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We Are People
Who Understand People

The Connell Group was started in 2000 by Sean Connell in order to bring more cognitive empathy to market research. We have always believed that in order to understand people’s decision-making processes about products and brands, you must first understand people as people. And it takes real people to do that.

 

Meet our relentlessly curious and passionate team of people!

We are a team of people with the breadth of expertise, passions, and random curiosities to uncover the insights and create the strategy to help shape your brand’s future.

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Tess Ge

Data Analytics

Tess loves finding meaning in everything, and her background in Research, Data, & Branding allows her to find it in customer behaviors to drive company success! You may also find her capturing meaning in random moments around her world with a camera.

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Tess Ge

Data Analytics

Tess loves finding meaning in everything, and her background in Research, Data, & Branding allows her to find it in customer behaviors to drive company success! You may also find her capturing meaning in random moments around her world with a camera.

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Sean Connell

Founder and Principal

Musician. Entrepreneur. Peace Corps Volunteer. Sean's varied backgrounds and thirst for human understanding are characteristics that led him to found The Connell Group in 2000. Helping your business win is what gets him out of bed in the morning.

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Sean Connell

Founder and Principal

Musician. Entrepreneur. Peace Corps Volunteer. Sean's varied backgrounds and thirst for human understanding are characteristics that led him to found The Connell Group in 2000. Helping your business win is what gets him out of bed in the morning.

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Sehare Hemani

Qualitative Research

Sehare has a passion for finding clarity in complex challenges. Over the past 10 years, she has helped clients understand stakeholders in a meaningful way through research techniques. She loves all carbs equally and can always find time for GoT theories.

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Sehare Hemani

Qualitative Research

Sehare has a passion for finding clarity in complex challenges. Over the past 10 years, she has helped clients understand stakeholders in a meaningful way through research techniques. She loves all carbs equally and can always find time for GoT theories.

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Alejandro Venecia

Human Behavior

Combining his love for research and interest in human behavior, Alejandro enjoys helping each client understand people on all levels. In his free time, you can find him reading a book or cheering on his alma mater, the Oregon State Beavers.

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Alejandro Venecia

Human Behavior

Combining his love for research and interest in human behavior, Alejandro enjoys helping each client understand people on all levels. In his free time, you can find him reading a book or cheering on his alma mater, the Oregon State Beavers.

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Joanna Zobak

Research Design and Execution

With a background in psychology and research, Joanna loves to transform people’s true feelings and motivations into meaningful business insights. When not out with friends, you can most likely find her socializing with all the neighborhood dogs.

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Joanna Zobak

Research Design and Execution

With a background in psychology and research, Joanna loves to transform people’s true feelings and motivations into meaningful business insights. When not out with friends, you can most likely find her socializing with all the neighborhood dogs.

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Patty Klingbiel

President and Principal

Patty is always in the room where it happens. She has 30 years in Brand Marketing, Management, and Consulting beginning at P&G. In addition to building strong brands, Patty is obsessed with all things musical theater, especially Hamilton!

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Patty Klingbiel

President and Principal

Patty is always in the room where it happens. She has 30 years in Brand Marketing, Management, and Consulting beginning at P&G. In addition to building strong brands, Patty is obsessed with all things musical theater, especially Hamilton!

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David Kanos

Research Design and Execution

David leverages his outgoing and inquisitive nature to better support clients through delving deeply into their needs using both the qualitative and quantitative tools in his arsenal. He is also vocal about his love for cooking, fashion, and MMA.

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David Kanos

Research Design and Execution

David leverages his outgoing and inquisitive nature to better support clients through delving deeply into their needs using both the qualitative and quantitative tools in his arsenal. He is also vocal about his love for cooking, fashion, and MMA.

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Rob Harmon

Data Science

Rob is an enthusiast for studying human behavior and understanding what makes people tick. The past 8 years Rob has leveraged an array of market research methodologies to do just that. Rob enjoys kicking back with a cold IPA and binge-watching Netflix.

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Rob Harmon

Data Science

Rob is an enthusiast for studying human behavior and understanding what makes people tick. The past 8 years Rob has leveraged an array of market research methodologies to do just that. Rob enjoys kicking back with a cold IPA and binge-watching Netflix.

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Nancy Goldstein

Brand Strategy

Nancy loves building brands! Over the past 25 years, Nancy has helped ambitious companies innovate, start-ups scale, and nonprofits reach new audiences. She enjoys a well-made Manhattan and believes that there is always money in the banana stand.

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Nancy Goldstein

Brand Strategy

Nancy loves building brands! Over the past 25 years, Nancy has helped ambitious companies innovate, start-ups scale, and nonprofits reach new audiences. She enjoys a well-made Manhattan and believes that there is always money in the banana stand.

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Amy King

Global Insights

Amy has 20+ years of Market Research, Analytics, Data Management and Marketing Strategy experience. Amy loves the science of using data to find insights to solve business problems. She also listens to other problems and gives unsolicited motherly advice.

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Amy King

Global Insights

Amy has 20+ years of Market Research, Analytics, Data Management and Marketing Strategy experience. Amy loves the science of using data to find insights to solve business problems. She also listens to other problems and gives unsolicited motherly advice.

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Katy Dunlap

Brand Innovation

Katy's passion lies at the intersection of human behavior and business strategy. She uses her 7+ years of experience to help companies make smarter decisions. Katy relaxes with creative outlets like cooking, crafting, and trying new cocktails.

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Katy Dunlap

Brand Innovation

Katy's passion lies at the intersection of human behavior and business strategy. She uses her 7+ years of experience to help companies make smarter decisions. Katy relaxes with creative outlets like cooking, crafting, and trying new cocktails.

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Maurilio Garcia

Marketing Insights

People have A LOT of feelings about A LOT of things…and Maurilio wants to know all about 'em! Since 2013, he's been helping The Connell Group dig into people's feelings to help clients better connect with their audience. His feelings: cats > dogs.

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Maurilio Garcia

Marketing Insights

People have A LOT of feelings about A LOT of things…and Maurilio wants to know all about 'em! Since 2013, he's been helping The Connell Group dig into people's feelings to help clients better connect with their audience. His feelings: cats > dogs.

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Lawrence Gardner Jr

Data Mining

Lawrence loves big data and problem solving! Prior to Connell, he spent the past 3 years programming and conducted research in bioinformatics, which combines coding, statistical analysis, and biology. You may often find him at a jazz bar with an Old-Fashioned in hand.

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Lawrence Gardner Jr

Data Mining

Lawrence loves big data and problem solving! Prior to Connell, he spent the past 3 years programming and conducted research in bioinformatics, which combines coding, statistical analysis, and biology. You may often find him at a jazz bar with an Old-Fashioned in hand.

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