The Volunteer of the Year Award, presented at the Insights & Strategies Conference in San Diego on June 3, recognizes the top MRA volunteer or volunteers who have brought excellence in service specifically to the Association during the past year. Quester President Tim Hoskins not only chaired the ISC Programming Committee, which in and of itself required a minimum of 100+ volunteer hours, he went above and beyond, dedicating his brain and his time to strategic planning for all MRA events. He conducted 20+ IDIs with corporate researchers to better understand their needs as members of MRA and conference attendees. He tapped into his own network countless times to dig up insights for various MRA initiatives, including conference offerings and membership needs. He met with MRA staff on a weekly basis to discuss leads for ISC, personally recruited several sponsors, and his own company sponsored two important internal research projects this year at no cost to MRA. Most recently, he has strategized with MRA about our upcoming Corporate Researchers Conference.

Tim Hoskins continues to not only personally dedicate many self-initiated hours a week to MRA, but encourages his company and subordinates to do the same. He is the definition of an MRA ambassador. His positive attitude and endless energy make him a great motivator, leader and forward-thinker. Though not a trained researcher, he brings a true passion and unparalleled commitment. As a relatively new member of the marketing research community and someone who is extremely active in the industry at-large (I would be hard pressed to name an event he hasn't attended), we are so pleased he has chosen MRA as his "home" and the organization he wants to help grow. For someone who is barely 30 years of age, he has set a new standard for volunteers.

He was unable to be with us in San Diego because he and his wife welcomed their first child, a baby girl, Ella Caroline, into the world on May 28, but we want to honor him here. We don’t know a more passionate or dedicated volunteer than Tim Hoskins.

Receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award on behalf of Tim Hoskins