Brian joined Rivel Research Group in 1994 and became president in 2000. Since then, he has guided the firm to become the largest global perception study provider.
He plays a crucial role in helping clients gain insight on corporate governance matters, C-Suite strategy and planning, activist threats and overall investor communications. In addition to implementing Rivel’s research strategy and focus, Brian is a frequent presenter to board members, management teams and communications professionals on how research can add value to an organization by building competitive advantage. He works closely with Rivel’s strategy team to insure that the aforementioned three groups understand how they are perceived among their key constituencies and what changes can be implemented to improve valuation.
Brian has authored several articles in business publications highlighting the power of conducting strategic research among global financial community audiences. Brian is a member of the regional board of advisors for Jumpstart, a national early childhood education program serving low income communities. He received a BS in Finance from Boston University.
Jim oversees and guides all the firm’s survey research activities including the Rivel Intelligence Council and custom studies in the investment community. These studies encompass landmark research programs among domestic and off-shore institutional investors, CEOs, hedge funds and IROs as well as retail registered representatives.
He works closely with Rivel’s executive team analyzing and presenting study results to management teams and corporate boards. Prior to joining Rivel, Jim worked for ten years at Yankelovich Partners, a leading marketing and social research firm. He was an integral part of the firm’s business-to-business and consumer marketing research efforts for both syndicated and proprietary research projects. Jim was responsible for managing all of Yankelovich’s multi-sponsored research and worked closely with Art Rivel, Founder of Rivel Research Group, in the formulation of the research programs now conducted by Rivel.
Jim is a graduate of Tufts University, magna cum laude, and received a Master of Arts from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Gene has been with Rivel since 2000 and is a senior member of the strategy team. Gene heads up close to 50 strategic investor perception studies annually, including many of Rivel’s utility, energy and basic materials clients. His primary responsibilities include project development, strategic analysis, senior management presentations, and client consultations.
Prior to his arrival at Rivel, Gene had an extensive career as a retail stockbroker, first as an account executive and later as a managing principal of a regional brokerage firm. Gene graduated from the Hofstra University School of Business.
Steve has been with Rivel since 2001 and is a senior member of the strategy team. Steve works with the majority of Rivel’s healthcare, technology, and financial clients and manages close to 50 strategic investor perception studies annually.
Steve is a seasoned business executive with over 30 years of experience who understands many of the issues facing our corporate clients. Given his background, he spends much of his time analyzing how company-specific events can mandate the need for research. As an integral part of the strategy team, Steve is responsible for the analysis of clients’ data, providing context and direction for specific research projects.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he obtained his BS majoring in chemistry and math. Prior to joining Rivel, Steve was President and CEO of New England Golf Supply.
Mike has been with Rivel since 1998, managing the day-to-day operational workflow schedule of our research department until January 2014, when he was named Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Mike is now responsible for managing several aspects of Rivel, including the firm’s finances, strategy and execution, business development, client retention, technology initiatives and human resources. He graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a BS in Marketing and Management.
Barbara came to Rivel in 2000 after spending 14 years in retail operations and several years as an elementary school teacher. She implements and directs all company marketing, strategy and branding. Barbara is also the lead organizer for Rivel’s Intelligence Council conferences, tradeshows and all investor relations-related events.
She graduated with a BA & BS from Southern Connecticut State University.
Theresa rejoined Rivel in 2017, after having previously worked with the firm in the research function from 1995 through 2001. As Chief Productivity Officer, she is tasked with improving efficiency and quality throughout the organization. She works closely with the firm’s senior management and internal and external technology teams.
In between her tenures at RRG, she worked in the hedge fund space, building extensive management, investor relations, technology and operational experience. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University in 1995 with a B.Sc. in Business Administration, and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager designations.
Dave is responsible for the development and execution of Rivel’s Corporate Governance Intelligence Council and board evaluation service on both a national and international level.
For Rivel Governance Council clients, Dave is the lead consultant for management teams and boards on all governance, engagement and disclosure matters. Dave consults with board members for the development and execution of custom board evaluations, including assessing the alignment of views with management and investment community.
