Chandler Intel employee Bill Hoddy’s volunteer efforts across Arizona have given him a shot at winning a prestigious regional leadership award.
Hoddy, whose titles at Intel include business quality engineer and lean bronze sensei in the corporate quality network, is one of three finalists in the first Southwest Alliance for Excellence’s (SWAE) Leadership Award competition. SWAE Executive Director Karen Shepard said in an email Hoddy and fellow finalists David Dexter from Sonora Quest Laboratories and Jacob Snow, city manager in Henderson, Nev., “exemplify outstanding leadership within their organizations and are furthering performance improvement within their communities.”
“My boss was joking I was up against the CEO of Sonora Quest,” Hoddy said.
In Hoddy’s case, the involvement beyond the office is connected with his role in Intel’s Mentoring and Planning Services (MAPS) program, where company employees volunteer in the community using their work-related talents. A few of the organizations listed in Hoddy’s biography include Arizona Correctional Industries, Gilbert Fire Department and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, among several others.
Hoddy said he also planted trees and painted houses as part of other volunteer efforts before getting involved heavily in MAPS.
“I wanted to go beyond that and use my skill sets at work,” he said.
His nomination for the award, however, came from his work with Northern Arizona University, in particular with the university’s extended campuses in 2013 and 2014. It was in the latter year NAU and Hoddy began implementing a few projects conjured up in 2013, including one to make the school’s student enrollment process simpler. Hoddy said that project had NAU lessen the number of information sessions — events he said had very few students involved — and focus more on online or phone conversations.
Doing so, he said, provided NAU a consistent means of connecting with students across the state that made it easier for advisors to perform other duties.
“They pretty much implemented that themselves. I did some of the coaching and mentoring, but they did most of the work,” he said.
The project was one reason why Karen Pederson, NAU’s associate vice president for extended campuses, nominated Hoddy for the award. In her essay to SWAE, Pederson highlighted Hoddy’s projects with NAU, his humility, and effectiveness in completing the projects he starts.
“Bill exemplifies not only the core values of the SWAE, but in so doing serves as an exceptional corporate citizen, is actively involved in the community and is impacting positively on the economic vitality of the State of Arizona and beyond,” she wrote.
The SWAE will announce the contest’s winner during a ceremony in Scottsdale on Jan. 27.