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, President and Managing Director, has over ten years experience managing the executive search process, with specific expertise in career counseling, professional development, salary negotiation, and conflict resolution.

After earning highest honors and dual degrees from Saint Leo University, Kaarla began her professional life in the Sales & Marketing division of AT&T Wireless Services, where she assisted with the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of Account Executives. With sharpened enthusiasm for the challenges of creating the consummate match between candidate and employer, Kaarla then launched her career as an executive recruiter, initially for the communications and information technology industries, and later within the advertising and marketing arena.

P.L.A. founder Pat Lipton invited Kaarla to join her executive search practice in early 1999 in anticipation that Kaarla would ultimately assume responsibility for the direction and daily operations of the boutique firm. Kaarla became President of P.L.A., Inc. in 2001 and spearheaded the new identity and brand re-launch of SOURCE Executive Search | Consulting in 2004. She also serves on the board of the of the highly selective National Association of Executive Recruiters and is a past Executive Committee member of the regional chapter of the National Association of Woman Business Owners.

, Vice-President/Account Executive, is a native of New Jersey and currently heads up our Northeast field office in Pennsylvania. Her professional career has spanned the legal, financial, consumer services, and recruitment arenas. She has solid experience in sales, administration, management, and public relations.

Before joining the firm in 1998, Daire was the Director of the Barbizon School and responsible for curriculum development, marketing, management, recruitment, graduate placement, and merchandising. Along with managing both the modeling and acting schools, as well as the talent agency, Daire was heavily involved with local communities and businesses in the creation and execution of career workshops, special events, and public relations.

In addition to excelling in her demanding professional responsibilities, Daire is a dedicated children's welfare advocate, and serves as a member of the Child Placement Review Board of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

has over twenty years of consumer and trade marketing expertise built from a unique, powerful history of leadership experience achieved at both Fortune 500 companies and award-winning, premier agencies. Her client side experience gives her a great understanding of corporate vision, the importance of company culture and the value of teams and leadership. Mary draws from her client foundation to identify, screen and deliver candidates who are strategically talented, performance driven and decidedly effective professionals.
Mary has worked with and for some of the country’s best advertising agencies and has established her agency-related core competencies in the area of senior account and creative leadership where she excels at identifying top client liaisons, award-winning talent and agency leaders.

Mary is the Managing Director of our Midwest field office in Columbus, Ohio. She holds several degrees from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her achievements have earned her many prestigious industry awards as well as a stellar professional reputation. Mary brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a charismatic style that is rooted in collaborative achievement and empowerment.