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
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
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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