Ralf Quellmalz

Co-Founder & CEO

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
topic insights co-founder, Ralf Quellmalz, posing in a park at Chicago

I’m a values-driven idealist and an optimist.

Born-and-raised in Asuncion, Paraguay, I recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BBA in both Business Management and in Marketing.

Currently, I am working at Walmart’s Sam’s Club as a Membership Representative in Denver, Colorado. In my past summers, I’ve interned at Itau, South America’s most important bank as an Assistant Bank Manager Intern; at the automotive industry’s leading firm Mercedes-Benz as a Marketing Strategist Intern; and at the consulting industry’s leading firm, PwC, as a Management Consulting Intern. At the same time, I’ve worked throughout my college journey as a Student Associate at Loyola’s Advancement Department.

I want to encourage Topic Insights’ subscribers and readers to embrace a beginner’s mindset – one where curiosity, gratitude, and a strong desire for personal growth guides us towards a life-long learning journey. Let us all unite our efforts to better the world, innovate, approach solutions, and give back to our communities.

We all have a role to play in creating a better future and that begins inside each one of us – by authentically living and remembering what we stand for.


Montserrat Cataldi

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Hey there! I’m a rising senior at the Leeds School of Business in the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a double major in Marketing and Social Responsibility & Sustainability, with an emphasis on Leadership.

I am passionate about using the power and influence of business as a vehicle for creating positive social and environmental impact, and hope to build a meaningful career that enables me to make a difference in the world.

Currently, I hold the position of Director of Marketing at CESR Fellows, where I develop the club’s holistic marketing strategy. At the same time, I’m currently working with Denver’s World Trade Center in its Global Trade and Activator Program to help immigrants and refugees in the US design, develop, and launch their small businesses.

I’ve also been interning at Simple Switch as a Growth Project Intern, where my work focused on PR efforts and leading e-commerce strategies to increase the e-commerce’s impactful sales. In my past summers, I’ve interned at Telethon Foundation in their communications department, empowering their fundraising efforts.

Through Topic Insights, I want to encourage our values-based readers to become active agents of change within their communities. Let’s build today the future we want to live in.


Marcos Brakenridge

Chief Operating Officer

Marcos Brakenridge, chief operating officer of topic insights

I am a Business student at the University of Kansas, highly competent in the fields of business administration and management. 

My two biggest assets? Being dynamic and self-motivated. This helps me stay focused and determined on the goals I’m looking forward to achieve. 

I worked as a sales executive in two important brands of the automotive industry. These companies, BMW and Citroën, gave me the great opportunity to improve my communication and customer service skills.

I consider myself a morning person. I believe there is only one way to be able to wake up early every day: by having a purpose in life. My purpose? To help change the world in a more efficient way, where every single person can enjoy the pleasures of life through a responsible behavior.

There is something we all have in common, the Earth. We are all responsible of contributing for a better world for everyone. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and join us in our path to give back to our communities. Together, we can make a difference.  


Avery Hutcheson

Happiness Hero Intern

Avery Hutcheson, Topic Insights' Happiness Hero Intern

Hi readers! I am currently pursuing a BBA in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago with plans to graduate in May 2021. I am passionate about combining creativity and research within the marketing field and highlighting businesses’ power to make positive and measurable change.

I have experience working as a Media Relations Intern for a national boutique PR firm, News and Experts, where I gained experience writing articles, developing positioning strategies, and researching relevant news stories and consumer trends. I have also worked for Lululemon, one of the most innovative companies in the game, for two years.

Through Topic Insights I want to highlight companies, trends, and ideas that are making positive change in their communities. We want Topic Insights to be your daily dose of positivity and a resource to discover who is making positive change and how they’re doing it. Let’s learn from one another and hold ourselves, our businesses, and our communities to a higher, and more sustainable standard.


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