One of the more dynamic and interesting facts about The Research Department is that the two principal partners are, in fact, partners. Leland Brandt and Lynne Tapper are a husband and wife team who have found that their most compatible work colleague is also their spouse. Each of them brings specific strengths to the company which complement the other's. They have worked together on many projects since they met on January 3, 1993.
One notable professional highlight of this joint venture is baby daze®, an organizational log book for new parents that they co-authored and published in 2002. A critically acclaimed, award-winning journal for first-time parents, it is presently in its 3rd edition and is available nationwide. It was selected to be part of Target’s “Parent Inventor” program in 2009 and is also available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.
Leland Brandt brings a unique balance of technical expertise and creativity to each marketing project. Leland is always searching for ways to make a project or event run more efficiently at the best cost without sacrificing imagination and creativity. For the past 15 years, he has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit fields.
He has extensive marketing experience working with companies such as ESPN and The New York Times. He has worked as a consultant with companies in new media, financial services, education, publishing and fitness & health fields since 1999. He is the founding member of The Research Department.
Copywriting and copyediting are both a passion for Leland. He has a flexible writing style that is concise and doesn’t disgrace the English language. His copywriting skills have been applied to a variety of clients and projects such as brochures, trade show materials, blog articles and press releases.
Leland’s marketing background, technical savvy and creativity lends a uniquely useful perspective and set of skills to The Research Department’s ability to serve its client base.
A graduate of Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH, he has an honors degree in History and was awarded the Thomas Boardman prize in Journalism for his work on the college newspaper.
Lynne Tapper’s extensive event planning and organizational experience stems from her work over the past 18 years in the non-profit and for profit sector. Lynne has worked in a variety of positions at the Women's Sports Foundation, ABC Sports, ESPN and the women's cable network, Oxygen.
Her event planning experience includes non-profit and for-profit sporting events, and charity fundraisers. In addition to event planning, Lynne is a professional organizer offering additional expertise in paper management, file organization, time and schedule management, and organizational solutions for the home or office.
She is a member of the National Organization of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She has consulted with Cross It Off Your List®, the New York City organizing firm, for the past 10 years on various organizational projects.
Lynne is also a partner and co-coach of Team Training New England (TTNE) that offers men and women organized group training program as they prepare for sprint distance triathlons. TTNE also offers children’s triathlon camps and events during the summer.
Lynne's planning and troubleshooting abilities combined with her innate organizational mindset, make her an ideal event management and marketing professional. A graduate of Connecticut College in New London, CT, Lynne received her degree in Sociology and Psychology.