Initially his survey work was for academic purposes, but in 1976 he co-founded Alpha Research Associates, a firm that over the next 14 years built a solid reputation for excellence. As Alpha's co-founder and first president Vic was responsible for all of the technical expertise associated with that firm's professional services. Upon leaving Alpha in 1990, Vic established his own firm, Quest Research, and focused on his teaching interests. In 2000 he established the Rhode Island College Center for Public Policy, and became its first director. Two years later he began a center affiliate, the Bureau of Government Services, through which he brought major projects to the college that included a four year evaluation of a HUD HOPE VI project in Newport Rhode Island, EDA Capacity Building Grants, and a four year state funded Drug Prevention Initiative.