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Jeremy Aguero is a principal analyst with Applied Analysis and has been with the firm since its inception in 1997. His areas of expertise include economic analysis, operational model development and fiscal impact analysis.
Jeremy attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he graduated with honors in 1996. During his last year of undergraduate course work, Jeremy took a position as an intern/analyst with Coopers and Lybrand, LLC's (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) Financial Advisory Services group. After spending eighteen months with Coopers, he left and began his tenure with Applied Analysis.
Jeremy's project history demonstrates a wide range of abilities. He has worked for clients in the private and public sectors, and undertaken projects of local, regional and national significance.
Brian Gordon is a principal with Applied Analysis. His areas of expertise include market analysis, financial advisory services, business consulting, hospitality consulting and economic modeling. Gordon attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA) and a holder of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential by the American Institute of CPAs.
Gordon has performed numerous highest and best use analyses, market feasibility studies and market analyses for various developers and commercial real estate firms. He is the principal author of the Las Vegas Quarterly Market Reports covering the office, industrial, retail, apartment, vacant land and luxury condominium markets. Gordon also heads up SalesTraq, the firm's residential research firm. He also provides consultative services in a wide range of industries in both the private and public sectors. Gordon is actively involved in the community and participates in a number of trade associations and non-profit organizations.
Cory Hunt is a director of research and analysis with Applied Analysis and leads the northern Nevada office. His areas of expertise include economic development, market analysis and public policy analysis.
Cory attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and political science. He also earned a Master of Public Administration at the University of Southern California's prestigious Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he received the Dean’s Certificate of Merit for excellence in academics.
Cory previously served for three years as deputy director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and four years as senior policy analyst for Governor Brian Sandoval. Prior to serving the Governor, Cory worked as a management consultant, developing performance evaluation systems and ecosystem service markets for public, non-profit and private clients.
In addition to his economic development work, Cory was the architect of Nevada’s leading legislation on autonomous vehicles signed into law in 2017. He is consulted regularly on policy related to self-driving vehicles, unmanned aerial systems and smart-cities.
Christopher Drury is a project manager at Applied Analysis with responsibilities spanning a number of areas of expertise, including economic analysis, impact studies and demographic analysis. Drury earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in economics and finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Drury previously worked as a graduate assistant in the UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research where he analyzed topics ranging from housing to lotteries. He also evaluated the economic impacts of the university and developed population projections for the region.
Melanie Framo is a project manager at Applied Analysis. Prior to Applied Analysis, Framo earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; she was also on the dean's list throughout her college career. Framo began her career at Applied Analysis as an intern, and she was quickly promoted to an analyst position where she continued to expand her knowledge and develop her research and analytical skillset. Framo's work experience includes a broad range of activities, including economic analysis, gaming-related research, real estate analysis, public policy analysis and dispute analysis.
Brian Haynes is a project manager at Applied Analysis. He joined the firm after working 16 years as a journalist for newspapers across the country, including 11 years at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his time as a journalist, Haynes developed deep knowledge about the criminal justice system and local government while reporting on and writing about significant news events.
His responsibilities with Applied Analysis include research, analysis and writing projects that capitalize on his background and skills. Along with his refined writing and editing skills, Haynes has developed extensive skills in data handling and analysis using Excel, Access, SQL and various mapping tools. Haynes graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.
Ashley Herrera is a project manager at Applied Analysis. Her areas of expertise include market analysis related to real estate development, while acting as lead researcher on projects. Recently, Herrera has been the primary researcher and project manager for the Las Vegas Perspective, a comprehensive annual publication covering various segments of the southern Nevada market. Herrera is also an active member and co-creator of an investment group for women. Herrera has had columns published in the In Business Las Vegas.
Jonathan Birds is an analyst at Applied Analysis. He joined Applied Analysis after spending five years working at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the School of Public Policy and Leadership as a doctoral candidate in the Public Affairs program. While there, Birds served as a research assistant in multiple labs, including the Urban Data Lab and the Center for Crime and Justice Policy. His research experience includes various projects related to policing, crime and public policy. Prior to studying in the Public Affairs program, Birds earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in criminal justice from UNLV. As a graduate assistant, he also taught undergraduate courses in policing as well as community policing and problem solving for the Criminal Justice Department.
