The founder and former President of the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Albert (Bert) Foer, received the Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award at the Consumer Federation of America’s 2016 Awards Dinner on June 22 in Washington DC. The text of Foer's acceptance can be found here.
“We are delighted that Bert is receiving this honor,” said AAI President Diana Moss. “This important recognition from the consumer community honors his role in developing the AAI's mission to promote competition that protects consumers.”
Before founding the AAI in 1998, Foer’s career included private law practice in Washington DC; roles as Assistant Director and Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition; CEO of a chain of retail jewelry stores; trade association and non-profit leadership; and teaching undergraduate and graduate business school courses in antitrust.
Long-time consumer advocate and AAI Director Pamela Gilbert said, "No one deserves the consumer service award more than Bert, whose leadership and vision in promoting a free and fair marketplace has helped protect American consumers from anticompetitive practices that reduce choice, lower quality, and raise prices."
Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen, made the award presentation. Esther Peterson was a lifelong consumer and women's advocate. In 1981, after more than 50 years of advocacy, Peterson received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States. Peterson passed away in 1997. She is famous for her advice to young people: “I’m not one who feels that you have to be brave and be a star, but your life can be satisfying and happy if you work to make a difference. Maybe the difference will be just a little tiny piece and not a big difference. But the point is to make a difference by the way you live your life.”
Foer has published numerous articles, book chapters and reviews relating to competition policy. He is editor of The Next Antitrust Agenda and co-editor of The International Handbook on Private Enforcement of Competition Law and of Private Enforcement of Antitrust Law in the United States.