Mr. Roger Milliken

Mr. Roger Milliken is the chairman of Milliken & Company, the 141-year old textile and chemical product company headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Milliken has been a leader in continuous quality improvement and a contributor to the emergence of bar coding, rapid response standards, supplier recognition and many other practices now standard throughout the textile industry. In recognition of his efforts, the American Textile Manufacturing Institute honored him in 1986 with its “Samuel Slater Distinguished Service Award,” and he was the first recipient of The Textile & Needle Trades Division of ASQC Quality Award in 1991. In 1999, the Northern Textile Association presented him with its “Lifetime Achievement Award” and Textile World Magazine named him “Leader of the Century” that same year. Since 1984 he has been Chairman of the Crafted With Pride in the U. S. A. Council, Inc., and in 1997, the South Carolina Quality Forum inaugurated its first “Roger Milliken Medal of Quality” award in his name, dedicated to his contributions to the promotion of quality principles in South Carolina and the entire nation. A strong advocate for the environment, Mr. Milliken’s company was named one of only 21 “Environmental Champions” in the nation, by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and McGraw Hill publishing. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to business and was among the first of seven laureates elected to the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. Most recently, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce presented him with the 2006-Buck Mickel Leadership Award for his positive influence in shaping the Upstate of South Carolina