The Pert Group Welcomes Christopher Barnes

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Known for research that results in action, Barnes brings Capitol Hill experience and insights on financial services, foundations and healthcare to international consulting firm

"I have an aversion to research that doesn't result in action," Barnes says. "Data should be used, action taken and a difference made."

After serving for two years as a key legislative advisor for the Democratic Caucus, Christopher Barnes has joined The Pert Group as senior vice president of client development. Barnes was one of the founding members and owners of Pulsar Research & Consulting, a company The Pert Group acquired in 2009.

“When The Pert Group bought Pulsar two years ago, I had the opportunity to become a senior advisor to the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives,” Barnes said. “My work in D.C. helped make a difference during one of the most productive Congresses in history.”

As a key legislative advisor during the 111th Congress, Barnes worked with Democratic leaders on the economic recovery package, healthcare reform and Wall Street reform. With more than 20 years of experience as a research executive, Barnes brought an expert’s perspective to bear on critical problems facing the nation. His knowledge of the finance, insurance and technology industries, along with his understanding of consumers and voters, helped shape discussions and decisions.

A widely quoted news source, Barnes is recognized for his research expertise and his ability to produce studies that lead to real and effective change.

“I have an aversion to research that doesn’t result in action,” Barnes says. “Data should be used, action taken and a difference made.”

Barnes has led groundbreaking projects on a wide array of policy topics; his work has covered everything from consumer confidence and housing to energy and government budgets. He has also worked with a number of top companies to help them foster growth and solve critical business issues.

“We’re delighted that Chris has joined our leadership team,” says Dale Lersch, CEO of The Pert Group. “His expertise will be a huge benefit and demonstrates our commitment to providing clients with the strategic guidance they need to grow their business and their brand.”

Barnes received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in Ohio and his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Before serving as managing partner of Pulsar, he helped launch the Department of Public Policy research unit at the University of Connecticut and taught in the University’s Masters in Survey Research program.

About The Pert Group
The Pert Group is a research-based consulting firm headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., with offices in Kansas City, Mo., and Pittsburgh, Penn. Established in 1978, the company integrates financial, attitudinal and behavioral information to bring clarity to business, brand and marketing decision making. Providing comprehensive decision support in the areas of Innovation, Positioning and Performance, The Pert Group facilitates growth strategies and improves business outcomes for local, national and international clients. The Pert Group is a long-standing member of the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR). For more information, visit

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