BBC Research & Consulting is one of the largest and most respected privately-held economic research and consulting firms in the Rocky Mountain region. Named after our founding partners, BBC was originally part of a research division at the University of Denver specializing in local economic research. We began operations in 1970 and have since grown to include 25 professionals providing market, policy, economic, financial, and statistical research to public and private sector clients across the country.
BBC’s core strengths are depth of experience, diversity of skills, and professional independence. We emphasize practical results and tailor each of our studies to meet individual client needs.
Housing & Community Development
Heidi directs our firm’s housing and community development practice area. She focuses on assessments of fair housing, workforce and affordable housing demand analyses, and human service needs assessments, including child care. This has led to studies with the State of Texas on impediments to Fair Housing Choice, a consolidated plan with the city of San Diego, and housing plans for Denver, Las Cruces, and Austin.
Heidi has been invited to speak about her work conducting housing market studies and fair housing research at conferences held by HUD, the American Planning Association, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, and many state and local housing and civil rights agencies.
She loves doing research that makes a difference in people’s lives and helps build stronger communities.
Running a three-hour marathon!
Diversity Research & Disparity Studies; Social, Market & Customer Research
Sameer directs BBC’s diversity research and disparity studies and the market and customer research practice areas. He leads large-scale quantitative and qualitative research projects to help clients meet various organizational objectives including measuring outcomes for minority- and woman-owned businesses (disparity studies); understanding customer insights and satisfaction (satisfaction studies); identifying distinct customer and stakeholder segments (customer segmentation); and assessing public opinion about different community topics (community surveys). He’s taught 11 undergraduate courses at the Universities of Illinois and Virginia primarily related to survey research methods, data analysis, and technical writing. Despite all of the above, his mom still wishes he had chosen to become a “real” doctor.
Sameer works at BBC because it gives him the opportunity to work on important policy and organizational problems everyday. What’s more, is that he gets to do it with some of the most talented people he’s ever been around. He considers it a a joy and privilege to work with them and to provide great value to BBC’s clients.
Sameer’s primary joy outside of the office is cooking. He’s been cooking since he was young and can lose himself for entire days cooking for family and friends (check out www.riasindian.com). He also enjoys working in the community including serving on the board of SAME Cafe and the Advisory Board for the Daniels College of Business.
Housing & Community Development; Real Estate & Public Finance
Mollie specializes in socioeconomic and housing market research, opportunity modeling, and policy analysis. She has conducted fair housing research in a wide array of markets and has led numerous housing and community development needs assessments throughout the Western United States. An expert in opportunity modeling, she adds value through customized housing and equity models measuring residents’ access to opportunity and the housing needs of target populations. Essentially using data for the good of entire communities.
Mollie has been invited to speak at local and national planning, community development, and fair housing conferences, and is part of a national team of trainers for HUD’s Assessment of Fair Housing tool. She also has expertise in public finance and economic impact studies, as well as childcare and human services.
Outside of work, Mollie likes to re-organize her pantry and administer ineffective toddler punishments. She spends evenings eating hot dogs and watching Netflix with a dry-witted husband.
Water, Natural Resource, & Environmental Economics
Over the past 25 years at BBC, Doug has worked with wonderful clients and collaborators on water, natural resource, and environmental projects throughout the Western U.S. He’s also had the opportunity to work on important economic and environmental issues such as the withdrawal of a million acres of land near the Grand Canyon from uranium mining and demonstrating the economic benefits that California receives from its state parks and other outdoor recreation. He’s helped develop guidance for agencies like the Texas Water Development Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Western Regional Air Partnership on how to assess the economic implications of their plans and policies.
Serving in the Peace Corps in Haiti.
I try to help manage our stress level by planning well in advance and coordinating among fellow directors and staff. Since I’ve been here the longest, I think I also provide a bit of a link between today’s BBC and our founders from almost 50 years ago — some of whom were still here when I started!
Diversity Research & Disparity Studies; Social, Market & Customer Research
For the past decade, Kevin has been instrumental in building BBC’s Diversity Research and Disparity Studies and Market and Customer Research practice areas, supporting a wide range of clients around the country. He brings a variety of quantitative and qualitative skills to his work, having been groomed as an engineer at CU Boulder and a solar start-up, then switching gears and becoming a nonprofit management consultant and policy nut after completing a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He loves working with a team of dedicated, intelligent people to help clients solve problems related to economics and public policy.
Kevin’s favorite spot in Denver is Cheeseman Park at sunset.
Leah combines her knowledge of effective graphic design and her passion for visual storytelling to translate complex research findings into engaging and reader-friendly infographics, presentations, reports, dashboards, and graphs for all practice areas at BBC. She is also proficient with ArcGIS and creates maps that clearly present and analyze geospatial data relationships.
Yellowstone National Park
Courtney has a key role in designing and producing infographics, presentations, reports, graphs, proposals, and marketing materials for all BBC practice areas. Her background in graphic design allows her to utilize a variety of creative software to transform complicated data into visually compelling concepts.
Fish Creek Falls in the middle of winter
Since joining BBC, LaTonya has provided extensive quantitative and qualitative data analysis support for the Disparity team. In addition to Disparity work, LaTonya has also been involved with managing and administering economic impact surveys. She enjoys being a part of the bigger picture and working with great people.
LaTonya spends time with family and friends, while enjoying everything that the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
James contributes to BBC’s Diversity Research and Disparity Studies and Market and Customer Research practice areas. His expertise includes project management; policy analysis; and quantitative and qualitative analysis on research projects that help various organizations answer complex questions. He’s worked on studies that measure the participation and availability of minority- and woman-owned businesses in public contracting (disparity studies); customer attitudes and preferences (market research); and the economic and health impacts of bicycling and walking (transportation policy).
