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MSMR Advisory Board

Our mission is to maintain and grow a Broad MSMR Advisory Board that represents a cross-section of business, industry, strategic organizations and industry associations. As is true with any leadership group, there is strength through a diversity of experiences and world-views.

The personal traits we are looking for in our board members include a passion for marketing research, a commitment to advancing the value of our work, a desire to improve the status of marketing researchers as senior strategists/advisors and a willingness to help develop the next generation of business and marketing leaders.

Our intent is to develop productive, long-term relationships with everyone who joins us, so they remain core contributors to the Broad MSMR program. Participation on the advisory board encompasses a variety of activities: participation in our thought leadership events; providing ad hoc marketing research projects; hosting our MSMR student internships; or even sponsoring your employees to attend the MSMR program.

Giving Opportunities


Ray Fisher
Founding Partner & CEO of Aha! Online Qual Research

Scott Caine
President of Aimpoint Research

Remy Szykie
President of Ambitna

Jorge Calvachi
Head of Global Market Insights at Amway

Jeff Pocklington
Global Strategy & Market Intelligence Lead at Amway

Lara Rice
DirectorTraining, & Customer Experience at Ascribe

Shanon Lewis-Adam
Chief Operating Officer of AYTM

Lawrence Wu
Head of Marketing & Director, Market Research & Consumer Insights at Beaumont Health

Jim Berling
Managing Director at Burke Institute

Aaron Turner
Director of Marketing Research & Consumer Insights at BlueCross BlueShield

Gavin Lew
Managing Partner of Bold Insight

Jonathan Weiser
VP, Healthcare Research & Strategy at BuzzBack

Courtnie Hallendy
Account Director at Chadwick Martin Bailey

Paul Rossman
Director of Consumer Insights at Constellation Brands

Cory Schwartz
President & Founder of ConsumerQuest Inc.

Mattew O’Mara
Managing Director of Cranbrook Search Consultants

Doug Healy
Senior Director, Consumer Insights – Gatorade at PepsiCo

Jennifer LaPaugh
Senior Director, Regional & Artisanal Channel Marketing at Dawn Foods Global

Sarah Hickey
Senior Director, Insights & Market Research at Dawn Foods Global

Tim Laake
CMO of Directions Research

Sarah Eaton
Senior Associate, Consumer Insights at Discover

Dale Sanko
Director of Consumer Insights at Designer Brands (DSW)

Maya Kantak
Manager Disney Parks Consumer Insights

Joanne Ulnick
CEO & Managing Principal of Ducker Worldwide

Steven Millman
Senior VP, Research & Operations at Dynata

Kartik Pashupati
Senior Client Relationship Manager at Dynata

Joseph Robele
Associate Consultant, Market Research at Eli Lilly And Company

Andy Davidson
Head of Analytics & Data Strategy at Engine

Melissa Sauter
CEO of Escalent

Duncan Lawrence
Strategic Advisor at Escalent

Rebecca Cohen
Customer Commercial Manager at Fairlife, LLC

Amy Alfieri
Research & Insights Manager at FedEx

Bob Quiqley
Manager, Global Consumer Insights at Ford Motor Company

Sharon Sheremet
Director, Global Research & Insights at General Motors

Kathryn Bobrowiecki
Manager, Global Market Research at General Motors

Arturo Fausto
Manager, Research Science at Dominos

Eric Villain
Managing Director, Brand & Customer Experience at GfK

Camille Nicita
President & CEO of Gongos Inc.

Sarah Phillips
VP, Consulting at Gongos Inc.

Leonard Murphy
Executive Editor & Producer at GreenBook

Jamin Brazil
Podcast Host at Happy Market Research

Justin Graves
Founder & CEO of Infegy

Frank Forkin
President, Ipsos RDA at Ipsos

Andrew Lisoskie
Qualitative Research at Ipsos

Mohit Gour
VP, Global Service at Issue & Answers Network Inc.

Heather Fitzgerald
Data, Strategy & Technology Executive Leader at Jackson

Michelle Ruiz
Managing Director, Consumer Insights at J.D. Power

Lynnette Cooke
Global CEO Health Division at Kantar

Anita Watkins
Global Head of Qualitative at Kantar

Michael McCune
Senior Director, Integrated Analytics at Kellogg’s

Kristal Courter
Director, Consumer Insights at Lowe’s

Merrill Dubrow
CEO of M/A/R/C Research

Brian Dundon
Senior Vice President of MarketVision Research

Josh Emington
Insights Director at The Martec Group

Dale DeBoer
Head of eCommerce Customer Research at MilliporeSigma

Raj Manocha
CEO of Methodify

Bernard Brenner
Senior Director, CMR Research & Insights at Microsoft

Barry Jennings
Director, Cloud + AI Market Insights at Microsoft

Kim Dedeker
Principal & Chief Research Officer at Mizzouri

Sydney Harris
Manager, Global Brand & Consumer Marketing at National Football League (NFL)

