The Pert Group Welcomes Patricia Bien, Jim Eschrich

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Global leader in research-based consulting adds “bench strength” to beverage and qualitative teams

The Pert Group, a global leader in research-based consulting that facilitates growth strategies for clients, announces two new hires: Patricia Bien, who works in the Farmington office, and Jim Eschrich, based in Kansas City.

Bien joins The Pert Group as senior account director for the beverage vertical. With nearly 15 years of experience, Bien has handled marketing and research activities for adult beverage companies, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical firms and financial companies. Her expertise includes media launch strategies and creative development.

“Patricia’s experience with major adult beverage brands gives her a wonderful perspective on today’s market and future trends,” says Doug Guion, president. “The Pert Group clients have quickly come to appreciate her talent at offering strategic, clear insights that a non-researcher can understand and use to take action.”

Eschrich joins The Pert Group as qualitative research director. Eschrich ran his own research business for more than 15 years and has worked on the agency, corporate and supplier sides of the industry, gaining extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. He is also the author of Courage for the Rest of Us, the story of his experiences on the U.S. National Bobsled Team and as a participant in the famed Running of the Bulls.

“Jim is a great communicator, with the ability to effectively cut to the chase on issues and keep a team focused,” says Guion. “With his industry experience and his entrepreneurial background, he brings our clients a tremendously broad and valuable perspective on research results.”

About The Pert Group
The Pert Group is a global leader in research-based consulting, headquartered in Farmington, Conn., with offices in Kansas City, Mo., Pittsburgh, Penn., and London. 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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Cheri Tabel
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