Over a 20-year career, Dave has worked closely with hundreds of companies and their boards through a wide variety of corporate actions, proxy fights, annual and special meetings. Dave provides insightful, tailored corporate governance and advisory services to a broad range of companies and has organized and led dozens of high-profile engagements, aiding clients in all aspects of their shareholder analysis and engagement. He is a recognized industry expert in the areas of corporate governance, institutional activism, engagement and disclosure. Dave has been in the forefront of analyzing investor perceptions and interpretation of proxy issues and ESG matters, and assisting clients with all aspects of their year-round shareholder engagement and communication process.
Dave is active in the Society for Corporate Governance, NIRI and NACD and presents regularly at local, regional, and national events.
Previously Dave has been an Advisory Director at Argyle, Senior Vice President of AST Phoenix Advisors, Managing Director with Georgeson and was one of the founders of Laurel Hill Advisors.
Paul is a Research Analyst at Rivel Research Group and assists the operations and field teams. Prior to joining Rivel, Paul worked with the U.S. House of Representatives and was a freelance journalist in international affairs. He earned his BA from the University of New Haven.
Mario assists the Concierge of Rivel’s Intelligence Council, maintains the library of reports, and assembles the data used in answering a client’s specific query. He manages Pulse studies, develops questionnaires and works directly with clients to develop action steps. Mario is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BA in Economics.
Delia works in the Intelligence Council, assisting with member inquiries, weekly Rapid Action Research surveys and onboarding new Council members with access to the data available on the member website. Prior to joining Rivel, Delia spent several years working as a research analyst in the newspaper industry. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a BA in History.
Alyssa is Rivel Research Group’s field consultant and primary liaison between the company’s pool of executive interviewers, the project directors and the strategy team. Alyssa coordinates all client projects in the interviewing phase and ensures the interviews conducted properly align with the client’s expectations. Before joining Rivel, Alyssa held a similar position at Millward Brown and spent time at The Kennedy Center and Fidelity Investments. She holds a BA in communication studies from Keene State College.
Kelly A. Dougherty joined Rivel in January 2017, and brings a unique perspective after nearly 14 years in sell-side equity research. Kelly was most recently Associate Director at Macquarie Capital (USA), responsible for coverage of the US Transports and Logistics sector. She also served as Senior Alternative Energy analyst at Macquarie and Calyon Securities, and worked on automotive and media equity research teams over the years.
As a senior analyst, Kelly focused on industry and company-specific issues as well as financial statement analysis to determine an appropriate corporate valuation and investment recommendation. Her role as an analyst demanded detailed financial understanding, coupled with astute communication skills to deliver clear, concise investment opinions, and Kelly brings those same strengths to her Rivel relationships.
Kelly is a Chartered Financial Analyst, has an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Finance and Accounting from La Salle University.
Nelson works with the marketing team in various roles, including logistical support in Intelligence Council conference preparation, updating Rivel’s internal contact database and corresponding with clients to ensure their needs are being met. Before joining Rivel, Nelson was an operations manager for Marriott International where he won Leader of the Quarter in 2013 and Associate of the Year in 2011. Nelson holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.
Brian heads up Rivel’s technology department, including website management, internal databases and internet functionality. In addition, he is continually exploring ways to deliver our data to clients more effectively using new technologies. Brian graduated from the University of Connecticut earning a BA in English.
Jenn is responsible for Rivel’s industry-focused research activities among investor relations professionals and the institutional investment community, specifically managing the operational process, strategy and content. Jenn previously was Project Director, acting as primary liaison between Rivel and clients and overseeing all aspects of projects from start to finish. Jenn graduated magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State University with a BS in Marketing.
Robert is the Director of Field Services for Rivel Research Group. He works with the field team, operations team, interviewers, and transcriptionists to ensure data is obtained efficiently and delivered accurately. He is responsible for overseeing the interviewers and transcriptionists and managing field operations. He holds a BA in History and English from the University of Connecticut.
