Connie Adair is Managing Partner of Focus Search Partners.
She joined the executive leadership team of Focus Search Partners following the 2017 acquisition of her firm Taylor Winfield Executive Search where she served as CEO since 1994. Known for building strong relationships across boards, networks and clients, Connie has a long and distinguished career in creating and establishing “best practices” for executive search methodology. During her tenure at Taylor Winfield, Connie led the firm into double-digit growth, increasing annual revenues by an average of 26 percent over the last four years, while earning one of the highest closure rates in the industry.
As former chair and current board member of Penryn International, Connie is a thought-leader in the global executive search industry. She is a lecturer at the eMBA program of SMU Cox School of Business and expert panelist for various organizations on executive leadership and board readiness. She also lends her limitless energy and talent to several non-profit boards throughout the United States, including Emeritus at Watermark for exceptional women leaders in the Silicon Valley, Desert Research Institute of Nevada, and the holding company of Sacred Spade in San Antonio.
Kirk Harrell is a Managing Director in the Dallas office of Focus Search Partners. Backed with over fifteen years of retained executive search experience, Kirk leads senior executive assignments for clients ranging from early stage startups, private equity-backed companies, to publicly-traded global organizations.Kirk Harrell is a Managing Director in the Dallas office of Focus Search Partners. Backed with over fifteen years of retained executive search experience, Kirk leads senior executive assignments for clients ranging from early stage startups, private equity-backed companies, to publicly-traded global organizations.
With an open-minded approach to each client and acute attention to detail, Kirk has earned a reputation for exceeding client expectations. He has successfully executed over 300 executive, senior management and board of director search assignments across a broad spectrum of industries including Digital Media, SaaS, Infrastructure/ IT Software, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, and Retail (eCommerce and multi-location).
Prior to Taylor Winfield, now Focus Search Partners, Kirk was a consultant for a boutique search firm where he focused on business development and search execution for nationwide technology clients within the hardware, software, telecommunications and internet sectors. Earlier, he was Manager of Resource Planning for Isix Software/DARC Corporation, specializing in Oracle software and services.
He is also a member of Penrhyn International, upholding the best standards of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
Kirk earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Baylor University. A Texas native, he resides in Dallas with his wife and two daughters.
Based in Dallas, Lynn is a high-energy retained executive search professional focused on results.
Her deep operational background gives her an edge in understanding an organization’s needs, enabling her to quickly ramp C-suite searches for her clients as well as build entire teams across every function within the enterprise. Known for her ability to read past the resume to go deeper in making impactful and successful matches, Lynn’s clients view her as an engaged partner in their business.
Lynn focuses on several industries including software, ecommerce, fintech, healthcare, and manufacturing clients. In addition to her C-suite level placements, she leads FSP’s mid-tier practice, SCALE. A partner in Penrhyn International, Lynn also has broad experience in global markets having completed searches in Latin America, Canada, China, and EMEA.
Lynn joined Focus Search Partners as part of the 2017 acquisition of Taylor Winfield where she served as Managing Director. Prior to that, Lynn served as Global Vice President, Customer Care and Professional Services for Tidal Software where she grew revenues significantly with Fortune 1000 customers and was instrumental in positioning the company for its sale to Cisco Systems. Lynn’s background also includes operations, business development and logistics experience in software services, oil and gas, and manufacturing companies. Lynn holds a bachelor of arts degree from Kean University in Union, New Jersey.
Sandy brings more than 12 years’ experience in executive search to the team at Focus Search Partners. He has been instrumental in recruiting strategic executives and senior leaders to global organizations by delivering outstanding client and candidate experiences. Known for his strong work ethic and hands-on approach, Sandy partners with clients through each step of the executive search process to achieve great results.Sandy brings more than 12 years’ experience in executive search to the team at Focus Search Partners. He has been instrumental in recruiting strategic executives and senior leaders to global organizations by delivering outstanding client and candidate experiences. Known for his strong work ethic and hands-on approach, Sandy partners with clients through each step of the executive search process to achieve great results.
Sandy has broad-based experience working across a variety of industry verticals including consumer, restaurant/retail, private equity, technology, and energy. He is a trusted advisor to clients recruiting for boards, C-suite, sales, marketing, operations, finance, purchasing, development, IT, plant operations, HR, and engineering in the US, Canada, Mexico, Asia, and the Middle East.
Sandy joined Focus Search Partners as part of the 2017 acquisition of Taylor Winfield where he served as Managing Director. Prior to joining Taylor Winfield, Sandy was an integral part of two different national search firms. He began his career as entrepreneur and founder of a specialty lacrosse retail store in Columbus, Ohio. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sandy received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, where he was a four-year letter winner on the men’s varsity lacrosse team.
Outside of work, Sandy and his wife, Natalie, have two young sons and enjoy staying active playing tennis, golf, and a range of other athletic and community activities. Sandy currently serves on the board of the SMU Athletic Forum and formerly served on the board of the St. Phillip’s School and Community Center.