Dr. David B. Hill
Dr. David B. Hill, Director of Hill Research Consultants, is a leading pollster and research-based strategist. For the past 25 years, in addition to serving top Republican candidates across the nation, Hill has polled for more than 100 successful ballot measures, from Alaska to Florida. In Florida alone, his research has been instrumental in the passage of six amendments to that state’s constitution. Hill has polled and conducted focus groups for winning tax referenda initiatives in a dozen states, including a sales tax that was Michigan’s largest tax hike ever, and for a first-ever local option sales tax that funded nine Polk County, Iowa school districts. In Colorado, Hill’s clients have secured voter approval for more than one billion dollars in increased taxes for bonds and mill levies. Dr. Hill has authored or edited three books and published numerous scholarly papers. In the past year, he has been an invited lecturer at Stanford University and the University of Florida. He has served as a member of the editorial advisory board of THE PUBLIC PERSPECTIVE, a publication of The Roper Center at the University of Connecticut. Since 2004 he has written a weekly column on polling and campaigns for The Hill, a newspaper for and about the United State Congress.
Hill received his Ph.D. from The Florida State University in 1975. His graduate studies included the prestigious methodology training program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Hill spent ten years as a faculty member at Kansas State University, Florida Atlantic University and in a tenured position at Texas A&M University where he also served as Director of the Public Policy Resources Laboratory and founding Director of The Texas Poll. In 1984, he became a principal in Tarrance, Hill, Newport & Ryan before founding his present firm.
Sue Hill is a graduate of Auburn University where she majored in Business. She received her MBA degree from Kansas State University. Politically, she began her career as a constituent services staffer in Washington, D.C. to United States Senator Herman Eugene Talmadge of Georgia. Later she served as a press aide to Florida Governor Reubin Askew in Tallahassee. Askew subsequently appointed her to the position of Executive Director of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Before joining HRC she was first Director of Student Services for the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, responsible for admissions, financial aid, and other vital student programs.
Dr. Stephen N. White
Stephen N. White, a resident of Austin, Texas, was awarded his Ph.D. in economics by Texas A&M University in 1985. It was there that he met Dr. Hill while serving as a research associate in the multi-disciplinary Public Policy Resources Laboratory. Dr. White has been with HRC since its inception in 1988. Prior to that, he was director of operations for Tarrance & Associates, and then he was promoted to director of computing and statistics for Tarrance, Hill, Newport & Ryan.
White has been closely involved with over 1,500 research projects for HRC. His primary responsibilities include sample frame design, tabular and multivariate analysis, and data visualizations. When not gleaning insights from data, he enjoys hiking, biking and rock climbing. Dr. White has also authored articles in academic journals.
Jason Nemeck, a native of Utica, New York, first joined HRC in 1993. For the past 20 years, he has lived in Texas and now resides in Tomball. He attended Texas A&M University and has been a project manager for Hill Research during his tenure as a staffer. His outside interests include golf, reading, his dog, and service to his church and its programs, particularly charities.
David Benzion conducts quantitative, qualitative, policy and opposition-research in his capacity as HRC’s Senior Research Analyst, providing strategic guidance to senatorial, congressional, gubernatorial, mayoral and ballot initiative campaigns, in addition to corporate, trade association, and public affairs clients. In roles outside the firm, he has gained extensive experience in both the technical and content-based elements of talk-radio and online/social New Media, working as an executive producer, on-air host, blogger and web-publisher. For pleasure, Benzion enjoys watching Green Bay Packer football and studying Hasidic philosophy.
Senior Research Consultant Randy Ellison has an extensive background in designing and implementing successful strategies in the corporate, political and public policy arenas. With more than 14 years of research and polling experience, Randy brings in-depth understanding of key issues in energy efficiency and utilities, media and publishing, banking and financial services, association and non-profits, technology and consumer products, and politics to his work.
Prior to joining Hill Research Consultants in 2009, Randy worked in marketing and research at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Gannett. Randy holds a Masters of Political Management from The George Washington University, Washington DC and he received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee. He lives in Nashville, TN with his novelist wife and an array of golf clubs, and is a proud fan of UT Football, the Nashville Predators, and the Tennessee Titans.