Research Pros, Inc.


Howard Males, Ph.D. is CEO of Research Pros. Mr. Males founded RP in 1985 in order to serve the research needs of major corporations, strategy consulting firms, and private equity groups. Prior to founding RP, he directed Ernst & Whinney’s (now Ernst & Young) Organization Change Group and worked at Booz Allen & Hamilton as a management consultant. Mr. Males received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Drew University. He earned both his Master of Arts in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Howard currently serves as Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Committee of Cook County (EDAC). Additionally, he is a member of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Howard was appointed by Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” García to serve as a member of the Cook County Commission of Social Innovation, where he is the Vice Chairman of the Commission’s Intellectual Capital Committee.

In the commercial sector, Howard serves on the Board of Advisors to the Chicago Innovation Awards. He served for many years, until March 2013, as Vice President of The Southeast Chicago Commission (SECC), and was, for 11 years, the founding Chairman of the TIF Advisory Council for the main business district in the 4th Ward (Hyde Park) of the City of Chicago. He served for many years as an Executive Board Member of JCC Chicago City Central, was a Vice President of Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Chicago, and was formerly on the board for the Center for New Horizons in Chicago. Howard Males received the 2004 community service award from the South East Chicago Commission. In December 2012, Mr. Males received the Don Michael Randel Community Service Award from the University of Chicago and the SECC for his decade long efforts to develop the Hyde Park business district on 53rd Street.

Mr. Males is a contributor of viewpoints on talent to the Executive Briefing, a partnership of The Economist Intelligence Unit (The Economist) and Harvard Business School Publishing. Many of our original white papers can be found on

Whitney Watson is Project Manager for Event/Field Research at Research Pros, Inc. Ms. Watson directs the efforts of our field research teams for corporations and has experience in B2B and retail arenas. She has performed interviews and analysis for corporations and private equity groups. Ms. Watson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University with a double major in Political Science and History. Prior to joining Research Pros, Ms. Watson worked extensively as a political organizer and fundraiser. She brings expertise in recruitment, management, and communication to her work at the firm.

About Us

Research Pros, Inc., is a custom business-to-business (B2B) research firm that specializes in providing high level primary and secondary research services.