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Issues & Answers Announces Appointment of New Senior Vice President, Business Development
June 30, 2015 – Issues & Answers Network, Inc., a market research company with headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA, announced the addition of Ginger Blazier as senior vice president, business development. Blazier has over 25 years of diverse market research experience.

The Pert Group and MSS Announce Merger into Acturus
June 30, 2015 –The Pert Group and MSS announced today that the market research consultancies are merging to become Acturus. The Pert Group is a global research based consulting firm, a leading force in custom market research and a Top 40 research firm based on its revenue. MSS is one of the fastest growing U.S. based research firms with its expertise focused on multi-sponsored studies of influencers.

The Pert Group is headquartered in Farmington, CT, with offices in Miami, FL, Kansas City, MO, Pittsburgh, PA, and London. Established in 1978, the company integrates financial, attitudinal and behavioral information to bring clarity to business, brand and marketing decision making. MSS is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ with offices in Miami, FL and London.  Over the past decade, MSS has offered  affordable, multi-sponsored, 'near custom' market research to help marketers optimize their brand’s direct to the trade marketing and sales programming to drive brand recommendations at the point of purchase.

Further Growth for Hall & Partner’s Health in Japan
June 26, 2015 – Hall & Partners Health announced further expansion of the Tokyo based team as Research Director Gerald Lombardi, Ph.D, (photo above) makes the move from NYC to Japan. Having helped lead the qualitative and ethnographic practice in the U.S. healthcare division for the past five years, Lombardi’s extensive experience and understanding of Hall & Partners’ brand and communications frameworks and approaches bring fresh thinking to help clients build strong brand relationships.

Marketing Workshop Promotes Randy Kosloski to Vice President of Client Services
June 23, 2015 – U.S.-based research and consulting firm Marketing Workshop (MW) announced the promotion of Randy Kosloski to vice president of client services. Kosloski joined the company in 2013 as senior account manager and shortly thereafter advanced to the position of director of accounts management. In his new role Kosloski leads MW’s client services with primary responsibilities spanning team management, training and development, and strategic planning with clients.

Ugam Expands Technology Team for Market Research Operations Solutions
June 23, 2015 – Managed analytics company Ugam announced the expansion of its technology team to more than 30 business analysts, architects and developers with deep domain, technology and project experience, furthering its commitment to delivering high-quality, technology-led market research operations solutions. The team is supported by Ugam’s proprietary democratic data crawling platform.

Toluna Celebrates 15th anniversary
June 22, 2015 – Leading online research and survey technology provider Toluna marked the company’s 15th anniversary today. Toluna is hosting a series of thought leadership events in the U.S., UK and France, to celebate, including a workshop in conjunction with ESOMAR’s Annual Congress on 27 September.