Jim Trutko

Professional market researcher with over 20 years research experience
Outstanding data analyst with strategic insight
Business owner, experienced manager, venture capitalist
•  Allegheny College
    (B.A., Political Science)
•  Case Western Reserve University
    (M.A. Political Science)
•  Kent State University
    (M.A., Economics)
Interest, Personal
•  Local community and political affairs. •  Exercise, golf and travel.
•  Married, two children.
•  Grateful to my parents for life
   perspective and a sense of humor.
Market Research and Economist
  Provided market research, company/industry studies, area and economic analysis for clients.
  Over ten years experience as Market Research Manager for The Plain Dealer. Supervised three to six direct reports.
  Monitored the local economy, forecast growth of competitive media. Customized sales presentations and marketing collateral. Company and industry studies.
  Analyzed syndicated consumer studies. Managed custom studies, surveys.
Entrepreneur, Business Manager
  Business experience as small business owner, venture capitalist, franchisee and franchise consultant and a business consultant.
  Purchased and managed insurance restoration franchise.
  Two venture capital investments: a computer memory card manufacturer and
a polymeric composite board manufacturer.
Economic Development
  Economic development experience as Director of Research and Director of Business Development for the major business group.
  Economic development research on manufacturing companies, headquarters and management support operations and issues facing smaller businesses. Supported exterior marketing campaigns. Managed staff providing business development assistance to individual companies.
  Developed recommendations for improved manufacturing policies. Managed major machine tool study for Great Lakes Governors.
  Managed successful major retention effort for major federal government facility.
  Prepared state and federal testimony on small business and other economic development issues
  Wrote op-ed public policy advocacy op-eds for local newspapers
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