Shawn DuBravac, Director
Dr. Shawn DuBravac is the chief economist and senior director of research for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. DuBravac provides crucial economic analysis to association and industry leaders regarding future economic activity and the relative health of the technology industry. He also contributes research into technology trends that underpin the industry and was the primary driver of the industry’s new smartphone index, developed in partnership with NASDAQ, and the CE consumer confidence index, in partnership with CNET.
DuBravac has been widely published on the topics of finance, economics and technology. His keen insights regarding the economic drivers of the global consumer electronics industry have made him a highly sought-after speaker and commentator. DuBravac travels both internationally and domestically and has delivered keynote addresses at The Churchill Club and the Digital Africa Conference. He has also spoken at The Edison Foundation and the Global Electronics Forum. In addition, his analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, USA Today, CNN, CNBC and other media outlets. DuBravac recently penned “Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Change the Way We Live, Work, and Communicate.”
DuBravac is also an adjunct professor in George Washington University’s MBA program and has taught at the University of Mary Washington and in George Mason University’s MBA program. Prior to joining CTA, DuBravac was head research analyst in the Economic Analysis Group of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. He holds economic degrees from Brigham Young University and George Mason University. Follow DuBravac on Twitter at @shawndubravac.
Chris Ely, Sr. Manager, Industry Analysis
Chris Ely is a senior manager of Industry Analysis for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. He helps manage the CE MarketMetrics program and conducts industry analyses and forecasts on a host of topics pertaining to the industry.
Prior to joining CTA, Ely was a Research Analyst for Widmeyer Communications where he conducted public opinion polls and research analyses for Fortune 500 companies, professional associations, government and non-profit organizations. Before Widmeyer, Ely served as a Business Analyst for MCI for five years. At MCI he analyzed performance trends and conducted consumer research studies for a brand portfolio that generated over $800 million in annual revenue. Ely has also held research positions at the National Association of Broadcasters and the American Bankers Association.
Ely graduated with a bachelor's degree in German and political science from Earlham College and holds a master's degree in international studies from the University of Denver.
Sean Murphy, Sr. Manager, Industry Analysis
Sean Murphy is a senior manager of Industry Analysis for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. He helps manage the CE MarketMetrics program and oversees the relationships with its associated clients, as well as conducting industry analyses and forecasts.
Prior to joining CTA, Murphy was an Account Manager for The NPD Group, where he managed an account base comprised of top IT and CE companies representing over one million dollars in annual revenue. In addition to supervising all aspects of these relationships, he also contributed monthly analysis focused on the wireless networking sector. Before NPD, Murphy worked as an Executive Assistant to Steve Case at America Online. At AOL he managed the production of a monthly newsletter that analyzed key company issues in conjunction with the CEO and top executives.
Murphy graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from George Mason University, and holds a master's degree in English literature — also from George Mason University. He has contributed freelance writing, including music, book and movie reviews as well as restaurant reviews to a variety of publications.