Kathleen Benson

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CEO & Co-Founder

As co-founder of ORI, Kathy thrives on creating a personalized and positive ORI experience with each of the company’s customers, partners, and employees. Among Kathy’s core strengths are her ability to recruit and retain top-tier talent by establishing a collaborative and conscientious corporate culture. Thanks to her stewardship, the company has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies eight times. The company has also been recognized as one of Working Mother magazine’s 25 Best Woman-Owned Businesses, and ORI is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

What I have heard from our clients repeatedly over the past three decades is that they appreciate how we listen to their needs to best help them solve their problems.”

Kathy is a visionary leader who has steered ORI’s evolution from its relatively low-tech data entry beginnings into today’s technology-driven, social media aware, full-service market research firm. Through three decades of challenging economic environments, Kathy has consistently found opportunities, nurtured relationships, and built a team focused on delivering excellence. Her entrepreneurial optimism inspires and motivates everyone at ORI.

Kathy is a highly respected business leader in industry and women-owned business circles. For her work, she has been recognized with the Brava! Women Business Achievement Award and she was named to the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair Host Committee. She is an active member of Vistage International, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). In addition, Kathy volunteers with the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization D.C. Chapter (WPEO-DC) as a business leader for the Sage Advice developmental program, for which she was named co-winner of the 2018 WPEO-DC President’s Award.