about Stephen Bohnet
about Stephen Bohnet
Brian Fung, Senior Product Planner - Microsoft
"Stephen has approached every challenge we've given him - whether ambiguous or well defined - the same way, with thoughtful optimism. He's proven to be a stalwart resource, a problem solver helping us break through barriers, and a willing partner to try new things even when success was far from certain. Yet, what has consistently impressed me more than the traits above, Stephen manages our engagements as if he has a personal stake in the outcomes; our business might as well be his business. It is this approach that helped us land a new innovation program.
Stephen has extensive experience setting up innovation-centric programs, and I imagine it would have been easier for him to offer a “one size fits most” model. Yet, Stephen offered us something different, something that felt bespoke and tuned to our specific needs. The end product both honored his experience and reflected his understanding of our business, as well as his passion to make the difficult easy, and his ability to bring the right assets together. As a result, we were able to gain traction quickly and the business impact to date has been far greater than we imagined."
Tracy Floyd - Entrepreneur
"Stephen is an amazingly creative leader. His depth and experience makes him a quick study for clients that come to him with research or business challenges… For years Stephen has been developing an expertise on how to glean the greatest innovation for the businesses that engage him. Through integrity, keen intellect and passion he effectively builds lasting relationships with colleagues and clients alike. As a colleague his passion is infectious. He helps to truly bring along his co-workers to reach the best possible solution for shared goals. In short Stephen is remarkable and a significant asset to our organization.”
Edwin Lau – CEO – LEDR Technologies
“Stephen has an inquisitive mind and is always looking for creative ways to find out the customer/market "truth". He is pragmatic in terms of making sure insights that he brings to any client meeting are actionable and meaningful. He listens well to understand the situation and uses his breadth of experience to suggest good alternatives to solve the problem.
I would characterize Stephen more as a partner, sounding board and advisor... He is more focused about how his clients can be successful rather than his personal benefit. I would work with Stephen any day”
Vidya Guruswamy - Manager Brand and Audience – Intel Corporation
“I have worked with Stephen on numerous critical projects for Intel and one common thing I have noticed on every project is that Stephen goes above and beyond to deliver high quality research every time. I have had several brainstorming sessions with him and has contributed immensely in defining the scope of the study, followed by flawless execution. I am looking forward to working on many more projects with Stephen and make an impact.”
Ed Wolkenmuth – CEO – Ipsos (Vantis)
“I hired Stephen and have worked with him for 20 years. Stephen has exceptional talent for managing and developing a business. In 2003, I relocated Stephen to Paris to build a permanent Vantis operation. I then increased his scope to include responsibility for developing the Vantis UK team. The Vantis European business grew rapidly under Stephen's leadership. I then returned Stephen to the US to manage the Vantis Western Region. He tripled revenue in 3 years, maintaining a solid profit margin.
Stephen works hard, is ambitious and is respected as a leader. He cares about satisfying his clients, and cares about developing the careers of his people.”
about Lisa Phelan
about Lisa Phelan
Sugata Sanya, Founder & CEO, ZINFI Technology
"She would be a great asset in any business that is trying figure out the next BIG THING!"
John Blackett - ViP Product Marketing - TomTom
"Lisa is a great example of someone who can assess a business and create new insights that can lead to new business opportunities. She has a creative energy that is extremely endearing and which she is able to use in an unobtrusive, positive manner to get the most out of people. Not only is she creative but is also logical in her thinking and challenges the status quo, always looking to do things in a more compelling way."
Candido Peterlini - VP Marketing Innovation - Fiat
"Lisa's talent is not only to provide excellent market insights but to interpret, develop and execute the product and marketing strategy."
David Chong, VP and MEA Asean - Universal Electronics
"Lisa was part of the team where she plays a crucial role in helping develop the Marketing strategy for the entire business, including the tools and the analysis that helped the team and me make critical decisions."
