About Cactus Research
With a collective 70 years experience, our market research team has been representing a diverse group of industries from our offices in Tucson since 2007.
The Cactus Research Leadership Team
Judi + Gary Taylor
Managing Members + Owners
At a time in their lives when most people have started the count-down to retirement, Judi and Gary weren’t quite ready and instead decided to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit by starting their own business. Judi pursued a career in education after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. A University of Oregon graduate, Gary pursued a career in the oil industry. Both settled in Tucson at different times and at different research firms until fate brought them together at the company where Gary worked as a Senior Executive. Under Gary’s leadership, the company grew rapidly and he developed strong client relationships that are still in place today. Judi diversified her experience and joined Intuit as the Operations Manager for their outbound call center headquartered in Tucson. While there she earned her Six Sigma Green Belt and created a seamless customer service experience during the transition of her entire department to an outsourced firm in India. Significant changes at both companies prompted each to consider other career opportunities and together they decided starting their own business would be the most rewarding. On April 1, 2007 they began operations as Cactus Research, LLC.
Nine years later and Cactus Research is a successful, growing company with a bright future. With the hard work done and behind them, Judi and Gary are enjoying some well-deserved time off having officially entered semi-retirement. While golf and travel may be how they prefer to spend their time now, they still prioritize the needs of their clients and employees and make themselves available to both whenever necessary.
Darrell Leon Guerrero
Director of Information Technology
Darrell has been with Cactus Research since its’ inception in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in the market research industry. He is a graduate of The University of Arizona with a BS in Information Systems & Operations Management. His IT experience, specifically his extensive knowledge of CATI software from installation to utilization, made him an invaluable partner during the start-up of Cactus, and he has continued to contribute exponentially ever since.
Most recently, Darrell served as project manager for an upgrade to both our CATI and data protection software. Together these client-focused upgrades improve the way we obtain and secure data, and represent the most significant capital expenditure since the company was founded. In 2013, Darrell’s responsibilities were expanded to include review and response to all RFP’s, providing our clients with a single point of contact during each phase of their projects.
Andrew C. Taylor
Director of Operations
Andrew joined Cactus Research in 2012, bringing with him 18 years of operational leadership experience in both Fortune 500 and small business environments. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a BS in business administration, Andrew began a career in the energy industry that would span 14 years. The first 9 years were spent with a large, publicly traded, multi-state LPG/LNG marketer in various positions of increasing responsibility. That experience was then put to work building his own company that started with the acquisition of two smaller Phoenix based companies. He merged the two and then quickly grew into a company with over $2M in assets, 2,100 customers and 30 full time employees before selling it 5 years later.
Reluctant to give up being his own boss, Andrew partnered with a longtime friend and together they started a valet parking company. Focused on providing a full service experience without the full service price, they provided a much needed alternative in a market dominated by one company. His four years with the business were punctuated by many significant moments, but none as important as being nominated by his valet team to be included in the Phoenix Business Journals’ annual Best Places to Work competition. His company would place 4th and 3rd before taking the #1 spot in the small company category in their 3rd year in business. In his free time, Andrew is active in his community – volunteering his time to the Arizona Humane Society, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.
Kenneth J. LaMonica II
Ken has called Arizona home since 1994 and in 2009 joined Cactus Research as a telephone interviewer. His previous market research experience combined with his solid work ethic were a welcome addition to our young company and he continues to be an integral part of our success.
In January 2014, Ken was promoted to Supervisor with operational leadership of our consumer interviewing team. Supervising shifts outside of traditional business hours, Ken is often the only manager on duty providing direction and support to our interviewers to ensure production and quality standards are consistently met. When he’s not working Ken is an avid runner, cyclist and sports enthusiast. He also possesses an incredible working knowledge of cars and prefers to repair and restore his classic ride all by himself.
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