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Ken Gardner is currently in his fifth year of Plant Manager with Alliance Compressors. He has had 25+ years in manufacturing and is site leader for Alliance Joint venture with 600+ employees. Ken received his B.S. in Mathematics from Northwestern State University, and his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from La Tech University. He is a certified Lean Champion, and also holds a black belt. Gardner serves on the executive board for The Boy Scouts of America Norwela Council, North and Central Louisiana Manufacturing Manger Council, and is a past board member of the Louisiana Board of Business and Industry, Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce, and the Grand Knight and Financial Secretary, Knights of Columbus Council #1357.

Ken Gardner is marred to his wife, Peggy, of 26 years. They have three children: Nathan, Abigail, and Madelyn. Ken’s family is all very focused on diet and exercise and a very active lifestyle. His personal exercise focus is strength training, HIIT, and running. He has competed in many 5K’s, half-marathons and triathlons including the Natchitoches Meat Pie Triathlon. He is looking forward to competing in a Spartan race at some point in the future.