Preston & Partners President Gary Preston is proud to announce the addition of three retained executive recruiters in combination with the expansion of the company’s South Charlotte office. “We are very pleased to be expanding both location and services as new team members come on board. Our clients and candidates will benefit from the depth and experience of these team additions,” Preston announced.

North Carolina Recruiting Executive Kathleen Lawless joins Preston & Partners as a Senior Recruiter. She will focus on executive searches in the Manufacturing and Energy sectors, and Human Resources and Business Development functional areas.

She most recently was a Senior Consultant with Market Shapers Executive Recruiting in Wilmington, NC, where she was instrumental in directing the company’s business development and their diversity and inclusion recruiting programs.

A native of New Jersey, Kathleen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University with a focus on Political Science. Her specialty areas include an in-depth understanding and enhancement of corporate culture and employer branding. She is passionate about the fact that she has been able to place candidates in satisfying careers and has helped develop exceptional teams for her clients.

“Kathleen’s keen recruiting savvy will be a perfect addition to our staff along with her easy-going style,” Preston noted. “Her extensive background will assist and benefit Preston & Partners in reaching out to current and future clients.”

Meredith Wailes joins Preston & Partners as Senior Associate of Talent Acquisition, Assessments and Training. She most recently was Director of Talent Management for Richard James & Partners of Charlotte.

A true North Carolinian, Meredith brings over 10 years of experience in search, coaching, sales training and assessments in the candidate hiring and employee development processes. Meredith will focus on assisting C-Suite executives, directors and managers in career advancement.

Preston & Partners’ slate of services will be complemented by Meredith’s certification in ITB Strategic Planning, Hogan, Chally, LVI and Integrity Coaching, Selling and Behavior Styles. In addition, Meredith has created and taught a variety of employee engagement processes.

Meredith earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Strayer University with a concentration in Marketing. She is a certified Professional Coach and has earned additional training certification in the sales, coaching and assessment arenas.

“Meredith’s keen eye for analyzing and coaching executives will be a welcome addition to the slate of services which Preston & Partners offers,” Preston noted. “Developing teams and being able to see how a candidate will fit into a company’s culture are valuable services our client partners consistently request.”

Dylan Cochran will join Preston & Partners as a Senior Recruiter. For the past two years, Dylan has been a consistently top performing recruiter for PeopleSuite, the contingency staffing arm of Preston & Partners. He will bring business development and candidate search skills sharpened on the contingency side to his retained search clients.  He will focus on the Manufacturing and Operations and the Commercial and Residential Real Estate fields.

“Dylan’s excellent performance as a liaison between companies and candidates on the contingency side has led to success as a retained recruiter at our firm,” Preston explained. “We are pleased that he is able to work both types of recruiting for our clients who most often have a need for both.”

Kathleen and Meredith will be based out of the newly expanded South Charlotte office, with an expected relocation date in May. Dylan will work out of the Mooresville office.

Preston & Partners, with offices in Charlotte, NC and New York City, is a talent acquisition firm with an extensive network and national capability. Focus areas include all channels of retail; consumer products; organic and natural products, manufacturing and operations; IT; and health and life sciences.