Student, Berlin University, 1932. Student, University Buffalo, 1933. AB, Hobart College, 1935.
Sales representative Wilson & Company, Stamford, Connecticut, 1935-1937. Statistician Francis I. duPont, New York, 1937. Eastern sales manager Simplicity Magazine, New York City, 1937-1940.
Sales promotion and advertising manager Corning (New York ) Glass Works, 1940-1943. Chief of controlled materials plan division War Production Board, 1942-1943. Promotion director McGraw Hill Public Company, New York, 1943-1946.
Director Encyclopedia British Press, Chicago, also New York, 1946-1947. Executive director National Federation Sales Executives, New York City, 1947-1948. President National Sales Executives, Inc., 1948-1957, Management and Marketing Institute, from 1957, Robert A. Whitney & Company, from 1962, Management By Commitment Inc., from 1976.
Special consultant to director Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Washington, 1944-1945. Consultant to director Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, Washington, 1945-1946. Adviser War Assets Administration, Washington, 1944-1945.
Founder, director First International Distribution Congress, Milan, Italy, 1956. Member national industry advisory council to secretary of treasury. Member national distribution council to secretary of commerce.
Member industry advisory committee to the United States Army and Air Force. Member advisory committee ECA. Director 1st White House Conference Small Business and Distribution.
Director Ritec Ltd., DLI International Inc., Elderworks.
Founder, chancellor 1st graduate school sales management and marketing Rutgers University, 1951. Trustee Hobart College, member alumni council. Trustee Irvington House, New York University Hospital.
Member advisory council School Business, New York University. Board directors American Foundation Religion and Psychiatry. Fellow Royal Society Arts.
Member National Planning Association (director), New York Board Trade, American Management Association, Institute Directors (London), American Marketing Association, International Chamber of C. (chairman district committee United States council), Newcomen Society, Kappa Alpha (national president 1963-1964) Clubs: New York Sales Executives, Metropolitan, Canadian (New York City). Union League (Chicago). Arts and Institute Directors (London).
Married Marie Therese Thone. Children: Grace Ann, Marguerite, Barbara Griffith, Robert Avery, John David, Virginia Bradley.