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Peter G. Dodge

Founder and Chief Performance Officer

Words from Peter

Whether we are helping a company generate millions of dollars of incremental revenue through successful market explorations or we are encouraging a school district to cut a program that is not serving students well, the work that we do matters and the returns that we can provide on a very modest investment are staggering.

About Peter

Since I founded the firm in 2003, Hanover has been on a mission to make the world smarter. Toward that end, we have completed 20,000+ projects for 2,000+ organizations, ranging from rural community colleges to Fortune 100 companies. Our focus on only the most impactful types of research, coupled with the unique model on which we operate, have allowed us, on average, to double our revenues every year. In other words, we’re winning the battle we’ve chosen.

Because of that, I can honestly say that I have never been more excited about our potential. We are blessed with the ability to attract amazing people, and every day I see or hear about accomplishments of ours that blow my mind. Whether we are helping a company generate millions of dollars of incremental revenue through successful market explorations or we are encouraging a school district to cut a program that is not serving students well, the work that we do matters and the returns that we can provide on a very modest investment are staggering.

If you have not already, you will see that this enthusiasm for what we do pervades the site. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.

Wesley Givens

Chief Executive Officer

Words from Wesley

The market research field is evolving very quickly and Hanover is at the forefront. We have an incredibly talented team, we are dedicated to providing exceptional content and client service, and it is exciting to see the impact of our work across all of the organizations we serve in dozens of different industries.

About Wesley

I had the good fortune of joining Hanover very early in its life and at one time or another have worked in nearly every department, from Sales to Content to Operations. Today I am honored to serve as Hanover’s CEO and am committed to imbuing our company with the same innovative solutions and high quality service we provide our clients.

At Hanover, we are on the front lines of market research, working with organizations of all types – for-profit and non-profit, large and small – across many different industries. We have always believed in the value of information, and today information is more abundant than ever. Given this sometimes overwhelming wealth of information, there has never been a greater need for reliable research that generates actionable findings and real-world insights. While there are many players in the market research industry, there are few that expend so much energy getting to know their clients. We take pride in our ability to execute quickly and efficiently, but our primary goal is to become a true partner, to understand each client’s challenges, and to support each client’s mission. There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing a client become a more effective organization as a result of its relationship with Hanover.

Jennifer Vaziralli

Chief Revenue Officer

Words from Jennifer

Regardless of the circumstance, need, or industry, we make it a priority to be an active and present part of our clients’ lives. Many times, this means taking on the work that other vendors refuse because it failed to fit in with their pre-set parameters.

About Jennifer

Throughout my professional journey, one gospel has remained true: to succeed, a company must understand their clients’ ever-changing needs and adapt their approach to not only meet clients’ expectations, but to exceed them. Lucky for me, I find the constant challenge of improving our product and service a thrill. I dedicate my days to managing a team of terrific folks who are committed to digging into our clients’ organizational challenges and thinking strategically about what will turn the dial. Regardless of the circumstance, need, or industry, we make it a priority to be an active and present part of our clients’ lives. Many times, this means taking on the work that other vendors refuse because it failed to fit in with their pre-set parameters. Other times, it requires us to work collaboratively to help map out what their needs are from a research perspective.

Our client management and research capabilities are as fluid and dynamic as the clients we serve – which I believe says a lot about the culture of our firm. And because of this, we are the ones clients want in their corner for the big challenges, small tasks, and everything in between. That is something that as a member of Hanover’s leadership team, I could not be more proud of.

Sid Phillips

Chief Development Officer

Words from Sid

It is my personal goal to make every outreach specific, relevant, and ultimately valuable – even to those with whom we are not yet fully acquainted.

About Sid

Nearly seven years ago, I started at Hanover with the desire to do two things: challenge others to think differently about how they operate and be part of a fast-growing enterprise that listens to its people. Since March of 2007, I have had the privilege of being a part of both – from launching the District Administration Practice to becoming one of our first Partner Solutions Directors to now overseeing our business development strategy.

Business development is far more than just describing Hanover Research. Each day, we apply our cross-industry expertise to strengthen communities and disrupt unacceptable inefficiencies. We immerse our teams in each industry and train our Directors to be market research experts. We seek to provide value from the very first conversation, which means gathering an in-depth understanding of needs and never wasting time. It is my personal goal to make every outreach specific, relevant, and ultimately valuable – even to those with whom we are not yet fully acquainted.

