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3/22/04

Retired Gore Germany Leader to Speak For Executive Lecture Series

Salt Lake City-March 22, 2004-Heinrich Flik, a member of the board of directors for W. L. Gore & Associates and former leader of Gore Germany, will speak as part of the Weldon J. Taylor Executive Lecture Series on Monday, April 19. He will examine the importance of a changing culture for the changing organization. In his 35 years at Gore, Flik worked side by side with Bill Gore, and promises to share his insight into the life and work of one of the company's founders.

Flik started at Gore in 1968 as a sales associate, and then joined the company's 12-person facility in Germany. Less than a decade later, he became the second director of Gore Germany, and helped establish the first sales offices in France and Italy, and two more plants in Germany. After playing critical leadership roles for Gore in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Japan, Flik is perhaps proudest of his contributions to the Gore culture as a team builder. His article, "The Ameba Concept," explores how associates respond to opportunity in the Gore culture. Flik holds a master's degree in business and a Ph.D. in cybernetics. In March 2003 he retired from Gore Germany, but continues to share his entrepreneurial knowledge as a member of Gore's board or directors.

W. L. Gore & Associates was established in 1958 by Bill and Vieve Gore, and has grown to a $1.35 billion enterprise with 45 locations worldwide. The company is repeatedly named among the "100 Best Companies to Work for in America," and is best known for its GORE-TEX fabrics.

Flik's lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Gore School of Business Auditorium and is open to the public at no charge. Free parking is available at 1700 South and 1200 East. For more information, call 832-2602.

The Weldon J. Taylor Executive Lecture Series at Westminster College, presented by American Express and the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, features distinguished speakers who consult with local business leaders and students enrolled in Westminster College's graduate and undergraduate business programs. The series is named after Dr. Weldon J. Taylor, the former dean of the Brigham Young University School of Business. Dr. Taylor was instrumental in developing the M.B.A. degree at Westminster College and the executive lecture series as part of the graduate program.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu.