Meet Our Team
We invite you to take a moment to meet some of the key staff at RRU Research. Each member of our team brings unique talents. Our project managers and recruiters are eager to partner with you to make your next project a success.
President & Co-Owner
As President of RRU, Maryanne’s first and foremost objective is to get a clear understanding of the client’s needs and goals and then execute those goals precisely. She understands the challenges businesses face, as well as how those challenges foster change. She regularly meets with clients to better understand and assess their needs as projects evolve.
After a number of years and a successful career in the financial industry, Maryanne joined the family business in 1999. Working closely with Connie Livia, her mother and company founder, Maryanne not only learned the business but sought to improve on it. Now, with literally thousands of successful projects under her belt, Maryanne proudly continues the family’s legacy and runs the business, alongside her brother Tom. Her client-first approach to growing and improving the business remain central to her management style and offer a great balance with her brother’s business-oriented perspective.
Maryanne is a wine enthusiast, a gourmet cook, cyclist, and a long distance runner.
CFO & Co-Owner
Tom officially joined the company in 2009. He and his sister Maryanne now proudly continue running the family business started by their mother in 1975. With a degree in economics and a 20 year history of business entrepreneurship, Tom offers a unique perspective that focuses on relating research back to business objectives, and how that research can best be obtained.
On a personal note, Tom is happily married and is the proud father of 4 children and a dog.
VP / Director
Sue Winer has worked in the market research industry for 30+ years working on both the client and supplier side. From beginning her career in advertising in NYC, she naturally transitioned to a qualitative research company where she learned invaluable skills as well as all of the nuances of marketing research. With RRU Research / Fusion Focus, Sue continues to grow her knowledge and expertise as well as build new client relationships.
Sue is a committed New Yorker, with a passion for the arts, culture, and varied cuisines available in this fabulous city.
Project / Office Manager
Lisa joined RRU in 2000 as a consumer recruiter and quickly advanced to be one of our prominent project managers. She has a background in restaurant management and medical administration, and relies on that experience when managing many of our medical and consumer projects. Lisa also has a wealth of technology expertise and is our in-house technical advisor.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Lisa loves to live an active lifestyle and loves to make people laugh!
Executive Researcher/ Recruiter
Having joined the company in 1990, Michael has been with RRU for over 20 years. During this time, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge working on countless projects of all scopes and sizes. As one of the most experienced team members here at RRU, Michael is the point person for some of the toughest recruiting challenges. Michael also has been instrumental in growing and evolving our complex database of respondents.
In his spare time Michael enjoys reading (real books, not Kindle), listening to all types of music and enjoying the company of his cat Sophie.
Having started as a Client Assistant at Fusion Focus in 2013, Landes has an invaluable understanding of the facility’s operations and a true commitment to providing a high quality experience for clients while visiting Fusion Focus.
As Associate Director, Landes has dedicated his talents to cultivating and continuing strong client relationships while implementing effective training programs to build the best Client Assistant team in the market research industry.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Landes has come to love NYC and its fast paced energy. He spends his free time exploring local eateries, reading fiction novels, and traveling whenever he can.