About KOVUS

OUR VALUES

No matter the type of product you're looking to build, we can help you research and design it. Our passion is helping people succeed and we show it in the work that we do.

Our values drive the work that we do everyday. Check out our values that create our stellar culture and influence our performance.

Research Driven Innovation

Testing assumptions, listening to concerns, and remaining open-minded allow us to come up with the best solutions for our clients. If we can test it, we will.

Hard Work

We're no stranger to sweat on our brow. We put in the time and relentless effort needed to make sure that you get what you want and come back to us with another great idea.

Energy

We love what we do and talk about it passionately. We can lighten the mood and we enjoy a good pun. We've got jokes.

Mutual Respect

Transparency and integrity drive our client interactions. We're not afraid to have the "tough conversations" with our clients and expect them to do the same for us.

Business-Minded

We consider ourselves a part of the New Breed of Business. We're up-to-date on trends and integrate them to deliver meaningful results to our clients.

MEET THE TEAM

AMANDA KOHLER, BS, MBA

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AMANDA KOHLER, BS, MBA

PARTNER

Amanda’s focus on user experience and research stem from her 7 years working for a Fortune 200 railroad and launching two businesses of her own before starting KOVUS. Her first business was featured in Fast Company for its design and usability.

In her time in the transportation industry, she successfully completed user interface design for several million-dollar software projects. Despite a unionized workforce with low technology skills, 97% of users voluntarily switched to a new web-based inventory system due to the usability of the product.

On another project, Amanda collaborated with key vendors to develop a warranty portal that eliminated 15,000 company phone calls a year and improved warranty processing time from 20 days to 3 days. Amanda’s tenacious and data-driven approach helps organizations test and implement solutions that exceed project goals.

KEVIN KOHLER, BS, MBA

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KEVIN KOHLER, BS, MBA

PARTNER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

With over 10 years' experience working at a Fortune 200 company, Kevin served in a variety of roles for the Supply, Finance and Real Estate departments. In a company-wide initiative to improve the operating ratio, Kevin was selected to research vehicle fleet data (over 5,000 vehicles) and find process improvement opportunities. As part of the research, he conducted over 50 user interviews to gain valuable insights on the use and maintenance of all types of vehicles. The recommendation of the team was a complete overhaul to the fleet management process, resulting in a $25 million year-over-year savings.

In addition, Kevin designed and implemented a new real estate project management system for tracking the company's real estate portfolio and yearly revenue in excess of $100 million. Kevin's education and vast experience working with hundreds of businesses give him a unique results-oriented approach.

JAKE THACKER, BA

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JAKE THACKER, BA

PROJECT MANAGER // USER RESEARCHER

Jake has over 5 years' work experience in business strategy and communication management.

A key aspect of user experience is saying the right things to the right people. Jake developed his communication expertise by studying public relations and communications and working in various roles centered around marketing, advertising, and public relations.

Through his communication background, Jake is able to understand users' needs and effectively articulate a defined set of objectives, strategies, and plans for optimal productivity and success.

KELSEY MONOCHIE

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KELSEY MONOCHIE

RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Kelsey is the newest member of the KOVUS team and has 6 years' experience in operations and client coordination.

She is passionate about user research and works tirelessly to ensure all the tactical aspects of conducting user research are a success. Recruiting a narrowly defined group of research participants, scheduling research interviews, transcribing, and compensating participants are all key aspects of making a research project run smoothly.

Kelsey also serves as a client coordinator and support for all project managers, which allows KOVUS to produce the highest quality work for our clients at amazing speed.

DYLAN KUZELKA

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DYLAN KUZELKA

UX RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Dylan’s understanding of user experience stems from his background in graphic design and front-end web development. His ability to bridge the gap between design and user experience drives research in a productive direction. His focus on the research process helps discover accessible and meaningful customer insights into potential data-driven marketing strategies.

Just as important as understanding the user’s experience, is articulating the thinking of research participants back to our clients. Dylan works closely with each team member at KOVUS to clearly and purposefully outline the best solutions for our clients. Dylan is also able to take the sometimes unclear design feedback of research participants and create usable and engaging online experiences.

SOMMER KING

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SOMMER KING

RESEARCH INTERN

Sommer joins KOVUS with a background in business management and marketing and is currently a full-time student obtaining her Master’s of Business Administration from Creighton University.

Sommer works closely with each team member at KOVUS to assist in providing outstanding customer service and valuable results for our clients. Through her work, Sommer is able to use her experience in marketing, customer relations, and community outreach to develop a better understanding of client and end user needs.

Her favorite part of her work at KOVUS is being able to positively impact the lives of others by conducting thoughtful research.

JOSH NELSON

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JOSH NELSON

RESEARCH INTERN

Currently studying mathematics at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Josh’s data-driven thought processes bring strategic insight to projects.

Recently, Josh has taken an interest in roles surrounding search engine optimization and integration for new businesses and product launches.

Josh has played an integral part in data analysis and market research projects surrounding industries and businesses such as education technology, home health care, photography and software development.


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