Tom is responsible for the growth and development of Rivel’s research offerings. He brings to Rivel a highly unique skillset given his financial services background.
Prior to joining Rivel, Tom was an Associate at Emigrant Bank where he was responsible for the development and management of private client accounts. This included daily trading operations, managing liquidity and strategically investing in both fixed income securities and co-investment opportunities. He was also responsible for the day-to-day investing of the Bank’s short-term municipal auction rate portfolio.
Tom holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Mathematics from Villanova University.
Tina Kennedy is an operational project director for Rivel Research Group, working closely with the Executive Vice President, strategy team and client in the development of the research initiative, questionnaire and respondent group. She oversees each project throughout its entire life cycle, specifically managing the field interviews, coding the data and creating final presentations. Tina holds a MLS in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University and a BA in English and Cinema Studies from Northeastern University.
Alon is responsible for the development and growth of Rivel’s research offerings on both a national and international level. He brings to Rivel a diverse Wall Street skill set having had roles on the buy side, sell side and investor relations.
Alon has worked with firms such as Drexel Burnham Lambert, UNX, and Ram Capital Resources LLC. Alon’s background has furnished him with a unique 360 degree perspective of the markets and has shaped his consultative approach with Rivel’s clients. Alon received a BA of Philosophy from Hobart College.
Alex is an operational project director for Rivel Research Group, working closely with the Executive Vice President, strategy team and client in the development of the research initiative, questionnaire and respondent group. She oversees each project throughout its entire life cycle, specifically managing the field interviews, coding the data and creating final presentations. Prior to joining Rivel, she worked as a recruiter as well as a paralegal at corporate law firms. Alex holds an MSc in International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London and a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.
Claire is Rivel’s first representative outside the US. Based in London, she leads the development of Rivel’s business in the UK, Europe and Asia. As well as growing the business, Claire is a consultant on client projects where she is responsible for project development, strategic and presenting to senior management. She is also a regular speaker at investor relations events across Europe sharing insights on IR best practice.
Claire is also a board member of the UK’s IR Society and sits on the Society’s Best Practice Committee and Conference Committee. Claire has over 15 years’ sales and business development experience. Prior to arriving at Rivel, she was the International Sales Director at the leading investor relations publication and before this she spent 10 years in the legal market working with world’s leading law firms and in-house general counsel.
Sean manages Rivel’s Intelligence Council and is responsible for the development and growth of its membership. He acts as the primary source for answering all member questions about the research (Concierge Service) and assists in production of the IC conferences. Prior to rejoining Rivel, Sean was a wealth planning analyst at UBS, working alongside financial advisors to integrate financial planning into their everyday business practices and drive wealth management revenue through the planning process. Sean graduated from The College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology.
Bernadette provides administrative support within our Sales and Marketing team. She assists with scheduling meetings, conference calls and preparing materials for client meetings. Bernadette joined Rivel in 2016 and has an extensive administrative background supporting executives in many industries including financial services, marketing communications, recruiting and manufacturing.
Joe teams with Rivel’s project directors to draft executive presentations and final reports as well as assisting in analyzing and coding survey data. He also designs questionnaires, transcribes interviews, and edits interview transcripts at different parts of a project’s timeline. Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany with degrees in Business Administration and European History.
John Parker is based in Rivel’s London office. He is an experienced advisor having spent the past 30 years first with technology companies in Silicon Valley, and then with major financial institutions including Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers, ING Group, WestLB AG, Uralsib Capital and STJ Advisors. He has worked with early stage venture-backed entrepreneurs, pre- and post-IPO companies, and well-established listed companies, helping to improve investor engagement and create the highest sustainable stock price. John has run sales organizations where he has built teams from the startup stage, restructured underperforming teams and improved performance to reinvigorate growth. He has managed broker-dealer operations for US and UK registered firms with budgeting, compliance, operations and P&L responsibility. He has deep knowledge of and connectivity with institutional investors in the US and Europe.
