President , Representing District 2 (Langley)
Ed and his wife Chris retired after 39 years in Southern California in 2004. He is currently the President/Owner of HALCO Management Systems, a successful industry consulting firm located in Langley on Whidbey Island where he and his wife reside. After his retirement as a licensed manufacturing engineer and manufacturing industry executive, he was anxious to become involved and participate in a variety of community activities. Ed felt that many of the skills he had acquired during his more than 40 years of professional management experience would be valuable assets to bring to a variety of community activities. He also believed that his background working with non-profit organizations in education, industry, government and community activities would be important as well.
Having been a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for 39 years, Ed recently completed two years (2012-2013) as an International Director on the Board of Directors of SME. He has also been active with Edmonds Community College (EdCC), participating as the SME Senior Chapter Advisor to EdCC’s SME Student Chapter, a member of the Material Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the EdCC Worker Retraining Committee.
In addition, he also continues to dedicate time to other South Whidbey area nonprofit organizations and activities including, support to WICA, SW schools, community workforce development, the SW Yacht Club/Parks and Recreation Youth and Adult Sailing Camps Program and the Rotary Club of Whidbey – Westside. Ed is an avid sailor/racer himself, a classic car buff, enjoys learning to play the guitar and working in his shop and garden.