Warren E. Norquist

Norquist, Warren editFormer Vice President, Purchasing and Materials | Polaroid Corporation

BS Mechanical Industrial Engineering, University of Michigan, 1953; MBA, Harvard Business School, 1955

Initiated Triangle
Michigan Chapter, 1950; served as Steward

Wife Carol (met at Michigan); children Grover Loraine, Alan, and David; two granddaughters

Engineering Supervisor, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 1955-1959; Management Positions, Polaroid Corporation, 1960-1993

Activities (Former)
Captain, four years, Engineering Debating Team, U of M, 16 wins, 0 losses; Chairman, Boston Section, American Society of Mechanical Engineers; President, Engineering Societies of New England; Board of Directors, American Society of Quality, 1973-1982; Member, Quality Review Board, Waltham-Weston Medical Center; Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and Georgia; Board of Directors, American National Standards Institute; Delegate, six years, to Methodist Annual New England Conference; Career Advisor, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science; Certification Board, National Association of Purchasing Management; Co-author, Creative Countertrade–How to Do Business Worldwide; Creator, “Zero Base Pricing” approach to Purchasing; Co-author, Zero Base Pricing–Achieving Competitiveness Through Reduced All-In-Costs, 1990 and in ninth printing; Editor of chapter on Global Purchasing in The Purchasing Handbook, Interviewed on Purchasing ideas by CPI Purchasing, Fortune, EB News, New York Times, Purchasing, Purchasing World, Wall Street Journal, Electronic Business, Electronic Purchasing, MASSHIGHTECH.

Current Activities
Board of Directors, Citizens for Limited Taxation (since 1984); Board of Directors, National Scoliosis Foundation (since 1990); Board of Directors, American Society for Competitiveness (since 1993)

Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Pi Tau Sigma; James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan; Phi Kappa Phi, Award for outstanding senior in activities and scholarship, University of Michigan; George F. Baker Scholar, Harvard Business School; Fellow of American Society for Quality since 1973; R. Shaw Goldthwait Award by New England Region of ASQ; Edwards Medal from American Society for Quality in 1988 (“the most outstanding leadership in the application of quality control methods”); Harry J. Graham Memorial Award by Boston Purchasing Association; A Top Professional Purchaser by Electronic Buyers’ News for Lifetime Achievement