ClearPath Solutions Expands Search Team

October 15, 2019 – Irvine, CA-based executive search firm ClearPath Solutions has expanded with the addition of Julie Wetzel as vice president of client relations. This is a new position to meet the expanding needs of the firm’s growing client base.

“From our first meeting, I knew that Julie’s passion and commitment to excellence would be an ideal fit with our team,” said Helen Lao, founder and president of ClearPath. “Julie is a perfect match for the collaborative team culture we have built within our organization. She is dynamic and strategic in her approach. ClearPath will undoubtedly benefit from Julie’s experience and engaging style.”

“From the moment I connected with Helen, the high level of performance, integrity and reputation were undeniable and spoke to the truly modern approach to executive leadership at ClearPath,” said Mr. Wetzel. “I am honored to join this incredible team and excited about the future.”

In her new role, Ms. Wetzel will partner with new and existing clients to build executive leadership teams. Her focus is high level finance positions in the Dallas market. She brings years of experience with building strong client relationships across a variety of industries.


After 15 years in corporate HR, Helen Lao had a vision for a better way to find talent and balance being a mom. So in 2010, she founded ClearPath, an executive recruitment firm that reimagined the way organizations find next-level talent.

ClearPath’s first hires were all stay-at-home-moms who were professionals in their pasts, and looking for ways to contribute.

Over the past six years, Ms. Lao and her team have reinvented the recruitment model as they see it and leveraged technology to find better candidates faster, and to empower women to “have it all.”

Today, ClearPath has 20 team members in the U.S. from coast to coast. “We’ve worked with hundreds of the nation’s top retailers, restaurants, and franchises,” she said. “And we continue to innovate on how to make executive recruiting more efficient and effective for companies of all sizes and stages.”


Previously, Ms. Wetzel spent seven years as a partner with Centered Holdings. Deeply committed to serving her community, she is a board member and volunteer with several Dallas charities. “She is well-equipped to execute our modern approach to building executive teams for our partner companies,” ClearPath said.

Boutique Search Firm

ClearPath Solutions, a boutique search firm founded in 2010, focuses on restaurants and retail. The firm said it prides itself on assigning a full team to every search, as opposed to just one recruiter. Its specialties include executive search, recruitment, coaching and training, and human resource consulting.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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