Pascal de Mul - Head of Partnerships - Spotify
"Lisa is one of those people who has a way of energizing people to take a step back and look at their problem from new angles; helping them to come up with concrete, well-founded answers; and even allowing them to have a lot of fun in the process. She shines in the big questions of who, what and why, but is also not afraid to get her hands dirty. And she is is hands-down the best facilitator that I have had the pleasure to have a workshop with."
Bryan DeYoung - Director of Retail Brands - CVS
"Lisa always led by example, displaying all the characteristics she expected of us, her team: strong work ethic, utmost professionalism, attention to details, team work and a proactive attitude."
Gokce Sezgin - Sr. Director Marketing - Sensio
"She was able to pull the team together during very tough times and achieve THE best employee engagement scores in the whole organization."
Tracy DeCarlo - Business Manager - Daymone
"Lisa is a unique combination of a brilliant and inspiring business leader, creative Marketer, and an amazing coach. Lisa consistently drove innovation by introducing the team to new creative and effective processes and marketing approaches in both the traditional and digital space."
Nick Head - Founder - Stream Research
"Lisa is one of the very best Market Intelligence professionals I have ever worked with. Creative yet practical, strategic yet always with the consumer voice at the center of every project. Lisa is able to turn seemingly endless amounts of data (both qualitative and quantitative) into the very best insights and recommendations."
about Greg Robison
about Greg Robison
Jennifer Archer - Koch Foods
" He made my role in this project very easy because of his hard work and great personality. Greg is one of the the best managers I have ever worked with. He is a true expert in his field, always offering out-of-the-box, detailed, on-time solutions. I would highly recommend Greg as a true expert in his field"
Iain McAusland - Counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP
"Greg did an amazing job in both managing science and research activities at Epoch and also presenting Epoch technical research to customers, study participants and investors. As a scientist he is detail oriented and hardworking. As a communicator he is great at finding and delivering the right level of detail for a particular audience. Epoch was a fast paced and ever-changing environment and Greg showed 210% commitment - excelling in two roles at once. When the going gets tough, you'll want Greg on your team."
about Tammi Taylor
about Tammi Taylor
Jason Brown - President & CEO
Beyond knowledge and stories, there are three things that make the most effective professionals:
Pluralism: the ability to have other people's points of view chasing around in your head with equal valence to your own ideas.
Bias to action: the ability not to get stuck by the above and to move good thinking foward.
Charm: the ability to get others to like what you are doing so that real outcomes happen.
This is Tammi, and I know that from nearly 20 years working with her. She is these three special professional skills, and, based on her experience, she has seen more innovations and attempts there-at than 99% of marketers and consultants. She is a walking compendium of HBR business cases with the answer key. I recommend Tammi for any company that is looking to move forward the state of the art and any company whose mission it is to help its clients do that.
Last but not least, Tammi is funny....and, really, what's the point if you can't laugh together while you're trying to get things done?"
Teri Hall - Senior Vice President
I recently read an article called “It’s Time to Inspire” about what separates inspiring leaders from all the rest, and immediately thought of Tammi. She was my compadre, mentor and friend at Ipsos-Vantis for a number of years as we helped companies shape and improve their ideas into successful market innovations. I’ve never seen anyone pull passion, ideas and creativity out of other people like Tammi can. People gravitate to Tammi – not only for her sharp strategic instincts, wild creativity and decades of diverse experience innovating and building brands, but because she is a master listener. And she doesn’t just listen. She listens with creative foresight for the right moment to help people realize that “ah ha” insight they’ve been circling but not quite seeing with open eyes. Then she’ll help the team make magic, while taking none of the credit. Fun, focused, agile, creative, smart, genuine and trustworthy – Tammi should be on every marketer’s go-to list of advisors.
Byron Freney - Entrepreneur and Writer
"Years ago it occurred to me that my job is to advance things. Ideas, plans, budgets, businesses. Product launches, relationships, understandings, enthusiasm. I think success for most of us hinges on an ability to advance these things for clients, customers, bosses, peers, consumers, organizations and industries. I've also learned that some people are much better advancers than others. Tammi Taylor could teach a master class in this craft if she wasn't so busy practicing it.
