Dr. Bart Weitz
Dr. Barton Weitz

Weitz receives Florida Retail Federation’s lifetime achievement award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –Dr. Barton Weitz, the former jcpenney Eminent Scholar Chair at the Warrington College of Business Administration, received the Florida Retail Federation Lifetime Service Award for his dedicated service to the FRF and the industry.

Dr. Weitz, who retired this summer after spending 27 years at Warrington, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on retailing. He was the founder and Executive Director of the David F. Miller Retailing Education and Research Center, one of the nation’s leading research centers dedicated to the retail industry.

“Bart is a teacher, a mentor, a colleague, and a trusted friend to Florida’s retailers,” said FRF President and Chief Executive Officer Rick McAllister, who presented the award to Dr. Weitz. “His work has helped thousands of individuals and dozens of companies thrive in the retail business. We are truly fortunate that he chose to live and work in Florida.”

In addition to his scholarly duties at Warrington, Dr. Weitz exhibited exemplary leadership at some of the field’s elite academic and professional organizations. He serves on the Editorial Board of numerous premier publications including Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Marketing Research and Marketing Science. He has served in numerous leadership positions at the American Marketing Association including Chair and as a member of its Board of Directors. Dr. Weitz also served on the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation, National Retail Institute and Florida Retail Federation.

Among other honors Dr. Weitz has received are the AMA/Irwin Distinguished Educator Award in 1998, the AMA Sales, Retailing, and Interorganization Relations Special Interest Groups Lifetime Achievement Award and the NRF Retailing Educator of the Year Award. His coauthored textbook on Retailing Management is used by over 25,000 students each year.

Dr. Weitz earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA (1963) and Ph.D. (1967) from Stanford University.