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2001 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences

Christopher S. Frings

The First recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences Award presented by the Management Sciences Division is Christopher S. Frings, Ph.D., and CSP. The announcement was made at the Division meeting July 28, 2001 in Chicago, prior to the Leadership Seminar. He was presented with the inscribed glass-sculptured award and an honorarium. Readers of the division newsletter will recognize his name because his column, Management Magic, has appeared in every edition since its inception. Chris is a charter member of the Division and has served in several positions, including the first treasurer and the Chair in the 1997 and 1998. His articles in the newsletter include diverse management topics such as time management, stress management, success strategies, negotiating, delegating, presentation skills, reaching goals, and planning. His many management-related publication activities include authoring 3 AACC Press books, editor of the Management Q & A Column for Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO), service on the Editorial and Advisory Boards for Clinical Laboratory News and Clinical Laboratory Strategies and developing 3 management self-study courses for Colorado Association for Continuing Medical Laboratory Education.

In 1987 Chris Frings retired after 20 years of service as Director for a regional reference laboratory in Alabama to devote time to his second career as a consultant, speaker, and professional magician. He is a Clinical Professor in the Pathology Department and Allied Health Sciences Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and teaches in the UAB Leadership Institute. He practices the management techniques that he preaches while serving as Laboratory Director for LabSouth, Inc. in Tuscaloosa, AL. As a speaker on management topics Dr. Frings has presented more than 500 workshops, seminars, breakout sessions or keynotes during the past 20 years. He has received the AACC Outstanding Speaker Award for 14 straight years. Within AACC he has held many positions including Treasurer, Chair of the management section for the Delta Group on Changing Practice Environment, and the organizing committee for the Management Review Course. Dr. Frings’ management-related accomplishments are too numerous to mention and his many contributions to management sciences in the clinical laboratory and healthcare industry make him a worthy recipient of the first Outstanding Contributions to Management Sciences Award. He has set a standard that will be hard to match!

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