About the Author
Ron Jacobs is President of Jacobs & Clevenger, Inc., an integrated marketing and professional services company with a focus on customer relationship marketing and based in Chicago, Illinois. He is also Senior Lecturer in the Medill/Integrated Marketing Communications Program, Northwestern University, where he teaches interactive marketing and E-Commerce. He was Program Coordinator for the Certificate of Direct Marketing Program at DePaul University from 1991 to 1995. Ron is a 1994 recipient of the Direct Marketing Education Foundation's Outstanding Direct Marketing Educator Award. A frequent speaker in the United States and internationally, Jacobs is the author of articles on such direct marketing issues as customer acquisition, database development, interactive/new media, business-to-business campaigns, integrated marketing communications, privacy, and customer relationship management. Jacobs is on the DMA Information and Interactive Tech Council and served as Vice Chair 1997-199 and E-Commerce Chair 1998-1999. He has served as an expert witness on the uses of consumer data and privacy. He is on the Advisory Board for the DMA Political Action Committee. A past president of the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing, Ron has served as Trustee of the CADM's Education Foundation and is past General Chairman of the CADM's Education Foundation Campaign Committee. He was CADM's 1998 Direct Marketer of the Year. Prior to beginning his direct marketing career, Ron spent 10 years with Trans World Airlines, where he worked in Customer Service, Operations, and agency sales.