June 18, 2009 – Executive search professionals Mike Kirkman, Jim Searing, Bonnie Foster and Vickie Moore have formed Lochlin Partners. "From experience we know that the big firms are too large, too transactional, and have too many constraints — all of which affect the quality of their work," said Mr. Kirkman. "Lochlin Partners offers an alternative that stresses deep relationships, a limited number of assignments, and highly creative work, unfettered by the structural issues that plague the larger firms." The principals worked together at Kirkman & Searing, a regional firm later sold to Korn/Ferry International. Mr. Kirkman oversaw the Mid-Atlantic region and Mr. Searing started the Virginia office for that firm. Mr. Kirkman subsequently founded and directed the Washington, D.C., office of Spencer Stuart. Mr. Foster, Ms. Searing and Ms. Moore previously joined forces as founding partners of another boutique firm. Headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA, Lochlin Partners will specialize in government contracting, financial services, biotech, pharmaceutical, and the education/non-profit sectors.