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.

In 2013, Howard was appointed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to serve as Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Council for the County. Until March 2013, Mr. Males served for many years as Vice President and an Executive Board Member of The Southeast Chicago Commission, and has served for 11 years as the founding Chairman of a TIF Advisory Council within a business district in the 4th Ward 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 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

Ms. 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.

Outside Resource Partner

John McMillan, Ph.D. leads his own organization, McMillan Consulting, and works with Research Pros, Inc. on statistical modeling cases. Mr. McMillan has worked with Research Pros since 1987. He is an economist who has over 20 years experience developing statistical analyses to solve business problems. John’s econometric and statistical modeling skills have been applied to a wide range of business problems that range from pricing strategies for a food manufacturer, to product quality studies for a beverage importer, to analyses of employee talent and performance for a hedge fund. Mr. McMillan received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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.