Trone Research and Consulting

Privacy Policy

This statement discloses our Privacy Policy regarding personal data on the website ("opinions@trone"), and your associated rights and responsibilities therein. This statement only addresses our practices regarding opinions@trone. We have set forth below the Terms and Conditions for the use of opinions@trone and your participation as a Panelist for our surveys. Should any conflict exist between this Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions, the Terms and Conditions will prevail.

Information. Trone Research & Consulting is the sole owner of the information collected on opinions@trone. We collect personally identifiable information from our Panelists in the initial questionnaire Panelists complete. We will not sell, distribute or make available in any form personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone or email) of any Panelist without their express permission. We will not solicit you or ask you to purchase anything from us. As noted in our initial questionnaire, we are marketing specialists and we frequently need opinions on new ideas. When we need your opinion, we will contact you and provide you with the opportunity to participate in a survey panel. We collect the information provided to us by Panelists who choose to complete a survey that they have been invited to complete. We will not sell, share or rent this information to others, but we will provide to others summaries of the information we obtain from surveys. We may also invite Panelists to participate in a more in-depth survey or an interview by telephone or in person. If we do so, it will be an invitation that a Panelist can either accept or reject.

Cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on your hard drive containing information about your computer. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. We may use cookies to aid us in the operation of opinions@trone. Cookies can enable us to identify you as a Panelist invited to participate in a survey. You can configure most Web browsers to reject cookies or notify you when cookies are placed.

IP Addresses. Your access provider assigns an IP address to your computer when you use the Internet. We log each IP address that accesses the site, along with referring and destination URLs. We may use this data, as well as other data in our databases, to troubleshoot technical problems, address complaints and prepare aggregated reports of activity on our site.

Registration Data. When you register as a Panelist, you provide us with some personal data, including your email address. We use Panelist registration data in order to send invitations to complete surveys to persons in a particular demographic. We use survey responses to provide our clients with feedback about their businesses.

Other Data Collection. We may get data from or about you in other ways not specifically described in this statement. For example, you might contact us with a question or complaint. We maintain this data like other business records.

Contractors and Service Providers. We may use third-party contractors who can access our databases for the purpose of conducting repairs or upgrades to our computer system. These contractors sign a standard confidentiality agreement. We may use third-party service providers and give access to your personal data as part of the services they provide to us. We require these providers to use and disclose your personal data only as necessary to perform their services.

Related Companies. We may share data with subsidiaries or affiliates of Trone Research & Consulting. We require these other companies to honor this Privacy Policy.

Communicating with Other Panelists. Trone Research & Consulting will not display or provide access to any personal data (including email addresses) relating to any Panelist. Therefore, you will not be able to communicate with any other Panelist through the agency of opinions@trone.

Security. We take every reasonable precaution to protect our Panelists' information. When Panelists submit information via opinions@trone, that information is protected both online and off-line. We use industry-standard security protocols, such as (if and where appropriate) firewalls, encryption and restrictions on which employees can access Panelist data.

Links. Opinions@trone may contain links to other sites. The links provided will be to download third-party tools used to view or access certain documents (such as a program to read a PDF document). No information you have provided to us is transmitted as a result of that link. Please be aware that Trone Research & Consulting is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our Panelists to be aware when they leave opinions@trone, and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

Removal. You may request to be removed as a Panelist at any time and we will remove you as a Panelist within three (3) business days. To do so, email us at or use the Panelist Update link provided with email messages we send to you. If you choose to be removed as a Panelist, we will no longer invite you to participate in our surveys. Information collected from any prior surveys that you may have completed will remain our property subject to the terms outlined herein.

Privacy Policy Disclaimer. We may disclose personal information of Panelists when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on our website.

Doug Barton, President & CEO

Doug Barton

President & CEO

Doug is a career research, analytics and brand marketing executive with more than 35 years of experience working with Top 50 market research firms, Fortune 500 companies and marketing firms on client and supplier side.

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He is a leader and advisor with a proven track record of solving business challenges for start-ups as well as small to large businesses across the world. Doug’s industry experience spans across hospitality, telecom, CPG, financial services, insurance, textile and apparel, turf and ornamental, animal health and retail.

Kimberly Ness

Kimberly Ness

SVP, Insights & Marketing

With 25+ years of experience across research, branding and marketing, Kimberly has the unique ability to transform complicated data into a simple strategic plan that achieves results.

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She has led marketing efforts for global and national brands and has a specialty in animal health, working with brands like Zoetis, Boeringer Ingelheim and Mars Petcare. She is known as an industry thought leader and has been a featured speaker at Global Pet Expo, AAHA, CBI, Brakke Consulting and Fetch, a dvm360 conference.

Tom Minsel

Tom Minsel

PhD, Head of Research & Data Science

Tom is our PhD Statistician and master data miner with 25+ years in direct marketing, customer targeting, modeling and research design.

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His areas of expertise include statistics, applied and theoretical measurement, psychological research, survey research, summative and formative evaluation, SAS, sampling, trend analysis and generally all things analytics. Tom oversees more than 65 comprehensive studies each year to help clients better understand their customers.