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Tony Perez

Tony has worked in the quality field for over 25 years in the defense electronics and commercial electronics industries. He is currently the Program Manager of The University of Texas Center for Performance Excellence involved in enabling and recognizing organizational performance excellence using a Baldrige based assessment process in Texas. He has worked as a Quality System Manager with the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola, Inc. in Austin, Texas involved in implementing and maintaining a QS-9000 quality management system, managing the use a Balanced Scorecard, and using the Baldrige criteria to drive organizational performance improvement. Prior to joining Motorola, he was a Quality System Manager at Dell Computer Corporation where he was responsible for leading the implementation and management of a quality management system compliant to ISO 9000 at the company’s manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. He was also managed Dell’s corporate-wide business process improvement system using the Baldrige criteria and supplier quality management. He has worked at Texas Instruments where he was a Quality Assurance Manager responsible for supplier quality and qualification of purchased electronic components. He also worked at Tracor Aerospace as a Quality Engineer involved in the production of defense electronic equipment. Prior to this he served as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Air Force. He is a Fellow with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and Quality Auditor. He is a long time member of the ASQ Austin chapter having served as chairman, treasurer, and various committees. He has served on the U.S. Commerce Department Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, and 2000. He served on the Panel of Judges and Board of Overseers for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence 1993-2007. During 1991 – 1999 he served on the Board of Directors and Panel of Judges for the Greater Austin Quality Award which he co-founded in 1991. He taught quality assurance courses at Austin Community College and has served on industrial advisory boards for Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. He earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Arkansas and Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.