Charles Stryker Scholarship Fund

DR. CHARLES W. STRYKER SCHOLARSHIP FUND, IN CONJUNCTION WITH PRESENTATION OF MARKETING EDGE'S FINANCIAL INNOVATOR AWARD

On June 5, 2018, Marketing EDGE – the nonprofit organization that ignites the potential of young men and women destined for marketing careers – will honor Dr. Charles Stryker with its Financial Innovator Award as part of the 2018 EDGE Awards.

Dr. Charles Stryker: Remarkable Achievements

Dr. Charles Stryker — "Charlie" — was a prominent entrepreneur in the data industry, who died unexpectedly following an accident in September 2017. Through the company he founded – Venture Development Center – Charlie helped give rise to adtech and martech startups and companies that help brands and organizations capitalize on big data and data-driven customer engagement across online and offline channels.

Dr. Stryker received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering and in 1975, a Ph.D. in computer science from New York University. Yet his dedication to advancing marketing practice, and professional development in our field, was lifelong.

He served as a president of InfoGroup, on the faculty of The Wharton School, and on many boards of both public and private information companies. In 2014, he was recognized as the Data Innovator of the Year by the direct marketing field and presented at a TED conference where he described the future of big data.

In 1996, Charlie founded Venture Development Center, LLC (VDC), where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. VDC is a preeminent advisory firm for the information services industry, and the leading provider of data strategy, data monetization, and custom data sourcing initiatives, supporting many of the major information service providers and representing more than 120 other, lesser-known but highly valuable sources of unique and transformative data.

Charles Stryker Scholarship Fund: 
A National Scholarship Fund to Support Next Generation Marketers 

In conjunction with the Financial Innovator Award, we are proud to introduce the Charles Stryker Scholarship Fund, which honors his lifelong achievements and dedication to education in the dynamic field of data and marketing. As its namesake impacted countless men and women throughout the field of marketing, as well as financial investment in this field, this new scholarship fund ensures that his legacy of impact continues for generations to come. This Fund is designed to support talented students from diverse backgrounds and with broad skill sets, who have a common desire to pursue a career in data-driven marketing.

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