Patrick E. Pinkston

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Patrick E. Pinkston

John Deere Water Works

Laureate 2007

Patrick E. Pinkston was born in Henderson, Kentucky. With his father’s role in the Air Force, he was raised in many places including, Illinois Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Wiesbaden Germany. The Pinkston family settled near Traer, Iowa to be close to family. While in Traer, Pat began dating his future wife Nancy.

Pat graduated from North Tama high school in 1973 and then completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Following graduation, Pat began working for John Deere at the Product Engineering Center (PEC). His first assignment was as Project Engineer in transmissions. He remained in drive train for over fifteen years before moving into manufacturing and management at the PEC. Managing the start up of the tractor factory in Chihuahua, Mexico was one of his most challenging positions at Deere. (Andrea talk to me about these sentences)

Pinkston is a strong leader with a straight forward personality. He does an excellent job developing his team by defining clear expectations and roles for each member. He’s a good listener and pays close attention to detail. Under Pat’s leadership, he was able to manage a $2.5 Billion dollar business effectively and efficiently.

Mr. Pinkston is a twenty-five year member of both the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a key player in the Cedar Valley Tech Works, Inc. project. Passionate about community, Pat has been involved with the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, the Greater Cedar Valley Chamber, UNI Community roundtable, United Way, and Waterloo Development Corporation as well as many others.

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