Additionally, John has worked with private and public companies, assisting in debt and equity capital raising. He has helped companies in 30 different countries raise over $27 billion in over 130 transactions. During his career, John has worked and/or conducted business in the US, throughout Western Europe, Latin America, Russia, Ukraine, India and Singapore.
John has an economics degree from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA in finance from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Jenn is the lead project director for Rivel Research Group, working closely with the Executive Vice President, strategy team and client in the development of the research initiative, questionnaire and respondent group. Jenn oversees each project throughout its entire life cycle, specifically managing the field interviews, coding the data, creating final presentations and drafting executive summaries. Jenn graduated magna cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Journalism.
Noreen supports the marketing and sales functions at Rivel Research Group. She works closely with the Vice Presidents, assisting with generating agreements, coordinating meetings and conference calls, prepping materials for client meetings, sales database administration and accounting. Noreen joined Rivel in 2015 after several years of administrative experience in the Fairfield County area in industries such as custom software and hardware development, technology transfer and commercialization and corporate relocation. Noreen is a graduate of Katharine Gibbs School with an Associate’s degree.
Deborah manages Rivel’s Targeting Department, working alongside the data analytics company, Valuation Metrics, to provide clients with in-depth information for use in targeting investors, providing a variety of methods to both understand their company’s fit with investor strategies as well as increase their shareholder base. Deborah oversees the joint projects throughout their life cycle, ensuring quality of data, content and presentation. She began at Rivel as a Project Director after many years in higher-education working with students with disabilities. She received her BA in History from SUNY Buffalo, an MA degree in International Relations from American University and an MA in Disability Studies from CUNY’s School of Professional Studies.
Heidi Salem is an operational project director for Rivel Research Group, working closely with the Executive Vice President, strategy team and client in the development of the research initiative, questionnaire and respondent group. She oversees each project throughout its entire life cycle, specifically managing the field interviews, coding the data and creating final presentations. Heidi graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University with a BS in Marketing.
Nadine is a director in Rivel’s corporate governance division. Her primary responsibility is to assist in business development and growing the division’s client base. Nadine brings to Rivel many years of sales and business development experience. Prior to joining, she was a corporate account manager for NPR and before that the vice president of development at Green Moon Productions, a Warner Brothers company. Nadine graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Communications and Media Studies.
Colin is responsible for the growth of Rivel’s research offerings. He brings to Rivel seven years of sales and business development experience. Prior to joining Rivel, Colin managed and grew territories for Fortune 500 companies. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, in 2008, with a degree in Communications.
Gregory Toye, Jr. is an analyst in Rivel’s Corporate Governance division. Working closely with the Vice President and Directors in the Intelligence Council, Greg conducts analytical research to provide custom, actionable advisory services for clients. He worked as a research intern at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and graduated from University of Delaware with a BS in Finance.
Reid is responsible for the development and growth of Rivel’s research offerings. He came to Rivel in 2008 with a 25-year career in sales and business development.
Much of Reid’s career has been spent in the research industry starting with Gartner Group where he managed major relationships with a variety of top-ranked Wall Street investment banks then later with Guideline, where he led business development efforts across a variety of industry sectors.
Reid has spent a majority of his career developing customized solutions to address the unique needs of his clients. Reid graduated from Clemson University where he obtained a BS in Business Administration.
Chris drives various aspects of Rivel’s communications strategy with an emphasis on tailored communications to key audiences, ranging from custom research clients, the investor relations industry and the financial community. His primary responsibilities are analyzing vast data sets, drafting full-scale reports based on the data, and writing executive summaries for CEOs and boardrooms of public companies. Chris also develops specialized insight that is used by C-suites, Boards, IR professionals and institutional investors to make decisions in their respective fields, via the research emanating from Rivel’s Executive Intelligence Council. As creative director, Chris manages all aspects of graphic design for Rivel’s brand and reporting.
Chris has spent over 20 years in the investment and marketing research field as a writer, editor and designer, 12 of which have been with Rivel where Chris previously held the Research Analyst and Project Director positions. Chris graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in Psychology.