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Bud Rolfs (TFNN Radio Host)
Bud Rolfs joins the TFNN family as chief technical analyst in the "Tiger Trading Post".
Bud originally hails from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
Coming from a small rural community, Bud
was raised in an environment that placed great value on such characteristics as honesty, responsibility, and hard work.
"What I believe I personally brought to that environment was a tremendous drive for achievement, a great appreciation for creativity, and a warm sense of humor," Bud humbly adds.
In the late 60's, at the height of the Vietnam War, Bud's sense of duty lead him toward service to our country.
And so it was that upon graduation from High School
received acceptances from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy
and the United States Military Academy at West Point
, as well as a full 4-year ROTC scholarship to Drexel University
chose West Point and after 4 arduous years graduated as part of the "Proud and Free Class of '73".
"I knew that leadership would be a lifelong pursuit whatever vocation I wound up pursuing, and that no where was there a greater tradition of leadership training than West Point.
With a wink he
observes, "But getting a 'taste of leadership' at West Point was sometimes a bit like getting a drink of water from a fire hose!
During his 5 year active duty tour, Bud served as a Field Artillery officer with the 1 st Infantry Division in Ft. Riley Kansas and Germany, receiving the Army Commendation Medal.
Upon leaving the service in 1978, Bud accepted a production supervisor's position with Polaroid Corporation, and followed that with an outstanding 25 year stint with Polaroid and Analogic Corporation highlighted by significant achievements in operations, engineering, and program areas of the business.
"I guess the common thread across those many years was my ability to achieve unprecedented results through leveraging innovative approaches to the analysis and application of critical data combined with a passion to bring out the best in all those whom I was so honored to work with," Bud offers.
Perhaps an excellent example of those talents was Bud
's role in the development of statistical process control and his
leadership in one of the nation's first large scale operator-controlled product release system, named by Bud as "Operation Greenlight".