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Brianna Sylver

President

Brianna, founder and President of Sylver Consulting, focuses on helping clients identify, create and execute on their visions for growth. An innovation strategist and worldwide speaker, educator, and facilitator of innovation process, Brianna has a reputation in the industry as an “innovation leader within the innovation movement.”

Brianna’s superpower is CLARITY

Brianna has a unique ability to see and cut through the clutter of indecision, misstep and confusion that accompanies complex growth initiatives. She brings purpose-driven focus to every problem, thereby eliminating unnecessary steps and inefficiencies and creating a clear pathway forward for achieving swift and measurable impact against critical business goals.

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Adriano Braun Galvao

Vice President

Adriano, Vice President of Operations, oversees responsibility for human resources, accounting, vendor relationships, and the office’s physical and digital infrastructure. He has a knack for anticipating the needs of the organization, projects, clients, and employees, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. This holistic view of the business helps Adriano find opportunities and, together with Brianna Sylver, define actionable growth strategies for the company.

Adrianos’s superpower is PRECISION

Adriano is always looking for ways to improve the business of Sylver, which in turn, translates into improved outcomes, benefits and services for our clients. His journey through the process of business innovation is marked by his attention to details, his due diligence as a way to reach informed decision-making and his excellent negotiation skills. Adriano leaves no stone unturned in his search for “better” and is constantly challenging the Sylver team to reach higher.

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Peter Bürgi

Senior Director

An anthropologist with extensive business knowledge, Peter is a project lead experienced in qualitative market and organizational research, design/facilitation of workshops and ideation retreats, and consultation on intercultural and corporate culture issues. His background includes working as Vice President at Research International/TNS and at Beall Research, Inc. He has conducted market research, organizational research, and consulting projects for nearly 25 years on four continents.

Peter’s superpower is IMAGINATION

Building on the concept of culture, Peter believes that growth arises in the synthesis of action, perception, and most importantly, imagination. In ideations for corporations such as Humana, Citigroup, and Philip Morris, he designed activities around unexpected metaphors to help people see research findings in new ways as well as imagine new product and service possibilities. Peter has combined deep research insights with organizational activation for dozens of global corporate clients. He also published academic research on imagination and strategy as a Research Fellow at the Imagination Lab Foundation in Switzerland.

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Matt Newman

Research Lead

Matt is a research consultant and longtime collaborator of the Sylver team, specializing in both advanced statistics and qualitative interviews — yes, really! He has 20+ years of experience working in academic and multiple industry settings, with both qualitative and quantitative expertise across the full research process.

Matt’s superpower is STORYTELLING

Matt’s origin story involves a radioactive spider, a decade spent in an academic career, and the opportunity to work on an incredibly diverse range of projects in various consulting roles. He has an uncanny ability to uncover the big picture in any messy pile of data, whether that pile comprises interview notes or rows in a spreadsheet. Matt is a research nerd with practical tendencies: He believes that the fun part of research is in approaching a new problem, determining the best approach, and translating findings back into actionable insights.

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Robert Maihofer

Senior Market Research Analyst

Robert joined Sylver in 2015 to serve as team project lead of quantitative and hybrid (qual./quant.) methodologies. Robert brings over 15 years of experience in market research and innovation. He is a subject-matter expert and passionate learner who continuously hones his skills for designing and leading quantitative and hybrid-based research to produce actionable marketing management insights.

Robert’s superpower is EXPLORATION

Robert approaches all of life (personal and professional) from a ‘well-planned explorer’ mindset. At work, every project is a new opportunity to chart new territory – whether it is to improve upon what was already been done or whether it is to head in a wholly new direction. Robert’s knack is for thinking through and planning all details of the journey ahead so that, once embarked on, every activity runs smoothly and everyone involved is fully supported and empowered to enjoy, create, and bring their best to the experience.

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Rebecca Kuchar

Insights + Innovation Lead

Rebecca has orchestrated all manner of global research — both qual and quant — for more than 16 years. Her work is informed by her experience as a successful marketer and as a failed mechanical engineering student (damn you, extremely boring Thermodynamics and Circuits!). On a positive note, her college education exposed her to design thinking, which has stuck with her ever since. Rebecca's areas of specialty include financial services, technology, healthcare and guacamole, all of which segue nicely into the following ...

Rebeccas’s superpower is OBSESSION

Bringing her writing and editing skills to bear, Rebecca is noted for her attention to detail, listening carefully to clients and research participants alike, and getting to the bottom of all matters cultural, linguistic and behavioral. Let's just say that she really gets into her subject matter — whether that's avocados, yogurt or meat alternatives. Literally and figuratively, she can't help but fully consume the subject matter at hand.

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Jason Taft

Design Researcher

Jason is a jovial, young design researcher that seeks knowledge and understanding at every turn. He always aims to bring fresh perspectives from his background as a designer and apply creative solutions to any problem he faces. Whether he is working with coordinating with international partners or conducting qualitative studies himself, Jason approaches every project with passion and an insatiable desire to learn.

Jason’s superpower is CONNECTION

Jason strives to form deep understandings of how things, and people, function in the world around him. In his work, this is presented through his ability to dive in and learn each facet of a topic area allowing him to understand how they connect together to form the big picture. It is also evident in the strong working rapport he forms with each client he interacts with, utilizing humor and wit to form connections of mutual trust with any partnering teams.

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Paige Hendersen

Design Researcher

Paige engages in human-centered design research to understand user needs and translate them into actionable insights for Sylver clients. On a daily basis, this looks like creating discussion guides, conducting user interviews, engaging in quantitative market research, making frameworks and reports to reveal findings, and hosting ideation sessions with key stakeholders. Paige takes great pride in focusing on representation in her research tactics, seeking out underrepresented voices at every touchpoint for products, services, and systems.

Paige’s superpower is CURIOSITY

Paige has an innate curiosity in collecting and archiving all kinds of information. She seeks to learn from all project stakeholders and reveal the true pain points or user needs behind a product, with the goal of inciting action. She uses a variety of qualitative methods, her favorites including in-depth interviews, co-creation workshops, 2x2 matrix mapping, and service blueprints to synthesize her findings. The more questions she asks, the more she wants to ask, and it leads her to have a great empathy with users while continuously improving her design research tool kit.

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Mia Lecinski

Design Researcher

As a design researcher, Mia seeks to deeply understand users’ behaviors and motivations through conversations and primary observations. She strives to use her research to tell compelling stories about people’s lives. Done well, this yields insights which inspire and guide Sylver’s clients to create meaningful innovation. She is most drawn to the intensely human and social aspects of life, which makes serial hobbyists and tight-knit niche communities her favorite user groups to learn about.

Mia’s superpower is PERSPECTIVE

Mia is always looking for a new way to look at things. She possesses the special ability to nurture outside perspectives by coaching people through introspection. Her love of storytelling helps her not only communicate a narrative to others, but also allows her to hone in on impactful characters. Her unique background in the social sciences has particularly enriched the perspective she brings to design thinking.

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Micaela Shoemaker

Market Research Recruiter

Micaela is a proactive and motivated market researcher and recruiter driven by curiosity and her love of people. She is responsible for supporting all phases of qualitative research from recruitment to moderation to analysis and synthesis. In 2019, Micaela graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Media Studies. With her background in digital marketing, she has held several previous roles in social media management and content writing.

Micaela's superpower is COMPASSION

Micaela is an empathetic and attentive listener, enabling her to connect on a deep level with people. Her ability to “take on” the perspective of others, combined with her knack for strategic thinking, allows her to naturally link user needs to the research objectives at hand.

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Jacqueline Walker

Market Research Recruiter

Jacqueline Walker is one of our newest hires at Sylver Consulting, and has stepped into the role of market research recruiter.

Jacqueline restarted her educational journey at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017, and got a degree in Research Communication. During that time she interned at three different small to midsize companies where she got first hand experience in digital marketing and business development in the healthcare industry. In that same year she was accepted to the Out for Undergrad marketing conference in Dallas Texas. In 2018, she also won first place at Think Chicago competition, which was based on creating and mapping out possible innovative tech ideas for the current social climate of Chicago. All of these experiences have led her to always continue to learn, understand her surroundings, and put her next foot down wisely.

Jacqueline's superpower is REFLECTING

Jacqueline prioritizes the words wisdom and empathy when navigating success and setbacks in professional and personal life. The ability to take a step outside of oneself and back into oneself is the key to connecting with individuals. Differences are what Jacqueline believes brings us together, and she weaves that ideal and passion in the work that she does.

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Sheysel Sanchez

Database Administrator & Research Recruiter

Sheysel holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology, with minors in neuroscience and individualized studies. Her individualized studies minor was comprised of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, sociology, and anthropology to gain a deeper understanding of the world around her. In previous academic and professional roles, she has worked as a research assistant in the Higher End Learning Lab at Miami University, researching ways in which individuals make medical decisions and how to guide well-informed decisions through an intelligent tutoring system (GIST). She completed an internship at Sojourner Recovery Services as a mental health crisis hotline consultant, where she completed 80 hours of active listening training and managed community resources for crisis intervention.

Sheysel's superpower is UNDERSTANDING

Sheysel feels most like herself when helping people feel appreciated and understood. This is seen in her ability to notice people’s individual differences and giving unconditional praise for their strengths. She knows there is always room for growth, and her background in psychology and mental health services have taught her the importance of helping people grow through positive reinforcement. This has helped her connect with team members and brands alike in seeing what unique gifts they have to offer.

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Robyn Minor

Social Media & Video Strategist | Event Coordinator

Robyn hails from the land of creativity, passion and professionalism but with a dash of spice. Ever since she was six years old, Robyn had a camera in her hands. She brings extensive experience in video editing and video production to Sylver Consulting and thoroughly enjoys creating visual content for an audience. Robyn is particularly skilled in communication, empathy and organizational skills (you should see the color coordination of her social calendar)!

Robin's superpower is COORDINATION

Robyn thrives off taking control and creating something beautiful yet exciting. Whether it’s assembling a social media campaign, producing a video, hosting a themed party with her friends or planning Sylver’s next company BBQ, she loves it all. Robyns passion for detail while brandishing the “woo” trait makes her perfect for being a leader/the girl who takes charge. The task of coordinating may be daunting to others but Robyn embraces it with full confidence and excitement.

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Roshni Modi

Social Media Marketing Consultant

Roshni is a dynamic, driven-student who is highly regarded for her team-oriented nature and attention to detail. She is currently a Senior at Loyola University in Chicago, about to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management with a focus in Marketing. Here at Sylver she helps create appealing content for all social media platforms on a daily basis and engages in conversations with other accounts to raise brand awareness. She is passionate about brand development and has extensive experience in social media marketing and community engagement. In her free time, she loves to get crafty and experiment with how far she can take her abilities.

Roshni's superpower is CREATIVITY

Roshni thrives from learning and constantly looking for new things to do. She loves to think outside the box and always has interesting ideas to share with us! “As a person, I believe life is art, and I am the artist of my life. I try to keep it full of colors and as cheerful as possible no matter what life throws at me. I am an enthusiast and a person full of curiosity. Curious to know what life is all about and what it holds in the future.

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