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Dr. Marvin J. Cetron

Dr. Marvin J. Cetron
President, Forecasting International, Ltd.

Dr. Marvin Cetron is one of the preeminent forecaster-futurists in the world. For more than 50 years, he has pioneered corporate and government forecasting, developing many of the techniques that other forecasters now use daily. He remains one of the most active and respected practitioners in his field.

During this long and productive career, Dr. Cetron has consulted for 400 of the Fortune 500 firms, including General Motors, IBM, Best Western, and Capital One; more than 100 government agencies, among them the Central Intelligence Agency, the Transportation Security Administration, and the National Security Agency; and 150 professional and academic associations, including the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. He served as an advisor to the White House for every administration, Republican and Democratic, from the time of John Kennedy through the Clinton years.

Dr. Cetron’s 1994 study, Terror 2000: The Future Face of Terror, circulated privately at the Pentagon, predicted virtually the entire course of terrorism in the years since. Specific forecasts included the rise of large-scale terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists, coordinated attacks on widely distant targets, a devastating assault on the World Trade Center, and the deliberate crash of an airplane into the Pentagon.

During his 20-year career in research and development planning and forecasting with the U.S. Navy, Dr. Cetron was in charge of the design, development, and implementation of the largest, most comprehensive technological forecast of the United States ever conducted.

Dr. Cetron has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. degree in Production Management from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Research and Development Management from American University.

He is a member of the Board of Advisors of both Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware.

In September 2010, a Google search on the names “Marvin Cetron” and “Marvin J. Cetron” returned more than 175,000 references to Dr. Cetron and his work.

Leaving childhood, Dr. Cetron had two bar mitzvahs. The first took place in his home of Lebanon, PA, for his family’s local friends and relatives. The second was in New York City, for his extended family. He recalls that, “Fortunately, I was able to give the same speech both times.” Its topic was “Jewish Heroes in History.”

Since then, he has been an active member of his community. After World War II, he was president of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization for Pennsylvania. At the time, his father was president of B’nai B’rith for Eastern Pennsylvania, while his mother was president of Hadassah. Both were members of the Zionist Organization of America. In Pennsylvania, in 1947, Dr. Cetron took part in a state debate group. His position was that a Jewish homeland should be established in the Palestinian Mandate. His side won the debate.

Dr. Cetron helped start a reform temple in Bowie, MD, in 1963. He was president of the men’s club in Bowie and of the fund raiser to buy the first temple building.

He also was on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center during its formative years.

Dr. Cetron has blown the shofar in every temple he has been a member of since 1948. He has given over 20 courses in how to blow the shofar for the High Holidays.