PORTLAND, OR, November 04, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Barry M. Mundt with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Mundt celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Mundt was born in 1936 in San Francisco, CA and was Inspired by his father, who was a Stanford University graduate and a Civil Engineer. Mr. Mundt began his professional career before he graduated college. He took his junior year off to work at Aerojet-General Corporation in Sacramento as a statistician. His father was then the senior Vice President of the company. He then resumed his studies and graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1959. After graduation, he went to work for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale as a reliability engineer in the Polaris Missile Program. During this time, he attended night classes at Santa Clara University, and in 1964, he was awarded an MBA.
He left Lockheed, however, in 1961 to join a newly formed consulting arm of CEIR, a computer service firm. His main responsibility was to help his new employer interface with their customers in the Department of the Navy and Lockheed. He was mentored by one of his Stanford engineering professors, Dr. Grant Ireson. He remained with C-E+R for four years. In 1965 Mr. Mundt was hired by Management Systems Corporation (MSC) in Los Angeles. Somewhat to his surprise, the day he showed up for work, MSC was acquired by Peat, Marwick Mitchell (PMM), which was at that time one of the big 8 accounting firms. The aim of PMM was to strengthen their consulting practice and gain a stronger focus on business strategy and operations management. PMM, a progenitor of the KPMG family, would later become KPMG International, a worldwide network of accounting and consulting firms.
For the next three years, Mr. Mundt focused on general management consulting to aerospace companies. In 1968, he transitioned into government consulting and moved to Tallahassee, Florida and helped to redesign the Florida State Road Department. A year later he was transferred to Atlanta to be a part of the Atlanta Peat Marwick Mitchell office where he led the government consulting practice for the southeastern United States. He became the Partner in Charge of Industrial Engineering for KPMG in 1981, and remained in the Atlanta office until 1984 when he was transferred to the New York office. He took over the commercial services consulting practice in New York City.
During all of these years, Mr. Mundt found time to do what he called "Extracurricular Activities". He was active in the arts and various charities in Atlanta including serving on the annual campaigns for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1974-1982, the Arts Alliance between 1976 and 1981, and was the board chair of the Brandon Hall School from 1982-84 where two of his children went to school. He also was active in the Resurgens Club, a black/white organization of business leaders and was a member of The Capitol City Club. He also was a delegate to the assembly of The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta for a decade. He also was very involved in his professional engineering organizations. He held a number of high level posts including treasurer, president-elect, president (1982-83) and immediate past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). During this period, IIE globalized what had been the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. They expanded operations primarily into Central/South America and Japan. Mr. Mundt went with this organization to Japan for the International Conference on Productivity and Quality. He chaired the 2½ day interactive workshop on "Successfully Implementing Business Process Reengineering". He also conducted seminars on the subject in Costa Rica and Argentina. Mr. Mundt is a life fellow of this organization and an honorary fellow of the U.K. Institution of Production Engineers.
In 1985, Mr. Mundt was named International Partner in Charge of Consulting Practices. He had to divide up his time between a week in Amsterdam (the KPMG International headquarters), a week in New York, and the rest of the time somewhere in the world. One of his biggest tests was spearheading KPMGs activities in Russia. He established a representative office in Moscow. "I was operating alone in Moscow like an agent coming in from the cold". His job was to help managers in Russia's construction industry switch from operating a planned economy to managing a free market economy. He designed and pilot-tested an innovative training program for the massive Moscow Building Committee which included internships with construction companies in the United States. Mr. Mundt deems this time one of the most interesting of his career.
Mr. Mundt stayed on as International Partner until 1992 when he returned to New York and resumed work as a consulting partner in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He was transferred to the KPMG U.S. Headquarters in Montvale, NJ to reengineer KPMG's approach to auditing and consulting. Then, after almost thirty years with the firm, he retired as a senior partner in 1995. At the time, KPMG had a rule that partners had to retire at age 60 to make room for junior partners to move up.
Mr. Mundt was well positioned for his retirement, however. He had built up a network of people and opportunities to keep him busy for many years. So, he formed a new consulting practice with other retired partners naming it The Strategy Facilitation Group. He served at the partner in charge of that business until his complete retirement in 2017.
During this time, he moved with his wife, Sally to Asheville, NC where they were entranced with the continuing education program at the Creative Retirement Center at the University of North Carolina Asheville. They moved specifically for this resource. It turned out to be their avocation for the next 12 years. They both sat on the Steering Council of the organization and headed up many committees. It changed its name along the way to the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLl), one of many of the continuing education centers associated with universities across America. The Osher brothers of Portland, Maine had funded a foundation to support continuing education for seniors in many locales. There are now 125 of them.
Mr. Mundt was also active with the Leadership Asheville Forum from 2012-2017. He was its chair from 2015-2017.
Although the Mundts loved living in Asheville, they had no family there, so, in 2017, they moved to Portland, Oregon to be near their daughter Stacey and her husband. Their other two children, sons, live in Darien, CT (where they used to live) and in Austin, TX.
Mr. Mundt will continue to be known because of the books he has written and edited. He is the author of the KPMG publications -Operational Management for Productivity and Quality: A Worldwide Challenge, and in 1982, Managing Public Resources. He also co-authored the National Association of Accountants' book Current Trends in Cost of Quality: Linking the Cost of Quality and Continuous Improvement. In 1986 he also co-wrote II Manager Pubblico in Italy. He also contributed to and served on the editorial board for the third edition of the Handbook of Industrial Engineering in 2005. In 2014 he co-wrote his last book: Managing Professional Service Delivery.
Mr. Mundt had previously been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the South and Southwest. In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Mr. Mundt has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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