Restaurant Research Associates: The Leader in Foodservice Research

A Leader in Foodservice Research


Key People

•  Ron Clark, Senior Partner
•  Lynn Stalone, Partner
•  Terri Pratto de Ramirez, Senior Project Director

Ron Clark, Senior Partner
The company's senior partner is Ronald Clark. Prior to forming Restaurant Research Associates in 1976, Mr. Clark was Senior Vice President at Cochrane Chase & Livingston advertising agency in Southern California (now part of Saatchi). He also served in marketing research and marketing positions in New York, Chicago, Detroit, and San Francisco. Ron has been a guest speaker/lecturer on the subject of marketing research at the NRA Show, USC, Long Beach State University, CSUF, MRA, and AMA . Mr. Clark was on of the pioneers of the use of conjoint analysis in pricing and product attributes for the restaurant industry. Ron is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Advertising and Communications, plus a graduate degree from Wayne State University with a course emphasis in marketing research. Ron is a member of the Marketing Research Association, AAPOR, CRA and AMA.

Lynn Stalone, Partner
Lynn Stalone joined Restaurant Research Associates in 1982 and was named partner in 1988. With more than 25 years experience in the marketing research industry—with a primary focus in foodservice, she has been heavily involved in all aspects of marketing research including qualitative, quantitative and experimental methodologies. For the past 15 years, she has managed all account services and client liaison for the firm, as well as the day-to-day operations of the data collection, full-service and support services division. She attended California State University Fullerton with a double major of Biology and Marketing and has continued her education with annual courses in various areas of the field. Lynn is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and the California Restaurant Association, as well as an active participant in the research community. She has held various positions in the Marketing Research Association, including Chapter President for Southern California and volunteers on several task force groups. She is a member of AAPOR, MRA and AMA and has been awarded the Professional Research Certification (PRC), Expert Level by the MRA.

Terri Pratto de Ramirez, Senior Project Director
Ms. Ramirez's primary focus at RRA is in quantitative product testing, product reconfiguration/ingredient substitution and customer evaluation upon market/system wide product release. Ms. Ramirez joined Restaurant Research Associates in 1985. For the past 10 years, she has managed projects for several key clients, typically overseeing 50 to 75 studies annually. Terri attended California State University Fullerton and is a member of the California Restaurant Association and the Marketing Research Association.