While serving in the United States Air Force, Thomas S. Woods was provided the unique opportunity to work on the quality and reliability of jet and reciprocating engines. His interest in quality assurance piqued during this time, and upon his honorable discharge from the military, he served as a production manager and department foreman for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, OH, for 15 years. Soon thereafter, he acted as the manager and vice president of the Midwest Region of Rath & Strong Inc., in Lexington, MA, for 13 years. From 1980 to 1995, he was the vice president of Reddy, Traver & Woods Inc., as well as the president of Tom Woods Inc., since 1985.
Servicing clients in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, Mr. Woods boasts
over 30 years of experience in training industrial clients to use statistics-based problem-solving techniques for a vast range of products, including microchips and nuclear submarines. Specializing in quality assurance systems, creative and analytical problem solving, product reliability improvement, and techniques for manufacturing cost reduction, he impressively worked directly with Dorian Shainin, the developer of the prominent “Red X” method of finding the root cause of variation in the manufacturing process.
A member of the American Society for Quality and the American National Standards Committee on Quality Assurance, Mr. Woods is a certified management consultant and has been a board of directors member of the Chicago chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants. Teaching quality assurance courses at Harvard Business School, the University of Connecticut, the University of Akron, and Motorola University, he holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. He was featured in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, published in 1992.
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