Leonard Moore Achieves ISA Honorary Member Distinction

The International Society of Automation (ISA) gave Leonard W. Moore, Moore Industries' founder and president, its Honorary Member award.

Moore received the distinction "for contributions in the advancement of the arts and sciences of automation over a 40-year career of innovation, product development and business leadership," according to ISA. Moore will be presented with a special plaque and pin to mark this achievement at the ISA Honors and Awards Gala on Oct. 3, at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas.

"The list of previous winners is impressive to say the least. I am, of course, extremely honored to be part of this elite group," said Moore. Previous honorees include Hewlett Packard's William Hewlett and David Packard and the Fluke Corporation's John Fluke. Moore holds several patents related to electronic instrument packaging, signal conditioning and instrumentation and monitoring systems. In the late 1980s, he patented and introduced the Cable Concentrator System, which allows dozens of I/O to be transmitted on a single, twisted-wire digital pair.

"When I learned about this honor, and this might sound corny, the first thing that came to mind was all of the talented people that have come through our door to earn an honest living, and that we have supported them with a great place to work," Moore said. "We have an employee retention rate that is phenomenal in any industry, and during any economy. We have many employees that have been with us 10, 20, 30, and even over 35 years," he continued.

Moore founded the company in 1968 after recognizing a vital customer need that was going unnoticed. Working out of a friend's garage/shop, Moore designed and built the first Moore Industries SCT signal converter, which soon evolved into a product line of six signal interfaces. In 1974, the company's success brought them to build the current headquarters in North Hills, Calif., which employs hundreds of people today. To date, Moore Industries has nine global locations encompassing North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

In addition to his professional accomplishments and contributions to the automation industries, Moore has been a no-holds-barred individual on both a business and a personal front. An avid fun-seeker, Moore was a professional racecar driver and received his pilot's license at 73. He continues to fly his restored Ercoupe model 415D airplane most every week.

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