Troy Powell, Ph. D. Vice President, Advisory Services Troy Powell focuses on business analytics with primary responsibility for advanced analytics and data mining projects. He also serves as a key thought leader with responsibilities of developing new, innovative solutions and advancing knowledge on customer research, analytical techniques, and research methodology. Powell has held his current position at Walker since 2007 and has been with Walker since 2005. Prior to coming to Walker, he had eight years of experience conducting and managing research projects. He began his career working as a field interviewer and eventually a project supervisor at Westat, Inc. He then spent three years working as an analyst on various national and international research projects and two years as an analyst for the Department of Institutional Research during his doctoral program at the Duke University Graduate School. Powell holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University, where he also attained his master’s degree. He completed his bachelor’s degree in sociology and environmental science at Taylor University in Upland, IN.