Before founding Hypothesis in 2000, Maria served as Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Lieberman Research Worldwide in Los Angeles. Maria holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
JEFF SELTZER, M.A., MANAGING PARTNER
Jeff has nearly 25 years experience in consumer insights with particular expertise in new product development, brand strategy, pricing/forecasting, and customer satisfaction. Before joining Hypothesis, Jeff held senior positions at firms including LRW and Harris. He was also an adjunct instructor at George Washington University and San Diego State University. As Managing Partner, Jeff oversees the day-to-day activities of Hypothesis.
CHRISTINA SIDEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Since 2001, Christina has applied her research expertise to a wide variety of consumer product, retail, and entertainment projects. As Managing Director, she oversees all the research activity at Hypothesis with an emphasis on quality, efficiency, and innovation.
DAWN AMODEO, GROUP DIRECTOR
For more than a decade, Dawn has applied her skills and curiosity to the design, management, and analysis of research for a range of clients. She has extensive experience with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies – including discrete choice modeling, segmentation, in-home ethnographies, shop-alongs, and focus groups. She is particularly adept at managing large complex studies, especially global studies.
MAE LAGRIMAS ATWOOD, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
A graduate of Harvard University, Mae's focus has been in the areas of entertainment, technology, and new media. Her repertoire includes qualitative, forecasting and large-scale multi-territory studies for the home video category. She also has a strong background in the consumer packaged goods and financial services industries.
Edahn Small brings his passion for communication and design to Hypothesis. Edahn specializes in crafting compelling narratives and visuals for a variety of audiences. His work has been featured on Slideshare, Note & Point, and Prezi earning him multiple awards. He holds a BA in Psychology from UCLA, an MS in Counseling, and a JD from UC Davis.
MARIA VALLIS, CHIEF RELATIONSHIP OFFICER
Maria brings almost 20 years of experience to Hypothesis. She started her career in Australia as a qualitative and quantitative researcher, and most recently Maria was SVP in Millward Brown's Los Angeles office leading the client service team and managing a variety of research programs including Brand Equity research, global tracking studies, communications development research, and custom quantitative research. Maria has a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Monash University and Masters of Applied Psychology from the University of Melbourne.
JESSICA TORNEK, PRESIDENT, MOMENTUM BY HYPOTHESIS
With over 15 years of experience in consumer-driven strategy, Jessica is a marketer and executive advisor. She brings experience from both agency and client sides, working with a range of companies from start-ups to Fortune 100s. Before joining Hypothesis, she held senior positions at Spark Networks and Westfield. She brings a global sensibility having lived in Japan, New Zealand, and Italy. Jessica has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Urban Planning from UC San Diego.
GREG RICE, CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER
Greg has 25 years of marketing research experience, with an emphasis in quantitative techniques such as brand tracking, creative testing, shopper insights, and segmentation. He has led quantitative divisions at Hall & Partners and Kelton, working across many industries such as technology, retail, CPG, apparel, media and gaming. He had a brief stint as a comedy writer for NBC/Warner Bros and JWT Detroit. Greg has both an MSA (Advertising) and a BA (American Culture) from Northwestern University.
JILLIAN DOMIN, QUALITATIVE DIRECTOR
Jillian has particular expertise in global tracking studies, consumer segmentation, brand positioning, product testing, and ad copy testing. Prior to joining Hypothesis Jillian worked as an Account Manager with Millward Brown and was also part of the KB Home Corporate Research group.
JAMIE GERSON, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
A seasoned qualitative researcher, Jamie has moderated hundreds of focus groups, IDIs, usability sessions, and ethnographies since 2004 using a variety of techniques. In her current role at Hypothesis, Jamie establishes qualitative “best practices” and leads the Hypothesis qualitative mentoring program. Not only is Jamie a highly sought-after moderator, but she is a top-notch researcher in general with a strong ability to “lift” strategic findings and communicate those findings to a wide variety of audiences.
SHAINA GREEN, M.C.M., SEATTLE DIRECTOR
Shaina has extensive experience in both quantitative and qualitative projects across a variety of market sectors. She brings strong tracking fundamentals, retail knowledge, and analytic expertise to the Hypothesis roster. In addition to running projects, Shaina is proud to manage the Hypothesis Seattle office – returning to her hometown after several years in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and holds a Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.
BRIANNE BEACH, GROUP DIRECTOR
Brianne brings years of extensive research experience to Hypothesis. Well-versed in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Brianne’s industry experience ranges from CPG and Retail to Fashion, Fitness, and Tech. In addition to strong project management skills, Brianne maintains an intense focus on understanding the detailed themes in the data, and has an exceptional ability to link these findings to the greater story. Prior to Hypothesis, Brianne was a Research Director at LRW, and graduated with Honors from USC with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business.
JENNY PFOST, SENIOR ART DIRECTOR, ACTIVATION SPECIALIST
Jenny is an award-winning designer and art director and brings her expertise in typography, illustration, and visual communication to Hypothesis. She received her BA in Fine Art at Furman University, and a graduate degree in Graphic Design and Art Direction at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. She has been featured on The DieLine, Cider Craft magazine, and Print Typography and Lettering annual.
MAIA WAPNICK, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Maia is a passionate storyteller and strategic researcher. She is well-versed in both qualitative and quantitative techniques and has specific expertise in brand positioning, messaging, and product development. She has worked with top brands in entertainment, CPG, luxury and retail. Prior to joining Hypothesis, Maia was at Kelton. She received her BA from UC Berkeley where she studied cognitive linguistics and urban planning.
KAITLYN HUTT, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Kaitlyn Hutt comes to Hypothesis with her strong strategy and insights background. Prior to Hypothesis, she was a Strategist at Egg Strategy, specialized in path-to-purchase mapping, brand renovation, positioning and communication strategy, concept development, and insight planning. Kaitlyn has experience across multiple industries including tech, financial services, food/beverage, and pharmaceuticals.
MICHAEL THOTTAM, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING SCIENCES
Michael joins Hypothesis as a member of our Advanced Marketing Science Group. He majored in Mathematics at Vassar College with applied mathematics and statistics as specialties. Michael further applied and enriched his statistical knowledge and skills through collaborations with the college’s Office of Institutional Research and Vassar Student Association.
LEAH LOWE, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Leah has an extensive background in market research. Since 2000, she has had various roles including but not limited to Project Manager and Operations Director for a Qualitative Research facility. Leah’s expertise includes consumer segmentation, medical, B2B, product testing, and entertainment research.
CHELLY JIN, JUNIOR DESIGNER
Chelly is a designer passionate about synthesizing data, technology, and art to illustrate narratives. With a generalist approach, Chelly integrates her design practices with multimedia, interaction, code, and research to develop collaborative solutions. Prior to Hypothesis, she interned at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-authored a publication for ACM CHI. She received her B.A. in Design Media Art at UCLA.
ADRIANA MORALES, ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Adriana is an experienced accounting professional who has 10+ years working in a broad spectrum of industries. In addition to her accounting experience, Adriana also has a tax and financial background. Adriana manages the Company’s accounts payable, account reconciliations, and banking needs. She brings a level of calm, insightful thinking and attention to detail, as well as, real life work experience to Hypothesis.
AUSTIN WOOLF, SENIOR ANALYST
Austin first came to Hypothesis as an intern in 2014. His work spans a range of quantitative and qualitative research in the automotive, toy, and retail industries. He particularly enjoys work on the intersection of digital and physical play, amidst the ever-changing children’s entertainment landscape. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Economics/Mathematics and minors in Business Finance and Accounting. Besides market research, Austin is passionate about motorsports and his record player.
JOSHUA ERDMAN, SENIOR CONSULTANT
Josh is particularly adept at quantitative research including international trackers, discrete choice modeling, and segmentation. From entertainment and ecommerce to mud runs and music festivals, Josh has applied his love for learning to numerous industries. He helps spearhead the Hypothesis Internship Program and holds a BA in Economics from Occidental College.
GLEN KRISTENSEN, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Glen is a brand consultant with over 10 years experience of working within qualitative methodologies. He has worked across 6 continents for some of the world's most successful consumer brands and specializes in turning the consumer voice into actionable strategy. He is passionate about understanding the context for consumer behaviors as a way to more deeply understand those behaviors, and ultimately helping brand and consumer understand each other better.
SAMANTHA CAREY, VIDEO EDITOR
Samantha Carey joins Hypothesis as the foundation to our in-house video team. She is passionate about every aspect of video production. Her previous experience as a freelance videographer and photographer has prepared her to adapt to the unique needs of each client and each project. She is excited to merge her passions for both storytelling and human behavior with market research. Samantha grew up in New Jersey and graduated with a BFA in Photography with minors in psychology and creative writing from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
MAGGIE NELSON, SENIOR CONSULTANT
Maggie has worked on both qualitative and quantitative research with a variety of clients in apparel, sports, food, and agriculture. She has a passion for brands and experience in ad and brand tracking, product optimization, and brand loyalty. Maggie received her B.A. in Economics with an emphasis in Public Health from Occidental College, where she performed independent research on teenage motherhood in rural KwaXimba, South Africa.
JENNIFER RIVAS, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Jennifer is an experienced qualitative researcher. She enjoys connecting with consumers and unraveling the consumer perspective, emotional and cultural elements that impact values, behaviors, brand and product consumption. She has a passion for multicultural research and has a close familiarity and deep understanding of the demographic. Jennifer is bilingual and moderates in both English and Spanish and across Hispanic acculturation levels.
BONNIE TAM, SENIOR CONSULTANT
Bonnie comes to Hypothesis with experience ranging from market research to digital advertising in a variety of industries including telecommunications, toys and games, and pharmaceutical. She has expertise in copy-testing, pilot testing, tracking, and social media analytics. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Advertising from Boston University.
ISHA AWASTHI, ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
Isha is part of the Hypothesis Seattle team and has a wide range of market research experience, including brand tracking and brand loyalty, with a variety of clients in the CPG and retail sectors. She brings specific expertise in large-scale global brand tracking to the Hypothesis team. Prior to Hypothesis, Isha worked with Lieberman Research Worldwide. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Advertising and Promotion Strategy, from the University of Southern California.
ANDRES ROJAS, QUALITATIVE COORDINATOR
With over 15 years of experience in the market research field, Andres has a wide range of expertise, including industries like consumer products, entertainment, and automotive. Additionally, he has extensive experience with large-scale, multi-method, and multi-city projects. Andres has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from California State University, Northridge.
NINA KJARVAL, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Nina joins Hypothesis with over 9 years of research experience by the way of Hall & Partners, db5, and Fandango. An expert in quantitative research, she’s worked across multiple industries and project types including brand and ad tracking, copy-testing, segmentations, attitudes & usage studies, and more.
JENNIFER DER, ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
Jennifer joins Hypothesis with roots in quantitative research and experience consulting across several industries. Having worked with top and emerging brands in tech, auto, public utility and QSR, she is well practiced in a wide range of methodologies and analysis techniques. Beyond the data, she is inspired by the profound connection between brand and consumer, and role in uncovering shared human moments. Jennifer holds a business degree from USC and passion for the outdoors, bad puns, and checking off to-do lists.
ERIC MATHIS, ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Eric joins Hypothesis with experience in quantitative and qualitative fields, by way of db5 and Hall & Partners. He believes research is most impactful when blending science and art to tell compelling stories that are both actionable and insights driven. He has worked on studies ranging from brand and ad tracking, copy-testing, segmentation, and more. His previous clients span industries including telcom, apparel, technology, automotive, financial and tourism. A native New Yorker – he is a pizza snob, a rabid soccer fan, and owns over 100 pairs of sneakers.
GISSELL GARCIA, SENIOR ANALYST
Gissell, a Los Angeles native, first joined Hypothesis as an intern in 2016. She has worked on both qualitative and quantitative research in the retail, toy, and entertainment industries. Gissell graduated with honors from UCLA, with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Public Affairs. During her time at UCLA, she conducted independent research through UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in the fields of organizational behavior and social psychology.
EMILY KENNAN, ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
Emily joins Hypothesis with a range of qualitative and quantitative experience across many research methods, including brand tracking, brand health, customer satisfaction, ad testing, and segmentations. Her expertise lies in both B2B and customer-facing work in the finance, entertainment, and consumer goods industries. Prior to joining the Hypothesis team, Emily worked for 4 years with Lieberman Research Worldwide, after graduating from USC with a B.A. in Communication and a minor Marketing.
SHARIS TATAVOS, QUALITATIVE COORDINATOR
Sharis’ passion for research has led her to various operational and project management roles in both qualitative and quantitative research. She comes to Hypothesis with over 5 years of experience in qualitative facility recruitment. Her expertise includes medical, B2B, entertainment, consumer products, online sampling, and survey programming. Sharis has her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from California State University, Northridge.
BRYAN WATTS, DESIGNER
Bryan graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BFA in Graphic Design and from Mt. San Antonio College with an AA in Fine Arts. He is passionate about visual communication and has freelanced for several years primarily in branding and motion graphics. He is most interested in how visual communication can solve complex problems and how society can flourish through strategic and creative designs.
MIMI BATTISTELLA, ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
Mimi brings her passion for delivering powerful insights and strategic thinking to the Hypothesis team. Her expertise and interests span a wide range of research methodologies including global brand tracking, choice modeling, and focus groups. Prior to Hypothesis, Mimi was at Lieberman Research Worldwide where she partnered with clients across a variety of industries ranging from financial services, CPG, technology, and fashion. Mimi earned her degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
REX ISENBERG, SENIOR ANALYST
Rex began his career in qualitative research at Flamingo International and Hall & Partners before joining the Hypothesis team. Trained as a classical composer, he channels his deep understanding of the relationship between people and culture towards helping brands forge meaningful connections with their consumers. An experienced moderator, his work has spanned diverse categories including entertainment, CPG, and hospitality. Rex holds a B.A. in Music from Yale, and a Masters and Doctorate from Manhattan School of Music. Yes, he does take requests.
ANGIEE MABILANGAN, DESIGNER
Angiee Mabilangan is a designer passionate about making illustrations and playing with type. Her design approach is fueled by conceptual thinking and making a positive difference. Prior to joining Hypothesis, she worked at Buchanan, a San Diego-based agency, strategizing, designing, and executing branding and design projects for multidisciplinary clients. Although a Los Angeles native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Anthropology at San Diego State University.
AMBER WILLIAMS, ANALYST
Amber comes to Hypothesis with a background in market research, data analysis, and presentation development. Before joining the team, she worked on the National Football League’s Strategy & Analytics team and received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she concentrated her studies on data analysis and decision making.
SELIN KARGI, MCM, ANALYST
Selin first joined Hypothesis as an intern in 2016, where she gained experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. As an Analyst, Selin works across various industries with a focus in the tech and finance sectors. Selin moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of Istanbul to pursue her Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. She holds a B.A. in Business Management, with a minor in Art Theory.
SAM RABINOVITZ, ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
Sam joins Hypothesis with experience at both boutique suppliers and client-side in the Fortune 200, most recently at Aramark where he led primary food & beverage research across four global business units. A RIVA-trained moderator and automation-savvy analyst, he brings a unique blend of capabilities to his projects. Sam holds degrees in Economics and Drama from the University of Virginia and is a lover of Shakespeare, mini golf and sleight of hand.
