Our People

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Rick Stein, AICP :: Principal

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Rick Stein is a proud tech-oriented planning geek with over 10 years of planning experience and over 20 years of software development and database management experience. He’s brought his passion for data into a variety of industries including insurance, banking, utilities, telecommunications, education, architecture, planning, and real estate market analysis. Mr. Stein holds a B.S.B.A of Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. Rick graduated at the top of his class at OSU and was awarded the Outstanding Student award from the American Planning Association Ohio Chapter.  Rick is an active member of the American Planning Association and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  Rick also teaches ESRI’s ArcGIS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to autistic high school students as part of President Obama’s Connect ED Initiative.

Drew Merrill :: Senior Consultant


Drew Merrill has conducted research on thousands of markets throughout the United States. Prior to joining Urban Decision Group, Drew worked with VWB Research providing data-driven maps for over 2,000 market feasibility studies. Mr. Merrill’s specialty is providing clients with custom demographic data and mapping solutions using geographic information systems. Mr. Merrill is originally from Kettering, OH and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Masters in City and Regional Planning and a BA in Geography.

Matt Hamaide :: Senior Consultant


Matt Hamaide has over ten years of experience aggregating location-based demographics, compiling and analyzing trends for over 5,000 markets and personally producing over 2,500 paper and digital maps. Mr. Hamaide is an expert on the U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics data and the American Community Survey legacy and current data releases and formats. Mr. Hamaide also develops numerous custom applications for clients and to streamline Urban Decision Group market analysis process. Mr. Hamaide has a BA of Business and Human Resource Management from Capital University.

Tyler Spears :: Consultant


Tyler Spears is a GIS expert in every sense of the word. Tyler graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science specializing in Geographic Information Systems. Prior to coming to Urban Decision Group, Tyler worked in the GIS department for Warren County, Ohio. Tyler specializes in 3D Modeling and spatial analysis.