Who We Are

Partners Influence the Work — In most research and consulting firms, partners and senior executives design and sell a consulting engagement, only to turn over the project to less-experienced staff. Q1’s senior staff spearheads an engagement from start to finish, ensuring that clients receive the results that only an experienced professional can provide.

Outstanding Results — Q1 is staffed with thought leaders and experienced professionals from some of the most prestigious firms. With this comes impeccable results and business insights without the “prestigious” prices.

Answers to the “So What?” — Q1 will provide end-to-end engagements from scoping a project to identifying the hypotheses to test. The copious raw data is then synthesized by senior leaders into compact and actionable strategic options.

Client Intimacy — Q1 takes the time to understand a client’s business before, during and after the engagement. This ensures that implications and recommendations are relevant, measurable and on target with a client’s business.

Authentic Strategic Thinking — Sometimes referred to as creative thinking, Q1 knows that not all phenomena and events in the “real world” fit into a linear model. True strategic thinking is not linear – it involves the human brain.

Tim Powell is a Managing Principal of Q1 Consulting. His responsibilities include recommending and developing business strategies, market sizing, designing qualitative and quantitative research methods, strategic planning and project management. Tim serves as a trusted foodservice adviser to management at several food companies.

Prior to Q1 Consulting, he spent several years with foodservice research and consulting firm Technomic as a Principal. Tim previously worked in similar consulting and marketing roles with KPMG LLP and IBM.

He is a regular contributor to Restaurant News, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Columbus Dispatch, Advertising Age, Reuters as well as other local publications. He has appeared on Fox Business News, NPR and other local television and radio programs.  Tim regularly presents at a variety of client and industry events and conferences.

Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree at the University of Illinois. He has completed graduate level social science and economics courses at the University of Chicago.


Julie Heseman is a Principal with Q1 Consulting. Julie has several years of experience in the foodservice industry managing projects, developing new business, handling P&Ls, market sizing, supply chain research and overseeing the growth of client portfolios. Her experience spans foodservice manufacturers, broadline distributors and chain restaurant operators.

Prior to joining Q1 Consulting, Julie served as a product manager for Home Chef, a pioneering meal kit company. Julie was also a Director of Insights with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), where she conducted research efforts for more than 160 foodservice manufacturers. Prior to IFMA, Julie managed and conducted research and consulting projects with Technomic, Inc. as a Senior Consultant.

Julie earned a Masters in Business Administration degree in Revenue Management from DePaul University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from Tulane University.


Abby Dean is a Marketing Director with Q1 Consulting.  Abby has more than 20 years’ experience serving clients in the food and beverage industry in a marketing capacity. Abby develops branding collateral and communication strategies, specializing in storytelling around research and data.

Abby’s clients span the supply chain—from producers, manufacturers and distributors, to restaurant operators and retailers.

Abby earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and has completed continuing education certification in  Multimedia Design.


Jenny Anderson is a Senior Associate with Q1 Consulting. Jenny specializes in industry segment and product category research, concept and menu trend analysis, and consumer research on perceptions and shopping/purchase behavior. Much of her work takes a 360-degree approach to analysis, examining restaurant and non-commercial operators, retailers and product solutions.

She is the founder of multiple industry intelligence programs, and her analyst commentary has been featured in general news media as well as a number of trade publications, including Progressive Grocer, Supermarket News, Nation’s Restaurant News, The National Provisioner, Perishables Buyer and IDDBA’s What’s In Store report.

Prior to Q1 Consulting, she focused on helping clients understand industry and consumer trends and the strategic implications to their business.  She also spent several years with food industry research firm Technomic and also held positions with the National Restaurant Association, EnsembleIQ (formerly Stagnito Media) and the American Dietetic Association.

Jenny earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota.