Preston & Partners Expands South Charlotte Office

April 13, 2017 – Executive search firm Preston & Partners has expanded with the addition of three new executive recruiters in its South Charlotte office.

“We are very pleased to be expanding both location and services as new team members come onboard. Our clients and candidates will benefit from the depth and experience of these team additions,” said Gary Preston, president.

Charlotte has become a major U.S. financial center and the second largest banking center in the U.S. The nation’s second largest financial institution by assets, Bank of America, calls the city home. Charlotte has nine Fortune 500 companies in its metropolitan area. Listed in order of their rank, they are: Bank of America; Lowe’s; Nucor; Duke Energy; Sealed Air Corp, Sonic Automotive; Family Dollar; SPX Corporation; and Domtar.

The Recruiters

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.

Ms. Lawless most recently was a senior consultant with Market Shapers Executive Recruiting in Wilmington, where she was instrumental in directing the firm’s business development and diversity & inclusion recruiting programs. Her specialty areas include an in-depth understanding and enhancement of corporate culture, team building and employer branding.


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

Meredith Wailes joins the firm as senior associate of talent acquisition, assessments and training. She most recently was director of talent management for Richard James & Partners of Charlotte. She brings over 10 years of experience in search, coaching, sales training and assessments in the candidate hiring and employee development processes. In her new role, she will focus on assisting C-Suite executives, directors and managers in career advancement. Ms. Wailes brings with her certifications in ITB strategic planning, Hogan, Chally, LVI and integrity coaching, selling and behavior styles.

“Meredith’s keen eye for analyzing and coaching executives will be a welcome addition to the slate of services which Preston & Partners offers,” Mr. Preston said. “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 joins the firm as a senior recruiter. For the past two years, he has been a 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 the firm’s retained search clients. He will focus on the manufacturing, operations and commercial and residential real estate sectors.

“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,” Mr. Preston said. “We are pleased that he is able to work both types of recruiting for our clients who most often have a need for both.”

Preston & Partners, with offices in Charlotte 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.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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