C. Allen Bulter

President & CEO
Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc.

Vision Statement

At a high level, the role of VP Practice consists of representing the Practice Community on the INFORMS Board of Directors. However, “representing” does not mean solely advocating for policy decisions that benefit the Practice Community. VP Practice provides a practice-oriented viewpoint to the Board so that better decisions can be made for the entire Society.

During my first term as VP Practice, I strove to foster a continuing healthy relationship between practitioners and academics. One direct way this goal has been addressed is in standing up a new Committee on Industry-Academia Collaborations. Two other committees that serve this goal in a more indirect way are the Practice Strategy Committee, which I chair, and the Committee on Industry Outreach and Engagement. A significant accomplishment of this latter committee was the creation of a free booklet, How Organizations Can Get Started with Analytics, designed to help leaders who want to get started with, or enhance, analytics implementation in their organizations. I highly recommend this guide to all INFORMS members.

I have also enjoyed working with a great team of professionals who are monitoring, guiding, and enhancing INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) and Associate CAP (aCAP) programs. We recently began the process of reviewing the Job Task Analysis for the CAP exam, which will in turn lead to an update to the exams themselves. This is critical to assuring that the exams are testing the most current and relevant knowledge, thus certifying the analytics qualifications of those who pass.

If elected for a second term, I look forward to serving our Board, our community, and my many fine INFORMS colleagues.

Biographical Profile

Education

  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Ph.D. Mathematics (Functional Analysis), 1987 
  • University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Master’s Degree in Mathematics, 1980
  • Texas Tech University; Bachelors of Arts, Mathematics, 1976

Professional Experience

  • Georgia College (Asst. Professor, 1985 - 1987)
  • Daniel H. Wagner Associates
    • President & CEO 2008 - Present
    • Vice President 2005 - 2008
    • Senior Associate 1995 - 2005
    • Associate 1987 - 1995

INFORMS Activities

  • Company representative to the INFORMS Roundtable (2000-2017) - Organized Meetings, Served on Multiple Committees, and acted as liaison to various INFORMS communities, the INFORMS President and the INFORMS Board
  • INFORMS Section on Practice (formerly CPMS) (Council Member 2003-2017, Vice Chair 2016-2017)
  • Wagner Prize Committee (member 2000-2019, chair 2008-2016)
  • Edelman Gala Committee (member 2008-2017, chair 2013-2015)
  • Analytics Section (member 2011-2019)
  • Analytics Market Study Steering Committee (2010)
  • Author of multiple articles for OR/MS Today
  • VP, Practice INFORMS Board of Directors (2018-2019)
  • And last, but certainly not least, INFORMS Fellow 2015

Other Professional Activities

In addition to INFORMS, I am also a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). I have presented talks at numerous meetings of all these organizations. I have also organized, served on, and chaired, various panels for these organizations. I am currently the chair of the Business, Industry, Government Special Interest Group of the MAA (BIG SIGMAA) and I formerly served on the MAA Board of Governors. I am a visiting lecturer for SIAM. Finally, I serve on two Boards, the Advisory Board for the BIG Math Network and the Industrial Advisory Board of the Physics, Computer Science and Engineering Department at Christopher Newport University.

Publications

The majority of my scientific writing is in the form of technical reports for clients. I have published a small number of mathematical papers in refereed journals and a larger number of papers in conference proceedings. My first paper was a joint one with Mike Trick, while we were both in graduate school, "More on the Evolution of Cooperation," by John J. Bartholdi, C. Allen Butler and Michael Trick, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 30(1), March 1986. I also hold one patent related to surface radar tracking of taxiing commercial aircraft, "Stick Figure Radar Tracking Process."