCOM. While the ESDA and all volunteer activities depend on dedicated individuals that see the value of contributing their expertise and time to their industry via ESDA volunteer activities, the real unsung heroes in this are the companies they work for. Whether a fortune 500 company, privately held corporation or LLC, without their support, both in allowing the workday time and funding the travel and expenses, our individual dedication could not be realized.
Fred has been married to his wife Therese (Tree) for 22 years. They met on Cape Cod where they both worked for Packaging Industries. They have lived in Atlanta, Chicago and for the past 15 years, in Stow in Northeast Ohio. Tree is considered an FBI (Full-Blooded Italian) and Fred, after 22 years of marriage, is accepted as an IBM (Italian By Marriage). Fred and Tree enjoy cooking, gardening and traveling. During the summer months, they enjoy exploring back roads together on their 100th anniversary Harley Heritage Soft Tail Classic.
While Fred has no Engineering degree, only a BS in business and an MBA, he often says that with his experience in Standards, he is fairly well grounded in Static Control. . . Pun intended.