When Dick Mindlin prepared
to retire as the first staff head of the UCC, the Board
decided his successor should be an educator and
motivator, skilled in the development and implementation
of education programs. The development of the U.P.C. was
complete and the grocery industry was well on its way to
full use. The Board considered education the Code
Councilís primary ongoing function.
In the spring of 1983, a search was initiated to find
such a candidate. The winner was Harold Juckett, a
career Xerox executive with a significant background in
customer education and training. He matched almost
perfectly the profile for a successor to Mindlin,
Juckett made his first appearance at the November Board
meeting, a month before he became an employee.
After Mindlinís retirement, Juckett began to develop his
image of what the UCC should be. In his vision, UCC
standards should be expanded beyond the grocery industry
and across the ocean. It was Hal Juckett who recognized
that the UCCís future lay in global supply chain
management. When he joined UCC, it had a staff of 7.