Knowing the transformative power of our solutions is what drives me to continually seek out new and innovative ways to reach others. Communicating this knowledge to others is also what makes our roles so exciting.

Geoff Collins

Chief Strategy Officer

Words from Geoff

Everything we do is informed by the market—from our extensive primary research with clients, prospective clients, and outside experts, to our secondary research on market trends and competitive dynamics.

About Geoff

There is no question I could have taken a more linear path to arriving at a career in Strategy, but thankfully my two prior careers in clinical psychology and management consulting forced me to develop relevant skills in deep client inquiry, root-cause analysis, and creative problem-solving—all of which have been relevant to my work at Hanover. As the Chief Strategy Officer, I oversee a dynamic team of analysts focused on understanding unmet needs of clients and prospects, identifying and evaluating potential opportunities for new products and services, and bringing the best of these to market.

The real keys to our success as a team are arriving at a granular understanding of clients’ needs and ensuring we avoid innovating in isolation. Everything we do is informed by the market—from our extensive primary research with clients, prospective clients, and outside experts, to our secondary research on market trends and competitive dynamics. Hanover has taken its own medicine in this regard, applying the same rigorous level of analysis to the evaluation of its own business development opportunities as it does when doing this kind of work for our clients. In both cases, adhering to our methodology results in new insights and creative solutions to some of our clients’ most entrenched problems.

Marcelle Wood

Chief Human Resources Officer

Words from Marcelle

Our track record of rewarding high-performers instead of prioritizing tenure is truly exceptional and makes Hanover Research a great choice at any career stage.

About Marcelle

I started my career in Human Resources as a Generalist but quickly moved into recruiting where I discovered my love for finding and developing talent. The joy of placing the right person in a position that engages, challenges, and inspires them has never gotten old for me. Hanover has been built by its people. Starting with our CEO and his vision for the company and moving through the firm, Hanover is full of innovative and creative employees constantly looking for new and better ways to serve our partners and clients.

More than anything, I have enjoyed being part of the company’s growth. When I joined Hanover in 2009, we were less than 50 people. Since then, we have quadrupled in size. Many of our original hires from those first few years have moved up internally into management- and client-facing roles. Being able to see such inspiring professional development firsthand throughout the years has been a privilege.

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Maintaining our corporate culture is a fundamental component of Hanover’s hiring strategy. Finding exceptional individuals who share our corporate values of accountability, innovation and opportunity and who are also genuinely nice people is paramount to Hanover’s continued success and is my main focus as the CHRO.

The second part of our talent management strategy is developing staff once they are in seat. As we move into the next phase of corporate growth, Hanover is investing heavily in making training and professional development opportunities available to all staff with the goal of helping staff identify what they love to do and providing them with the resources to become experts in these areas.

The third part of our hiring strategy is to actively promote from within. We believe strongly that those employees who rapidly excel at understanding the intricacies of our work and the markets we serve should be recognized for their superior performance. We have countless examples of staff moving rapidly up the research or sales ranks or transitioning to newly created roles in Operations that leverage their writing/sales skills in a different way.

Our track record of rewarding high-performers instead of prioritizing tenure is truly exceptional and makes Hanover Research a great choice at any career stage.

Ryder Kenerson

Chief Information Officer

Words from Ryder

Detailed project planning, open and consistent communication between IT and end-users, and best-practice implementation strategies are the key ingredients to our success.

About Ryder

As the last kid in school to get a family computer, you could say that I am an unlikely technologist – or perhaps it is the very reason why I find technology to be so exciting. Having begun my career in sales, I quickly gravitated towards business operations before landing in IT. My obsession with organization, process improvement, customer service and problem solving serves me well in my role as Chief Information Officer.

My philosophy is simple: Look at IT not as a cost-center, but as a means of delivering business value. Through an understanding of how current and emerging technologies can enhance organizational effectiveness, competitiveness, and profitability, I apply this philosophy to improve outcomes both internally as well as for Hanover’s clients. Detailed project planning, open and consistent communication between IT and end-users, and best-practice implementation strategies are the key ingredients to our success. I am fortunate to lead a team of technologists who embrace these same values and always go above and beyond the call of duty to help a colleague or client whenever they have a question or technical issue. And, in keeping with the nature of Hanover’s business model, we never say ‘no’ – If we can help, we will.