SOURCE: GCR Custom Research

October 10, 2005 10:00 ET

Catalyst Acquisition Group Purchases Gartner's Custom Research Division

Now Independently Owned & Renamed GCR Custom Research, LLC Providing Unique Market Insights That Improve Business Results

PORTLAND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2005 -- GCR Custom Research, experts in global market research, today introduce their full-service research firm specializing in custom IT research and proprietary market tracking services. Formerly a division of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) and recently purchased by Catalyst Acquisition Group, LLC, GCR will continue to offer custom and proprietary research services to the global market. As part of the ongoing relationship, GCR will provide custom research services to Gartner in support of their research services. GCR's services are designed to help clients make strategic business decisions by providing information and analysis to reduce risks, uncover opportunities and improve business results.

GCR's team of professionals combine over two decades of industry experience with world-class custom research and proprietary market tracking services to provide clients with unique insights into market demand, market sizing and buyer sentiments that clients apply to improve their business. "With today's rapidly evolving business environment, globalization and shorter product cycles our clients are increasingly coming to us to gain insight into what customers are really looking for," said Bob Falcone, CEO of GCR Custom Research. "Based on our deep industry knowledge and unique methodologies, GCR is extremely well positioned to meet our clients' increasing custom research needs."

Gartner reached a business decision to sell their custom research division to focus on core areas of their business. Over the summer, Catalyst Acquisition Group seized the opportunity to purchase Gartner's custom research group renaming the firm GCR Custom Research, LLC. Gartner remains in a strategic relationship with GCR through an eight-year custom research outsource contract. "We are thrilled with the new ownership and direction of GCR Customer Research," said Peter Sondergaard, sr. vice president of Gartner Research. "It's a winning situation -- we can focus on our core business of research and advisory services while GCR can provide us with the custom research services that we need to support our clients."

Full Service Offering

GCR offers a full range of custom research services from exploratory qualitative research to the most complex quantitative data modeling. "As a long-standing client of Gartner's customer research division, we are excited to work with the same professionals that have helped us better understand our customer and the market today," said William Rasnake, market research director, Tektronix, Inc. "We look forward to working with GCR and benefiting from the experience and skill they bring to the table."

New Leadership

Bob Falcone, chief executive officer, brings 36 years of financial and operating experience, including 23 years in the professional services industry with Price Waterhouse, BearingPoint and 10 years as the CFO of Nike, Inc. and 800.com. Hans Amell, chief strategy officer provides 27 years of marketing and change management experience with McKinsey & Co, Allied Signal, and Ericsson among others. In addition, Hans and Bob are Chairman and CEO, respectively, of Catalyst Acquisition Group. Ross Barker, vice president of client services has 15 years of market research delivery and operations experience. Joseph Berger, vice president of sales and marketing brings 17 years of sales and marketing experience with Gartner, Grey Advertising and Multex.com. Finally, Scott Evans, PhD, vice president of methodology has 15 years of experience in consulting and research design in private and public sectors with specialization in a wide range of multivariate techniques and their application to market research problems.

About GCR Custom Research

GCR Custom Research, LLC, formerly Gartner Custom Research, is a leading provider of global market research specializing in custom IT research and proprietary market tracking services. Based in Portland, Ore., GCR's team of professionals combine more than 25 years of industry experience with world-class custom research and proprietary market tracking services to provide clients with unique insights into market demand, market sizing and buyer sentiments that clients apply to improve their business. GCR offers a full range of custom research services from exploratory qualitative research to the most complex quantitative data modeling. Additionally, GCR collects and offers unique customer and market data through their IT Decision-Maker Panel and IT Watch. For more information, visit: www.gcrinsight.com.

About Catalyst Acquisition Group

The Catalyst Acquisition Group, LLC is a global acquisition company uniquely positioned to conduct rapid transactions where speed, certainty and integrity are important to the seller. Catalyst Acquisition Group principals and professionals have a wealth of both investment banking skills and operations knowledge giving the firm a uniquely operations-centric perspective on acquisitions. Catalyst provides expertise in a variety of areas including manufacturing, technology, hardware, software, telecommunications, business services, distribution, outsourcing, apparel, consumer electronics and retail. For more information, visit: www.catalystacquisition.com.

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Joseph Berger
    GCR Custom Research, LLC
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    (503) 241-8700

    Media Contact:
    Rachel Weikum (for GCR Custom Research)
    Weikum Communications
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    (503) 636-4762