XZRS: Mac Chaney - The Man Who Headed the Team That Developed the CD Player


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The Man Who Headed the Team That Developed the CD Player - Mac Chaney grew up in the poverty-stricken South Eastern United States during the post WWII days when cotton was king. He lived on a farm, and graduated third in his class from Riverton High School in Madison County, Alabama while working at a grocery store each evening for five hours and ten hours on Saturday. Beginning full time work in residential and commercial electrical work within a week of graduation, he learned the electrical trade. However, the Selective Service had a draft quota to fill for opposing Castro's interests in the island to the south. Avoiding the draft, Mac volunteered for the US Air Force where he studied electronics, along with radio and electronics telephone switching systems. After working each of these fields for two years, Mac left the service to enter industry as a field service engineer. Two years later, after traveling the world over, he began work with a team designing electronic telephone systems. Mac's claim to fame was the opportunity to head up a team of Ohio State doctorate-level students to design and build the original CD player. With ten years of design work behind him he advanced to a management position, heading up systems test and from there became the manager of quality engineering. For years he worked with his wife, Brenda, to rear three children while working a full-time job and attending East Tennessee State University working toward a degree in management. With seventeen years of quality engineering, process control and quality management, behind him, he ended up the director of quality for a company in Mississippi. He left quality and built a thriving sales company. Although sales had its ups and downs with fluctuating economies, Mac held on because it gave him the opportunity to interface with merging technology. He continued his work, much as he did on the farm, learning by doing. Mac's current company, AdeptRep, Inc. Located in Madison, Alabama, now serves the South Eastern US, representing twenty companies and calling on businesses in a number of related high-tech industries.
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