About Us


Our History

Maryland Marketing Source, Inc. (MMS) has long been entrenched in high quality, actionable, and reliable market research. We understand that consumers are the lifeblood of any organization. With the heart of today’s market beating globally, it is essential that businesses and organizations continuously keep their fingers on their pulse, and their competitors’ pulses as well.

 MMS’s Timeline

  • 1986 – Founded by President, Barbara Bridge
  • 1987 – Opened Focus Group Facility
  • 1988 – Became Certified as Women Business Enterprise
  • 1988 – Transitioned to Computers from pencil and paper
  • 1992 – Moved to new, larger office space
  • 1995 – Opened larger Call Center
  • 1995 – Separated and expanded Focus Group Facility
  • 1996 – Remodeled Focus Group Facility
  • 2002 – Acquired Bay Area Research, LLC
  • 2003 – Moved Headquarters from Catonsville, MD to Randallstown, MD
  • 2004 – Expanded into Full Service, broadening our capabilities to include screener/questionnaire development, data analysis, moderating, report writing, and presentation of results 
  • 2007 – Remodeled and updated Focus Group Facility in Catonsville, MD
  • 2009 – Remodeled and updated Headquarters
  • 2012 – Death of Founder, Barbara Bridge
  • 2015 – Opened new headquarters in Owings Mills, Maryland

 From picnic tables and mismatched chairs to state-of-the-art, auto-dialing CATI stations – MMS’s tools and methodologies continue to modernize yet our original mission remains consistent, as does our commitment to high quality, accurate, and reliable results. And to you! 

Michelle, Finzel, President

Our Senior Staff

Michelle Finzel


  • Creative strategist
  • Focus group moderator
  • Avid Star Wars fan

Christoper Spara, CEO

Christopher Spara


  • Field services aficionado
  • Programming guru
  • Amazing cook

Industries served

  • Advertising and Branding
  • Amusement & Recreation
  • Associations
  • Communications Services
  • Educational Institutions
  • Educational Services and Products
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental Programs
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Food Stores
  • Health Services
  • Hotels & Other Lodging
  • Manufacturing
  • Membership Organizations
  • Not for Profit
  • Real Estate Operators
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Transportation Services
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Utilities


A Note About our Founder, Barbara Bridge (1955-2012)

Barbara Bridge founded Maryland Marketing Source, Inc. in 1986. When Maryland Marketing Source, Inc. opened its doors, having a computer was considered high tech. Telephones were cumbersome and dialed by hand, paper surveys where shipped across the country, and the company's first employees had to sit on the floor. Barbara's professionalism and tenacity allowed Maryland Marketing Source, Inc. to continuously grow and expand, keeping up with technological and methodological advancements.

Barbara had worked more than 30 years in the industry, and she certainly left her mark on the market research world. Presiding over her own company for 25 years, Barbara's vision, expertise, and integrity have cultivated a deep-rooted commitment to quality and service that has stood MMS out as a leader among research companies, and will forever guide the way we operate.

Barbara was a remarkable woman who touched many lives, both personally and professionally. She is greatly missed.