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AUBURN HILLS, MI – January 04, 2016 – In its eighth annual Golden HIPPO Celebration, Gongos honored five employees for their personification of the company’s core values. Additionally, three employees were recognized through the peer-nomination process for embodying admirable characteristics including the newest award, “Spirit of Innovation.”

The 2015 Golden HIPPO Award recipients are…

HUMANISTIC │ Sarah Taraff, Director, Analytics, O2 Integrated
Truly defining selflessness at Gongos, Sarah is dedicated to the success of every analyst and data scientist on her team. Her passion for connecting new and advanced quantitative techniques to client’s business challenges is a driving force behind her humanistic nature.

INTELLIGENCE │ Ben Worsley, Data Analyst, O2 Integrated
Ben is the resident problem solving resource. His existing knowledge only serves as a gateway to his endless desire to adapt and learn. He attacks real-time business problems for clients in need of mathematically infused solutions. Without him, our capacity for simulators, big data management and advanced data analysis would be heavily hindered.

PASSION │ Laura Muczynski, Senior Account Strategist, Gongos Research
Laura possesses an entrepreneurial spirit in identifying opportunities, assessing risks and comparing to advantages of taking action. She pushes the envelope in study designs, mentoring co-workers about consultative practices and supports cross-pod initiative strategy, development and execution.

PRIDE │ Heather Osminski, Senior Research Manager, Gongos Research
Managing research projects independently from start to finish, Heather goes above and beyond to ensure proposals are flawless, complex surveys are precise, and analysis plans are accurate. She has the desire to learn, grow and be challenged all while developing trust and fostering strong loyalty with clients.

IMPACT SPECIALIST│ Shanon Hoffman, Senior Research Strategist, Gongos Research
Shanon is the “go-to” expert for the newly developed storytelling process. Her immense passion for training the company on this progression has innovated the way research findings are shared. She understands not only the business objectives, but ties it back to the study at hand.

Other awardees include:

ROOKIE │ Theresa Grawburg, Specialist, Digital Methods | Consumer Village, Gongos Research
Constantly looking for more efficient ways or better solutions to meet clients’ needs, Theresa digs deep to understand and alleviate the hurdles within Gongos’ proprietary research community Consumer Village. She executes its strategic direction of the community, while effectively managing day-to-day operations including activity testing and communicating key metrics.

UNSUNG HERO │ Kris Torry, Senior Programmer, Consultant, Gongos Research
Kris knows all there is to know about technical research solutions. Whether it’s front-end development and interface customization, or back-end data collection and manipulation; he is always working in the background to deliver excellence. He understands project objectives and produces accurate, efficient and creative solutions.

SPIRIT OF INNOVATION | Dan Koenig, Senior Developer, Information Technology, Gongos, Inc.
Bringing his clearly articulated vision to life, Dan’s open mind sparks great conversation and collaboration within software development processes and client-facing requests. He plays a lead role in designing, debugging and maintaining applications used internally and externally, and obtains expert knowledge in all necessary technologies to facilitate start-to-finish development.

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