Our Leadership Team

Chief Operations Officer

Colby McCarron

Senior Accountant

Robert Barquero

Director of Recruitment

Ariel Estrada

Project Manager

Tatiana Dos Santos

Recruitment Manager

Tiffany Cuenca

Recruiter

Amy Bacon

Chief Operations Officer

Colby McCarron

Colby is the Chief Operations Officer of IFS Research Group. She oversees company operations and productivity, building strong and successful teams that ensure staff members thrive and that company goals are met.

She is a leader with a diverse professional background including political recruiting, campaign finance, and private finance consulting. Through her previous professional experience, she has developed an excellent eye for talent, team building, and effective company processes.

Prior to her role as COO, Colby was Director of Human Resources and Recruitment at IFS Research Group. In this role, she ensured compliance with employment laws and regulations and placed thousands of employees in key and impactful positions across the nation.

As a seasoned political finance director, Colby successfully led the financial operations of numerous high-profile campaigns across the nation, raising millions of dollars for her clients. She has been instrumental in expanding donor bases, increasing memberships, and donor participation in several organizations. Her clients include PACS and non-profits, city council, congressional, senate, secretary of state, and gubernatorial races.

Colby is also a private finance consultant and board member for a hedge fund in Silicon Valley, California. She works closely with venture capitalists and investors who specialize in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

Colby holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Diego State University. She currently resides in San Diego, CA.

Senior Accountant

Robert Barquero

Robert Barquero is the Senior Accountant for IFS Research Group and is responsible for reconciling accounts balances and bank statements, and preparing month-end close procedures. As an accounting professional with more than a decade of experience working with individuals, small and large organizations he has successfully combined excellent analytical skills with a thorough knowledge of accounting principles to analyze financial reports.

Prior to joining IFS, Robert was serving a leadership role in the accounting department of a small SBA bank lender. In this role he participated in the ongoing development/establishment of policies and procedures and strategies including the review and implementation of process and system changes. Previously, he spent time managing the accounts payable department for a food distribution company maintaining accurate records, researching information, and supervising a team of AP clerks nationally.

Robert received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from San Diego State University and a Master of Accountancy degree in forensic accounting from New England College.

An outsider looking in will tell you he has a passion to serve other people and to increase his professional credentials.

Director of Recruitment

Ariel Estrada

As a recruiter Ariel has experience in staffing nationwide campaigns which include city council, state, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining IFS, Ariel was serving a leadership role at a non-profit organization based out of the South Bay in San Diego, California.

Project Manager

Tatiana Dos Santos

Tatiana has served as a Project Manager with IFS Research Group since 2018. Tatiana has a passion for leadership and focuses her efforts in mentoring and managing her grass roots teams, effectively communicating with clients, and ensuring data and personal integrity of those under her charge.

Prior to her time at IFS Research Group, Tatiana served as a project manager and account manager focusing on sponsorship and political fundraising activities for clients, such as Governor Gary Herbert, Attorney General Sean Reyes, Mia Love, Tooele County, and Visit Salt Lake. She also assisted in marketing projects for her clients; Screaming Eagles Football, Utah Warriors Rugby, Intermountain Volleyball Association, Golden Gloves of America Boxing, UCAP, Vanderhall Motorworks, and UCAIR.

Tatiana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the BYU Idaho. Recently, she has become certified in Social Media Marketing (HootSuite Academy) and Google AdWords in attempts to stay current and continue learning in the marketing field.

She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Recruitment Manager

Tiffany Cuenca

Tiffany serves as a recruiter at IFS Research Group and oversees the sourcing, interviewing and hiring processes of candidates. She works in collaboration with team members to support strategic initiatives of organizations IFS supports.

Prior to joining IFS Research Group Tiffany spent 8 years in sales and management. She hired, trained and lead multiple teams to reach their objectives successfully. She is trained in using applicant tracking software and Human Resource databases to screen and interview job candidates. She has a natural empathy towards people and their development and building meaningful rapport.

Tiffany holds a B.S. in Apparel Merchandising and Management with a minor in Marketing Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

She currently resides in San Diego, CA

Recruiter

Amy Bacon

Past work

9 years of experience in sales and management.

Experienced with numerous Applicant Tracking Systems in-depth prescreening for hires.

Established solid partnerships with staffing firms for exclusive hiring needs.

Amy serves as a recruiter at IFS Research Group

Amy serves as a recruiter at IFS Research Group where she develops, facilitates, and implements all phases of the recruitment process.

Prior to joining IFS, Amy began her professional career managing a major global retail brand. She provided proactive outreach to customers, trained new hires, and set clear expectations for her team to be successful. In this role Amy was able to acquire an impressive skill set that contributes to her role at IFS.

Amy’s ability to learn from others and work in a team-based environment demonstrates leadership and expertise. She currently resides in Reno, Nevada.

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