Tammi is fluent on both sides of the various constructs we use to define individuals and our expectations of them. She's a thinker and a doer. Right-brained and left-brained. Builder and communicator. She moves instinctively towards the advancement of iterative and strategic objectives. She's simply someone you want in the room, and on the case, when you want to make progress. If you team up with her, you'll be very glad you did.
If I were a hashtagger, I'd start #cantsayenoughgoodthings about Tammi Taylor."
Lisa Maruri - Vice President
"I have had the privilege of working with Tammi Taylor for the past 7 years. During this time I found her not only to be an intelligent, dedicated and passionate colleague but also a mentor. Tammi has a keen insight into business matters with an ability to solve even the most complex problems. Coupled with her strong work ethic and superior interpersonal skills I found Tammi to be an invaluable asset whenever we worked together.
I have gained a great deal of knowledge watching Tammi in action; however it was our one-on-one interaction where I learned the most. She had a true open door policy and she would patiently work through things with me, teaching me along the way whether I knew she was or not. I have found myself modeling my career after her."
Kevin Dona - Senior Vice President
"Tammi is focused and efficient and always keeps her eye on the long-term vision while accomplishing the short-term goal. She has a keen business sense which coupled with her stellar creativity make her an asset to any client or group she is associated with. She is a pleasure to work with and is upbeat, fun, inspirational and hard working. She is truly someone that can take any idea to the next level."
Wendy Hunt - Executive Client Director
"Tammi is a super-charged, innovation, research, and branding leader with a knack for solving problems and advancing the business cause. She's high-energy, high-touch, and a brilliant mind all in one. Both creative and strategic, she's a unique blend of knowledge and firepower! A collaborative leader and doer, you just won't find a better mind that Tammi for your innovation, research, and branding needs. Long live Team Tammi!"
about Marisa Olguin
about Marisa Olguin
Jennifer Narum - Research Analyst
"I feel extremely privileged to have directly reported to Marisa. Not only is she an absolute fountain of knowledge regarding market research tools, techniques, and best practices, but she is also the epitome of a great manager. Supervising a group of analysts, she fostered a sense of teamwork and lead by example with her positive attitude. Personally, Marisa always set challenging goals for me, and gave me the tools and training necessary to reach those goals.
Additionally, Marisa constantly looked for ways to make the research process easier and more efficient. Marisa spearheaded several initiatives to automate tedious, slow processes, working with many groups of people to determine what was needed, how best to execute the improvements, and following through to implementation.
I would welcome any opportunity to work with Marisa again in the future!
about Sara McCann
about Sara McCann
Sam McCabe - Product Development Manager
"Working together on a variety of projects spanning over two years, Sara is an accomplished professional with a unique talent to identify customer insights through a variety of quantitative, qualitative and analytical methodologies. I would not hesitate to work with her again as I am confident she would be an invaluable member of any team!
Grant Simmons - Head of Retail Client Analytics
"I've worked with Sara off and on for 6 years, and there are quite a few things I appreciate about her. Foremost is her realistic, straightforward approach to problem solving - she tends to rely on a reasonable, common-sense approach towards what's best for the client. She also maintains an optimistic, friendly attitude even when those around her may not - it's hard to be in the same room as she is and not smile.
Tim Dilworth - CEO, President
"Sara is absolutely the best research professional I have ever worked with!
Ashley Kocak - Research Analyst
"I've had the pleasure of working with Sara for 4 years. Sara is a professional researcher who brings careful planning, realistic schedules & budgets and an inventive approach to research projects. Sara creates engaging, informative and concise research reports and deliverables. She has a detailed understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and the expertise to know when to implement the best approach. I'd highly recommend working with Sara!
Mary Miller - CMO
"I have had the pleasure of working with Sara on several quantitative and qualitative research projects. She has extensive experience in all aspects of survey research, including questionnaire and sample design, and analysis of research results. I have watched Sara conduct numerous focus groups; she has a way of making participants feel comfortable and is able to uncover solid insights. I can highly recommend Sara to any company looking for impactful market research.