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        Ventana Research Expands Revenue and Product Teams

        Leslie Anne Smith to enable client growth and Renae Christie to facilitate product operations

        Ventana Research, the leading market advisory services firm in providing consulting, advisory, research and education (CARE) products to organizations worldwide, continues to advance the corporate values of the organization in excellence, reliability, and teamwork with its growth. The firm’s dedication to its clients and use of its products, in what is called the Ventana eXperience (VX), requires a commitment to the organization in sales and the CARE product line. In this regard, Ventana Research announces the promotion of Leslie Smith to Account Director and the addition of Renae Christie as Product Manager.

        circle_headshot_leslie_smithLeslie originally joined the team as Senior Business Development Manager in August 2021, and was promoted to Account Director for 2022. In her new role, she is responsible for helping clients find their ultimate success through our CARE portfolio of products within the Office of Finance and Human Capital Management areas of expertise. Leslie brings over 15 years of experience working in the medical, legal, and healthcare related fields where she conducted business development and managed account relationships. Originally from Texas, she now resides in Portland, Oregon where she takes full advantage of all the hiking, camping and generally anything outside. When not playing in nature she hangs with friends and family enjoying all other aspects of the Oregon life (fishing, wine tasting, music, and homesteading.)

        “When I first joined Ventana Research, I knew I was a part of something special," said Leslie. "Stepping into this new role has only further proven my original belief. I am grateful to be with a company that supports the growth of its employees to go above and beyond and am excited to work in a focused area of expertise, and to continue our differentiation in the Ventana eXperience. Truly looking forward to the success 2022 will bring!”

        Leslie can be found on Twitter at and on LinkedIn at To contact Leslie directly, send an email to

        Renae Christie VR Circle Headshot (1)Renae, as Product Manager, works collaboratively with the firm’s client success, marketing, analyst and product teams to ensure on-time delivery and quality. Renae is responsible for executing and enhancing the product and production processes and quality control for the product portfolio. Prior to Ventana Research, Renae worked as a legal assistant and then a fourth-grade teacher where she successfully managed overlapping projects and deadlines. Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Renae now lives in Buda, TX, a small town right outside of Austin, with her husband and two cats, and enjoys baking, traveling and reading horror novels.

        “I am excited to be a part of the Ventana Research team and having the opportunity to work with such talented and experienced individuals, as well as hone my managing skills while learning more about the tech and research industries," said Renae. "My role is to streamline the use of our research and products to streamline work with the clients and support our mission for the Ventana eXperience.”

        Renae can be found on Twitter at and on LinkedIn at To contact Renae directly, send an email to

        “I am energized to have Leslie and Renae as part of the team and our mission to bring the best possible product experience that we provide through engagement with our clients," said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer. "Our growth is dependent on bringing the best talent to expand our team and the impact to our mission and values."

        About Ventana Research

        Ventana Research is the most authoritative and respected market research and advisory services firm. We provide insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients to increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost and risk.

        Ventana Research provides the most comprehensive analyst and research coverage in the industry; business and IT professionals worldwide are members of our community and benefit from Ventana Research’s insights, as do highly regarded media and association partners around the globe. Our views and analyses are distributed daily through blogs and social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. To learn how Ventana Research advances the maturity of organizations’ use of information and technology through benchmark research, education and advisory services, visit

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