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Center for Marketing Research Appoints New Chair & Vice Chair

The Center for Marketing Research (CMR) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is proud to announce the recent changes to the CMR Advisory Board. Mr. David Slutz has been recently appointed as Chair of the Board, and Mr. Jim Mathes has accepted the position of Vice Chair. In addition, Randall Weeks Jr. and Mathew Insana have joined the board as community leaders. Appointment is based on nominations from the board of influential people in business who through their work show a willingness to contribute to the university and specifically the Center and achievement of its goals.

The primary purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide advice, guidance and direction to the Director of the Center for Marketing Research. The members of the Board act as a liaison between the Center and business community. In doing so, the Advisory Board focuses on all aspects of the Center including: identifying opportunities for the program, helping to leverage its strengths, raising the visibility of the Center and generally providing guidance to help the Center make appropriate decisions from the perspective of the business community.

David Slutz, the newly appointed as the Chair of the CMR Advisory Board, is currently the CEO for Precix of New Bedford, Ma. Precix designs and manufacturers high performance elastomeric sealing solutions used in the automotive/transportation industry, in aerospace and military applications and in chemical and medical applications. Slutz’s has held previous positions such as Vice President/Business Development and Director of Marketing and Sales for Precix. Mr. Slutz earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York and holds a dual B.S. in Marketing and Computer Information Systems from Ferris State University in Michigan. He and his family currently reside in Lakeville, MA.

Jim Mathes was recently appointed the new Vice Chair of the CMR Advisory Board. Mathes is a winner of the Whitney M. Young Service Award for the coordination of the SMILES mentor program. SMILES is a school based one-to-one mentoring program serving New Bedford and Fall River working with school, business and community partners on a clear mission to affect social change, SMILES strives to help students achieve their personal and educational potential by pairing them with positive adult mentors. Mathes has been well-known in the area’s business and educational fields for decades. He was the president of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce for 22 years — increasing membership by more than 60 percent — and has served on many boards. His community history includes being on the Bristol Community College Trustee Board and on the Southern New England School of Law Directors.

Randall  Weeks Jr is a new to the CMR Advisory Board this year. Weeks currently works for Patridge Snow & Hahn out of their South Coast office, and is the Partner in Charge. He provides counsel on business litigation and legal services on all matters affecting businesses. Weeks graduated from the American International College with Bachelor of Science in 1985. In addition to joining the CMR Advisory Board, Weeks is also currently on the Executive Board for the New Bedford Economic Development Council, the YMCA SouthCoast Board, the Dartmouth Town Republican Committee, the SouthCoast Hospital Business Advisor Council, the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies, the Dartmouth Education Foundation, in addition to being active with many other community organizations.

Mathew Insana has also recently joined the CMR Advisory Board. He currently acts as the Vice President of Commercial Lending for Rockland Trust Banking. Insana obtained a B.S. from Providence College from in 1979. In addition to joining the CMR Advisory Board, he is very active in the Greater New Bedford community.

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