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Members are qualitative and quantitative practitioners on both the client and agency sides. Some are at the start of their careers, others are midway through, and some have several decades of experience in market research. They are mostly in the U.S., but we have members all over the globe.
Before MRx Pros, many of us had a few close friends in insights. Today, our connections are limitless. Anywhere you go, you will find members of our family. We are in every brand, trade organization, region, and agency. MRx Pros is a place where we come to give and get. It is a support group for those who are employed, between opportunities, managing a transition, or anywhere else in their research career. We come together to support each other while we aspire to something greater.
There is no cost to join our group. We ask that you work in the field of market research and have the desire to be helpful to others. This is a professional support and resource group. It is not a group to use to promote your business or solicit leads.
Host of the #1 Podcast for Market Research, the Happy Market Research Podcast, and co-founder of HubUX. He is a seasoned chief executive with a background in leading high-growth organizations from inception to exit. Over the last 20 years, he has developed a deep knowledge of market research which gives him a unique view of market opportunities.
As the previous CEO of FocusVision, he was the first to bring to market a combination of qualitative and quantitative technologies that are used by 75% of the Fortune 100 and over 3,000 companies globally. Prior to FocusVision, he pioneered online surveys, conducting one of the first ones in 1996, and founded a leading survey platform, Decipher, in 2000. Jamin led the Tuesday Virtual Lunch from 2020 to January 2023.
Janet is a customer-driven innovation, brand positioning, communication & team facilitation specialist, with a breadth of research experience, gained working in the US and in the UK/Europe across many categories including apparel, beauty, cars, financial services, food & beverages, e-commerce, education, electronics, energy, digital software, gaming, healthcare, homecare, pet care, Pharma, retail, social media, technology, toys, and travel. She served on the board of QRCA for 4 years and was the 2022 President’s Award recipient for outstanding service to the qualitative research industry and community. She was an Innovation Manager for Nestle Europe, co-founder of New Solutions, a brand strategy & innovation consultancy in London, Head of Research for CCD Innovation and at Instant Insights Lab, and co-founder of Scoot Insights. Janet is the group moderator on Google Groups and co-leads the Deep Dive Discussion Series.
Laura Bright makes connections between numbers, people, and processes. She draws on a background with both challenger & leading brands, and advising intrepid entrepreneurs, she brings success to those pushing beyond the status quo. She pulls from an array of qual & quant research methodologies to measure and understand past, present, and future. Her experience spans advertising and research agencies, as well as from the brand owner perspective, and I relish in the intersection of the different focuses. She currently advises on many facets of marketing, strategy, and innovation throughout the Americas. Laura leads the Book Group and Friday Fun.
For more than 35 years, Chris has delivered research across categories, from telecom and IT to consumer-packaged goods, hospitality, medical products, and consulting. He’s been on both the client side with GTE (now Verizon) and the supplier side with a variety of large and small providers, including a firm he started in 2000 and sold in 2019. He is president of HauckEye, a consultancy dedicated to experiential marketing research. Research designs are focused on observing consumers behaving in real situations. An important component of his offering is focus groups and interviews with people. He co-leads the Deep Dive Discussion series.
With over 25 years in market research, Doug is passionate about finding the story in the data. While helping clients discover trends and insights, he builds their businesses and helps them focus on better serving their customers. He is a veteran researcher steeped in both quantitative and qualitative work. He is known for his empathetic style that gets participants to open up and dig deeper for their thoughts and feelings. Through this process, he has uncovered some of the most powerful data stories that helped bring the information to life for clients. Doug is also the co-founder of the Insights Career Network (ICN), a career networking group created specifically for the insights industry.
Julie Kurd is a past co-chair of the MRx Pros Tuesday Virtual Lunch (June 2020-January 2023) where she sourced, scheduled, marketed, and introduced talent for the series. Julie volunteers on the Insights Association Events Committee, where she scouts and amplifies emerging/diverse leaders to speak. She is also a mentor for Women in Research. She also moonlights as a volunteer judge for the Boston Urban Debate League. As VP of Sales & Revenue for CMB, she drives strategies & tactics that support CMB’s ability to predictably drive both sales & revenue growth as well as client delight, loyalty, and advocacy. She lives in the Boston area.
Marilyn is an executive marketing transformationist with a passion for assembling, motivating, educating, and strengthening marketing teams. She demonstrated leadership and organizational effectiveness by building two marketing agencies that increased revenue for B2B and B2C companies across multiple verticals. She has a two-decade + track record, including chief marketing officer and VP of marketing roles, and a deep background in marketing strategy. She is an endlessly curious learner which is why she loves the MRx Pros group. In her spare time, she steals dogs and plans bank heists in 1922. She promotes the Tuesday Talks and the Deep Dive Discussion series.
Team Lead - Kai Fuentes
Kai is the President and Founder of Ebony Marketing Systems, Inc. (EMS), a multicultural market research firm. Prior to EMS, she served as the Project Research Director for Novacell Research for 10 years and supervised some of the company’s largest research projects, including McDonald’s, Nielsen Media, Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motors, and U.S. Department of the Army. She has extensive experience using the latest survey query techniques and data collection instruments that are used to measure both qualitative and quantitative data output.
Frankie Lipinski is an Insights Analyst on Escalent’s Consumer Goods & Retail Team. She is driven by the potential for purpose-driven business to change the world and is passionate about understanding brand intentions and supporting impactful strategy in the research industry. Her passions center around access and empowerment, inclusive research design, and societal wellness. Having earned her Master of Science Marketing Research degree from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Marketing (with a minor in Leadership in Integrated Learning), Frankie is always blending empathy and analytics together in practice.
Eric Santos is the Vice President of sales at VoxPoPMe, a powerful video survey, and video analytics platform. Eric is the former COO and co-founder of HubUx, a research automation platform for community management, participant management, video auditions, and more. VoxPopMe acquired HubUX in October 2022 in an effort to create a comprehensive qualitative research platform. Eric is previously the CEO of Benchmark Intelligence, a consumer insights tool for brick & mortar businesses. Eric started his career in research at FocusVision (formerly Decipher). When Eric isn't working on HubUX, he spends his time running trail races, boxing, writing, and giving back through his non-profit Big Brother Boxing.
Colson takes intentional actions on the journey to personal freedom. His organization's focus is on Developing leaders that find the Why. He thrives in helping with overcoming the complexity and ambiguity of effective market research. He simplifies research logistics into a plan that can and will be executed on setting metrics, responsibilities, and communication to truly act as a team. He brings clarity to the research process and leads to active decision-making to achieve the research outcomes. He stays curious to empathize with all stakeholders to understand and deliver in a way that sets them up to succeed.
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