Lura Anyanwu is a Senior Analyst and part of the Strategic Analytics Healthcare team at FCB Chicago. Although relatively new to the analytics field, Lura has quickly become responsible for conducting marketing and business analysis, reporting and consumer research across various healthcare and new business clients. Lura graduated from Spelman College in 2010 with a BA in Economics and will earn her Masters of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Notre Dame in 2017. Lura currently serves as the chair of the ARF Young Pros Chicago steering committee, and sits on the National Young Pros Advisory Board. Lura is originally from Milwaukee, WI but the majority of her family all over the world, mainly Nigeria and Panama. In her free time, Lura enjoys running, cooking, going to concerts and playing with her dogs, Sugar and Marley.
Dave Blumberg is a Manager of Brand & Consumer Insights at Comedy Central. In this role, he designs and executes custom research projects to help inform marketing and development strategies for new and existing franchises. Prior to joining Comedy Central, Dave spent five years at ESPN on the Advertiser Insights team and supported Ad Sales through his work with an award-winning online insights community and managed the day-to-day relationship with the ESPN Lab. Dave holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Research from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. In his free time, he enjoys playing organized sports, cooking and relaxing with a good movie.
Jeff Buchan serves as Associate Manager of Global Industry Relations for Google, where his focus is aligning the company’s business objectives with industry and government policy. As part of his role, Jeff is responsible for partnering with key industry associations to address the issues most relevant to Google and to the advertising and tech industries. At Google, he has also worked on the GeoCommerce Team, working with small businesses to drive online growth and increase their digital presence. Jeff was selected as a finalist for Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 List for Marketing & Advertising. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Advertising Research Foundation and the Advertising Research Foundation’s Young Pros Advisory Board. Jeff graduated Cum Laude from Duke University, with a BA in Political Science and received his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. Jeff is based in New York City.
Jasmine Clennon is Manager of Ad Innovation & Programmatic Solutions within the IGNITE division at Turner. Over the past three years at Turner, Jasmine has worked within Ad Sales Research, Integrated Marketing Research, and has been heavily involved in the execution of Turner’s innovative ad products. Prior to joining Turner in 2012, Jasmine was a Research Analyst at USA TODAY Newspaper and USA WEEKEND Magazine. Jasmine is a graduate of Gannett’s Talent Development Program (TDP), beginning her career as a Marketing Research Analyst for the Gannett New Jersey Newspapers. In addition to the Young Pros Advisory Board, Jasmine is also a dedicated member of Color Comm, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Jasmine has a BA in Public Relations from The Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. Jasmine lives in New York City, but hails from Pensacola, Florida.
Maris Cohen is a content marketer for research firm The NPD Group, where she writes about retail trends and serves as managing editor of their website. In this role, she works to build NPD’s audience of manufacturers and retailers by creating and delivering valuable content across their digital channels. Prior to joining NPD, Maris spent five years at Kantar Media, where she developed the research company’s thought leadership initiatives through storytelling with advertising data. She earned her B.A. from New York University with concentrations in French, Mathematics and Business. How’d she put that French degree to use, you might ask? It’s actually how she got her start in the research world—translating consumer surveys from French to English at TNS France. In her spare time, she enjoys recreational cooking and eating.
Kyle Flick is the chair of the ARF Young Pros West steering committee, and sits on the national Young Pros Advisory Board. Kyle has worked in digital advertising and media for over 8 years, most recently at Yahoo as a Marketing Manager and previously at AOL as Manager, Consumer Analytics and Research. Prior to that, Kyle spent time at IDG Communications and Publicis media agency Zenith Optimedia. Kyle is passionate about helping young advertising professionals develop their skills and careers, and in his free time enjoys skiing, cycling, and traveling. Kyle is currently an MBA Candidate at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and holds a B.A. from U.C. Davis in Political Science.
