Research Team Bios

Driving BAI Research programs is a team of experienced financial services research professionals with in-depth understanding of the industry.  These individuals know the impact an integrated view of the marketplace brings to strategic and tactical planning.

Joe Agostinelli  Joe Agostinelli, Senior Analyst
Joe is responsible for the design of primary research methodologies and the management of external research suppliers. He is also responsible for in-depth analysis of research data, the preparation of research reports and articles, and the presentation of findings to end clients. Prior to joining BAI, Joe spent four years in the market research industry and another four years in the financial services industry. Joe received an MBA in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  
Dong Bing  Dong Bing, Senior Data Analyst
Dong is responsible for the production and the development of BAI’s Pulse studies. Prior to BAI, Dong was a data analyst at AT&T responsible for originating revenue & production metric reports for contract management. Dong holds an MBA and a MISM from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Augustana College.
Deneen  Mary Deneen, Project Manager
Mary works directly with BAI’s Research clients to schedule presentations and meetings for research programs. She is also responsible for coordinating project deliverables and events while managing daily activities for BAI’s Research staff. Prior to joining BAI, Mary worked as an Account Executive in the insurance industry; she brings 15 years of client relationship management experience to the organization.  
Drogos  Tom Drogos, Director
Tom manages client relationships for BAI Benchmarking and strategic research projects for the top 100 U.S. banks. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Tom has held senior positions at leading research and advisory services firms. He earned a master’s of science degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Loyola University of Chicago. . 
Gamauf  Mike Gamauf, Senior Account Manager
Mike is responsible for client relationship management not only for benchmarking programs, but also strategic research projects. Prior to joining BAI, he worked in client relationship roles with CCC, General Electric, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton LLP and brings over 20 years of experience to the organization. Mike graduated from Spring Hill College with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.  
Hoey  Sandra Hoey, Director of Software Development
Sandra is responsible for the benchmarking data infrastructure and report development. Prior to joining BAI, Sandra was a senior manager at Accenture working on large-scale CRM database development as well as implementing customer insight, customer segmentation and predictive modeling solutions for the financial services and telecom industries. She holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  
Hoscheidt  Tom Hoscheidt, Managing Director
Tom directs BAI's performance benchmarking line of business. He brings over 20 years of financial services research and marketing management experience including primary research, consulting and benchmarking. He holds an MBA from Illinois State University and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University.
 Mark Kowalczyk Mark Kowalczyk, Managing Director, Business Development
Mark is responsible for leading sales, business development and relationship management for BAI Research and Solutions Provider clients. Prior to joining BAI in 2014, Mark was Managing Director and National Sales Manager for the Corporate Executive Board. He previously held senior sales and marketing roles for Mesirow Financial and Ibbotson Associates. Mark received his B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising from Drake University.
 Jason Mencias Jason Mencias, Senior Analyst
Jason is the lead analyst responsible for mining BAI Research data in order to provide industry insights and answer key questions posed by research program sponsors. He also provides sales and servicing support for the BAI Research suite of products. Jason has spent his entire career in the financial services and banking industries holding several management positions in research, project management and marketing. He earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University.
Nagarkatte  Ajay Nagarkatte, Managing Director
Ajay is responsible for leading BAI Research line of business including benchmarking and strategic research initiatives. Prior to joining BAI, he held several senior-level strategic advisory positions focused on financial institutions including KPMG, ZEFER and CapGemini (formerly Ernst & Young Consulting). Prior to that, he spent several years in the insurance and mutual fund sectors. He received an MBA in Strategy and Economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in Operations Research from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Riddle  Mark Riddle, Director
Mark is responsible for the report development and presentation of BAI's benchmarking programs. Prior to joining BAI, he held consulting and sales positions with Open Solutions, Deluxe Corporation and various Chicago area banks and brings over 20 years of experience to the organization. Mark received an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor of science in Finance from Southern Illinois University.
  Jatin Samani, Research Manager
Jatin is responsible for production of benchmarking studies and report development as well as client services. He has several years of research, product development, and marketing management experience having held management positions at multiple banks in the Chicago area. He also worked at Raddon Financial Group where he held client services and research positions. Jatin holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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