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|Gregory James Kohs
The Kohser or Thekohser
Gregory Kohs (2007)
|Residence||West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States|
Jackson, Michigan, United States
|Known for||Intellect, humor, and diplomacy|
|Occupation||Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|
|Contact||489 Lake George Circle
West Chester, PA US 19382
Blog: Inside Market Research
Gregory J. Kohs is a marketing research practitioner and founder of Internet enterprises. He is the youngest child of four, born in Jackson, Michigan to Richard and Loretta Kohs. In 1981, he moved with his parents to Central Florida, settling in Winter Park, Florida.
Kohs now lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, and a cantankerous beagle. He is a director of market research at Comcast. He founded or co-founded three Internet-based organizations: Facts On Call, Inc. and the non-profit Internet Review Corporation (both now closed), and MyWikiBiz.com, which is a publicly-edited directory featuring over 60,000 pages of content. Kohs serves as the Communications Director and member of the Church of the Loving Shepherd.
In 1986, Kohs accepted a Dean's Scholarship (half tuition) to attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Graduating magna cum laude in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in History, Kohs accepted a Russell Conwell Fellowship (full tuition, plus annual stipend) to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, he pursued a PhD degree which combined elements of Military History and Quantitative Methods in Geography. Simultaneously, he worked as a dormitory faculty member at the boys' boarding school, The School at Church Farm. After passing the comprehensive exams and completing work on about one-quarter of his dissertation (which was to have covered the aviation industry in Eastern European during the 1930's), Kohs opted to leave academia with his Masters degree to pursue a career in marketing research.
Having worked for three previous research firms (Data & Management Counsel, Research Works, and ICR), Kohs is now Director of Market Research at Comcast. His work includes mostly quantitative survey data collection among consumer audiences; however, some qualitative and/or commercial services initiatives are occasionally on his plate. Primary research areas include video (television), Internet, and digital voice (telephony), along with occasional forays into new products and services outside these particular arenas, such as 4G wireless data, home security, and others. His publications include a white paper about market research for PR and a co-authored medical journal article about computed tomography in clinical practice.
Kohs has recently expanded his reach into entrepreneurial ventures centering on wiki editing and optimization.  This includes the launch of his MyWikiBiz service. He also writes about wikis as a citizen journalist at Examiner.com.
Numerous colleagues and clients of Gregory Kohs have offered their recommendations of him.
- I have nothing but glowing remarks to make about Greg. He was managing my account at a vendor and I was thrilled to have him join my team. He is very bright, knows the industry, has a strong skill set in research and analysis and is a team player who bends over backwards to help out. If I had to recommend a replacement for me in my current role, Comcast would be lucky to have Greg in that spot. - Paul Hockenbury, Comcast - January 5, 2009
- Greg is a trustworthy and meticulous individual who gets things done. He approaches challenges head-first and always looks to the solution in any given situation with a positive attitude. His work ethic was unquestionable and admirable. He was immensely helpful over my years working with him and always offered well thought out and sound advice. It was a pleasure working with him in all aspects. - Mark McErlean, ICR - December 11, 2008
- Dedicated to creating a privately owned database of individuals and companies. Very patient with the setbacks and missteps on the way to creating the future of wiki technology and Web 2.0, but always optimistic. - Garrett Minks, Page Creations - November 25, 2008
- I have worked with Greg, for many many years. He is one of the most professional and knowledgeable individuals I have worked with on market research projects. He always takes time to answer questions -- great and small -- with a care and concern rarely found. - Stacy Wagner, Synergistics Research - July 19, 2006
- I have known and worked with Greg for about 10 years. He is intelligent, driven, detail-oriented and approaches his work with integrity and concern for his customer. I know because I've worked with Greg as a co-worker and come back to him as a client. - PJ Gorenc, Nemours Foundation - February 10, 2006
- Greg is one of those rare people who have the ability to move from strategic-level concepts and theory right down to the tactical applications. When it comes to Market Research, Greg knows how to get it done right. - Michael Brenner, ICR - February 3, 2006
- I want to express my sincere gratitude for your help and counsel this year. As always, the work has been very high quality and well received. - Rick Kolster, SunTrust - December 15, 2005
- Put Greg Kohs on every project. - Kirk Coburn, Pure Golf - October 27, 2003
- Greg Kohs is fantastic to deal with -- helps us with every need. - Jennifer Guberman, Magnet Communications - September 24, 2003
- Greg Kohs DEFINES client service! - Laura Schneider, Accenture - September 17, 2003
- Greg Kohs and his team were a pleasure to work with. - Jane-Linn Vincent, Manning, Selvage & Lee - August 19, 2003
Unfortunately, you can't please 'em all.
