Mary Lou Roberts has been a tenured professor of marketing at the University of Massachusetts and held a number of administrative positions there including Director of Development. She currently teaches Internet Marketing to a global cadre of students at the Harvard University Extension School. Her Ph.D. in marketing is from the University of Michigan. She is senior author of Direct Marketing Management, 2e, available on her website www.marylouroberts.info. She has published extensively in marketing journals in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Roberts is a frequent presenter on programs of both professional and academic marketing organizations, and has consulted and provided planning services and management training programs for a wide variety of corporations and non-profit organizations. She has been an active member of many professional organizations and has served on a number of their boards.
Debra Zahay is Professor and Department Chair at St. Edward's University. Austin, Texas. She holds A Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Management from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, a J.D. from Loyola University in Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Zahay researches how firms can facilitate customer relationships, particularly using customer information. Her current and recent research topics include customer information management for competitive advantage; information use in new product development and, particularly, crowd-sourcing; data warehousing in CRM environments; email personalization and other aspects of interactive marketing. Some of the journals in which she has published include Journal of Product Innovation Management, Decision Sciences, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Journal of Interactive Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Journal of Database Marketing, and in the working paper series for the Marketing Science Institute. She has presented her work at numerous academic and practitioner conferences. Dr. Zahay's prior teaching experiences include North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Zahay has been the President of her own database and relationship management consulting firm since 1993 and has extensive experience helping companies identify and develop customer relationships. Her prior business experience includes senior marketing management responsibilities at MCI Telecommunications and Dun & Bradstreet. She has also served as a Vice President on the Executive Board of the Chicago American Marketing Association and currently serves on the Board of the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing.