Career overview: Prior to founding Vivisum, Dan spent his entire career in a variety of market research and consulting roles, and starting Vivisum was a natural fusion of those two paths.
Areas of Expertise: Dan specializes in creating multi-phase research programs that combine quantitative, qualitative and strategic facilitation methodologies. He is passionate about providing customer insights that enable companies to develop innovative products and engaging brands. Dan’s work has focused primarily on the pharmaceutical, financial services and technology industries.
Favorite Business Book: Anything by Jim Collins. Unlike most business books which use hundreds of pages to communicate well-worn business truisms, Collins’ books are rigorously researched and convey genuine insight. Also, Peter Senge’s books. Senge’s ideas on management, philosophy and ethics were seminal to Vivisum’s foundation.
Outside of work: Dan is devoted to his wife, Casey, and his two daughters, Ava-Marie and Senzie. When he’s not spending time with his family, Dan is probably locked away in a quiet room reading a book or practicing ‘meditation in motion’ (otherwise known as running).
Career overview: Ellen developed her research skills conducting several anthropological ethnographies on food systems, as well as consulting with non-profit organizations in North Carolina. Before coming to Vivisum, Ellen received her BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from Wake Forest University and her MA in Management from the WFU Schools of Business.
Areas of Expertise: Ellen combines skills in ethnographic research and business consulting that provides a distinctive insight into complex research problems. Her research experience encompasses a wide range of fields, including technology, healthcare and non-profits.
Favorite Business Book: Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World by Craig and Marc Kielburger.
Outside of work: Ellen enjoys exploring and hiking trails with her self-esteem-challenged dog, Tulip. A foodie, she also loves experimenting with recipes and supporting local food initiatives in her community. Ellen is also an avid yogi and makes up for an unfortunate lack of skill and balance with a genuine love for the practice.
Career overview: Patrick graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, majoring in Economics and minoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Before coming to America, he grew up in several different countries around the world which exposed him to a diverse cultural background. Patrick learned a hard work ethic by volunteering for Royal National Lifeboat Institution and honed fine market research capabilities by working in Vietnam for a startup social networking company.
Areas of Expertise: Patrick specializes in market research moderation and project management. He has experience in human factors and usability studies in the pharmaceutical industry.
Favorite Business Book: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. This book gives an insight into the field of behavioral economics and how we can measure unpredictability
Outside of work: Patrick loves to travel and hang out with his friends. He is an avid sports fanatic and strongly supports Manchester United and the Dallas Cowboys. Patrick enjoys following the accelerating prominence of e-sports and explaining to everybody what e-sports are.
Career overview: Before joining the Vivisum team, Kelly was the Executive Director of Nourish International, a sustainable development and social enterprise focused NGO with chapters on 60 campuses and partners in 28 countries. Prior to her five years of service at Nourish International, Kelly served as the Manager of Development and Communications at Urban Ministries of Wake County, a human services organization, based in Raleigh, NC that operates a free medical clinic, food pantry and shelter for more than 24,000 people a year living in poverty. Kelly has dual degrees from the University of Chapel Hill at North Carolina in Economics and Dramatic Arts. She has been recognized as one of the TBJ’s 40 Leaders under 40 and as the co-host of the Millennium Campus Conferences in 2014 and 2015 at the United Nations. She also serves as a co-founder of the Raleigh Hub of the World Economic Forum in her spare time. It’s safe to say that Kelly’s passion for market research and strategic consulting comes from finding insights and providing support for businesses on the front lines of impact.
Areas of Expertise: Kelly’s extensive background in nonprofit management with respect to the fields of Human Services, Healthcare, and Leadership Development have afforded her an expanse of skill sets across many fields including strategic consulting, project management, PR, marketing, and business development.
Favorite Biz Book: Good to Great by Jim Collins.
Outside of Work: Kelly enjoys volunteering her free time with local non-profits, spoiling her dog Violet with nature walks, and hosting dinner parties for interesting guests with her partner in life and husband Bob.
Career overview: Prior to joining Vivisum Jason managed the office of the CEO for a private equity-backed CMMS technology company. Over the last ten years, Jason has managed statewide economic development and public policy initiatives with the NC Biotechnology Center, UNC’s School of Government, and the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI). Jason’s work has largely focused on industry development in biotechnology, agriculture, and manufacturing resulting in implementation of North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership, launching of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, creation of 30 in 10: Growing North Carolina’s AgBiotech Landscape, and development of NC’s Manufacturing Community Toolkit.
Areas of Expertise: As a self-described generalist (or cross-functional strategist), Jason’s skill set and experience span project management, nonprofit leadership and management, economic development and back office services.
Favorite Business Book: Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir by Dorothy Height. Though not a traditional business book, Ms. Height’s life and work act as a masterclass in leadership—servant leadership in the face of adversity and seemingly insurmountable obstacles which are applicable across sectors and industries.
Outside of work: A proud native of Roxboro, Jason is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, holds degrees from American University and North Carolina A&T State University, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. In addition to nurturing a passion for genealogy, Jason serves on the boards of directors with The Scrap Exchange and the NCSSM Alumni Association.
Career overview: Jane graduated from Wake Forest University with a Masters in Business Analytics as well as her Bachelors in Business and Enterprise Management. Jane’s previous work experience ranges from social media intern at a large advertising agency, quantitative research intern for a small boutique marketing firm, and two summers as a veterinarian intern. In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, Jane’s honed her media and design skills by volunteering as the media director for the annual black tie fundraiser benefiting her hometown animal shelter for the past four years.
Areas of Expertise: With a Masters in Analytics, Jane feels most confident in the world of numbers and quantitative research but is quickly gaining experience in qualitative research and moderating.
Favorite Business Book: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis. In a style of story telling only the author of Money Ball can master, Lewis describes about how humans are innately biased in decision making and the importance of statistics.
Outside of work: Jane is an avid runner, fitness fanatic, and Tough Mudder participant. When she’s not at work or at the gym, she’s home with her two trouble-loving, pound dogs, Deac and Oaks. She originally hails from the beautiful state of Colorado.