In honor of
Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the outstanding people and
organizations making a positive contribution to our community.
Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For June, Kevin Raines selected the Center for Visual Arts. We chatted with Kevin to learn more about this organization and his relationship with them.
The Center for Visual Arts is a
unique entity, operating as the off-campus art gallery for Metro State
University. In addition “to serv(ing) as an interactive art laboratory for MSU
Denver students and the larger community,” the CVA hosts internationally
renowned exhibitions such as Suchitra Mattai’s Sugarbound; the
photography-based Gravity of Perception; and Pink Progression, a
series of exhibitions “commemorating and celebrating the solidarity established
during the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018.”
The exhibition currently featured at
the CVA captures the relationship between the CVA, MSU, and the local arts
community nestled alongside the building off of 10th and Santa Fe.
From now till July 24th, the CVA is featuring The 10th Biennial
MSU Denver Art Department Exhibition, which “offers a peek into the studio
art and design practices of MSU Denver’s art faculty and staff and celebrates
our vibrant visual art community.”
Kevin chose to donate to the Center
for Visual Art primarily because of his affinity for visual art and the
meaningful role that the CVA plays in showcasing student art and training
teachers while also connecting the local community to the art happening inside
the building. Kevin also serves in a leadership role with the CVA as a member
of the Leadership Advisory Council.
Throughout 2019, to help celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are profiling our staff and select clients. Corona is also donating $500 on behalf of each staff person to a charitable organization of their choice. Click here to view all of our interviews.
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Every story has a beginning, and for Corona Insights, the
story begins with Kevin Raines. After working in economic research and
government consulting, Kevin decided to strike out on his own and founded a
market research company called Corona Research in 1999. Leveraging connections
and experience gained from previous work experience, Kevin quickly set out to
carve a niche for Corona Research to thrive in the Denver market. And thrive it
Since its start as a one-man show, Corona Research has
evolved and grown. In 2009 the name was changed to Corona Insights to better
align with the full scope of services offered at Corona. In addition to market
research, Corona established itself as industry leading experts in evaluation
and strategic consulting. This expansion of services has enabled Corona to
serve as a launching pad for many peoples’ careers over the past twenty
years—something Kevin hopes will continue long after he retires.
engine of a great university is its faculty. They pursue new knowledge, create
unique approaches to address long-standing problems, and innovate the learning
experience. Along the way, they imagine new possibilities, incubate ideas,
experiment with alternative models, and discard what doesn’t work. Design
thinking is in their DNA.
… the 20th century model of delivering a liberal and creative arts education is inadequate to the task of developing graduates who can think broadly and critically in and out of their chosen fields, skills essential to career and life success as called out in DU IMPACT 2025.
Given her connection to the community and her passion for
understanding the complex realities of sociocultural phenomenon, it comes as no
surprise that Molly chose Metro
Caring as her recipient for Corona’s $500 donation.
puts humanity front and center of everything she does. Whatever the task, she brings
a deep understanding of relevant sociocultural forces to inform decisions.
Molly’s proclivity for the nuances in people make her excel at everything from
moderating focus groups to providing great PBS documentary recommendations. At
Corona, she applies expertise in qualitative methods to solve the most
difficult problems in research, evaluation, and strategy.
In looking back over Corona’s two decades of work, there
may no better example of a client that has utilized the full breadth of
Corona’s services than Donor Alliance,
the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization serving
Colorado and most of Wyoming.
Corona has worked with Donor Alliance, and with Donor
Awareness Council, before the two merged, for over a decade. In fact, they were
one of my very first clients – perhaps the first – at Corona, 13 years ago. In our weekly staff meeting Kevin had noted
the potential project and upcoming meeting with them. As my brother had received
a double-lung transplant more than a decade earlier, I had a strong connection
to their goal of inspiring the public to register as organ and tissue donors
and asked to join the project. Thirteen years on and countless projects later (ok,
I counted: 8 projects with Donor Alliance and 8 projects previously with Donor
Awareness Council), we’re proud of the work we’ve done and we’re thrilled to
see all that they have accomplished.
ever seen the giant wall of travel
magnets at Corona Insights, you’ll know that we like to travel. And because we like to travel, we spend a lot
of time in airports, particularly at Denver International Airport (DEN).
We like to
spend time at DEN. It’s a fun place to
hang out, get some food, explore alien portals, and people watch. A big factor in our enjoyment is the work of
this month’s client interviewee, Stacey Stegman. Stacey is the Sr. Vice President of
Communication, Marketing, and Customer Service of DEN, which is both a
formidable job and a formidable business card.
As one of her many duties at DEN, she oversees the customer experience
at the airport.
In honor of Corona’s 20th anniversary, we are celebrating the
outstanding people and organizations making a positive contribution to our
Each month, Corona is making a $500 donation in honor of a member of our team. For April, Matt Herndon selected The Denver Dumb Friends League. We chatted with Matt to learn more about this organization and his relationship with them.
Matt and his wife Kelly are pet people. They like dogs and they have two cats: Pywacket and Cid. It’s fitting that Matt chose the Dumb Friends League as his recipient of Corona’s $500 donation.
solves problems. When problems are complicated and clients need help findings
effective and efficient solutions, they call Matt who serves up the perfect answer
without overcomplicating. He meets his clients exactly where they are and then
guides them to useful results. This is why Matt has so many long-standing
clients, including the Children’s
Museum of Denver, CollegeInvest, Pinnacol Assurance, and Summit County Public Health.
celebrating his 10th year working at Corona and his 12th year in the
market research industry. He was first attracted to Corona because it was good
way to blend his math skills, market research education, and business sprit.
Additionally, Corona’s founder and long-time CEO, Kevin
Raines, was a hard-core Kansas City Chiefs fan, so that was a good sign.
While there is a unique excitement and joy that comes with every project that we do, working with certain clients over many years can be especially rewarding. Not only do we get to really know an organization during a lengthy working relationship, but we also get to see how they use the project work that we do for them. As we complete our 20th year of business, we are highlighting some of our clients, including many who have worked with us over a number of years. I have worked with the Colorado Nonprofit Association on a variety of projects over the past five years, so I was excited to hear more about the relationship between the Association and Corona. Renny Fagan, President and CEO of the Association, graciously agreed to speak with me about our work together.