National Board of Chiropractic Examiners honors longtime executive [Greeley Tribune, Colo.]
(Greeley Tribune (CO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nov. 03--Horace Elliott has a life-long connection to the chiropractic profession -- first as a boy, when a chiropractor helped him recover from an illness, and later, when two of his brothers became chiropractors.
Now, as he closes in on retirement after serving nearly 28 years as the executive vice president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 901 54th Ave. in Greeley, he says he's most proud of working with board members over the years to bring changes to the chiropractic testing process.
"It's been a high honor to work with all of them because they're leaders in their own right," Elliott said. "I feel like together we have been able to do some good things for the profession."
Colleagues and friends recognized Elliott this past week, praising him for playing a major role in raising industry standards and helping to implement a first-of-its-kind test for would-be chiropractors.
Elliott responded to the accolades in what many described as his true, humble form: "That's not me. It's the staff that has been with me."
Elliott, a Kentucky-born former math teacher, joined the national board as its executive vice president in 1986, helping to oversee the testing process through which all licensed chiropractors in the United States must go.
Donna Liewer, executive director of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards in Greeley, said she remembers when Elliott took the position, and how he exuded "energy and class." She said he immediately started looking at all the processes for testing, and he gently asked how to make them better and offered suggestions for improvement -- a practice he continued doing throughout his career.
"(The board strives) for that level of quality because he set the bar," Liewer said.
Donald Petersen, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic, presented Elliott with the publication's Person of the Year award. Petersen said among Elliott's most notable accomplishments is his role in bringing a practical application test to the industry that involves chiropractic candidates demonstrating their skills on live actors.
That test is a first of any industry, and many have since adopted the method, Petersen said. Other nations are also following the same standards set forth by the national board.
"They're now using many of the things that were developed here under Horace's oversight," Petersen said.
Elliott is on the board of directors of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the board of the Greeley Rotary Club. He said he wants to be involved in the community to help promote the city that has been supportive of him and of the organization.
"Greeley is an excellent place to live and an excellent place to work," Elliott said.
Pamela Kurtz, director of administration for the board, was the first person Elliott hired. On top of his dedication to bettering the chiropractic testing process, she said Elliott is fiercely passionate about helping others.
"He genuinely cares about people," she said. "You feel like you're a family member with him. He would do anything for anyone on our staff."
Kurtz said along with his reputation for being fair and kind, Elliott is known for having an insatiable sweet tooth and for his love of Blue Bell ice cream. In fact, Kurtz and Liewer said he single-handedly worked to ensure Walmart stores in Greeley carried the company's products.
Elliott plans to retire by the first of the year and move with his wife Sue to Texas, where they'll be close to children and grandchildren.
"She's been waiting for me to come," he said at his retirement celebration. "Now we're going to come home together when we go to Texas the first of the year."
Normal Ouzts, president of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, called Elliott an "icon in the industry" before presenting the couple with two paintings as a retirement gift.
"Horace has been invaluable to the board," Ouzts said. "He's been the face of the corporation."
Liewer and others said Elliott will be dearly missed and is an irreplaceable part of the organization. She said the board's Horace C. Elliott Center, the NCBE campus' third building -- which Elliott played a large role in planning -- is a testament to his commitment to excellence in all aspects. The building was completed in 2010.
"He's part of the structure, of the integrity of the building and the integrity of the (organization's) mission," Liewer said.
(c)2013 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.)
Visit the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) at www.greeleytribune.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services
[ Back To Technology News's Homepage ]