About the Author
Thomas C. O'Guinn is Professor of Marketing at The University Of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also Research Fellow in the Center for Brand and Product Management, also at U.W.-Madison. Thomas has published widely. He has served on many editorial and advisory boards, and his research has won several awards. He has assisted several major marketers with their advertising and marketing. He is currently involved with UW-Madison's Design for Business Thinking initiative. He has never owned a mini-van.
Chris Allen is the Arthur Beerman Professor of Marketing at the University of Cincinnati. He has also held faculty positions at Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research has investigated the influence of affect and emotion in decision-making and persuasive communication. Other published work has examined consumption issues in diverse domains such as determinants of household spending, motives for blood donation, fostering energy conservation, and the effects of news reporting on consumers' attitudes. It has appeared in numerous journals and compilations, including JCR, JMR, JM, JPP&M, JBR, Journalism Quarterly, Journal of Advertising, Harvard Business Review, Advances in Nonprofit Marketing, and Handbook of Consumer Psychology. Chris has served on the editorial review boards for JCR, JCP, JM and JA, and has been a frequent reviewer for programs such as the Ferber Award, and the AMA/Howard, ACR/Sheth, and MSI Dissertation Competitions. He has also served as program administrator for P&G's Marketing Innovation Research Fund--a funding source for dissertation research. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing and Consumer Psychology from Ohio State.
Richard J. Semenik is Professor of Marketing and former Dean of the College of Business at Montana State University-Bozeman, as well as founder and Executive Director of the College's Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West. Before coming to Montana State, Rich served as head of the Marketing Department at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and Associate Dean for Research. He also has co-founded two companies. With expertise in marketing strategy, advertising, and branding, he has given numerous speeches and seminars across the United States, as well as in Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Mexico, Germany, France, Belgium, and Scotland. He also has been a visiting research scholar at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a visiting scholar at Anahuac Universidad in Mexico City, Mexico. His research has appeared in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Consumer Research, and Journal of International Advertising, as well as the proceedings of the American Marketing Association and Association for Consumer Research conferences. He has consulted with major corporations, advertising agencies, and early stage start-up companies including IBM, Premier Resorts International, SFX Entertainment, the Van Gogh Museum (Netherlands), American Investment Bank, Printingforless.com, InfoGears, Scientific Materials, and LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals. Professor Semenik also served on the National Board of Directors of the American Advertising Museum and the Industry Relations Board of the American Academy of Advertising. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.