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Edward F. Fern Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

A faculty member of Virginia Tech since 1981, Fern made significant contributions in research on focus group methods in marketing research, professional selling, and channels of distribution. His books and other academic publications number more than 30. He provided numerous services to the profession and the business community, serving as a reviewer for journals and participating in academic and business conferences. He has been recognized with the Pamplin College of Business Ph.D. Teaching Excellence Award. Fern received his bachelor’s degree, M.B.A., and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.