Our Partners

Ali Howard, Managing Partner Ali@ImpactSearchPartners.com

AliHoward_Headshot_NinaParkerPhotography-1425-WebAli Howard is Managing Partner at ImpactSearch Partners, bringing over 20 years experience to our team. She has an uncanny ability to find candidates that not only have the right qualifications for each position, but also the intrinsic, intangible qualities necessary to make them long-term employees for her clients. She’s built her career recruiting for companies in a variety of industries including corporate marketing, software sales, digital marketing, technology and healthcare. Her lifetime billings are almost $10 million with placements from entry through the executive levels.

Ali’s experience and focus on the ever-changing job market led her to join ImpactSearch Partners in 2007 and today she says she can’t imagine doing anything else. She’d spent over 10 years with the same corporate recruiting firm before opening the doors of her own business. She has seen significant changes in recruiting over the last 20 years, everything from the explosion of mobile technology to the introduction of social media, which has now become a mainstream tool when looking for jobs and finding and evaluating candidates. Her knowledge of the employment landscape is current and extremely relevant and she was recently interviewed and asked to discuss several topics affecting job seekers today on the Headline News show “Morning Express” with Clark Howard.

Ali has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University and enjoys cheering for her Cyclones. She and her family have lived in the Atlanta area for over 20 years.

Check out a clip of Ali’s interview on HLN’s Morning Express: http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/08/21/social-media-job-search-clark-howard


Brian Howard, Managing Partner Brian@ImpactSearchPartners.com

Brian HowardAs Founder & Managing Partner at ImpactSearch Partners, Brian Howard prides himself on listening to his clients and understanding what they want in a candidate. His attention to detail and determination to find the right fit provide him with a list of clients who repeatedly come to him when they need to add talent to their teams.

Brian has spent over 20 years in the software and technology industry, excelling in both sales and recruiting roles. His experience crosses over many major market segments within enterprise software, Software as a Service (SaaS), enterprise content management, business intelligence and analytics, security, digital and interactive marketing, application lifecycle management, and internet monitoring. Brian has partnered with companies of all sizes from Fortune 500 to emerging mid-markets and visionary start-ups. He is an accomplished public speaker with an energetic and motivational style that allows him to help organizations train their sales teams, routinely leading to increased revenue and productivity.

In 2004, his desire to build relationships and utilize his extensive market knowledge led him to start his own firm. Focused primarily on recruiting within the sales and technology verticals, he built a business that eventually transformed into ImpactSearch Partners. In addition to creating his own specialized recruiting practice, Brian also has retained search experience across several industry verticals including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and aviation. He has executed and filled various executive-level positions and is well versed on how to manage the entire search process from original research and candidate generation to screening, interviewing, and negotiating.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University and lives with his family in the Greater Atlanta area.


Cheryl Abbott, Managing Partner Cheryl@ImpactSearchPartners.com

CherylAbbott_Headshot_0230_WebAs a Managing Partner, Cheryl offers over 20 years of industry experience in the software and technology arena. After receiving her Bachelors from the University of Michigan in 1995, she spent 3 years at GE Capital in their Leadership Program, taking on roles in Marketing, Process Improvement, and Technology Implementations.  At GE she received her Six Sigma BlackBelt and that focus on quality has been ingrained in her as she’s moved into other roles and disciplines.   In 1998 Cheryl transitioned into Software Sales, working for several startup companies in Atlanta.  Cheryl spent her first few years in individual contributor roles but then found her passion in Inside Sales Leadership, building several high performing inside sales teams from the ground up.

In 2003, Cheryl decided to take her knowledge of software sales and building teams and translate that expertise into the world of recruiting, launching CLA Recruiting and Consulting.  She quickly built a very successful business by partnering with high growth software companies.  Clients included both enterprise software and SaaS organizations, in verticals including marketing automation/analytics, security, mobility, healthcare, and data integration. Five years into her company launch, Cheryl knew in order to keep the business growing at such a rapid rate while still exceeding client expectations, that she needed to expand her reach.  She began leveraging the expertise of both Ali and Brian Howard and in 2013, Cheryl officially joined forces with this recruiting team to relaunch and expand ImpactSearch Partners.  She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.


Matthew Abbott, Managing Partner Matt@ImpactSearchPartners.com

Matt Abbott joined ImpactSearch Partners as a Managing Partner in 2016. His career as a software architect and engineer, designing and implementing products for top companies like Intel and Silverpop Systems, now part of IBM, gives him a unique background and insight into our clients’ needs.  He brings over 20 years of software development experience where he has consistently advanced, becoming a technical leader and subject matter expert in both large corporate environments as well as small start-ups. He thrives on new challenges and in every new role, has stayed involved in code, believing that it is necessary to understand technology to use it most effectively.

Matt has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Northwestern University and has done graduate coursework in electrical engineering at UC San Diego. His background gives him a knowledge-based perspective on the needs of clients and candidates that recruiters without this type of experience lack. Based on more than just a checklist of skills, he is able to identify candidate fit using in-depth factors like process, developmental practices and cultural fit, which often play a more important role in determining the success of a candidate than which frameworks they have used.  Matt lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.


Meet Our Team

Casey Bradford, Managing Director Casey@ImpactSearchPartners.com

Casey Bradford brings a unique combination of experience in recruiting, project management, sales, marketing and consulting to the ImpactSearch Partners team.  She has a management degree with a concentration in marketing from Georgia Tech and started her career right here in Atlanta. She was a Management Consultant for Ernst & Young and then moved on to become a Business Analyst for Radiant Systems, where she successfully led large-scale projects from conception through implementation and roll-out.

