Bachelor, California State University, Long Beach, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Clayton University, 1983.
Group insurance manager Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Long Beach, 1957-1960. Account executive Johnson and Higgins, Los Angeles, 1960-1965. Vice president Behrendt-Levy, 1965-1967.
President, owner Ciernia Company, Denver, 1967-1973. Senior vice president Frank B. Hall Inc., 1973-1975. With Radio Network Controller Capital Management, Los Angeles, 1978-1985.
Owner, manager, consultant Ciernia Company, San Luis Obispo, California, since 1985.
Board of directors Colorado Comprehensive Planning Council, 1970, Center City Opera House Association, 1973. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1951-1953. Member National Association Securities Dealers, Mensa, San Luis Obispo Country Club (board directors 1979-1980).
Married Mary Elizabeth Friese, August 4, 1956. Children: Karen M., Mark J., Jennifer M., Scott W.