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Our most senior team members get involved and stay involved from start to finish, and are committed to making sure the work we do is meaningful and useful. Read more about them now if you'd like. You'll be sure to meet them later.

rich raquet TRCRich Raquet

President and Founder

 

I’m going to be honest. I didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a Market Researcher. With the heavy influence of my father (a computer guy) and the moon missions, I wanted to be an Engineer. As I saw it, Engineers solved complicated problems using their knowledge and creativity. So I started my education, at Drexel University, studying engineering and paid for it with a part-time job at Market Research Company.

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rajan sambandamRajan Sambandam

CRO & Adjunct Faculty, Columbia University

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My primary job as Chief Research Officer is to oversee research activities at TRC. I’m usually involved in the design and statistical analysis of most projects that go through the shop.

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Michael sosnowski TRCMichael Sosnowski

Executive Vice President

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I went to college to study Art History – the perfect training regimen for a career in market research. Seriously – spend enough time in a dark room, breaking down slides of 14th century Proto-Renaissance masters, and you acquire more than scary-good night vision. You become comfortable with analysis, and writing (lots of writing).

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Jennifer van de MeulebroeckeJennifer Van de Meulebroecke

Vice President

 

 My desire to be in market research started spring of my senior year in college when I realized my summer jobs and various internships, including quirkbadge authorYankelovich, were all connected to the industry; it wasn't a passion, but rather, my best opportunity for full-time employment. It helped that I was one of the few who actually enjoyed my business stat classes. After 16 years with TRC they couldn't make me leave if they tried - I love the people, the work and my clients.

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Kevin Dona TRCKevin Dona

Senior Vice President

 

 

I am one of the few people that I know that chose market research versus it choosing them. I thoroughly enjoyed engineering as there is nothing I find more invigorating than solving a problem. However, I craved the creativity that only comes from problems not governed by the laws of physics.

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Ed Olesky Chief Operating Office at TRC Market ResearchEd Olesky

Chief Operating Officer

 

 

I started my career in Market Research while I was in college way back in 1980 with a part-time job as a telephone interviewer. From there I worked in Sampling, Coding, Spec Writing and CATI Programming.

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Michele simsMichele Sims

VP/Research Management

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I like asking questions.

In high school I dreamed of being a journalist, but it took just one unsatisfactory experience in an entry-level J-class to convince me that I needed a new career choice. With a focus on communication research in undergrad and graduate schools, I was well-prepared to start my marketing research career serving clients in the broadcast industry. I had some truly wonderful experiences there -- including moderating one of the first audience tests on stereo TV.

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wes ritzWestley Ritz

Senior Analyst

Senior year of high school I elected to skip a 4th year of science and instead try this new AP Stats course they were offering.  I didn’t know anything about statistics, but I quickly got hooked. I always enjoyed math, but statistics allowed me to tell a story with the numbers in a way I couldn’t do with pure math. That addition of meaning and purpose was all I needed to stay the path in pursuing a career in analytics.

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Meg szczech1Megan L. Szczech

Research Director

 

I didn’t know much about Market Research before my senior year in college. That is until I was required to take a course on it that included an end-of-semester “group” project. Let’s just say my group members were less than ambitious and reliable so I took the reins. Not only did I score a very high mark, I learned I really liked the research process from beginning to end. A year later, I started my Market Research career.

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amy mcCarthyAmy McCarthy, Research Director

I've always been a people watcher and fell in love with sociology (the study of people) in college. I was fascinated by people's choices and what influenced them whether it be cultural or environmental. It's not surprising I landed in market research.

I started my career at TRC and have had the opportunity to grow and learn from a lot of great people.

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