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Senior Business Development Team


Rex Repass
President

Rex is the man behind the story, a bold leader and entrepreneur. He is highly experienced helping organizations drive profitable growth and enhance corporate...Read More
Edu: M.S., Univ. of TN, Comm.
rexr@researchamericainc.com

Robert Porter
CEO

Robert is proficient in all stages of the research process, including survey and study design, questionnaire development, data analysis, and reporting. Robert makes...Read More
Edu: Temple Univ., Finance  
robp@researchamericainc.com

Steve French
Senior Vice President

Natural Marketing Institute

Steve French’s background includes 25 years of corporate marketing, business development, and management experience with industry .... Read More
Edu: B.S. Marketing, Penn State University; M.B.A. Marketing, University of Scranton  
steve.french@nmisolutions.com

Jim Whalen
Senior Vice President

Jim has more than 20 years’ expert knowledge of global brand building. He takes a holistic view of every insight challenge, sharing his depth of experience in quantitative and qualitative marketing research. Jim uses.... Read More
Edu: M.S., Marketing, Miami University
jimw@researchamericainc.com

Donna Simpson
Senior Vice President

Donna worked in the biologics area for over 25 years, spending much of that time in marketing, sales and market research. In the span of her career, she has managed a large sales force, contributed extensively .... Read More
dsimpson@segmedica.com

Amy Benner
Vice President

Amy brings over 13 years of market research and strategic consulting experience to Reseach America. She is responsible for growing client relationships and the management of ... Read More
Edu: B.S., ME, The University of Michigan; M.B.A., Mktg, Oakland Univ.
amyb@researchamericainc.com

Carianne Duncan
Vice President

Carianne has 22+ years designing and facilitating consumer research, with 19 of those years spent at Procter & Gamble as a Consumer Insights Manager for R&D...Read More
Edu: B.S. in Biology., Athens State College
M.B.A., University of Phoenix.

carianned@researchamericainc.com

Larissa Gottschlich
Vice President

With nearly 10 years of experience designing, moderating and leading research projects with multicultural and general market respondents, Larissa’s curiosity, strategic thinking, and project management skills deliver market research leadership and excellence to clients. Larissa is curious by .....Read More
Edu: M.A. Comm, NKU
Larissag@researchamericainc.com

Peter Simpson
Vice President

Peter Simpson Forty-five years of business experience have taken Peter all over the globe. He has lived and worked in the US, UK and Belgium. He has operated in most of the world’s major markets, including Japan ... Read More
psimpson@segmedica.com

Diane Ray
Vice President of Strategic Innovation

Natural Marketing Institute

With an international business experience in over 25 countries, and a wide-ranging career in science, business development, research and innovation. .... Read More
Edu: M.B.A. International Business, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School
d.ray@nmisolutions.com

Jan Nash
Senior Director of Research

Natural Marketing Institute

Jan equips the Institute team with 20 years of market research experience in the consumer and pharmaceutical industries. Her expertise includes.....Read More
Edu: M.A. Applied Market Research
jan.nash@nmisolutions.com

Kelly Cappuccilli
Director of Research Operations

Kelly has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Marketing, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Commerce – both from Niagara University. Recently Kelly received certification in pharmaceutical marketing research .....Read More
Edu: M.A. Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Marketing, B.S. Science in Commerce, Niagara University
kcappuccili@segmedica.com

Maddie Sutphin
Director of Product Testing

Maddie is the Director of Product Testing – Orlando for the firm. Maddie has over 35 years of experience in Market Research. During her career Maddie has focused on data collection for..... Read More
Edu: B.S., Bus. Admin, UT
mandyg@researchamericainc.com

Michelle Collins
Project & Client Relations Manager

Michelle is directly involved in quality assurance, development, coding, and project methodology, ensuring integrity of process between each marketing....Read More
Edu: B.S., Marketing, PSU.
michellec@researchamericainc.com