Bryant Leech
VP of Design Solutions at Nielsen

Loren Evans
Insights Specialist at The NPD Group

Anna Stephens
Account Manager at The NPD Group

Harry Davidson
Business Intelligence Manager at Owens-Illinois

Don Golden
CEO of Precision Sample LLC

Meagan Jamieson
Manager Consumer Insights at Polaris

Scott Stein
VP Client Solutions at ProdegeMR

Nihal Advani
Founder & CEO of QualSights

Andrea Joss
Senior VP, Research at Quester

Michael Hugo
Senior Director of Marketing at Reynolds Consumer Products

Rachel Royal
Vice President, Market Intelligence & Growth Strategy at Rocket Companies

Steve Schlesinger
CEO at Schlesinger Group

Isaac Rogers
CIO at Schlesinger Group

Ari Popper
Found & CEO of SciFutures

Brandon Benvenuti
Senior Manager of Consumer Insights at Stellantis

Sarah Deluca
Customer Care Reporting & Analytics Analyst at Stellantis

Marie Van Blaricum
Head of Global Beauty & PC People Data Center, at Unilever

Scott Rozek
Owner & Senior Partner at Unisearch Partners Inc.

Alexis Mast
Director – Member and Market Insights at USAA

Josh Goldfinch
Director B2B Consumer Insights at Verizon

Dave Carruthers
Founder & CEO of Voxpopme

Jacci Weber
Manager, Consumer Insights & Brand Licensing at Wendy’s

Dan Rozek
Brand Manager at Whirlpool

Rogerio Monteiro
Global CCO at Worthix

Ryan Barry
President of Zappi

Giving Opportunities

Master of Science in Marketing Research Board Fund

These funds are used to assist with hiring MSMR students to work on marketing research projects for partnering companies and community organizations. These funds also assist our program in supporting more marketing research projects for companies and organizations, and offering more paid opportunities to MSMR students while they are attending this master’s program. These funds also help support and strengthen our relationships with partnering companies who advise our curriculum and hire our marketing research graduates.

How to give

  • Visit Make a Gift to MSU
  • In the “Type Here to Search for Funds” field, type: “Master of Science in Marketing Research Board” and you will then see a green “add to cart” button. Add to cart.
  • Leave the “select a college or program section” blank
  • Add the amount in the “My Gift Cart” section and go to checkout
  • Complete donation

John Gongos Memorial Scholarship Fund

The John Gongos Memorial Scholarship was established to promote the market research industry through the direct support of the MSMR program at Michigan State University. The scholarship was launched at the September 2012 MSMR Advisory Board Meeting.

How to give

  • Visit Make a Gift to MSU
  • In the “Type Here to Search for Funds” field, type: “John Gongos Memorial Scholarship Fund” and you will then see a green “add to cart” button. Add to cart.
  • Leave the “select a college or program section” blank
  • Add the amount in the “My Gift Cart” section and go to checkout
  • Complete donation

About John Gongos

John Gongos portrait

John Gongos was founder and CEO of Gongos Research, Inc. until his untimely death in 2012 at age 51.

Gongos, of Rochester Hills, formed the marketing research firm in 1991 and built it into a $23 million company serving companies such as Hallmark Cards Inc., Best Buy Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.

In 2007, the company was first named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5000 “Fastest Growing Companies in America.” It is among the Honomichl Top 50 U.S. marketing research organizations. Gongos received his B.S. in marketing at Miami University–Ohio and his MBA in marketing and quantitative analysis at the University of Cincinnati.

Although he was from the state of Ohio, John held a deep place in his heart for Michigan. John said, “Our experience has been that if young people can find a great job in a field that they like, they will stay here. People really want to stay here if they find the right company.” He created that kind of company, with a unique culture that made it very attractive to MSU grads.

John and his firm were instrumental in helping found the Broad Master of Science in Marketing Research program. Gongos, Inc. continues to be a key partner in serving on the advisory board, providing internships and full-time jobs to MSMR students, and being an advocate of the program. The initiative for this endowment was started by Matt O’Mara, an MSU MBA grad, with support from the marketing research community.

John was a man of great vision for his firm and the industry, and, perhaps more importantly, he was a man of true integrity. His vision was consistent with the principles of the MSMR program:

“Our industry has changed more in the last five years than in the 15 years prior to that… It will probably change even more in the next five years.”