Biographies

 

 


 

Dennis Denno is a small business owner and has extensive knowledge of politics and the Michigan legislature.  Mr. Denno founded Denno Research in 2004.  He knows what corporations, candidates, and issue-advocates need in a pollster.  Most importantly, Mr. Denno knows the power that well-timed, quality polls have on a political or marketing campaign.  For over 20 years, he has helped organizations, candidates, and elected officials shape issues and communicate with constituents.

Currently, he is state Senator Virgil Smith’s Chief of Staff.  In 2010, Mr. Denno was nominated by the Michigan Democratic Party as a candidate for the Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees.  Since 1992, he has worked for various Democratic candidates and campaigns.  He frequently is invited to discuss politics and polling on various TV shows and on the news, on the radio, and in university classrooms.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.  In addition to his involvement in campaigns and polling, he is a lifetime member of the MSU Alumni Association and a Board Member for ACCESS, one of the largest non-profit community service organizations in metro-Detroit.  He enjoys traveling in the United States and overseas and following MSU sports.

Mike Latvis has been involved with the legislative process, polling and campaigns for more than twelve years. Currently, he serves as the Government Relations Manager for the University of Michigan-Dearborn – providing leadership, strategic direction, and implementation of the university’s higher education policy and advocacy efforts.
Mr. Latvis has experience in both political and corporate research at the federal, statewide and local levels and is dedicated to providing reliable and strategic results with a quick turnaround. Below is a partial list of polling, political and legislative positions Mr. Latvis has held:
·       ArtServe Michigan 2007-2013; Director of Public Policy
·       Benenson Strategy Group 2006-2007; Analyst
·       Michigan State Senator Buzz Thomas 2002-2006; Senior Legislative Assistant
·       Michigan Kerry-Edwards Campaign 2004; Field Coordinator
·       Buzz Thomas for Senate Campaign 2002; Field Coordinator
He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and, in addition to positions mentioned above, has worked on a number of state and local legislative campaigns.