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People I Have Met Along My Research Journey!

Marianne Schafer

Since I entered the research industry in 1984, I have met literally hundreds of people. Many of them I still call friends. Like countless others, I entered the industry by accident. Over the past 22 years I have met many interesting, smart and passionate people. I would like to highlight a few researchers from time to time (those that I don’t currently work with or am not related to).

The first of researcher I would like to highlight is Marianne Schafer.

Marianne was founder and President of Field Facts and is still involved in the industry today working at Field Facts Worldwide. Marianne was my first boss. She always had a can-do attitude. I wish I had a dollar for every time she said “just take the job and we will figure out a way to get it done.” She was right EVERY time. She also knew all the tricks of the trade. I remember 20-something years ago when she walked over to a table I was working at and noticed I was counting questionnaires to send to 30 cities for a research project. She looked at me, took a stack of 50 questionnaires, weighed them and said in her British accent, “Don’t bother counting them; just put 2 1/2 pounds in each box!”

I didn’t realize the effect she had on my career until years after I left the company. As I recall, Marianne’s dad worked until he was well into his 90’s. I think this is one of the reasons she has the incredible work ethic she has. What a lady!

Please feel free to post comments, especially if you happen to know Marianne and have stories that you would like to share.

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