McGonagle, John J., Jr. 1944-

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McGonagle, John J., Jr. 1944-


Born December 16, 1944, in Fort Pierce, FL; son of John and Catherine McGonagle; married Carolyn M. Vella (a writer and consultant), August 7, 1971. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Yale University, B.A., 1966; University of Michigan, J.D., 1969; George Washington University, LL.M., 1971; University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1980.


Office—The Helicon Group, P.O. Box 199, Blandon, PA 19510. E-mail—[email protected]


VISTA Legal Services, Washington, DC, 1969-71; Casey, Land & Mittendorf, New York, NY, associate attorney, 1971-73; Williams, Caliri, Miller & Otley, Wayne, NJ, associate attorney, 1973-74; Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander, Washington, DC, resident counsel, 1974-78; INA Corp., Philadelphia, PA, senior counsel, 1978-80; Union Fidelity Insurance Co., Bensalem, PA, vice president and general counsel, 1980-81; The Helicon Group, Blandon, PA, managing partner, 1981—.


Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Cat Writers' Association.


Certificates of Excellence, Cat Writers' Association, 1995, for regular column, 1996, for Burmese Cats: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual, and 2005, for an article on Burmese cats; Fellows Award, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, 1998.



Managing the Consultant: A Corporate Guide, Chilton (Radnor, PA), 1981.

Business Agreements: A Complete Guide to Oral and Written Contracts, Chilton (Radnor, PA), 1982.

(With wife, Carolyn M. Vella) Incorporating: A Guide for Small-Business Owners, American Management Association (New York, NY), 1984.

(With Carolyn M. Vella and others) Master Guide to Control of Corporations: With Checklists, Forms, and Agreements, Institute for Business Planning (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1985.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) Competitive Intelligence in the Computer Age, Quorum Books (New York, NY), 1987.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) Improved Business Planning Using Competitive Intelligence, Quorum Books (New York, NY), 1988.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) Outsmarting the Competition: Practical Approaches to Finding and Using Competitive Information, Sourcebooks (Napierville, IL), 1990, adapted version by John Pearson, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1993.

(Research editor) The Arthur Andersen European Community Sourcebook, Triumph Books (Chicago, IL), 1991.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) A New Archetype for Competitive Intelligence, Quorum Books (Westport, CT), 1996.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) Protecting Your Company against Competitive Intelligence, Quorum Books (Westport, CT), 1998.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) The Internet Age of Competitive Intelligence, Quorum Books (Westport, CT), 1999.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) How to Use a Consultant in Your Company: A Managers' and Executives' Guide, John Wiley (New York, NY), 2001.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) Bottom Line Competitive Intelligence, Quorum Books (Westport, CT), 2002.

(With Carolyn M. Vella) The Manager's Guide to Competitive Intelligence, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2003.

Book reviewer and author of a regular column in Competitive Intelligence. Contributor to periodicals, including Information Management Journal and CatsUSA.


In the Spotlight: A Guide to Showing Pedigreed and Household Pet Cats, Howell Book House (New York, NY), 1990.

Burmese Cats: Everything about Acquisition, Care, Nutrition, Behavior, Health Care, and Breeding, illustrated by Michele Earle-Bridges, Barron (Hauppauge, NY), 1995.

(And photographer) Breeding Pedigreed Cats, Howell Book House (New York, NY), 1997.

Robinson's Genetics for Cat Breeders and Veterinarians, Butterworth-Heinemann (Burlington, MA), 1999.

Multiple-Cat Households, T.F.H. Publications (Neptune City, NJ), 2001.

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