Norm Kester Receives 2020 Goodfellow Award


The California Lab Committee has announced Norm Kester, president of ophthalmic coatings company Quantum Innovations, as the recipient of the 2020 Goodfellow award. The award was presented to Kester during a virtual happy hour on April 23rd.

The annual Goodfellow award recognizes a lab executive or business leader who actively contributes to the advancement of the optical industry. Past winners include David Rips, President of Younger Optics, and Keith Grossman, co-founder of Simplify Optics.

Born in Germany, Kester joined the U.S. Navy in 1989 and served in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as well as Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He left the Navy in 1995 and was hired by Satis Vacuum in Dallas, becoming president of the company three years later.

He was appointed Vice President of Satis Vacuum of America in Columbus, Ohio in 2000.Kester left Satis in 2002 and started Quantum Innovations in his garage, after moving to Oregon. In 2009, he patented the company's signature innovation, Gravity, which as the name suggests uses gravity for the movement of parts through a vacuum system.

In 2013 and 2019, Quantum Innovations was recognized as one of the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine.


Labtalk June 2020