Management Profiles

Our project management has an average of over 15 years experience executing projects for Davis Research. Please click on the names to the right to find out more about each team member.

Bill Davis

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Davis, Chief Executive Officer, joined Davis Research in 1997. Like his brother and business partner Bob, Bill was drafted into research work at Davis Research at a very early age. Bill and his brother Bob purchased Davis Research from their parents in 1999. Bill heads the client services group and also serves as a focus group moderator.


Prior to joining Davis Research, Bill worked as a research analyst at J.D. Power and Associates and an insurance adjuster at Prudential Insurance. At J.D. Power, Bill worked on automotive, power sports and major league baseball research. In his free time Bill enjoys snowboarding, horses and is an avid horse polo player. Bill is also active in the Marketing Research Association (MRA), American Marketing Association (AMA), Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO), and World Association of Opinion and Marketing Research Professionals (ESOMAR).


Bill holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

 

Bob Davis

Chief Technical Officer

Bob Davis, Chief Technical Officer and second generation owner, started working at Davis Research at the age of three taping quarters to outgoing mail surveys. Needless to say, he has seen a lot of change in the industry over the last three decades. Bob leads up Davis Research's web interviewing and online data processing division, as well as directing the overall company technical infrastructure.


Prior to re-joining Davis Research, Bob worked as a technology consultant for Accenture where he helped clients such as Netscape, Disney, Geffen Records, and Hunt-Wesson implement complex technical and operational organizational change.


When Bob used to have free time he enjoyed traveling, hiking, cooking, and eating. Now he spends most of his time leading up his son's Cub Scout den, coaching soccer, and cooking Macaroni and Cheese for his 9 year old son Zach and 6 year old twins Riley and Jared.


Bob is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the Marketing Research Association (MRA), the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Boys Scouts of America, and the Las Virgenes chapter of Young Presidents' Organization. Bob is also the past President of PAPOR, the Pacific chapter of AAPOR, and a member of the SPSS Customer Advisory Board.


Bob holds a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA's Anderson School of Business and a B.S. in Computer Science from UCSD.

 

Jason Kerns

Project Management Director

Jason Kerns, Director of Project Management for Davis Research, joined the company in 1994. Originally hired by company founder Carol Davis, he has spent time working in various departments in the organization, but currently is tasked with overseeing the project management department.


Jason has extensive experience and expertise in survey design, sampling methodology and statistical and written analysis. As an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), Jason is constantly working to stay abreast of the latest in sampling trends and response rate issues that impact the public opinion industry. In addition to his management responsibilities within the department, Jason manages a diverse group of clients, ranging from automotive manufacturers to companies in the financial services industry.


Jason is married with three young sons and personal interests include running, coaching his son’s sports teams and college football.


Jason holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

 

David Fernandez

Senior Project Manager

David Fernandez, Senior Project Manager, joined Davis Research in 1999 and has made several contributions to aid in the progression of the company. He originally began working as a Call Center Manager while obtaining his degree at California State University, Northridge. After making several enhancements to the call center, he advanced to the project management department.

 

David is responsible for several accounts and oversees a team of project managers and research projects while also being involved in overall company direction. He works with a wide range of companies across multiple industries such as automotive (clinics, focus groups, drive studies, etc.), electronics (computers, audio, gaming, wireless, etc.), public utilities, healthcare, and many others. He manages the entire research life cycle on projects which includes client communication, writing proposals, identifying business objectives, research methodology, questionnaire design, sampling methodology, programming/data processing leadership, fielding (web, telephone, field, etc.), analysis and report writing.


David is passionate about research and is known for always going above and beyond for his clients. His objective is to ensure that each project is carried out with the highest level of quality and always make certain that his clients are satisfied throughout every step of the research process.


David is married and has three children which keep him busy when he's not at the office. Everything from coaching his son's soccer team to playing with his daughter is fair game on weekends. When he does get some free time though he enjoys the outdoors so camping/hiking/fishing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter is where you'll find him.