David Ho is a digital executive with an extensive background in social media strategy and analytics. His leadership at one of the early social media analytics firms led to its eventual acquisition by Twitter. He now helps Fortune 500 companies, including Viacom, Coca-Cola and Proctor & Gamble, develop, execute and measure groundbreaking social media campaigns.
In his ten years at GfK, Tim has held a number of different positions. Currently, Tim is Senior Director, Consulting where he helps GfK’s research partners unlock strategic insights through consumer research. Previously, Tim was a Senior Research Director with the Client Service Associate Team at GfK, where he focused on the training and management of GfK’s future research leaders. In 2012, he won The Advertising Research Foundation’s Rising Star Award.
Angie is currently a VP at Edelman Intelligence providing strategic research counsel for corporate and public affairs clients. She previously held roles at Citi, helping positively impact customer experience through qualitative and quantitative research, and Ogilvy Public Relations, consulting on thought leadership and publicity studies for Fortune 500 clients. A proud longhorn, Angie completed her grad and undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she enjoys writing, photography, and exploring the world.
Karen Montecuollo has eight years of experience in consumer research and consulting for global brands. In her current role as Director of Brand Intelligence at J. Walter Thompson, she designs and executes custom quantitative, qualitative, and social media research for international clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, and Shell. She is a member of WPP’s High Potential Program. Prior to joining J. Walter Thompson, Karen was a Consultant at Strategic Business Insights (formerly a part of SRI International) working with clients at leading financial institutions. When not researching, she enjoys traveling, talking about politics, and learning to cook without making a total mess of her kitchen.
Theresa Nguyen manages insights, custom research, and growth strategy for EA’s Global Media Solutions team. In her current role, Theresa oversees initiatives to promote the value of gaming as a media platform, measure advertising effectiveness, and ensure long-term growth. Previously, she managed marketing research efforts for Microsoft’s in-game advertising division and has also held media sales & partnership development roles, focusing on leveraging research to maximize media efficiency and return on investment.
Kelsey Price is an Account Executive at Google in New York. She currently counsels Fortune 500 companies on how to reach multicultural audiences online via Search, Display, Mobile, and Video. Before joining Google in 2011, she worked at McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst and received a Fulbright scholarship to live and work Spain with the Fundación Marcelino Botín. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2008 with a BA in Spanish and will earn her MBA from Wharton in 2017. Kelsey has been involved with the Advertising Research Foundation since 2012 and currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board. Kelsey is originally from Texas, and grew up in Singapore, Germany, Colorado, and the Tristate area. She enjoys practicing her Spanish, cooking, and Pilates in her free time.
Mickey works on comScore’s cross-platform media measurement initiative and delivers exceptional client service to leading agencies, publishers and networks. Previously, Mickey held positions on the Corporate Research team at Univision Communications Inc. and the Media Investment team at Interpublic Group. Mickey earned her B.A. from Fordham University where she double majored in Communications and Visual Arts. In her free time, Mickey enjoys reading non-fiction and volunteering for Junior Achievement of New York.
LeeAnne Villodas has held several positions in her four years at Univision Communications Inc. She is currently a Senior Research Analyst responsible for providing Digital and Multi-Platform reporting and insights to Ad Sales, Marketing and Distribution. Previously, LeeAnne was an Analyst on the Local Corporate Research team supporting National Sales across multiple Local TV markets. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University, where she double majored in Visual Arts and Communications with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies.
Skye Yang is a Digital Insights & Analytics Consultant at Neo@Ogilvy, Ogilvy & Mather’s global media agency and performance marketing arm. She has worked in several different divisions of Ogilvy & Mather for more than five years. Skye is the president of Ogilvy’s RedLotus Asian Pacific Professional Network and is a member of the Neo@Ogilvy culture committee. Furthermore, she has been recognized as the Diversity & Inclusion Champion by Ogilvy & Mather and as the Neo@Ogilvy Global Ambassador. She has been a member of the Young Pro Advisory Board of the Advertising Research Foundation since 2015. Skye holds an MBA degree from California State University Sacramento and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Beijing University of Technology.