During the 2013 Imperial Session, held in Indianapolis June 30 - July 4, Alan W. Madsen of Cornelius, N.C., was named Jr. Past Imperial Potentate. In this role, he serves as part of the 13-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity.
Madsen was raised a Master Mason in Excelsior Lodge #261 in Charlotte, N.C., and is a member of the Charlotte York Rite and Scottish Rite bodies. Madsen also served for three years on the Grand Lodge of North Carolina’s Committee for Finance.
In 1981, Madsen became a member of Oasis Shriners in Charlotte and was appointed to the temple’s Divan in 1992; he served as Potentate in 2000. He is a member of the Oasis Marching Patrol and has served as Captain of the Patrol Color Guard, Chairman of the Paper and Plaque Sales Project, Editor of “Desert Dust,” Chairman of the Publicity Committee for the Oasis Centennial, and Chairman of Advertising and Promotions for the Oasis Shrine Circus.
Madsen also serves on the Research, East-West Shrine Game®, Investments, Information Services, and Special Projects/Fund Raising Committees. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the Revenue Cycle Committee and as the Liaison to Shriners Hospitals for Children at Salt Lake City, Portland, Lexington, Tampa and Shreveport.
Additional committee membership includes: the Budget, Planning, Salary Personnel and Retirement, and Strategic Planning for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Insurance and Information Services Committees. Madsen has also served as the Chairman of Educational Seminars, Fraternal Strategic Planning, Salaried Personnel and Retirement, and the Shrine Futures Study from 2005-2006 and from 2009-2010.
Madsen is also a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl and the Royal Order of the Jesters. In 2007, he became the Past Director of the Royal Order of the Jesters Court #109 in Charlotte.
Born in Manistee, Mich., Madsen served four years in the U.S. Navy, both onshore at NAS Whiting Field in Pensacola, Fla., and aboard the USS Shangri-La (CVA 38) based in Mayport, Fla. In 1966 he received his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy. After graduating from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., where he received a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in psychology and journalism, he worked for Cummins Engine Company in Fostoria, Ohio, Mobile Oil Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio and Midrex Corporation in Charlotte, N.C.
In 1975, he and his wife, Jan, established Corporate Personnel Consultants, Inc. in Charlotte. They owned the company until selling the firm in 1998 to the Personnel Group of America (PGA), at which time they both took an early retirement. A Certified Personnel Consultant, Madsen serves on the Advisory Board for Branch Bank & Trust Corporation, and is a former member of the Development Board at Central Michigan University. Madsen is a former member of the Advisory Boards of United Carolina Bank and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and he has been a member of several professional and civic organizations.
Madsen and his wife Jan have two adult children, Paul, a pilot (Captain) for Southwest, and Lisa, a Registered Nurse who lives in South Carolina. Al and Jan have one grandchild, Ryan, who lives in North Salt Lake City, Utah.
Madsen has been very active in his church, serving on the church council and building committee. He is a certified open-water diver and life-member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a national business fraternity.