Since 1994, Tim Halpern has owned Comprehensive Prospect Research (CPR), which has helped more than 600 clients raise in excess of $200 billion.
Tim is a serial entrepreneur born into a legacy of public service. His father was the late Alexander Halpern, Esq., a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, appointed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His grandfather, the late Jack Halpern, was a founder of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).
Tim developed his core values early in life due, in part, to his family and his service as an Eagle Scout. He is a 1990 graduate of Bennington College and was President of every student governing body at his schools.
One of Tim's earliest ventures was the landscaping firm Ground Control.
Tim and his wife, Dana, produced live stand-up comedy in New York City. A veteran of the industry, he worked with Jon Stewart on MTV and continues to write and perform stand-up.
Tim does well by doing good. Professional success aside, his greatest joys are the loves of his life: his family, nature and the dog.
Samantha Lee began her career with CPR as an intern in 2008 while attending college. Her administrative and operations responsibilities include finance, accounts payable and receivable, and project management. Her research responsibilities range from generating new leads to writing detailed research reports on prospects of interest.
She received her B.S. in computer engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2010. She was a member of the Society of Women Engineers. In high school she was a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
Samantha is conversationally fluent in Cantonese, making her CPR’s “go-to” researcher for Chinese prospects.
José is fluent in Spanish, and helps fulfill CPR’s international research requests.
José Ramos started as a college intern at CPR during 2010, and steadily worked his way up through the ranks.
His administrative and operations responsibilities include accounting, clerical support, lead qualification, wealth screening and validations and other analytics across all commercial databases.
José also worked in the mortgage business, as an analyst with Inversiones Ramos S.C. of Cali, Colombia where he helped consumers during the pre-qualification process and with loan origination.
He is currently based in Fort Lauderdale and is Trustee of Latinos Salud, a South Florida local LGBT Organization.
Eric Deskin has over fifteen years’ experience in the fundraising business with a focus on prospect research. A former attorney, he brings particular expertise in the areas of asset identification and evaluation, lead generation and developing solicitation ask amounts.
Prior to joining the CPR family, Eric practiced law at numerous top NYC law firms in the areas of large scale antitrust litigation, tobacco litigation, mergers & acquisitions and other corporate transactional work and general corporate and securities matters. He earned his BA from The University at Albany and his JD from Hofstra University School of Law where he was a Notes & Comments Editor of The Hofstra Law Review. A native New Yorker, he is also a working actor and comedian. His acting credits include appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, and Grace & Frankie. He is a supporter of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Susan G. Komen and other non-profits and is proud of the work he does at CPR in helping non-profits minimize their administrative costs so as to insure that maximum amounts go to help those in need.
Kirsten Koba has over fifteen years experience in non-profit research and development; media writing, editing, and content creation; and sustainable systems design. She also has sales, business advancement, and project management skills in multiple industries. Passionate about community building, strategic planning, new program creation, and the implementation of fundraising strategies, she brings a “whole systems” approach to prospect research. Her research responsibilities range from new prospect identification and lead generation, to the creation of in-depth reports to editing.
Kirsten received her B.A. in magazine journalism from Drake University in 2000 and her M.A. in environment and community, with a focus on organizational development, from Antioch University in 2009. She holds certifications in Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change, Ecological Planning & Design, and Permaculture Design, and is a certified yoga teacher. In addition to her role as a Senior Associate at CPR, Kirsten is chair of the board of Pranam Seva, a trustee of Omaha Permaculture, a member of the advisory board of Pacific Bamboo Resources, a founding member of Raise the Roots, and a former member of the Antioch University alumni board. Her writing has been published in numerous magazines including Ms., Shout, Earnshaw’s, Footwear Plus, City, SoHo Style, and The Reader. As a former resident of both New York City and Seattle, WA, and a current resident of Omaha, NE, Kirsten understands and appreciates the diverse research needs of clients across the country and considers herself a citizen of the world.
Gerry Ross has had a long career in sales. It has been said of him that “he could sell ice to Eskimos…”He has always had a passion for fundraising and now he has gotten the chance to pursue that. One of Gerry’s dreams has come true, by joining CPR.
Gerry graduated from Queens College and studied law at Brooklyn Law School. After a successful career with a very large, publicly traded, textiles company where he managed $20 million dollars of revenues, he left that firm in 1993 and opened his own textile company.
Gerry’s also a proud Eagle Scout and devoted to his family.
Paul Suberu helps fulfill CPR’s international research requests. He is fluent in Yoruba and has limited working proficiency in French.
Paul began as a college intern at CPR. His research responsibilities include lead qualification, wealth screening and validations and other analytics.
Paul was previously a Portfolio Analyst at KJ Capital Management, LLC, where he wrote monthly reports on market activities to inform clients on market activities and potential investment strategies among other responsibilities.
Paul received his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Bennington College in 2017. During college, Paul was a Representative of the Bennington College Judicial Committee and was a Communications and Programs Development Intern at Accordia Global Health Foundation.
In addition to our day to day team, CPR uses highly trained and committed contractors. In the prospect research area, they work exclusively with CPR as needed.