Vital Signs, Professional Bio Sketch

Tony Polito

Dr. Polito earned a Ph.D. in Management from the Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia. His dissertation topic was "A Study Regarding the Organizational Climate Prescribed by the Philosophy of W. Edwards Deming." He also holds an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a double major in Mathematics and Statistics from Radford University.

Dr. Polito's professional experience includes:

·  cost control, scheduling, and general administration for the Minerals and Mining Division of Kellogg, Brown & Root, (largely held by Halliburton),

·  material control, data control and major component expediting for Volvo Trucks,

·  Manager, Information Services for American Drew, a division of La-Z-Boy, and

·  forecasting, scheduling support and personal computer systems management for the (former) Furniture Division of Singer Corporation.

Dr. Polito has been employed in higher education since 1992. His institutional affiliations include East Carolina University, The University of Georgia, University of Northern Iowa, Wake Forest University and Brenau University. Dr. Polito's current research interests include the Deming Theory of Management as well as lean management, quality management and process improvement topics. His primary teaching interests are in the areas of Quality Management & Operations Management.

Dr. Polito is a member of APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), ASQ (American Society for Quality) as well as MENSA (the International High IQ Society).

Dr. Polito's comments/thoughts on management, quality and improvement topics have been inked within the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Wall Street Journal Marketwatch, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fortune magazine, SmartMoney magazine, Autocar, the Detroit Free Press and USA Today.