Our Team

Jay Merrill: President

Mr. Jay R. Merrill is Chairman of Market Research & Development, Inc. (MR&D). As MR&D Chairman, Mr. Merrill has played a key role in the development of the business and consumer research industry on Guam. He established the first full-service business and market research agency on Guam in 1984 and established the visitor consumer research protocols currently adopted by the Guam Visitors Bureau in collecting visitor industry research. In addition to his position as Chairman, he currently provides strategic market planning services to industry and government services. He has provided strategic planning services to the Guam Community College, the Guam Memorial Hospital, the Guam Chamber of Commerce and the Guam Contractors Association as well as numerous private companies on Guam. Mr. Merrill is also the Executive Director of the Center for Micronesian Empowerment.

Jayde Yasemin Bello: Research Manager

Jayde is a graduate of the Psychology Program at the University of Guam and has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. Through her role, she organizes and manages the crucial market research functions for MR&D’s growing client base.

Missy Ngiraklang: Project Manager

Missy graduated from Guam Community College with an Associates degree in Hotel Operations and Management.  Missy is well-trained in designing, coordinating and executing the logistics of diverse projects. She has direct experience managing large-scale events and conferences. She also has proficient experience in business development and strategic planning.

Valerie Atalig: Operations Manager

Valerie is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Andersen School of Management. She specializes in business development, strategic planning, operations management and budget analysis. As a member of the business development unit for Market Research and Development, Valerie is the senior technical writer producing grants, proposals, bids, and technical and marketing copy for various platforms and public relations efforts. She brings substantial experience to the team having worked for the state of California, Government of CNMI, and private industry in Guam.

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