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Executive Team

Proactive Worldwide Team

Meeting the international business community's needs requires a unique mindset and a special blend of characteristics and capabilities. We function as a global interpreter to meet the challenges of your evolving business environment.

Our Global Team’s Expertise & Experience

  • We hire professionals with elicitation, industry and analysis experience and support them with targeted training.
  • Our project managers have decades of experience covering projects of all sizes.
  • We rarely outsource intelligence collection.
  • We have a multilingual staff and global research capabilities.

Executive Team

GARY D. MAAG
CEO

Gary Maag, co-founder, has over 25 years of experience in competitive intelligence, research and consulting. He directs all of Proactive Worldwide’s global business development, sales and marketing activities. As a passionate industry educator, the most popular topics in his workshops include demonstrating return on investment and the importance of evidence-based intelligence for decisions concerning business development in emerging markets. Gary has received the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals’ (SCIP) Catalyst Award as well as Northern Illinois University’s Distinguished Marketing Alumnus Award.

DAVID J. KALINOWSKI
PRESIDENT

David Kalinowski, co-founder, oversees all of Proactive Worldwide’s business operations and administration. With over 25 years of experience in competitive intelligence, research and consulting, he has led successful client engagements for hundreds of domestic and international companies. He assists executive boards as a trusted advisor for counter-intelligence matters and regularly facilitates war gaming events with strategic leadership teams. A dynamic facilitator, he frequently presents at industry events and has been honored with SCIP’s Catalyst Award.

Vice Presidents & Directors

JEFFREY MANSFIELD
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CONSUMER AND INDUSTRIAL GOODS (CIG)

With strengths in both qualitative and quantitative research, Jeff has over 13 years of experience providing superior decision support services. He has a deep understanding of international business practices, strategic planning, and value-chain analysis across a wide variety of industries. He excels in managing a multitude of global project types including logistics and distribution, industry trends, product launches, private company profiles, benchmarking, pricing analyses, product development, facility assessments, supply-chain analyses, pre-merger and acquisition due diligence, and ongoing monitoring assessments.

ERIK PRENTICE, PHD
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTHCARE AND LIFE SCIENCES (HCLS)

With a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and significant experience with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Erik applies his background in science, intelligence, and health insurance to guide evidence-based assessments in developed and emerging markets, in public and private sectors. He has experience in the lifecycle of biotech and pharmaceutical development. His expertise in directing biological and business intelligence teams positions him to help clients get out in front of the forces that are transforming the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

BRETT SAFFORD
VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

Brett is responsible for client and research management for all technology and financial services engagements, ranging from ad hoc projects to multi-year, global intelligence programs. He has led hundreds of engagements, covering cost modeling, distribution channels, market sizing, M&A integration, marketing initiatives, performance metrics, pricing, retention strategies, risk analysis, software usability, technology infrastructure, and warranty and service offerings. As a specialist in B2B market entry and benchmarking, Brett consults on these engagements across all of Proactive’s practices. Before joining Proactive, he managed system upgrades for a major U.S. engineering firm.

ANNE ELLIS, JD
DIRECTOR OF QUALITY ASSURANCE

Anne applies her 20-year background in professional publishing and adult education to all practice areas at Proactive Worldwide, where she is responsible for content development and staff training to ensure that all print and electronic communications meet the company’s world-class standards and client expectations. She is adept at editing a broad range of business topics, including finance, healthcare, insurance, law, manufacturing, and technology. She received her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and Illinois bars.

Our Associates

Our consultants, analysts, industry specialists and collectors have the depth and breadth of expertise to handle any type of customized assignment.

Our unique mix of associates includes:

  • Strategy Consultants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Scientific Analysts
  • Technical Analysts
  • Illicit Trade Specialists
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Professionally Trained Intelligence Collectors
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