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Melanie Courtright, Executive Vice President, Products and Client Services, Research Now
Researcher, speaker, inventor, and expert methodologist, Melanie is passionate about research sampling, quality, and research on research initiatives including product development and testing. Melanie has nearly two decades of experience designing, executing, and interpreting research for agencies and corporations, and is sought out for her thought leadership in the next generation of data collection. Melanie spent over a decade at a full-service research firm in Dallas, Texas, where she developed her strong research background, followed by nearly a decade specializing in digital research of all forms, including online, mobile, and social. Melanie has recently focused on data layering and multi -mode initiatives, assisting clients in how to use emerging data streams to create 360-degree views of a population. Melanie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing, is a member of global research councils and quality task forces, and serves on the boards of several industry associations.
Ted Saunders, Manger, Digital Research, MaritzCX
Ted has been involved in all aspects of online and mobile quantitative and qualitative research in his seven years at Maritz. He has led several mobile initiatives and is frequently relied upon for his expertise in all aspects of mobile data collection including mobile web, SMS, native apps and other emerging technologies. Ted has presented the results of Maritz mobile research-on-research projects at the CASRO Technology Conference, The Market Research Event, the AAPOR Annual Conference, and to members of the American Marketing Association. He received an MBA from Washington University and a BSBA from Saint Louis University.
Megan R. Miller, Deltek
Megan is on the product management team at Deltek responsible for helping customers use the best solutions to reach their goals. She manages customer communication, industry trends and much more. She has more than 10 years of practical experience in the professional services industry, having served as a marketing and business development coordinator for a mid-sized firm. She understands the needs of professional services firms and project-based organizations and actively works to identify and share trends to help firms improve and grow their businesses.
Isaac Rogers, CEO, 20/20
Isaac is CEO at 20|20, a global provider of online qualitative technology, respondent recruitment, and project support services. Previously, Isaac served as 20|20’s Chief Innovation Officer, and was responsible for product strategy and development. In just the past few years, Isaac has been instrumental in the launch of the world’s first global translation solution for online research and filed three patents with the USPTO. Isaac is a regular presenter at industry conferences and events, and his articles appear frequently in leading industry publications. Prior to joining 20|20, Isaac’s career included roles in business intelligence consulting, e-commerce, and government technology contracting. Isaac holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
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David Dutwin, Executive Vice President, Products and Chief Methodologist, SSRS
David's primary responsibilities include sampling designs, project management, executive oversight, weighting and statistical estimation. David is an active member of the survey research community, having served in the American Association for Public Opinion Research as a member and a chair of special task forces, a member of the Standards, Communications, and Heritage Committees, teaching multiple short courses and webinars, and as the Student Paper winner of 2002. He was elected to the AAPOR Executive Council in 2013 and serves as the 2016 Conference Chair. David is a Senior Fellow with the Program for Opinion Research and Election Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He attained his Bachelors in Political Science and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters of Communication from the University of Washington and his doctorate in Communication and Public Opinion from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. For over a decade he has taught Research Methods, Rhetorical Theory, Media Effects and other courses as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University and the University of Pennsylvania. David is also a Research Scholar at the Institute for Jewish and Community Research. His publications are wide-ranging, including a 2008 book on media effects and parenting; methodology articles for Survey Practice, the MRA magazine Alert!, and other publications; and a range of client reports, most recently on Hispanic acceptance of LGBT, which he presented to a Congressional briefing in 2012.
Margie Strickland, Director of Advanced Methods, SSRS
Margie is an innovative measurement scientist specifically in the areas of research sampling statistics, multivariate analyses, and online community development and management. Her responsibilities here include all aspects of analytics and design focusing on sampling and weighting across all platforms, maintaining quality panel development of the probability panel, and measurement/multivariate analyses. With close to twenty years’ experience in market research, Margie has vast experience in all research areas from advanced analytics to market research projects, from survey and tabulations programming to multivariate analysis and questionnaire design and report writing. Most of her current work has been concentrated on sampling designs, survey and questionnaire development and survey designs, research methodologies and client focus, population estimates, weighting, recruitment strategies, panel management, and both sampling and multivariate statistics (cluster analysis, concept testing, A/B testing, factor analysis, conjoint analysis and discrete choice analysis). Throughout it all she has remained motivated and determined to deliver the utmost quality research based on the client’s specific needs. She has held previous roles at Symphony Advanced Media, TNS, and GfK. She received both her Master’s in Educational Statistics and Measurement and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
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Michael Mercier, President, Insightful Alliance
Michael has experience in a variety of industries, including education, athletic wear, publishing, healthcare, financial services, and tech, among others. He is a former Technology Editor for QRCA's "Views Magazine", and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, an MS in MIS from the University of Cincinnati, and a BA in Psychology from Vassar College.