Our Team

Meet the Team

At Ventana Research, we believe the right people make the difference. At its core, the Ventana eXperience is built and fulfilled by our dedicated team members. From Client Success and Sales to our Analysts and support teams, every person at Ventana Research strives to help our clients succeed.

Our Analysts     Our Leadership

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With over 25 years in the software industry, Mark leads the vision and direction of Ventana Research.

Mark Smith

CEO and Chief Research Officer

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As an analyst for First Albany Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Drexel Burnham, and more, Rob has over 30 years of finance experience.

Robert D. Kugel, CFA

SVP & Research Director
of CFO and Business Research

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With experience including VP of Marketing and Product Management at Oracle, Applix, InforSense and IRI Software, Dave knows data and analytics.

David Menninger

SVP & Research Director
of Data and Analytics Research

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With 30+ years in HR as a VP at UBS/Swiss Bank Corp & product strategy at PeopleSoft & Unicru, Steve brings a wealth a knowledge to our HCM practice.

Steve Goldberg

VP & Research Director
of Human Capital Management Research

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With over 25 years in the software industry, Mark leads the vision and direction of Ventana Research.

Mark Smith

CEO and Chief Research Officer

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With expereince including VP of Marketing and Product Management at Oracle, Applix, InforSense and IRI Software, Dave knows data and analytics.

David Menninger

SVP & Research Director of Data and Analytics Research

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As an analyst for First Albany Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Drexel Burnham, and more, Rob has over 30 years of finance experience.

Robert D. Kugel, CFA

SVP & Research Director
of CFO and Business Research

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Alan manages the development, publication, and syndication of our research projects, analytic and advisory materials, and more.

Alan S. Kay

Senior Vice President of Research Management

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Mari manages a team that handles all client interactions from client services, advisory inquiries, vendor briefings, project management, sales and marketing operations.

Marisela Lewis

Vice President of Client Success

The Ventana eXperience (VX)

The Ventana eXperience (VX) represents who we are as a firm. It reflects our philosophy and how our firm operates daily, and it is built into our mission statement.

We do not take these words lightly. We believe there must be an empathic approach that extends across every touchpoint in the client journey, and that we must always act in accordance with five core principles:

1. We listen to your goals

2. We engage with your team

3. We align with your needs

4. We continually improve our services

5. We deliver on the value promised

To learn more about the Ventana eXperience,
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