The GutCheck Team

Our Leadership Team

Rob Wengel

Chief Executive Officer

Rob is a seasoned market research executive with more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining GutCheck, he served in executive leadership roles with Kantar, BASES, and Nielsen, specializing in insights, innovation, and analytics. He is also an entrepreneur, having founded Experience Innovation, a consulting firm focused on growth strategy, innovation, and brand building. Additionally, he started his career with global CPG leader Procter & Gamble, and spent a dozen years in client-side marketing and sales leadership roles prior to joining the market research industry.

Hull McKinnon

Chief Financial Officer

Hull has 25 years of experience in finance as an inside operator, venture investor, and board member in a host of high growth companies; operationally leading companies, directing investments and managing complex financial operations.

Renee Smith

Chief Research Officer

Renee has 25+ years experience conducting research into why people do what they do — first as a journalist, then as an academic, and for the last 15 years as a market research professional. Most recently, Renee worked on innovation and re-inventing research solutions as Chief Research Officer at Kantar.

Jessica Gaedeke

EVP of Sales

Jess has more than 15 years of market research and sales experience, with a specific emphasis on consultative selling and developing commercial talent. Having previously worked in the consumer packaged goods, technology, and services verticals, she is focused on growing GutCheck’s client base and further expanding its market position.

Stew Maurer

EVP of Marketing

With more than 20 years of marketing leadership experience, Stew has proven success in generating revenue growth while building high-performance marketing and sales development teams for global brands and growth phase start-ups. He is focused on continuing to strengthen GutCheck’s brand on the international stage and positioning the company as the leader in the market research space.

Brian Harmon
EVP of Client Service and Delivery
With two decades of market research industry experience, Brian has consulted dozens of Fortune 100 businesses across a wide range of industries over the course of his career. He is committed to building exceptional relationships with every one of GutCheck’s clients and delivering insights they can rely on to better understand and appeal to their audience.

Candace Dale

VP of Business Operations & Strategy

Candace brings GutCheck 10 years of consulting experience focused on improving operations to drive customer experience. Bringing together cross-functional teams energizes her on a daily basis.

Our Board of Directors

Robert Rinek

Chuck Cullen 

Jeff Hinck

Martha Tracey

Rob Wengel

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