James believes that BBC is one of those special places where it’s easy to be a good person.
Since joining BBC in May 2016, Dan has provided research support for a number of disparity studies and market research initiatives. As a firm believer that all insightful quantitative analyses are built on a foundation of meticulously organized data, he is committed to honing techniques and practices that enhance BBC’s capacity to manage the large volume of nuanced information required by disparity work. Dan’s favorite pet project at BBC involves employing methods from computational linguistics to link records across disparate data sources.
The Michigan Upper Peninsula
Holly joined BBC after completing her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Virginia and postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since joining BBC, she’s used her quantitative expertise to analyze data related to customer satisfaction with public transit in Colorado as well as measure potential disparities for minority- and woman-owned businesses in contracting work for multiple government agencies. She also helps report research results and develop surveys.
Holly spent four months circumnavigating the world as a professor with Semester at Sea.
Holly appreciates the fact that everyone at BBC really cares about what they’re doing. She believes that BBC takes on meaningful projects and works as a team to try to make the world a better place.
Rory works in BBC’s Diversity and Disparity Studies and Market and Customer Research practice areas. He applies his background in science and research to a number of different projects at BBC and loves that he gets to work with friendly people at an organization with integrity.
Rory intends to fix the firm’s long-broken espresso machine.
Through her work at BBC, Jen has met hundreds of people across the country from all walks of life. Each shares their stories and life experiences, so that BBC can help communities increase quality of life and access to opportunity for all their residents.
The people she works with are some of the smartest, funniest, creative, and compassionate people she’s ever met. She has the privilege of using her talents with community engagement, research, and strategy to help cities, counties, and states live up to the promise of the American Dream.
Rebecca joined BBC after serving as conservation social scientist at Denver Zoo and Yellowstone National Park. Rebecca contributes her expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, community engagement, project management and impact evaluation to support BBC’s disparity, social and market research, and natural resource management projects. She also helps report research findings, design interview and survey tools, and collaborate with clients on evidence-based projects that answer complex questions. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and is passionate about cultural institutions, social equity and national parks.
The opportunity to visit protected natural and cultural landscapes across the globe including in Switzerland, France, Ecuador, Peru, Canada, Mongolia and Botswana.
Shawna is a “re-tread” at BBC, having left the company to explore big corporate America and returning in 2011. At BBC she’s had some incredible experiences working on research projects with directors and staff, in addition to her daily responsibilities as the finance and HR specialist for the firm.
Family! Shawna has two children, two grandchildren, four siblings, and two living parents. She also loves to give back to her community. Currently, she’s involved in the Circles program, through Boulder County, to assist people in their journey out of poverty.
Working within BBC’s administration, Helene has the privilege of working with all practice areas in different capacities.
She can juggle and eat fire.
Iris’ experiences at BBC have been incredibly diverse. She started out as a data analyst, primarily contributing to disparity studies, but quickly became a contributor to a variety of projects for arts and culture organizations; national retailers; and a number of government organizations all across the country. During her time with BBC, Iris has conducted economic and fiscal impact analyses; designed research programs to collect consumer insights; and managed large disparity studies for various government organizations.
Iris has an obvious talent for making everyone else feel tall.
With a background in social science and environmental economics, Kel contributes to BBC’s diversity and disparity studies as well as the firm’s water and natural resource practice. Her skill in quantitative analysis is complemented by her enthusiasm for engaging with stakeholders to add a qualitative narrative to all types of research. Within the conservation sector, she has previously been a research fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Rwanda, as well as with Denver Zoo’s Department of Conservation.
With close family and friends spread across four continents, Kel loves to spend as much time as possible with them all.
Monica has worked on many disparity studies since starting at BBC. She’s worked in the areas of data cleaning and management; in-depth interviews and analysis; and report writing. She’s also applied her skill sets to other projects and responsibilities, including economic analysis of health disparities; survey review and development; focus group facilitation; proposal writing; and literature review.
Monica enjoys working with her colleagues and clients. She works with very smart people that are fun to be around, and she loves the different types of clients with which she gets to work.
Mehgie’s interest in housing policy and community development stems from a belief that responsible development of the physical and social environment can break down barriers of inequality and improve the quality of life not just for individuals, but also entire communities.
Moving to her father’s hometown in Lebanon.
Mehgie plans monthly happy hours to maintain office sanity.
Michael came to BBC from research roles in early childhood education and healthcare. Since joining BBC, Michael has supported disparity studies, customer satisfaction surveys, and historic public resource projects for clients in Colorado and beyond.
Michael enjoys playing a growing medley of popular and lesser-known songs by your favorite 70s piano rock icons.
Dr. Verdone joined BBC Research & Consulting in 2016 as an Associate in the water and natural resource practice. Since joining BBC, Dr. Verdone has led and supported several studies concerning the economics of natural resource use both in the United States and in developing countries. Prior to joining BBC, he worked for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Global Economics Program and supported projects around the world with a number of partners including the World Bank, the United Nations REDD Program, and the U.S. Forest Service’s International Program. Dr. Verdone was also a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Conservation and has published several peer-reviewed journal articles.
In the Flatirons above Boulder.
Thank you for your interest in a career at BBC. If we have an open position, it will be posted below. We typically hire 2-4 new staff each year.
BBC Associates and Research Associates are students of economics, social sciences, statistics, or public policy. New hires typically own a strong quantitative foundation, experience in research, and superior writing and presentation skills. We especially seek individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. BBC is an equal opportunity employer.