Clay Graham is a management consultant with Analytical Advantages, LLC specializing in non-linear stochastic optimization. He teaches courses in statistics and entrepreneurship at DePaul University's Business School. His formal education includes a B.S. from Purdue and graduate degrees in Economics (M.A.) and Business (M.B.A. - Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University). He was a NASA Scholar (National Aeronautical and Space Administration) during his Ph.D. studies at Northwestern (concentration in advanced large scale computer modeling and mathematical simulation.) Clay has functioned in various advisory capacities to Purdue and Northwestern Universities.
His entrée into the sports gaming field first came while developing an optimal batting order algorithm for a major league baseball team. During that project, creation of integrated databases and innovative statistical modeling methodologies drew the interest of many professionals and resulted in his presentation to the Palisade's Users Conference in late 2006.
Prior to his current undertakings, he was CEO of an upstart aerospace, laser mapping and engineering firm. He's brought with him years of practical management and leadership experience from the metal finishing industry where he owned and operated his own firms in the Chicago area. He introduced effective statistical process control technology to many firms including: Motorola, Siemens and Ford. He served that industry by being president of the local trade association, a director of several national alliances and sitting on industry standardization and quality committees.
Before running his own companies, Graham was with one of the world's foremost Management Consulting firms - A.T.Kearney, lnc. where he introduced cutting edge computer and mathematical modeling to the transportation and service distribution industries. Clay has written and published extensively in the areas of: profitability and control, marketing, financial risk, computer integrated manufacturing and technology. He has been a featured and keynote speaker at many trade association and professional conclaves. He was awarded the top technical paper in the world at the Second Asian Metal Finishing Forum (part of the Tokyo World Exposition). At INTEREX EUROPE (Hewlett-Packard users) he presented an award winning work on a fully integrated system of research and development, process control and management integrating: personal computers, micro-systems, programmable controllers and digital-analog interfaces. He was also the subject of a press conference by Alteon Networks at Netwo rld + Interop (Atlanta 1998) where he introduced the first commercial application of large file transfer incorporating "Jumbo Frame Technology".
Clay and his companies have been the subject of articles in Forbes, Business Week, Modern Metals, Industrial Finishing and Arthur Andersen's Small Business Forum. In addition, the methods incorporated in the management of his firms have been utilized in academic case studies in the United States and Western Europe. He was selected to speak on "The Management of Professional Advisors" before a joint session of the American Bar Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He has served as an Advisor to the White House and Members of Congress in the areas of economics, environmental control and management strategy.