TOM WHITAKER (1937-2017)

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Tom Whitaker was born in Blanchard, Oklahoma. He had served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC) for over twenty years. MAC has been financed by several venture capital groups. MAC, a high tech company, is the world’s leading provider of video based computer imaging motion capture equipment with offices throughout the U.S. as well as London, Tokyo and Beijing.
MAC systems are used in advanced computer graphic production applications for animation in full feature movies, video games and broadcast. In 2005 MAC was awarded four technical achievement Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. MAC systems are also used in sports, medicine and industrial applications.
Mr. Whitaker had been previously employed by General Electric Company for twenty years. His twelve assignments and relocations throughout the U.S. included sales, sales management, marketing, strategic planning, engineering, manufacturing, customer service and finance. He held positions from trainee to general management. He completed the highest level General Electric Executive Development programs.
Mr. Whitaker held a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Nevada and an M.B.A. degree from the University of California. Mr. Whitaker served for ten years as Director and Chairman of the Board for Redwood Empire Bankcorp, National Bank of the Redwoods and Allied Savings Bank. He has also served as Director of Dry Creek Vineyards, Standard Structures, and was a member of the advisory board for the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University.

In 2008, the society established the "Whitaker-Allard Innovation Award" in recognition of Tom Whitaker's and Paul Allard's contributions to the group and the world of biomechanics. This award was introduced to recognize and compliment the best presentation of the symposium.

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Last updated: Tuesday, October 31 2017