Welcome the Institute's New Advisory Board Members
The Institute for Research in Marketing (IRM) strives to partner with innovative, senior level marketing executives. Together, the IRM and business community seeks to enhance market research connected to both academia and industry. The Institute for Research in Marketing would like to welcome the following new members to the Advisory Board:
Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Dan Peterson is Director, Corporate Marketing Insight for Land O’Lakes, Inc., the second-largest cooperative in the nation with approximately 9,500 employees and sales of nearly $15 billion. Land O’Lakes is number 218 on the Fortune 500, and does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. It is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States; serves its international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients; and provides farmers and ranchers with an extensive line of agricultural supplies (feed, seed, and crop protection products) and services.
Dan leads the marketing insights team across the Land O’Lakes portfolio with responsibility for custom and syndicated marketing research including return of marketing spend, emerging consumer trends, new product innovation, brand health measurement and the customer journey.
Prior to joining Land O’Lakes in 2008, Dan held positions with General Mills, TNS, Markettools, and Campbell-Mithun. In addition, Dan spent two years managing a non-profit organization providing educational, medical and poverty relief to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Dan received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a statistics concentration from the University of St. Thomas.
Marvin Windows and Doors
It is a passion for customer insight combined with the experience to guide organizations forward based on customer, market and business intelligence that energizes Rachel professionally.
Rachel currently holds the position of Director, Market Intelligence and Marketing Operations at Marvin Windows and Doors, a leading manufacturer of premium window and door products. A fourth-generation family-owned and operated company, Marvin Windows and Doors is headquartered in Warroad, Minn., with a team of more than 5,000 employees in 12 facilities throughout the United States.
Rachel has oversight on all primary and secondary research, including key areas such as customer experience strategy, journey mapping, customer satisfaction tracking programs, transactional research, segmentation, product concept testing, ethnographic studies, and market trend identification. Beyond research, Rachel also oversees key activities in the organization related to competitive intelligence, product demand analysis, business sales analysis, lead generation and nurturing, Salesforce strategy and digital marketing.
Prior to Marvin Windows and Doors, Rachel worked at Thomson Reuters in its legal division, and has additional experience gained through past roles in a diverse range of industries including utility, education, healthcare, travel, financial and hosted email.
Rachel has her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management from the University of North Dakota and is a member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association.
Rachel resides in Eagan, Minn., with her husband and two children.
Chris is the Principal Architect of YA’s strategy, vision and execution. As chief evangelist for the business, he works closely with clients, partners and team members to create extraordinary omni-channel experiences that motivate consumers to engage the brand, take action and spread the word. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Chris was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Young America, LLC. Before joining YA, Chris had been working with Baird Capital Partners to develop and execute acquisition and investment strategies to build a company in the digital marketing services industry, serving as CEO and/or Board Member of the acquired business. Previously, Chris was President and CEO of SourceLink, which grew to become the 4th largest privately held marketing services company in the US. Prior to SourceLink, Chris was President and CEO of ETrac, a software services (SaaS) business. He also held various positions at GE Financial Assurance, including Senior Vice President Sales and Client Marketing. Chris began his career at OAG, a global publisher of airline and hotel information. Chris received his degree from the University of Illinois - Chicago.
Chris is also very active in the industry and community. He currently serves on the Superior International Industries board of directors, the Brand Activation Association board of directors, as a curator to the Direct Marketing Association, the Minneapolis Downtown Council board of directors, the Minneapolis Club Board of Governors, and is a Board Director for Circle Urban Ministries in Chicago. When Chris isn’t leading the team at YA, he’s still pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a shortstop for the Chicago Cubs and wannabe golfer. Outside of these dreams, he enjoys gardening and traveling. Chris has been to more than 50 countries, but never to Italy – he admits, he needs to fix that… fast!