Shapiro+Raj Fieldwork Team Transfers to Schlesinger Group

We are delighted to announce that Shapiro+Raj, a top ten independent strategic research consultancy, has transitioned its Qualitative Fieldwork Practice to Schlesinger Group. This move is part of Shapiro+Raj’s strategy to focus on their core business of delivering next-generation insights designed to help brands solve their toughest marketing problems.

Susan Stanicek of Shapiro+Raj’s Qualitative Fieldwork Practice, along with her team, continues to service Shapiro+Raj QFP clients and their projects as Schlesinger Group employees.
Zain Raj, Chairman & CEO, Shapiro+Raj, commented, “We are thrilled that our fieldwork team members are continuing their careers at our long-term partner and one of the leading research services companies in the world. Our clients couldn’t be in better hands. They will now have access to the combined power of the expert S+R QFP team, as well as Schlesinger Group’s extended reach and world-class facilities.”

Steve Schlesinger, CEO, Schlesinger Group, added, “We are delighted that Zain and his team have selected Schlesinger Group to take care of the fieldwork and facility needs of their clients. Susan and her talented team are integrating extremely well into our company and bringing value as they continue to deliver recruiting and project management excellence and to integrate the Shapiro+Raj panel. We look forward to much success together in supporting our clients in the Midwest.

Meet our Chicago Leaders

Tim Sauer – SVP, Client Solutions & Midwest LeaderTim oversees our Midwest solutions. He partners with our clients to support their immediate and long-term quantitative and qualitative data collection objectives and, along with a deep knowledge of the Midwest, has a special focus on consumer product testing solutions. Tim brings over 30 years of leadership and relationship experience to this role plus a strong data collection expertise.

Susan Stanicek – VP, Client Solutions
Susan has been appointed VP, Client Solutions to oversee our Chicago facility and recruiting. She brings over 33 years of experience, previously with the Shapiro+Raj Qualitative Fieldwork Practice. Susan’s expertise is in project & field management, design, and implementation across consumer, B2B and healthcare research is a true asset to the company. She builds trusted relationships by seeking to understand research needs and taking a consultative approach. Susan is a member of Insights Association, AMA, and WIRe.

Christina Anderson – Joins Chicago Team as Director of Project Management
Christina has been with Schlesinger Group for over 20 years building extensive experience in qualitative research and team leadership. During her career, she has managed numerous markets, including NJ, NYC, Atlanta and most recently Dallas, Houston and Chicago.

Jessica Lynch – Account Director
Jessica has over 11 years experience in the market research industry. Her focus is on client success in the consumer research space, including both qualitative and quantitative studies. Jessica has been in active in the American Marketing Association and Insights Association.

Lester Brown – Facility Director
Lester has been managing our Chicago facility for over 16 years, ensuring it meets the highest presentation and specification.
Lester is a team leader and mentor for client service excellence across the Schlesinger Group.

Leslie Matlock – Joins Chicago Team as Operations Manager
Leslie leads the Chicago recruiting and project management teams, overseeing both quality and operational aspects.
Leslie has over 30 years of qualitative and quantitative experience working both client side and delivering data collection solutions.

Chicago Facility Features

The Wall by Schlesinger
A breakthrough solution to research engagement and collaboration challenges. The Wall is a dynamic multi-window interactive wall for free-form or structured display of stimuli.
Request a private demo when you next visit.

Super-size Studio
Our two largest studios combine for a flexible super-size research space with dual perspective viewing for extra large groups, break-out sessions, creative workshops, large meetings and jury research.

Other Features Include

  • FV360 LIVE, HD & OnDemand recording
  • Mobile research labs
  • Sweeping views of the Chicago skyline
  • Spacious research suites
  • Briefing rooms and private client offices
  • An abundance of natural light


If you would like to learn more about our Chicago market and our research capabilities or you wish you discuss your next project, contact:

Susan Stanicek
T. (312) 206 7748