Robert Rudzki graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh in 1975 with a B.S. in industrial engineering (plus a minor in chemical engineering) before earning an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then Rudzki, who credits Lehigh with setting him on the road to success, has become an expert in world-class procurement and supply management.

Over the past decade, Rudzki has been bombarded with reasons to share his expertise in world-class procurement and supply management practice. "In the past 10 years, 600,000 different businesses have filed for bankruptcy ... That's 5,000 businesses per month for a solid decade that don't make it," says Rudzki, a former Fortune 500 executive who is now the president of Greybeard Advisors LLC, a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm. "Those staggering numbers convinced me it was time to share some of my knowledge with others."

The result is Straight to the Bottom Line: An Executive's Roadmap to World Class Supply Management, a book that Rudzki co-authored with three colleagues. The quartet began writing in August 2004, and delivered a finished manuscript to the publisher by the following April.

The book and the buzz that it's generated have helped Rudzki attract new clients while positioning him as one of the country's most sought-after advisors and speakers on procurement and supply chain management.

Of the book, Thomas T. Stallkamp, Former Vice Chairman, Daimler-Chrysler says: "If you are a CEO, COO, CFO or CPO, you should read this."

B.S. Industrial Engineering