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The Douglis Group is an exceptional collection of top-notch, senior level brand professionals who do great work for major clients and agencies around the world.

It is our view that branding success is based on three key principles:

Truth is the best brand foundation.
The core is stronger than the edge.
Simplicity is powerful.
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Tom Douglis

With over 25 years as a professional communicator, brand-builder and organizational storyteller, Tom Douglis is a recognized strategic architect of award-winning brand programs for local, national and global organizations.

He has led hundreds of successful brand engagements, including brand-related work for Fortune 500 corporations such as Barclays, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Western Union, First Data Corporation and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), as well as top health care organizations such as Brigham and Women's Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Yale New Haven Health. He also works with small businesses, non-profits, universities and government agencies.

Before founding the Douglis Group in 2014, Tom was Managing Director and Senior Brand Strategist for Monigle Associates in Denver from 2003 to 2014, Vice-President at Enterprise IG (now Brand Union) in New York City from 1999-2002, and held senior brand consulting positions in Toronto at Tudhope Associates (Now Interbrand Canada) and Sutton/Javelin Communications (Now Sutton Integrated) from 1994-1999. His pre-1994 career included stints in public relations, journalism and advertising.

Tom earned his MBA (with highest honors) from the University of Westminster in London, his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Denver and completed advanced journalism coursework at Harvard University.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences in the USA, Canada and Europe and has lectured at several graduate schools of business in the USA and the UK.

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Brenda Cutler

With a background in journalism and law, Brenda is a creative problem solver who is experienced at driving solutions through business operations as well as leading qualitative research projects. She also handles the day-to-day administrative operations of the Douglis Group.

Brenda is a RIVA-trained focus group moderator with extensive experience in qualitative research projects for both the Douglis Group and in New York, where her brand consulting highlights include conducting qualitative research and naming projects for the world's largest brand firm, Enterprise IG. At the same time, Brenda organized and oversaw installation of exhibitions at New York's Museum of Arts and Design, and worked as a business consultant in New York and Colorado.

Previously, Brenda worked as a lawyer and award-winning mediator in Canada, developing mediation programs and conducting thousands of business and commercial mediations for the Government of Ontario.

Brenda holds a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, both from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree (with highest honors) from Carleton University in Ottawa and has a certificate in Arts Management from New York University.

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Scott Mahlmeister

Scott has worked in graphic design for more than 20 years with a focus on interactive digital design. He has led digital brand projects for Fortune 500 clients including: General Electric, Deloitte, CenturyLink, Carnival Cruise Lines, DuPont Colonial Life and Vanguard Investments.

He has guided clients through the entire creative process, from concept, through design and production, to final completion and beyond on large and small scale branding initiatives, advertising campaigns, online customer portals, responsive corporate websites, and mobile apps.

Scott is a BFA graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia.

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Paula Perryman

Paula has more than 15 years of experience in market research and consumer insights, neurological testing, brand strategy (including brand positioning), valuation and equity tracking, marketing mix models, business intelligence, volumetric market assessments, portfolio optimization, market profit pool segmentation, and market validation.

Paula has worked in full-time research capacities for General Mills, Miller Coors, and Savitz Research Solutions. Her consulting clients have included Verizon, SAB Miller, Amway, PepsiCo, Kellogg's, Kraft, P&G, Nestle, Frito-Lay, Nokia, Six Flags over Texas, Tropicana and the University of Texas.

She holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Dallas, an MS in Market Research and Statistics and a BS in Biology (Molecular Genetics) from The University of Texas. Paula also studied Medicine at Universidad de Chile Medical School in Santiago, Chile.

She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.

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Keith Tricket

Keith has extensive global experience in design, visual identity and communications in the United States, the UK, Portugal and Brazil.

Keith's client portfolio includes: Kellogg's, Safeway, Arrow Electronics, First Data Corporation, HP, Intel, P&G, Charles Schwab, Microsoft, Visa, United Airlines, FedEx, Agilent, Dow Corning, AutoNation, Groove Automotive, GE, and Western Union. In heath care, Keith has worked with Montefiore Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Adena Health System, Fiserv Health, and Mercy Health Ministry.

Keith has worked for some of the world's top brand firms, including positions as Design Director at the flagship office of Landor Associates in San Francisco, Design Director at Batagliesi Associados in Sao Paulo and Senior Designer at Monigle Associates in Denver. Keith was also Senior Designer at the British Council in London.

Keith is a graduate of Ravensbourne College of Art & Design in London.

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Jay Sunny

A co-founder of the Narrator Group in Denver, Jay grew up between the Mississippi River and the Second City, two places that have shaped the American imagination and given rise to some of our greatest stories. He has over 25 years of experience helping companies and organizations engage audiences and has produced campaigns that have appeared on every continent except Antarctica.

Jay has worked as a creative storyteller for top advertising agencies in the United States and Europe, including Leo Burnett and JWT in Chicago and GGK in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland. His clients have included SwissAir, Nestle, CenturyLink, FedEx, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cars.com, Wyoming Medical Center, DHL, Canon, Verizon, KentuckyOne Health, VW, Novartis, i2 Technologies, Harley Davidson, UBS, Balser Insurance, Allstate and VW.

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Mark Toft

A co-founder of the Narrator Group in Denver, Mark grew up in Wyoming, where he worked as a ranch hand and later advised two Governors of Wyoming shaping public policy and messaging. His real expertise is storytelling. He has written, published and taught fiction writing—and launched his advertising career in Boston, where he was the lead interactive writer for the Staples Easy Button.

Mark has over 15 years of experience helping hospitals, government agencies, governors, technology and telecommunication companies and Fortune 500 brands tell their stories. His clients have included CenturyLink (where he created the "Slinky" campaign with Jay Sunny), Qwest, Breckenridge, Flying Dog, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, FedEx, Staples, CUNA Mutual, Lancaster General Health, Wyoming Medical Center, KentuckyOne Health and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Mark graduated with distinction from Stanford University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Pedro Piffaut, Ph. D.

Pedro leads Langeron Consulting and is a recognized authority on brand valuation. He has more than 17 years of expertise applying econometric modeling techniques to uplift business performance and firm growth, as well as advanced analytics solutions to unfold innovations and actionable strategies. Econometric applications include market research and modeling to a wide range of industries (Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Health Services, Technology, Media, Entertainment, Gaming, Chemical, Biotechnology, Energy, Advertising, Apparel, Airline, Broadcasting, Telecommunications), firm and assets valuation, macroeconometrics, forecasting, and microeconometrics to prominent brands in the U.S. and Europe.

Pedro has also worked at Millward Brown in New York, one of the world's leading leading companies in market research, ROI analysis, and brand valuation. He also was Global Market Research Director at Thomson Learning.

Pedro began his career in 1987 working as a business consultant, product manager, and project manager for multinational corporations in the Medical Technology & Science industry such as Royal Phillips Electronics N. V. of the Netherlands and Eastman Kodak Company.

Pedro earned his Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Economics and Education from Columbia University in the City of New York. He also holds an MBA, a B.Sc. in Finance and a B.Sc. in Health Sciences & Medical Technology.