Following his bachelor's degree, Professor Tontz served as a Captain in the Air Force during Vietnam. He returned to academia earning a Masters degree and completing his PHD work in Economics at UCLA. He managed an Economic consulting firm in the 80's and 90's providing expert witness testimony in complex business litigation. He has taught both Macro and Micro, as well as Managerial and Environmental Economics at CSUN and USC. His primary field of research is the study of the factors which effect decision making over time.