Primary Insight was founded in 2005. We are led by expert-network veterans who know how to respect clients’ time and budgets, and deliver high quality contacts to provide the most relevant information.
Our model is a value-add approach, in which we seek to uniquely identify those experts who will set apart our clients’ research in this ever-changing financial environment. In addition, we recognize the need to maintain strict compliance standards, and have implemented the necessary practices in order to ensure a smooth research process.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Leighton serves as CEO of Primary Insight where he has guided our company’s growth since a successful management buyout from JPMorgan. As a twelve year veteran in the space, he remains committed to providing a true bespoke service that helps clients make better investment decisions.
As a first hire at Vista Research in 2002, Leighton was charged with pioneering a custom, primary source recruiting model. After helping lead Vista Research to acquisition by S&P, Leighton joined Bear Stearns in 2006 to build Primary Insight sales internationally. Since then he has grown the company from just a few employees to a leading global provider.
Prior to the expert network industry, Leighton held sales and trading positions with Solomon Smith Barney, Epoch Partners and Schwab Capital Markets. His background in capital markets lends itself well to building teams that firmly understand the correlation of project work to potential investment impact.
Leighton received a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a Board Advisor to several entities including Montgomery Bell Academy, an all-boys college preparatory school in Nashville, TN, where he remains active with alumni and development programs.
Lindsey W. Cooper Jr.
Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
Lindsey serves as CCO of Primary Insight where he oversees our legal and compliance functions. As an integral part of the daily compliance needs internally and with our clients, Lindsey ensures PI maintains first-in-class compliance standards.
As a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, Lindsey represented the IRS in federal courts in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2004, Lindsey received an Outstanding Attorney Award from the Department of Justice and litigated highly publicized tax shelter cases, including Black & Decker Corp. v. U.S. and Schering Plough Corp. v. U.S.
Lindsey earned his J.D. from American University – Washington College of Law, graduating Cum Laude in 2000 and was an extern with the S.E.C., Enforcement Division.
Chief Technology Officer
Danny is CTO of Primary Insight and responsible for the development of all interactive portals that help make the PI research and account management teams the most efficient on the street. Danny is a veteran of the expert network industry, having served as CTO at Vista Research for seven years prior to joining Primary Insight in 2009.
While at Vista, Danny pioneered and built the first client portal technology to allow a seamless experience in delivering and managing both project work and expert calls with global institutional clients. Targeted as the primary hire of Primary Insight, LLC, following the management buyout from JPMorgan, Danny continues to refine our proprietary, client compliance portal technology with the goal of enhancing the experience of both our clients and experts.
Director, Head of Research Operations
Xuan is Associate Director, Head of Research Operations at Primary Insight. She leads Primary Insight’s research teams in New York and Charleston, and is responsible for developing and implementing high quality solutions across all industry segments.
Prior to joining PI, Xuan worked as an Analyst at the Global Data Center of Bloomberg. She spent most of her time in the Companies Group where she analyzed corporate structure for over 1000 national and international companies.
Xuan received her B.S. in Financial Engineering from Wuhan University, China., and obtained her Master’s degree in Financial Economics from San Francisco State University. She holds candidacies in both CFA and FRM programs.
Ronald P. (Rip) Noyes Jr.
Associate Director, Account Management
Rip is Associate Director, Account Management at Primary Insight where he assists in managing the development and growth of the firm’s accounts and ensures that our services deliver a broad and positive impact on their businesses.
Prior to joining PI, Rip worked at Coleman Research from 2008 to 2013, specializing in Retail/Consumer Goods, and managing research operations before opening the company’s Raleigh, North Carolina office. He joined PI in 2013 as a Vice President of Sales before transitioning to his current role.
Rip graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from Amherst College in 2002. He then moved to New York to help develop McGraw-Hill’s Media-Technology group before moving into the expert network field.