We are a Michigan-based, national full service consulting firm with a wide range of practices and expertise. Founded in 1985 by Steve Mitchell, we operate offices out of East Lansing and West Bloomfield, Michigan. We pride ourselves on being proactive counselors. Meet our skilled and diverse team ready to work with you or your organization.
Steve Mitchell has been Chairman of Mitchell Research & Communications, Inc. since its founding in 1985. He has worked in more than 40 states for corporate, media, governmental, and association clients. His political clients have included governors, U.S. Senators, members of Congress, state legislators, mayors, judges, school districts, cities, townships, counties, and states. He has been consultant on hundreds of winning campaigns for political candidates and for governmental organizations seeking passage of millage or bonding proposals.
Steve Mitchell has served as on-air analyst and pollster for WJBK-TV in Detroit (1989-96), KSDK-TV in St. Louis (1988), and KCAL-TV (1990) and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles (1994). His company was pollster for the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press and has been a pollster for WDIV-TV in Detroit since 1996. He also appears as a regular guest on Devin Scillian’s weekly Sunday morning Flashpoint program on WDIV-TV. He has served as an analyst for NBC, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, Financial Times of London, Washington Post, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, Newsweek Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other media around the country and the world.
Mr. Mitchell is an accredited public relations professional (APR) by the Public Relations Association of America. Only about 10% of all public relations professionals earn this accreditation.
He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation, he is a former member of the Michigan Chamber Board of Directors; past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Common Ground, a non-profit agency in Oakland County; on the Visiting Committee of the Gerald Ford Institute of Public Policy at Albion College; on the Advisory Committee of the Robert Griffin Endowed Chair at Central Michigan University; and on the Advisory Board of the Baker Financial Group.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Northern Michigan University. He was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from NMU in 2004 and he was appointed to an 8 year term on the 8 member NMU Board of Trustees by Governor Rick Snyder in November 2012.
Suzie Mitchell, President and CFO of Mitchell Research and Communications, has more than 30 years experience in the communications industry. Suzie has an extensive and varied background working with clients both in the consumer and business-to-business sectors.
She’s been a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, press secretary, media strategist, B2B writer, public relations executive, and blogger. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international magazines and newspapers. She writes a regular blog for AARP on technology and Baby Boomers. She is a nationally recognized thought leader and speaker on mobile health and its use by Baby Boomers.
She is the founding author of the Boomer Voices blog for Healthworks Collective. She also authored the chapter on Boomers and Mobile for the book The Everything Guide to Mobile Apps and co- authored the book How to Market Digital Healthcare devices to Boomers, Seniors and Caregivers.
She also is founder and CEO of Clear Writing Solutions, a division of Mitchell Research that is devoted to the helping enterprises train Boomers, Seniors and Caregivers on health devices.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Michigan State University and has completed specialized training in public relations from New York University.
Paul Duguay, JD
General Counsel, Director of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
Paul oversees complex commercial contracts pertaining to real estate, employment issues, not-profit associations, health and property & casualty insurance, and software licensing agreements (statements of work) affecting web-based data storage and commercial transactions. He provides counsel on risk management and analysis of corporate liabilities.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit.
As a general consultant, James Lower is the secondary lead on client consulting and project managing to both Steve and Suzie Mitchell. He supervises all public opinion polling and market research projects from survey development, to management of our 35 phone researchers on staff, overseeing live telephone interviewing and also analyzing the final data. He works for clients developing strategic campaign plans, direct mail message campaigns targeted at different audiences. Furthermore, James is well-versed in combining online, new, and print media to successfully communicate on behalf of organizations, public officials, candidates for public office, and advocacy issues. He keeps up with developing trends in strategic public relations and monitors best-practices used by effective campaigns conducted by others in the industry.
James has spent the last 7 years gaining experience in strategic communications, public relations, business strategy, policy making and political consulting. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Michigan State University as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. In 2010, he managed Brian Calley’s campaign for the State Senate. Between managing campaigns, he has worked as a Legislative Director in both the Michigan House and Michigan Senate. He was most recently employed with the office of State Senator Judy Emmons.
In addition to his work for state level elected officials, James Lower has served as an Ionia County Commissioner. After his election in 2010 he was selected by his constituents to serve as the board’s vice-chair.
We look for individuals pursuing higher education or recent graduates with degrees in the areas of marketing, business, public relations, communications, political science or related fields to assist with the day-to-day needs of our principals and clients. In this client-driven atmosphere we need a detail-oriented staff ready to take on whatever the day holds. Office hours for this position will range between 10:00 am and 9:00 pm Monday through Friday. We offer flexible scheduling around classes, other internships, and jobs. This is a paid, part-time job and we regularly accept resumes and hire on an as-needed basis.
Without our team of phone researchers we would not be able to conduct public opinion polling and market research. At any time we have between 20 and 35 part-time phone researchers assisting us when our clients need data collected. Individuals applying for this job should be great communicators and able to work evening hours. Scheduling occurs on an as-needed basis from project to project and office hours for this position will range between 4:30 pm and 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. This is a paid, part-time job and we accept applications and hire on an as-needed basis. Please come in to our office to fill out an application and find out about our current employment needs.