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Big 5 and NACE International Win Award


Corrosion association revolutionizes its performance management program with human resources expert Roger Ferguson’s distinctive “Big Five” process.

Houston, Texas- NACE International is proud to announce it has been recognized by and Leadership Excellence & Development Forum (LEAD) as an innovator for its successful transition to a performance appraisal system that has improved the review process, employee/manager communication, and morale.

Recognizing that NACE International’s longstanding performance appraisal process was cumbersome for employees, NACE CEO Bob Chalker, tasked Chief Talent Officer Pam Birk with finding a better, more productive solution for the nonprofit. Birk read Roger Ferguson’s book describing the “Big Five” performance management system (Finally! Performance Assessment That Works- Amazon/Kindle), and recognized that this system was the optimal solution to improve the appraisal process for all NACE employees, those writing and receiving the reviews.

“When Pam brought the Big Five method to my attention, it was unlike anything I had seen before,” said Chalker. “As soon as I read the book I was certain that it was worth the effort to change the way we’d been doing things.”

Within months the entire staff at NACE International shifted from the former annual review system to what has proven to be a successful monthly system that provides an opportunity for regular updates and communication between managers and employees in a format that can be completed in less time without halting productivity as typical performance appraisal formats tend to do.

“We are always seeking new ways to develop our team and encourage leadership and growth opportunity,” said Chalker. “Its’ an honor to have our successful efforts recognized by and LEAD.”

About NACE International

Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Corrosion Society, is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind with more than 36,000 members in 130 countries. Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in the U.S., China, Malaysia, India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, and a training center in Dubai, the organization serves all industries impacted by corrosion. NACE International provides it membership with numerous benefits, and offers the most specified technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation. Visit

About Big Five Performance Management

Created in 2013 by Roger Ferguson, Big Five Performance Management is a creative alternative to traditional, annual, employee appraisal that is more effective, less costly, and actually eliminates the traditional, annual process. Visit