David holds a B.S. in Business Administration – Marketing, from California State University Northridge.

 

Chad Frosland

Project Manager

Chad Frosland joined the company as a Project Manager in 2013.  Coming in with a background in hospitality, college admissions, and season-ticket account management, he prides himself in providing strong customer and client service.

 

Earning a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in Professional Writing from Northwest Nazarene University, Chad brings the ability to research and write in a variety of formats as well as proof and edit written materials.  His strengths lie in survey development and evaluation, helping ensure strong response rates, quality responses, and that questionnaires gather the key information sought.  Chad also holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University.

 

In addition to managing VA-related studies, various consumer studies, and some municipal utilities projects, Chad also handles many of our qualitative coding projects.

 

Chad enjoys baseball, college football, and live theatre productions.

 

Courtney Harwood

Project Manager

Courtney Harwood joined Davis Research in 2009 as a Call Center interviewer working in the evening phone room. Her organizational skills and attention to detail made her a rising star at Davis Research and she quickly worked her way up to Call Center Supervisor.  When an opportunity came to switch to a client facing role as a project manager, Courtney welcomed the challenge.  

As a Project Manager, Courtney likes that she is able to use the experience she gained within the Call Center, QA, and Recruiting Department as a strong foundation to ensure that projects are carried out accurately, remain on schedule, and that data is collected with the utmost integrity and professionalism. Courtney manages a myriad of different B2B and consumer projects both domestically and internationally. She enjoys the challenge that complex, multi-modal projects bring to the table because they involve vigilant planning and an element of creativity as each one requires a fresh approach.

Courtney earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Business Management specialization from California State University Northridge. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, cooking, traveling, hiking, reading and gardening.

 

Carla Johnson

Recruiting Specialist

Carla Johnson heads up the Recruiting Department of Davis Research. Her role is to recruit individuals to participate in research projects at Davis Research and around the country. These research projects vary according to the client. Some examples of projects Carla has recruited for include automotive, entertainment, mock juries, kids toys, and electronics to name a few.


In her spare time Carla enjoys hiking and camping.


Carla holds a BA in Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

 

Nick Mitchell

Project Manager

Nick came to Davis with extensive managerial experience in the qualitative research industry. For over eight years, he worked at the Los Angeles branch of Savitz Field and Focus, where he managed the recruiting center and oversaw all aspects of focus group research. The many roles he was required to perform prepared him well for a position with the project management team at Davis.

 

Nick possesses a strong research etiquette and an almost obsessive attention to detail. He prides himself in implementing research of the very highest quality.

 

Nick is recently married, and he and his wife enjoy playing softball – where they first met and where he proposed. He is also an accomplished French horn player and can be heard performing in several local ensembles. His other hobbies include basketball, golf, trivia and karaoke.

 

Nick holds a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Greg Shmavonian

Project Manager

Greg Shmavonian became a Project Manager at Davis Research in the fall of 2002. Since then he has taken significant roles in managing quantitative studies for the automotive and financial services industries and has managed several automotive static clinics since his arrival.


Previous to landing at Davis Research, Greg was employed as a civilian Research Assistant for the Navy Personnel Research & Development Center, as well as the Navy Health Research Center in Point Loma, California.  At both centers, he had roles in the data collection, analysis, and report writing for studies centered on several programs and benefits in place at Marine Corps bases.  He also managed a longitudinal study that focused on the health and satisfaction of Navy recruits.


While Greg was enrolled in graduate school, he took on the position of Research Associate at the market research analysis firm Matters of Fact. There he wrote analysis reports on automotive studies, managed focus groups, and assisted in daily logistics for mail-out studies.  Greg also worked as a contracted research analyst, presentation consultant, and group moderator for a training & development/executive coaching firm.


Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons and you can often find him at local amusement parks.


Greg holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University in Alhambra, California.  He received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Cal State Northridge.