SAVANNAH DAUGHERTY, SENIOR ANALYST
Savannah brings rich client-side perspective and entertainment experience from Disney where she specialized in consumer satisfaction for Parks and Resorts, as well as large scale brand tracking. She has gained experience in different quantitative and qualitative research methods from various entertainment companies. Savannah received her M.S. in Applied Psychology from the University of Southern California where she specialized in Consumer and Organizational Psychology.
SUZANNE NUZZI, VP OF FINANCE
Suzanne has over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting across a variety of industries. She has a passion for creating business processes and systems, as well as a strong background in managing the day-to-day operations of the accounting team. Before joining Hypothesis, Suzanne was Senior Vice President at Contessa Premium Foods and Chief Financial Officer at US Trust Company. Suzanne is a CPA and began her public accounting career at Kenneth Leventhal and Company. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Diego State University
SHAWN LIN, SENIOR CONSULTANT
Shawn has wide-ranging experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research, working in public health, economic development, consumer products, brand development, and technology. Prior to joining Hypothesis, Shawn worked in the Cloud and Enterprise Technology space for clients such as Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, and McAfee. He holds a Masters in Economic Development and a Masters in Public Health.
VICTORIA HERNANDEZ, ANALYST
Victoria first joined Hypothesis as an intern in 2017, where she gained experience in both quantitative and qualitative research in the toy, retail, and entertainment industries. Victoria holds a Masters of Science in Applied Consumer Psychology from the University of Southern California. She has a passion for applying her deeper knowledge of human behavior and consumer decision making to market research. Victoria also holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University, where she graduated with honors.
SAMANTHA AHMARI, MANAGER, PEOPLE & TALENT
Samantha joins Hypothesis with a wide-range of HR experience. Prior to coming aboard, Samantha worked for a digital entertainment company, Kin Community, implementing HR processes and policies while cultivating a strong company culture. Samantha earned her B.A. in Communication from The University of Southern California and is a lover of travel, trying new restaurants and her two cats.
Faith first joined Hypothesis as an intern with experience in market research and advertising. As an Analyst, Faith works with a variety of clients ranging from the entertainment to automotive industry doing both quantitative and qualitative studies. Faith received her Masters at the University of Southern California in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in consumer psychology.
ELLIE HANNAN, ANALYST
Ellie is a passionate researcher and avid problem solver with particular expertise in brand health tracking and advertising optimization, both domestic and international. She is curious about understanding the interdependent relationship between brands and consumers. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Ellie attended UCLA and received a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship. While at UCLA, she conducted research focusing on nonverbal communication and social perception.
EMILY VETTER, SENIOR CONSULTANT
Emily earned her B.S. in Cognitive Science at UCLA, where she developed a love for research. Her interest in how people think and make judgments led her to market research, where she enjoys studying consumer attitudes and behavior to help inform brand strategy and products. Outside of Hypothesis, Emily enjoys the outdoors, time with friends and family, and a good beer.
SYDNEY ZELDES, ANALYST
Sydney graduated from the University of Washington in Business Administration - Marketing. Her curiosity about the psychology behind decision making led her to market research. At the UW, she served for four years as an Advanced Research Assistant working on academic marketing research projects including authoring a chapter for forthcoming strategy book, A Smart Marketer’s Guide to Data Privacy. A Seattle native, Sydney loves drinking coffee, coaches the UW ski team, and believes that every month should be Bike to Work Month.
GEORGE MOLL, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
George joins the Hypothesis team with a broad administrative and client services background. He has worked within the United States House of Representatives in several capacities, for nonprofits, and major financial institutions. He brings with him key organizational practices and operational strategies. George attended the University of Alabama and received a B.A in both Public Relations and Political Science. While in attendance his concentration was in International Affairs conducting research on international relief response.
SQUID, OFFICE MASCOT
With over four years of experience, Squid brings her passion for pets, companionship, and her keen eye for crumbs on the floor to Hypothesis. She enjoys connecting with staff and visitors and is an expert in communication. She holds her associates degree from Cesar Millan’s the Dog Whisperer.