A Note of Thanksgiving from the Cygnal Team

Alright, Christmas lovers. Let’s not rush too fast to your (awesome) season. Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Giving gifts makes us feel good, but let’s remember that giving thanks makes us good. It is impossible to have negative feelings or emotions when you’re showing gratitude.

We all have plenty to be thankful for, as we did last year. The Cygnal team would like to share with you some of what we’re grateful for in hopes that you’ll take the opportunity to express your gratitude to others this Thanksgiving season.

Austin Ohliger, Political Intern
I am thankful for an amazing family, great friends, and a loving God. This year has been wonderful to me and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work and learn at such an innovative and interesting company as Cygnal and hope for a bright future in the next year.

Maurice Borromeo, Data Analyst
I am thankful for the love and support of my family. I also want to thank my friends for the awesome friendship; I enjoy our conversations and our travels together. Moreover, I am thankful for all the blessings that God has given to me, my family and friends.

I am also grateful to Cygnal for giving me the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience on political surveys and polls.

Mostafa Albortokaly, Data Support Specialist
I’m thankful for being surrounded by a loving family and supportive friends.

I’m also thankful to have the chance to utilize my skills by having the opportunity to work in this field and to do so with a multicultural, diverse group.

Tiffany Eubanks, Coordinator, Projects
I am thankful for my wicked cool fiancé, my precious kitty, my support system and my Cygnal family – and I’m particularly thankful for the part that each of them have played in supporting and encouraging me during the exhilarating whirlwind that was uprooting my life in Atlanta and moving away from everything I’ve ever known.

I am so thankful to be surrounded by colleagues who display such selfless leadership, always make time to pass along encouragement, inspire me to be the best human I can be, and make me belly-laugh daily.

Kay Aguilar, Executive Coordinator
I’m thankful for the historic, record-breaking turnout of the 2018 mid-term elections & for the more than 100 women elected to Congress & State government who will rightfully serve their electors and become role models for all.

I’m thankful to be surrounded by crazy-talented, hard-working, smart, funny & kind Cygnalers who I consider family, and to work for a company that gives me a daily purpose and makes me feel appreciated every single day.

I’m thankful for a loving family, my mom’s cooking, my grandma’s hugs, and for the hard days that showed me God’s mercy as not every day is hard.

Rac Araña, Coordinator, Reporting and Analytics
I am thankful for the gift of family. I may not have a complete one, but those who surround me make me feel loved every single day. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Graduating with my masters and joining Cygnal were the highlights of my 2018. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and work with a good team. Even though we had a busy election cycle, you will never feel tired knowing you have a team that will always have your back and encourages you to always be at your best.

Cole Wagner, Director, Client Strategy
I am thankful for opportunity. With so many changes going on in my life personally and professionally I am grateful for the enormous opportunity to be a good husband and father, as well as a contributing member of Cygnal’s continually growing team working to disrupt research globally.

I am thankful for family. As a new parent, as a co-worker, as a brother, as a son, and as a friend I am continually reminded of the many different forms that family can take. I am thankful for each and every opportunity and relationship in my life that has helped me become a better man in 2018.

Josh Pendergrass, Director, Client Strategy / General Counsel
Though this year has presented my family with some challenges, the Bible reminds us that we are to be thankful despite our present circumstances. I am thankful for my loving wife and the little boy that we have the honor and blessing to call our son.

I am also thankful to work for a company that is willing to invest in its people; Cygnal’s leadership proves daily that employees aren’t just avenues through which a company makes money, but that as human beings we all have value and bring tremendous worth to any endeavor.

Chris Kratzer, VP, Market Research
I’m thankful for my unbelievably gracious wife who has been incredibly understanding and supportive during our busiest election season in company history. I’m also thankful for the three children we have together; they are a wonderful reminder of God’s grace to our family.

To be a part of this team and serve our clients together is an incredible opportunity that isn’t lost on me. I’m so grateful to work alongside my hardworking, selfless, and talented coworkers and to call them my friends.

Matt Hubbard, VP, Research & Analytics
I’m thankful for the opportunities and challenges each new day presents. 2018 has been a year of stretching, growing, and achieving more than I thought was possible.I’m proud to be a member of a team that, through word and action, continually lifts each other up and faces every obstacle with resolve.

Finally, I’m grateful the 2018 midterm cycle is over…


…but it’s nice to sleep again.

Brett Cowden, VP. Client Strategy
Well, I’m certainly thankful to have survived the 2018 election cycle! In our first cycle working exclusively on research, we conducted more polls this year than in our previous company history combined! Thanks as well to all the clients who trusted us with their research needs!

I’m also thankful for the people I work with. We have such an amazing, diverse group of people spread over multiple countries, working our butts off together to produce an insane amount of work at an insane level of quality. From developing our own SMS platform to creating the most insightful, easiest to understand crosstabs in the industry, I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this team.

Finally, I am thankful for my family. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing, beautiful wife, and we’ve been blessed together with the three most amazing, beautiful daughters.

Brent Buchanan, President & Founder
I am thankful for salvation by grace alone through Jesus Christ. I am thankful for my amazing wife, Becky, who does more than she can ever be recognized for. I’m thankful for our beautiful, precious, loving five children.

I am thankful for an incredible Cygnal team that stepped up and did 3x more projects in 2018 than we did in 2016 and 5x the previous year. I am thankful for historic midterm turnout as people step up and take more responsibility exercising their civic duty. Lastly, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with so many amazing candidates, committees, consultants, caucuses, and corporations.