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Retail credit executive

John Vernon Skinner, American retail credit executive. Certified consumer credit executive. Recipient Distinguished Service award Interant. Consumer Credit Association, 1982, award of Excellence Associate Credit Bureaus, 1991.


Skinner, John Vernon was born on August 21, 1938 in Merryville, Louisiana, United States. Son of Vernon and Margaret (Kleinpeter) Skinner.


Student, University Houston, 1957-1960.


Manager collections, assistant manager, Sears Roebuck & Company, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 1963-1964; manager credit, Torrington, Connecticut, 1964-1965; manager collection/authorization, Hartford, Connecticut, 1965-1967; manager group collection, Albany, New York, 1967-1968; supervisor credit field, Boston, 1968; manager credit center, Baltimore, 1968-1973; manager credit center, Washington, 1973-1984; president, Jewelers Finance Superior vena cava syndrome, Inc. subordinate Zale Corporation, Irving, Texas, 1984-1996; president, Chief Executive Officer, Jewelers Finance Superior vena cava syndrome, Inc., Irving, Texas, 1987-1996; senior vice president, Zale Corporation, 1984-1996; executive management committee, Zale Corporation, 1993-1996; consultant, co-owner, Professional Alternatives, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, since 1996. Officer, board directors Consumer Credit Counseling and Education Svc., Washington and Baltimore, 1968-1984, president, 1978-1984, vice chairman, 1989. Member governing board directors Credit Research Center, Purdue University, since 1985, chairman, 1990-1991.

Credit consultant, 1996, corporation credit manager, Staffing Resources, since 1997.


  • Certified consumer credit executive.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


The diversity inside the Church should be respected and supported. Open debate within the Church on certain political and social issues should be encouraged.


The distinctive feature of the Methodist Church is that lay people are involved in decision making.


Board directors Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc., 1994-1996. Member Federal Reserve (member consumer advisory council 1992-1994), Consumer Credit Association (president Greater Washington chapter 1963-1984, board directors), International Credit Association (officer, board directors district XII chapter 1975-1984, board directors, member executive committee St. Louis chapter since 1980, president district XII chapter 1981, vice president St. Louis chapter since 1985, chairman 1989-1991, Outstanding Member award 1979, Greater Washington Outstanding Member award 1979, Service award 1985, Merit award 1988, Pinnacle award 1991), National Foundation for Consumer Credit (trustee, officer 1980-1992, member executive committee 1980-1992, board directors since 1980, vice president, since 1985, chairman 1991-1992, Chairman's award 1982, Harry E. Fuller award 1985, Linkwilder award 1987), National Retail Federation CMD division (chairman 1991-1992, board directors since 1985), National Retail Merchants Association (board directors since 1985, secretary, treasurer 1989).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: racquetball, golf, boating, tennis.


Married Gail Grinnell, September 1, 1960 (divorced September 1981). Children: Sondra Skinner Keefer, Sherrin Skinner Mitzner, Stacey Skinner Schaefer, Jonathan. Married B. Jean Kevane, November 1, 1983 (deceased April 2003).

Vernon Skinner

Margaret (Kleinpeter) Skinner

Gail Grinnell

B. Jean Kevane

Sondra Skinner Keefer Skinner

Stacey Skinner Schaefer Skinner

Jonathan Skinner

Sherrin Skinner Mitzner Skinner