Mr. Kirk Bagnal currently serves as Manufacturing Manager of Attends Healthcare Products, Inc.’s Greenville, North Carolina site. Prior to this appointment, he was the site’s Senior Director of Organization and Systems Development. Attends was recognized as the Industry of the Year for Pitt County 2009-2010 due to its incredible turnaround over the past 5 years: financially, through community involvement, and overall positive impact to its customers… both internally and externally.
Prior to becoming Attends Manufacturing Manager, Kirk had worked for Attends for 4 years and was responsible for the following disciplines at Attends: Safety, Training, Financial Reporting, Leadership Development, Process Engineering, Continuous Systems Improvement, Document Control, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma. In his current role and in all previous roles, Kirk has displayed a passion for leadership and leadership development that drives him to be the best that he can be so that he can invest in other leaders.
Prior to joining Attends Healthcare, Kirk worked for Tyco Healthcare (a Medical Device Company) for 10 years serving in Quality Assurance, Engineering, and Manufacturing Management. Kirk earned his Six Sigma Blackbelt and his Lean Certification with Tyco. His career at Tyco was preceeded by his 7 years in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Major. While in the Army, he was a Tank Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Maintenance Officer, Brigade Reconnaissance and Security Leader, and Tank Company Commander. Kirk completed the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms & Services Staff School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. His favorite experience serving in the military involved a “Joint Peacekeeping Operation between the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division and the Russian Army” in 1995.
Regarding local community involvement, Kirk is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s Greenville Leadership Institute whose mission is to inform, challenge, and motivate leaders to become involved in supporting and directing the future of Pitt County. He is also a member of the council for the “Teen Leadership Institute” designed in a similar fashion with focus on 30+ teens each year.
Kirk holds a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University (Greenville, SC). While attending Furman, he was awarded a 4-Year Army R.O.T.C. scholarship. Also while attending Furman, he met his college sweetheart, Ruthie. Kirk and Ruthie have been married for 18 years and they have 4 children: Kimbi (16), Kaitlyn (14), Kaleb (7), and Karson (2). Although Kirk’s focus on “leadership development” is important to him, his true passion is rooted in his faith and is evidenced in his love of his family. Kirk and his wife Ruthie have been involved in High School Youth Ministry through their church for the past 18 years. Investing in the “Next Generation”… (whether at work, or at church, or in his community… AND with his own children) is what fuels Kirk day after day. He truly believes that the #1 problem plaguing our society is a lack of leadership… in the home, in our churches, in our communities, in our places of business, and all over the world. He believes that whenever you see a systemic problem in any organization – large or small – the root ALWAYS comes back to some violation of a leadership principle. Kirk’s leadership philosophy is borne out of a military, structured background, coupled with lifelong lessons in ministry leadership from his father, and rounded out by continuous learning through mentors, authors, leaders in society, and peers.
His hobbies include reading, travelling, playing soccer, coaching, exercising, and all kinds of music.