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MREF Awards

Do you know a person who is making a difference in or outside of their community? Or perhaps a marketing research company that leads by example in the giving of time and financial resources? The Marketing Research Education Foundation (MREF) Awards are open to any individual, practicing marketing researcher, brand or marketing research services provider from any and all countries globally who have contributed to a campaign or otherwise fit the category as outlined in the category descriptions.

This year, the MREF will be running two award categories: the Philanthropic Company of the Year and the Everyday Hero Awards. 

Nomination window is now closed. Winners will be announced in July 2024!

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or contact Alana Gates

Please note that nominations are being collected separately from Marketing Research and Insight Excellence Awards/Quirk's Media.

 

2023 Winners

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Philanthropic Company of the Year

Shapiro+Raj

Shapiro+Raj has always been committed to giving back to its surrounding communities.

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Everyday Hero

Stephanie Vincent

Stephanie Vincent is a dynamic individual, known for her exceptional creativity, relentless spirit, and resourcefulness.

Since The Marketing Research and Insight Excellence Awards were founded in 2019 by Quirk's Media, the MREF has contributed two categories: the Philanthropic Company of the Year and the Everyday Hero Awards. The winner of the 2023 MREF Philanthropic Company of the Year award is Shapiro+Raj. The winner of the 2023 MREF Everyday Hero award, sponsored by OvationMR, is Stephanie Vincent.

 

The Philanthropic Company of the Year award recognizes a marketing research company that leads by example in terms of time and financial efforts given to their community. Shapiro+Raj has always been committed to giving back to its surrounding communities. The company has a network of partners, including Junior Achievement of Chicago, Chicago United, American India Foundation, Center for Advancing World Peace, and World Central Kitchen, just to name a few. Providing a positive, measurable, economic impact in the local community is a start to a more equitable and empathetic future. Shapiro+Raj is dedicated to making a difference, starting from within, and hopes to inspire more companies and business leaders to raise their hands and be counted as agents of change.

 

The Everyday Hero award recognizes a researcher who is making a difference in and outside of their community but who may not be getting the accolades they deserve. Stephanie Vincent is a dynamic individual, known for her exceptional creativity, relentless spirit, and resourcefulness. She possesses an unwavering determination and a strong work ethic, never backing down from challenges in pursuit of her goals. Her genuine care for others shines through in every endeavor, making her a beacon of hope for those in need. In the face of adversity, Vincent's unwavering dedication and innovative thinking have been instrumental in overcoming obstacles and finding solutions. Vincent's journey is a testament to the power of kindness and the immense impact one individual can have on the world. Her remarkable qualities of creativity, tenacity, and genuine care have made her a role model for others, motivating them to come together and create a brighter future for the less fortunate.

Watch the video of the award winners here!

Past Winners

2022

Philanthropic Company of the Year: 

Burke Inc.

Everyday Hero: 

Russell Budden

2021: 

Philanthropic Company of the Year: 

M/A/R/C Research

Everyday Hero: 

Jaceey Sebastian

2020: 

Philanthropic Company of the Year: 

Research Results

Everyday Hero: 

Sabina Ramdas, NextEra Energy

2019:

Philanthropic Company of the Year: 

20|20 Research; Sklar Wilton & Associates

Everyday Hero: 

Claire Kuhn, InSites Consulting

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