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    David Pearce Snyder

    Strategic Forecaster and

    Life Styles Editor, The Futurist




    David Pearce Snyder has been in the forecasting business for over 30 years, during which he has built an impressive track record with his private and public sector clientele, while compiling a multi-million item data base of trends and projections. Snyder uses this data base to create detailed scenarios — "instant pre-plays" — of the most probable combinations of economic, technologic and social realities that specific industries, institutions, or individual communities or nations are likely to encounter during the next 5 to 15 years. Drawing on his nearly 20 years experience as Life Styles Editor of The Futurist magazine, David enriches his statistical projections and expert forecasts with insights and anecdotes of the human comedy, creativity — and distress — arising from society's adaptation to changing economic circumstances and new technology.


    Snyder’s scenarios of the reliably forecastable future serve as "reality checks" for his clients and audiences, helping them to distinguish the short-term fads in their operating environments from the long-term realities, and to separate conventional thinking from strategic thinking, while identifying the best practices and crucial commitments for companies, communities or countries to adopt in order to ride the roller coaster of revolutionary innovation and change to success and prosperity in the 21st Century and the Information Age.


    David Pearce Snyder has appeared on NIGHTLINE and the TODAY SHOW, and on CNN and MSNBC. He is Principal Partner of The Snyder Family Enterprise, a 30-member virtual consultancy that scans the print media for worldwide trends, developments and forecasts. Mr. Snyder and his partner, Dr. Gregg Edwards, Director of the Academy for Advanced and Strategic Studies, have authored dozens of articles and reports on the future of major institutions and industries, plus two books of unparalleled accuracy on the future of the United States: Future Forces (1984), and America in the 1990's (1992), both published by the American Society of Association Executives, Washington, DC.





Antioch College

BA in Government, 1961

University of California at Irvine - RAND Corp.

Graduate Certificate in Operations Research/Systems Analysis, 1969


August 2, 1938, Indianapolis, Indiana


Susan Davis Snyder, February 21, 1959


Catherine Louise (Chandler)

James Gregory Snyder

Matthew Pearce Snyder

Fields of Specialization:

The Information Revolution

Productivity Improvement & Human Resource Management

The Workforce and the Workplace

Social & Institutional Adaptation to Change

Effective Educational Reform

Strategic Decision-Making and Scenarios

Professional Employment:

1975 to Present

      Consulting Futurist

1975 to Present

      Program Director; Technology Futures Inc.

1974 to 1982

      Senior Planning Officer, IRS

1972 to 1974

      Chief, Information Systems, IRS

1968 to 1969

      Consultant, RAND Corporation

1964 to 1965

      Community Development Consultant, OEO

Professional Activities:

1993 to Present

      Member, Editorial Board, On the Horizon

1988 to Present

      Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

1986 to Present

      Member, Board of Directors, Academy for Advanced and Strategic Studies, Washington, DC

1984 to 1992

      Member, Board of Visitors, School of Human Ecology, University of Maryland, College Park

1979 to Present

      Life-Styles Editor, The Futurist

1975 to 1981

      Official, D.C. Chapter, World Future Society

1971 to 1979

      Associate Editor, The Bureaucrat

1970 to 1974

      Board Member, Federal Information and Records Administration Council



Past & Present Clients


ALTA Communications/Gerber

American Century Investments & J.P. Morgan

American Express/World Travel Council

American Marketing Association

American Resort Development Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

American WaterWorks Association (AWA)


California Credit Union League

Con Edison of NY

Employers Reinsurance Group

Frederick Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Houston Industries

Hughes Aircraft Employee Federal Credit

Institute for Science, Engineering & Public Policy

Institute of Museum and Library Services

International Quality & Productivity Center

InterNET Services Corporation, USA

Marriott Executive Seminar

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Association of Health Care Facilities Authorities

National Association of Higher Education Facilities Authorities

National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union

National Restaurant Association

National Rural Economic Developers Association

Paine Webber

Reliant Energy

Remmele Engineering

Soap & Detergent Association

Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.

Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals

Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association

Tucker Anthony Financial Services

Tennessee Valley Authority

Union Planters Bank

VA, MD & DE Association of Electric Co-ops

Washington State Dietetic Association

Water Environment Federation

Young Executives Organization — Winnipeg Chapter


American Association of School Administrators

Association of California School Administrators

Association of Education Publishers

Baruch College, New York City

Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Delaware Principals Academy

Evergreen Washington School District

Garden City Kansas Schools

Humboldt County California Office of Education

Harford County Maryland Community College

Instructional Systems Association

Lenawee Michigan Intermediate School District

Los Angeles County Office of Education Technology for Learning

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Wake County North Carolina Schools

West Virginia Department of Education




California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

California League of Cities

California Public Employers Labor Relations Association

California Society of Municipal Finance Officers

City of Santa Ana California

Council of Former Federal Executives

League of Arizona Cities and Towns

League of California Cities

National Aeronautic and Space Administration

The Retired Offers Association

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

United States Postal Service - Advanced Leadership Program

U.S. Postal Service — Field Policy & Programs

Vigo County Indiana Public Library  




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