Whitman, Kent (Talks With Animals)

better know as Whit, but his Ahnishinahbæótjibway name is Onzaamidoon Wiijayaaw Awakaanag (translates in English to Talks With Animals)

Kent was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Massachusetts where he went to grade school. Deciding to teach Vocational Agriculture at the high school level, he went to college, graduating in 1967 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. Upon graduating and because of the Viet Nam Conflict, he entered the U.S. Army as an Officer in the Corps of Engineers. Making the Army a career, he served a distinguishing 20-year period, retiring at the rank of Captain from the Army in 1987. While in the Army, he served in both combat and civil engineering assignments and as an advisor to foreign military engineers and U.S. National Guard and Reserve units. During his service, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Computer Resource Management and Management from Webster University. His Army career brought him to serve and operate both in the United States and in Viet Nam, West Germany, Turkey, Egypt and Honduras.

Upon retiring from the Army, he went to work at PVA-EPVA, Inc. (known as PEP-Direct now) in Wilton, NH. This company was a premium based direct marketing mailing house. Its primary customers were nonprofit organizations doing fund raising activities for their organizational needs. PVA-EPVA, Inc. business activities included doing business internationally. While at PVA-EPVA, he worked his way up from initially being assigned as a Department Manager, to the Warehouse Manager, to the Manufacturing Production Manager and finally the position as Director of Quality Assurance, Business Management Systems and Safety. As the Manufacturing Production Manager he was responsible for a three shift operation including eight major functional areas that produced and shipped up to 5,000,000 pieces of finished goods per week. While serving in his last position, he was the Process Owner (Manager) for the following business processes: Document Control and Process Mapping; Internal Auditing; Business Review; and Corrective and Preventive Action. Kent managed all the Quality Assurance activities and all the Safety activities for the Corporation. In addition, he was responsible for publishing the Corporate Newsletter as well as creating and later updating the Corporate Marketing Video.

Kent has extensive training and experience in both Quality Management and Corporate Management, both at the Corporate/System level and at the individual process level. As a Granite State Quality Council Award Examiner, he is trained in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria. He is a trained Internal Auditor. Kent studied the Deming System of Profound Knowledge and 14 Management Obligations under Dr. Michael Quigley, at the Center for Collaborative Leadership, School of Graduate Studies, at Rivier College in Nashua New Hampshire. He worked with Dr. Quigley in establishing a Deming User Group at Rivier College. Kent's extensive training and experience includes International Business Operations; ISO 9000 – 1994 and 2000 Quality Systems; Dr. J. M. Juran's Quality Improvement Tools; Peter Senge's Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization; Six Sigma Process Improvement; Disaster Recover and Business Emergency Preparedness and a host of other Quality Management and Business Management methods, tools and practices. While at PVA-EPVA, he developed and conducted corporate level Quality Management Training Programs providing this training to all levels of employees from the CEO to Production Associates.

Currently he is an Adjunct Faculty and Part-Time Professor for Franklin Pierce University instructing both graduate and undergraduate courses in Business Management, Leadership, Law Enforcement and Information Technology topics. He teaches at both the Rindge Campus as well as the satellite campuses. He develops and teaches Distant Learning modules for Franklin Pierce University. Kent teaches nearly all of the Management curriculum courses and some of the Marketing courses.

At Franklin Pierce University, Kent serves as a faculty advisor to students who are working toward a degree in management. In addition, he serves on the University Computer Advisory Committee (UCAC), and the African-American, Latino, Asian-American and Native American (ALANA) Advisory Board. He serves as the course coordinator for the Individual and Community Integrated Curriculum Course IC212 Challenge of Business in Society. This position is normally reserved for a full-time faculty member. The Dean granted a waiver and Kent, as a part-timer, was assigned this duty.

As a result of the heavy workload on the faculty members of the Business Administration Division, Kent volunteered to become the Division TaskStream Project Officer (later to be called Division Coordinator). Kent created PowerPoint Presentations and presented them to the Franklin Pierce faculty, Franklin Pierce Board of Trustees and at the TaskStream 2007 Collaboration Exchange held on February 23, 2007, in New York City.

Kent has conducted textbook reviews for McGraw-Hill Publishers. He is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Granite State Quality Council. As an independent Business Management Trainer, Consultant, and provider, Kent presents workplace development training to organizations throughout the Northeast United States. Kent has worked part-time as a Security Officer for Hunter North Associates, LLC. He enjoys reading and studying about a wide variety of topics and he enjoys writing. He has been published in the American Society for Quality - Education Division Newsletter. In addition to his training and consulting business, he is an artisan who owns and operates his own business of designing and producing custom hand crafted leather products, birch furniture and glass etchings, and he enjoys many outdoor sports. Because he is part Ahnishinahbæótjibway, he is active in Aboriginal Indigenous cultural activities and is founder and current Sachem of the New England Aboriginal Council. He was recently appointed by Governor Lynch to the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. He is the Black Powder – Muzzleloading representative on the Board of Directors of the Cheshire County Fish and Game Club, Inc. in Keene, NH. He is President of the Cheshire County Shooting Sports Education Foundation, Inc. in Keene, NH. He is a Board of Director Member of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation. He enjoys fishing, canoeing, and camping.

Whit (Talks With Animals) may be reached at: 603-899-4159 or whitmank@franklinpierce.edu