Patrick Chapman is a senior analyst at Applied Analysis with responsibilities that include database maintenance, data collection, website management, customer service and various client-specific research and analysis assignments. Selected areas of focus include real estate, education and public policy analyses. Chapman earned a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009, as well as a master's degree in business administration in 2012. Prior to joining Applied Analysis, Chapman worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for a boutique, eminent domain law practice in Reno, Nevada.
Chapman has assisted in the preparation of various analyses and projects that span a wide range of industries. He is the lead research analyst for the firm's commercial office and apartment quarterly market reporting efforts, and is a support analyst for SalesTraq, the firm's residential research firm. Chapman is also the lead analyst and manager of the firms City of Las Vegas and City of Henderson foreclosure registries.
Justin Hacker is an analyst at Applied Analysis. Hacker earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in management with concentrated studies in economics and statistics from the University of Missouri, Columbia. During his time at school, he earned a scholarship from the Evans Scholarship Foundation; an academic and social organization formed of members who have strong qualities in scholarship, fellowship, and leadership. Hacker began his career at Applied Analysis as an intern and began working full time shortly upon graduation. His responsibilities with Applied Analysis include research, analysis, and economic writing. Hacker has developed and continues to improve his skills in Excel, QGIS, R, PowerPoint and SAS for data handling and analysis.
Scott Leavitt is an analyst at Applied Analysis whose duties include economic and financial modeling and analysis, business intelligence development, and writing research reports. Prior to joining Applied Analysis, Leavitt was a consultant at Union Gaming Securities and an accountant at a real estate investment firm. Leavitt earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, dual majoring in economics and finance.
Aidan Rubery is an analyst with Applied Analysis. Before joining the company, Rubery worked for a merchant advisory and investing company, consulting on mergers and acquisitions and management-consulting style engagements in the casino gaming industry. Responsibilities as part of his role as an analyst included modeling mergers and acquisitions transactions, developing marketing materials for these transactions, and conducting of industry research. As part of this role, Rubery also performed a variety of financial and operating analyses, including the development of staffing models for gaming clients. Prior to his experience in the gaming industry, Rubery worked several internships that included equity research and the development of a white paper on his findings, research in investor relations best practices and research for the Federal Communications Commission.
Martin Suman is an analyst at Applied Analysis. Prior to joining the Applied Analysis team, Suman interned with the United States Commercial Service, a federal government agency that assists American companies doing business overseas, particularly as it relates to international trade. Suman also previously worked for Enterprise Rent-a-Car, assisting multiple branches with fleet management, risk management, and sales. While with Enterprise Suman was twice awarded for his contributions to sales, as well as for an analysis of the relationship between the revenue and vehicle inventory of his home branch, the goal of which was to determine the most efficient and profitable blend of vehicles within the fleet.
Suman graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in economics, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in German. His studies also included a five-month program in conjunction with Albert Ludwig's University of Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany. This intensive program was focused on international economics, particularly the economics of the European Union (EU) and US-EU economic relations.
James Whittaker is a database analyst at Applied Analysis with expertise in the design, development and maintenance of complex Access and SQL databases. In addition, Whittaker is responsible for data collection, integration and analysis within the firm's various research divisions. He has over 20 years of experience utilizing his IT and computer skills, having worked in various administrative and freelance capacities for firms across the nation. Whittaker holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Roosevelt University and has completed numerous technology training programs and certification courses throughout his career.
Rachel Semmler is the creative director for Applied Analysis, where she is responsible for day-to-day operations of the graphic and web design studio. She provides print design, display advertising, brochure development, publication layout and design, website design and multimedia development.
Prior to joining Applied Analysis, Rachel served as graphic designer for Robert Half Technologies in Las Vegas, where she designed and produced collateral materials, special events materials and displays for PBS&J, an engineering firm. Before relocating to Las Vegas, Rachel worked for a medical publication company in the New York City area and a design firm in Manhattan that specialized in wayfinding systems. Ms. Semmler earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design with an Art History minor from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.
Debbie Poser is an executive assistant with Applied Analysis where her responsibilities include providing support to the firm's principals, maintaining the executive calendars, coordinating meetings, making travel arrangements, assisting with billing administration, and offering excellent customer service to each of our valuable clients.
Prior to joining Applied Analysis, Ms. Poser was employed as an administrative assistant for CTX Mortgage Company - a division of Centex Homes, where she provided support to three senior executives in a high volume mortgage lending office. Ms. Poser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administrative with an emphasis in management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
In addition to the key team members identified here, Applied Analysis has a number of other professionals and contactors.