our story

From the very beginning, our passion has been creating and deploying industry-leading research technology and “wow-ing” every client in the process.

The Mercury
Origin Story

Our story starts with our founder and CEO Ron Howard, entrepreneur, experienced technology industry leader, and passionate advocate for the development of innovative software and hardware technology. Ron has a history of hands-on corporate leadership at tech companies, as employee #1 at several startups, to CEO managing multi-hundred million dollar public and private corporate transactions.

Based on his corporate experience, Ron saw enormous problems in the way research was conducted — and significant opportunity. While the internet had transformed most industries, the research industry still used the same old testing methods, weak testing techniques, with long lead times and high costs. He knew that combining the internet with brilliant software development would provide better, faster, lower-cost research.

Ron created Mercury Analytics to change the research landscape and address this opportunity.

Ron is a seasoned business professional who quickly grasps challenges and opportunities and helps define strategies for success.

Mercury Analytics Today

The Mercury team is composed of researchers and developers who together have created the best research analytics tools on the market. We’ve yet to meet a research project, big or small, that we’re not energized to tackle.

And it’s that tenacity and next-level competence that keeps our impressive roster of clients returning again and again.

It’s not enough to develop really impressive technology tools. It’s not enough to be first-rate research partners who bring decades of expertise on thousands of research projects to each of our clients. At Mercury, you get both.

Our suite of technology tools are all programmed in house and all of our clients, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, receive a VIP client experience. We go above and beyond on every project. That combination is why, when it comes to choosing a research partner, there’s no contest.

Our team of researchers and developers thrive on identifying solutions for your most pressing challenges. Whether you need access to our vast catalog of research tools, want to explore the many layers of insights within your data using our cutting-edge Analytics Workbench, or need expert advice and support planning your research project and executing it, when it comes to research, we can help.

And Mercury’s best kept secret? It’s that we’re committed to driving down costs for our clients through automation when possible, improving execution speed, accuracy and quality of our service.

Meet the Team

Ron Howard, CEO



Scott Brickner, Chief Scientist

Scott Brickner

Chief Scientist

Hillary Vagg, COO

Hillary Vagg


Jordan Kraft, VP of Insights & Analytics

Jordan Kraft


Prasad Dugad, Director of Market Research

Prasad Dugad

VP of Research Services

Jai Lewis, Director of Product Development

Jai Lewis

Director of Operations

Praneet Pant, Director of Survey Programming

Praneet Pant

Director of Survey Programming

Business Development

Jai Lewis, Director of Product Development

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Who We Are

Quite simply, without exception, we are a national and global team of exceptional, brilliant, caring, dedicated people, each of whom demonstrates total customer commitment, each of whom works to make Mercury the very best partner.

We care for each other and work as one integrated team without borders. 

Team Awesome

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