Meet our experts working behind the scenes.
Kevin M. Foley – Co-Founder & CEO
Kevin has more than 30 years of marketing, operations and technology experience including the development and implementation of analytics driven strategic marketing plans and customer relationship management infrastructures for several Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to forming Splash Analytics he spent 12 years at ACCENT Marketing Services where he served in a number of roles including President and CEO, Chief Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Executive VP of Marketing and Sales.
Kevin started his career by spending 8 years with GE in various engineering, operations, IT, finance, and management roles. He was trained in Six Sigma and ISO 9001 standards.
Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He has served on several boards of directors, is a native of Louisville, KY and resides there with his wife and two children.
Bob Doligale – Co-Founder & President
Bob has over 30 years of firsthand entrepreneurial experience creating and building companies. He is a strong proponent of corporate culture centered around staying client-focused and continually providing incremental value to customer relationships.
Bob began his career with GE in the Manufacturing Management Program. He spent 7 years in various engineering, finance, and operations management positions before leaving to co-found ACCENT Marketing Services in 1994.
Bob also served as the President of the Board for WaterStep, an international water relief organization, and he is currently on the board of Best Buddies Kentucky. Bob received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Bellarmine University. Originally from Chicago, Bob moved to Louisville in 1988 where he lives with his wife and four children.
Ryan Mitcham – Vice President, Analytics and Strategy
Ryan has over 25 years of statistical modeling and analysis experience in many industry verticals. His previous roles at ACCENT Marketing and Communefx gave him responsibility for all predictive modeling, hypothesis testing, and trend analysis for the company’s direct mail, call center and email programs. His expertise lies in the application and strategic use of advanced statistical techniques in consumer marketing. In 2010, his modeling application for the Whirlpool Extended Warranty Division won 1st Place in the NCDM Excellence Award for Analytics and Modeling Applications. Ryan speaks regularly on the DMA circuit and has had many articles featured in marketing publications like CRM Magazine and 1to1 Loyalty.
Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Economics with a minor in Statistics from the University of Louisville, a Master’s degree in applied Statistics from Penn State University, and a PhD (ABD) in Applied Statistics at Penn State University. He lives in Louisville with his wife and two children.
Brandon Metzger – Vice President, Marketing Analytics
Brandon has over 15 years of experience in the database analytics space, focusing primarily on predictive analytics within the home appliance retail and manufacturing industry for clients such as General Electric, Maytag, Whirlpool Corporation, Sears, Lowe’s, and The Home Depot. His expertise includes predictive modeling, forecasting, and multivariate test design and analysis. He is well versed in multiple statistical programming software packages, including SAS, SPSS, and R, among others. While with ACCENT Marketing, he was the 2010 Employee of the Year in their Performance Marketing division for results achieved due to his predictive modeling work. He is also a member of the American Statistical Association.
Brandon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bellarmine University, in Louisville, KY, with a B.A. in Economics along with minors in Business Administration and Health Care. He also holds a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from Penn State University.
Emily Spurlock – Sr. Data Scientist
Emily has 9 years experience in data analysis and research for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The last 7 years were spent working for the Legislative Research Commission, first as an Economist then as the Director of Research for the Office of Education Accountability. She has extensive experience in SAS.
Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. in Economics and a Business minor. She also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lawrenceburg, KY with her husband and two children.
Robert Kahne – Data Scientist
Robert has worked with data and statistics since starting his career in 2011. His previous roles in the health care industry prepared him to work with special classes of data that require specific security and special care. Robert has worked with several different regression and classification modeling techniques, and is particularly skilled at data engineering and visualization.
Robert holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Martin School at the University of Kentucky as well as Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Kentucky. Robert is a core member of the Civic Data Alliance, serves on the board of Highland Community Ministries, and helped to found the Louisville R Stats Meetup.
Dylan Hart – Data Scientist
Dylan has over 5 years of analytics experience working both with non-profit and Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to joining Splash, he interned with the Cato Institute, a Washington, DC think tank. With Splash, he has worked with a variety of clients from different industries including – manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and marketing services. He is accustomed to supporting analytics projects across the entire life cycle and is particularly interested in time series data. Most of his time is spent within R, but he is also skilled in SQL, Python, and Tableau.
Dylan holds a Master of Science in Analytics from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and Economics from Bellarmine University.
Tracie Matheis – Database Marketing Strategist
Tracie brings years of database marketing experience to Splash Analytics. She joined our team after spending 8 years in healthcare at Humana, and most recently worked as the director of CRM at CafePress. Her expertise includes campaign strategy, predictive modeling, customer segmentation, paid search and online display advertising.
Tracie holds a B.A. degree in Marketing from Eastern Kentucky University. She lives in Louisville with her husband and two children.
Daniel Waters – Data Scientist
Daniel spends his days programming in R, digging in data and discovering solutions to support client decision-making. He develops custom data-centric apps for Splash’s clients that integrate proprietary data with machine learning and risk analysis. Prior to joining Splash, Daniel spent 4 years as a commodity analyst at Schneider Electric. There he developed and maintained forecasts for energy commodity prices, including electricity, coal, and carbon.
Daniel holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Economics from Centre College. He lives in Louisville with his wife Sarah and their daughter Ruthie.
Dan Copenhaver – Data Scientist
Dan has worked in the data analytics field since starting his career in 2013. His previous roles in full-stack software development, business intelligence, data science, and data engineering give him a well-rounded perspective on all aspects of data analysis. Dan has leveraged his vast coding, modeling, and data visualization skills in the healthcare, manufacturing and financial services industries and is passionate about using data for decision making and process improvement.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Western Michigan University. He lives in the Louisville area and loves playing tennis, bowling and board games.
Connor Bell – Data Scientist
Connor has analytics experience in manufacturing and logistics with both large and small companies. Before joining Splash, he was a Supply Chain Co-op at GE Appliances, building metrics for warehouse 5S performance and supplier quality. After that he spent 3 years as an Industrial Engineer at Material Handling Systems, with a focus on staffing and scheduling optimization. Connor has experience in R, SQL, PowerBI, and Excel.
Connor holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He currently lives in Louisville and enjoys working out and playing ice hockey.
Connor Hutchinson – Data Scientist
Connor has experience using data analytics to support the marketing and supply chain organizations of several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Splash, he worked at Worldpay, where he developed predictive machine learning models in Python used for lead prioritization and optimizing speed to revenue. He also established innovative reporting in PowerBI and Tableau to deliver analysis on the performance of marketing initiatives. He specializes in translating raw data into actionable insights and identifying opportunities for growth.
Connor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado with a Certificate in Data Analytics from the University of Denver. He lives in Denver, Colorado and loves playing soccer and enjoying the outdoors with his fiancé and their two dogs.
Rob Jenson – Data Scientist
Rob has over six years’ experience leveraging diverse data to drive analytical decisions across multiple industries and Fortune 500 companies. He previously developed predictive models, custom analyses, and interactive dashboards with Infogroup (now Data Axle) and Colorado Early Colleges. Rob most enjoys visualizing disparate data in Tableau to provide easy-access analytics for others. He works in SQL, SAS, Python, and Tableau.
Rob earned his Master of Science from the University of Wyoming in Applied Economics and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Rob lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and Australian Shepherd, where he competes on a competitive running team and frequents mountain tops.