Casey decided to broaden her reach and use her varied experience in the world of recruiting, initially working for a firm that specialized in placing entry level college grads.  After joining ImpactSearch Partners and combining her skills and experience to achieve great results, she was quickly promoted and is now a Managing Director on our team.  Casey possesses strong communication skills and enjoys interacting with clients and candidates of all levels.  She strives to provide her candidates with the best guidance possible during their job searches and excels at uncovering their intangibles, enabling her to make a solid match for her clients.  Casey lives in Atlanta with her husband and two boys.


Courtney Richardson, Managing Director Courtney@ImpactSearchPartners.com

 Courtney Richardson is a Virginia Tech graduate and started her career in sales with Fortune 2000 companies like Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Merz North America. After 10 successful years in the medical arena, focused on both pharma and device sales, she decided to make the jump to recruiting where she could leverage that experience in a variety of industries.  Sales and Marketing are the areas where she feels she can offer the most impact.  She is passionate about innovative software and tech solutions and loves working with cutting edge clients who have the potential to make changes in that space.  She is a member of the Atlanta chapter of Women In Technology and uses that as both a networking tool and an avenue to stay in touch with industry advances.  Her primary goal is to deliver best-in-class talent to ISP clients and to be an invaluable resource to candidates looking for new opportunities.  Courtney has two children and has lived in Atlanta since 2005.


Allison Henderson, Executive Recruiter Allison@ImpactSearchPartners.com

As a Senior Recruiter, Allison Henderson brings almost 10 years of sales experience to the ImpactSearch Partners team. She began her career with a small commercial services and supply company selling print and direct marketing services.  She moved on to pharmaceutical sales for large companies like Organon Pharmaceuticals and Astra Zeneca.  She has successfully translated that strong sales background and industry knowledge to recruiting, becoming an invaluable asset to her clients and candidates.  She is passionate about uncovering the intrinsic qualities in job-seekers that make them a lasting fit for available positions.  And she is focused on building long-term relationships with her clients by immersing herself in their business and understanding their culture.  Allison has a degree from Auburn University and lives in Atlanta with her husband of 15 years and their two children.


Megan Pressman, Executive Recruiter Megan@ImpactSearchPartners.com

Megan Pressman is currently a Senior Recruiter for ImpactSearch Partners with almost 10 years of full-cycle recruiting experience.  She began her career with PaineWebber, involved in sales and marketing.  She moved on to become a Staffing Manager for Robert Half International and was quickly promoted to management, handling operations at a District level.  Megan is a graduate of Miami University (of Ohio) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  She thrives on the challenge of finding the right candidate for each position and values having exclusive and long-term relationships with both candidates and clients.  Megan prides herself on providing exceptional client service and becoming an integral part of her candidates’ searches for their next opportunities.  Megan and her husband live in the Atlanta area with their three sons.


Robyn Drost, Executive Recruiter     Robyn@ImpactSearchPartners.com

Robyn Drost joined ImpactSearch Partners as a Senior Recruiter in 2016. After starting her career in business development and marketing strategy for two Houston based design firms, she accepted a position with Robert Half International, a billion dollar staffing/recruiting firm. For over eight years Robyn was The Division Director for The Creative Group, the firm’s creative and marketing division. She has placed talent at many of Atlanta’s top advertising, digital and design firms and has also had the opportunity to work with numerous marketing and in-house creative service departments with Fortune 100 Companies. Her ability to develop long-term relationships with both clients and candidates resulted in her being consistently recognized as a top 1% producer at Robert Half International. Her years in the recruiting business have also enabled her to focus on understanding the details of her client’s business so the candidates she presents fit not only from an experience perspective, but culturally as well. She joins ImpactSearch Partners with a focus on expanding business in sales and marketing. Robyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Masters in Marketing from Louisiana State University. She has lived in Atlanta for over 10 years with her husband and two boys.

Cindy Santander, Executive Recruiter     Cindy@ImpactSearchPartners.com

Cindy Santander joins ImpactSearch Partners with a degree in Marketing from the University of Tennessee and wealth of sales experience. Throughout her career, she has gained experience in B2B sales environments including the banking, education, government, health care and building industries with her core competencies in technology sales. Her experience and understanding of the demanding nature of these roles, makes her uniquely qualified to find the right candidates and prepare them for that career path.  Cindy excels in matching the right product with the right opportunity and her solution sales background includes everything from selling mid-market opportunities to multi-million dollar comprehensive solutions with high levels of integration within multiple verticals. Before joining ImpactSearch Partners, Cindy changed career paths and began working for Rowland Mountain & Associates, a small boutique recruiting firm that operates nationally. She gained real-world experience while undergoing a comprehensive training program that has helped her to combine her extensive sales and marketing backgrounds. She looks forward to using that knowledge to help her clients find the strongest candidates and her candidates find their next opportunities. Cindy lives in suburban Atlanta with her husband and three children.


Melissa Baumbick, Marketing Director Melissa@ImpactSearchPartners.com

Melissa Baumbick has over 20 years experience in the marketing industry, working with large corporate clients such as Coca-Cola, Ciba Vision and Centex Homes as well as smaller, non-profit organizations like the North Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Acoustic Neuroma Association.  She is a strong project manager with experience in social media, digital communications, strategic development, promotional marketing and event planning.  She has been involved in ImpactSearch Partners in different capacities since its inception in 2007, but recently took on a more active role as Marketing Director, handling everything from their website and social media to events and growth opportunities.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a specialty in Advertising from Ohio University.  She lives in suburban Atlanta with her husband of 20 years and their three children.

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