I began my creative career during high school. At the time, I was employed in the family automotive parts business and tasked with developing the e-commerce department. One of my responsibilities involved handling all of the product photography (one task I especially took my time with).
On the weekends, I would continue to develop that skill by photographing my friends skateboarding. I was obsessed with emulating my favorite skate photos/videos and developing a production style of my own. It became such an obsession, I created and managed a website that became the hub of online skate culture in North Florida.
After earning my MBA at UF, I moved to Cincinnati and entered into analytical market research at Nielsen. I leveraged ‘big data’ to consult to billion-dollar brands on ‘what’ was happening to their business categories on a macro level. It was an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience. A couple of years later, however, I had an insatiable curiosity of understanding the ‘why’ behind it all.
After leaving Nielsen I joined an innovation firm called Seek and spent a couple of very formative years developing a skillset in qualitative research, innovation and empathy. These skills gave me the opportunity to consult with global brands on idea generation and deep-dive insight development. It was during that time, I began to understand there was an un-met need for researchers who knew how to articulate insights and ideas in ways that resonated with qualitative and quantitatively minded leaders.
Every veteran researcher has experienced a project where the “aha” moments never truly made it up the ladder. Sometimes it’s due to political pressures within the organization. Other times it’s a result of the leadership team not experiencing those moments first-hand. I resolved to create solutions to solve for both barriers.
What I do today is the result of a stubborn will to not let incredible work go un-noticed. I work alongside incredible people to identify transformative moments with the people they serve, and push those discoveries up the ladder, creating a true connection between brands and people.
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