- I think you're nuts... partly because you're an obsessive, but mostly because you seem to have no life... Seriously, I think you're looneytunes. I'm sure I'm not the first person to have said this to you. - Mike Godwin, former Wikimedia Foundation attorney - October 9, 2009
- He has given misleading information to journalists that was published in the mainstream press. - Lise Broer, Wikipedia administrator - February 28, 2007
- If you don't stop trolling, I am going to ban you myself. ...Greg, you flatly lied. That's the end of it for me. ...You owe me an apology. And you are on VERY VERY thin ice. I recommend that you stop editing Wikipedia, and shut down your company. ...I am going to think long and hard about whether I should write a public editorial on my blog denouncing your business and explaining to the world what is wrong with it. ...Just Go Away. - Jimmy Wales, Wikimedia Foundation - October 4-5, 2006
- Yet, two years later, Wales did regret his position.
Consulting and speaking
Kohs is available for speaking engagements and press interviews, regarding the promises and perils of community-edited spaces on the Internet. He also runs a low-profile, paid editing service that targets Wikipedia content.
As a Director-level researcher at a Fortune 100 company, Kohs has seen it all in the fields of advertising and marketing communications. As someone who is also very knowledgeable about wiki communities, he can present to your group or help you complete a news story with anything you really need to know about wikis, Wikipedia, and the Wikimedia Foundation. Observing Wikipedia and other wikis since 2005 through the lens of business ethics, he'll pull no punches and will draw aside the curtain to reveal the manipulative wiki wizards who hide behind it. The story of MyWikiBiz was broadly publicized in over 150 mainstream media outlets, including the Washington Post, USA Today, MSNBC.com, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as a television appearance on the G4 TV network. Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain also extensively covered the MyWikiBiz phenomenon in his best-selling book, The Future of the Internet, and Kohs has spoken before Zittrain's class on Internet law at Harvard Law School.
Kohs and his venture MyWikiBiz have a devoted interest in the success of the Semantic Web. He can communicate to complete novices the amazing advantages (and some disadvantages) of Semantic Web, or as it's also known -- Web 3.0.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Greg Kohs’ presentation of wiki was both insightful and knowledgeable. I hope to have him return for further discussions on such an exciting emerging topic. -- Rebecca Morgan, Director of Communications, AACP
Cheltenham High School
In December 2011, Kohs was invited to speak before a student audience of teens enrolled in the gifted program and the journalism course at Cheltenham High School. His presentation is available for download, best viewed in "slideshow" mode.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge and expertise with our students. We appreciated your time and worthwhile information. We will be sharing the PowerPoint with faculty who had hoped to participate in the discussion! -- Alison Shapiro, Gifted program teacher, Cheltenham High School
Wikipedia expert Wikipedia consultant Wikipedia editing Wikipedia editor paid editor Wikipedia business public relations marketing research marketing research consultant Wikipedia consulting Editor for hire Your Business and Wikipedia
I love many, many things. My wife and daughter are the most important parts of my life; and life is enjoyed best when I am experiencing the things I love with them. This would include travel, skiing, sailing, music, and food -- especially stone crab claws!
Physical: White Male, 74 inches, 210 pounds, Brown Hair, Green Eyes • Education: [[Education_Level1_Degree::BA|BA]], [[Education_Level1_Major::History|History]], [[Education_Level1_Institution::Emory University|Emory University]], 1990; [[Education_Level2_Degree::MA|MA]], [[Education_Level2_Major::History|History]], [[Education_Level2_Institution::Temple University|Temple University]], 1993 • Member of: [[Association::Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing|Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM)]] • Political party: [[Political_Party::Democratic Party|Democratic Party]] • Religion: [[Religion::Christian|Christian]], Church of the Loving Shepherd • Marital status: Married - Stephanie • Children: 1 - Madeline • Relations: 3 - Karen, Rick, Dave • Friends: Karl Nagel, Cheryl Levy, Garrett Minks, Garreth Westwood, OmniMediaGroup • Interests: Skiing, Travel, Poker, Music, History
- MSNBC gaffe: On March 22, 2007, MSNBC.com erroneously reported that Gregory Kohs was the "technology blogger" who Microsoft tried to pay to edit material on Wikipedia. Rick Jelliffe is correctly that blogger.
- Wikipedia article: At one time, Wikipedia supported an encyclopedic article about Kohs.
- Television appearance: Speaking about Wikipedia and the phenomenon of "paid editing" on G4TV.
- Medical publication: Kohs co-authored a study report for the American Journal of Roentgenology.
My favorite song by a garage band: Out of the Low Times by Alexi in Winter.
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- GregoryKohs.com Home page (redirects to this page)
- Inside Market Research Industry blog
- MyWikiBiz.com Start-up venture