When Ted Almon hooked his chain onto something, he wasn't going to fail. At 28, he acquired a failing regional distributor named Claflin Co., and grew it into a successful regional acute-care distributor, one of the last independents in that market.
In 1986, he adapted the "just-in-time" inventory management technique from the Japanese auto industry to create one of the first stockless purchasing programs in healthcare.
As chairman of the Health Industry Distributor Association, he spurred the Paradigm Project, the first critical look at the healthcare supply chain.
He served on the boards of two local hospitals, was an appointee of the Rhode Island Governor's Healthcare Reform Commission, and served on a variety of industry and business task forces dealing with health reform.
Almon had courage, confidence and conviction, without the arrogance to which he might be entitled. He was also supercompetitive. It is said that playing golf with him was enjoyable, so long as you were his partner.