Saturday, February 25, 2006

He who controls the Watering Hole (Political) in South TexasPosted on February 25, 2006 at 04:44:59 AM by Jaime KenedeñoJeff Montgomery Montgomery & Associates Jeff Montgomery is president of Montgomery and Associates, a strategic counseling, public opinion, and market research firm based in Austin, Texas. Montgomery and Associates’ clients have included the University of Texas System; Anheuser Busch; Dell Computer; Southwest Airlines; the St. David’s Foundation; Wal-Mart; H.E.B.; Driscoll Children’s Hospital; the law firm of Watts & Heard; the Bill Edwards Law Firm; the LBJS Broadcast Company; the Texas Hospitality Coalition on Indoor Air Quality; Classic Cable; Austin Cablevision/Time Warner; the law firm of Calame, Linebarger, Graham & Peña; Leif Johnson Ford; TManage; Mesa Oil and Gas; Ladbroke, U.S.A.; the City of Round Rock; the Kempner Foundation; the law firm of Constant and Vela; Zunné Car Racing Promotions, an investment group hoping to build a NASCAR racetrack in the southwest United States; Dos Republicas, a NAFTA-related investment firm; MGT of America; Southern Union Gas; Del Webb; Austin - San Antonio Corridor Council; Samsung Austin; the law firm of Mithoff & Jacks; KVUE-TV, the Austin ABC affiliate; St. Edward’s University;; the Texas Association of Realtors; and State Farm Insurance. Almost ten years ago, Montgomery and Associates initiated the CENTRAL TEXAS DIRECTIONS project, a survey that twice yearly tests business, social, and cultural trends in the five-county metropolitan area. A few years later, the company began TEXAS DIRECTIONS, a similar yearly statewide survey. Montgomery received his undergraduate and master's degrees in rhetoric from Occidental College and speaks frequently about strategy and public opinion research. He has been featured at a number of workshops, including those sponsored by the John Ben Shepard Public Leadership Foundation, as well as other business groups and associations. Montgomery and Associates employs twelve full time and 40 part-time staffers in its consulting offices and call center.