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President’s Message

26 Oct Posted by in Cactus Call | Comments Off on President’s Message
President’s Message

Change all around

2016 is going to be Amazing.  Next year we will see a new president elected, the MRA and CASRO will be working together and we will have the 30th Annual Joint chapter Las Vegas conference.

Henry David Galloway

That is not to say that 2015 hasn’t been great.  My wife and I personally excited to brag about our healthy baby boy, Henry David Galloway who joined our family early in the morning of October 19th.   Both my wife and newest child are doing well and can’t wait to meet all of our wonderful SWMRA members in Las Vegas in April.

Las Vegas 30th: Connect to the Future of Research

Yes, the 30th Annual NWMRA & SWMRA joint chapter Las Vegas conference will be April 5th-7th, 2016 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino.   Our two chapters are collaborating to bring you an amazing event filled with insightful speakers and great networking opportunities.   Our event will start off with our welcoming reception at the base of the Las Vegas High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world.  Throughout the high_roller_lights3reception attendees will be given an opportunity to go up and enjoy the awesome Las Vegas evening view.  It truly is an amazing experience and there will be plenty of food, drinks and networking to be had on the ground for anyone wishing to avoid the heights.   The following two days will introduce an exciting speaker lineup with a mix of big names, hot topics, and both new and familiar faces.  Both chapters are finalizing the speaker lineup right now so stay tuned for updates.

Event Registration is $369 for members and non-members alike.   Make sure to get in before the early bird registration deadline.  Rooms at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino are priced at $89 per night.  There are a limited number of rooms at this rate, so register and book early!

Stay tuned to for updates on speaker information and sponsorship opportunities.

Our Summer in Austin

Our Educational Forum in the Texas Capital began, Thursday, August 6th with a great view at the top of the Hilton Garden inn.  Nancy Hernon, currently serving as a Past President & Advisor to the SWMRA board, received the 2015 Chapter Service Award.  Nancy is also the CEO at G3 Translate in New York, NY and continuously inspires our SWMRA board with her dedication and years of volunteer work.  She is a great friend to many in the industry, as well as an expert and inspiration in her field.  Please be sure you thank you Nancy next time you see her.

A big thank you to all of our event speakers who made the event exiting, fun and educational. We would not be able to host the education forum if our sponsors didn’t invest in the association & industry.  Our sponsors included Kinesis, ResearchNow, M/A/R/C Research, Galloway Research, G3 Translate, Voxco and many more.

Webinar Recap

Just in case you missed the latest webinar on October 14th 2015, you can check out the webinar recording here ( to hear Pete Wendel, user experience design manager at Walgreens teach us about user research, its application and evolution as a discipline..


Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions, feedback or anything else, I can be reached at

Wishing you all the best!

David Galloway

Southwest MRA Chapter President
Galloway Research Service