Kandis Demeo
Operations & Business Development Director

Kandis Demo joined Research America in 1999 (EMH) and held a number of research roles. With expertise in sciences and research study design....Read More
Edu: University of California 
kandisd@researchamericainc.com

William Crossan
Business Development Director

William joined the Research America team in 2013, bringing over 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing to Research America.... Read More
Edu: B.S., Bus. Admin. & Marketing, Cabrini Univ.,
billc@researchamericainc.com

Donna Ford
Business Development Director

Donna brings over twenty-five years’ experience in market research - both as a client & as a senior member in major research.... Read More
Edu: M.S.M., Bus. & Org. Mgmt., RWC 
B.S., Org. Mgmt., RWC 
A.S., Bus. ADMIN, RIT.
dford@researchamericainc.com

Inta Didrichsons
Market Research Director

Inta Didrichsons is a Senior Marketing Research Consultant in the company’s Lincoln, NE office and will have overall management .... Read More
Edu: B.A, University of Nebraska
intad@researchamericainc.com

Kelly Stadelman
Senior Insights Consultant

Kelly has more than two decades of research experience both domestically and internationally in study design, implementation, and analysis. She enjoys.... Read More
Edu: M.S. Agricultural Economics, B.A. Political Science, B.S. International Agriculture, Purdue University
kellys@researchamericainc.com

Lynne Lockwood
Senior Insights Consultant

Lynne has over 30 years’ experience in designing and directing a wide range of studies across every conceivable industry, including new product evaluations, customer satisfaction, product positioning, advertising development ... Read More
Edu: B.A., Comm., PR & Media Studies, UC.
lynnel@researchamericainc.com

Kevin Pond
Market Research Consultant

Kevin joined Research America in 2017 as an Analyst. He has over 5 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare ... Read More
Edu: B.A., SUNY Geneseo
kevinp@researchamericainc.com

Nicole Tsimpedes
Client Relations

Nicole joined the Research America team in 2018, bringing 13 years of experience across multiple marketing channels including consumer ....Read More
Edu:B.A., Mktg., IADT
nicolet@researchamericainc.com

Rebecca Franklin
Market Research Director

Becky joins Research America with over 15 years of market research supplier and client-side experience. Across healthcare, consumer, and B2B roles, Becky has...Read More
Edu: B.S. Marketing / Int. Bus. IU-KSB
beckyf@researchamericainc.com

Corinne Lucas
Market Research Director

Corinne came to RAI with 7 years of market research and strategic recruiting experience. She has been immersed in managing both qualitative and quantitative studies, day-to.... Read More
Edu: B.A., AD/PR, MI State University 
corinnel@researchamericainc.com

Lauren Semrau
Market Research Coordinator

Lauren specializes in online behavioral analysis, digital media, survey design and reporting, and has experience working with clients in the financial, insurance, health, retail and food... Read More
Edu: B.A., AD & Public Relations, MI State University
laurens@researchamericainc.com

Megan Popp
Qualitative Director

Upbeat, social, and vibrant. Megan brings great enthusiasm to her work and is able to transition easily from one pursuit to the next with unlimited focus. As a Senior Qualitative Consultant, her ....Read More
Edu: B.S. Marketing, Miami University
meganp@researchamericainc.com

Jim Hosty
Project Manager / Insights Consultant

Jim joined Research America in 2017. Intensely curious with a desire to know and find the answer, Jim ensures our insights process doesn’t skip a beat..... Read More
Edu: Xavier 2012
jimmyh@researchamericainc.com

Courtney Willman
Market Research Analyst

Fiercely competitive with a relentless curiosity means that Courtney will not stop until she uncovers the truly game changing ..... Read More
Edu: B.S. Marketing, University of Cincinnati
courtneyw@researchamericainc.com

DeAnna Swinton
Advertising & PR Director

DeAnna joined the Research America team in 2020, bringing more than 15 years of marketing experience. DeAnna provides marketing.....Read More
Edu:B.S. Marketing, Rutgers University School of Business
deannal@researchamericainc.com

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