Our Team

Rose Sarafa


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Rose co-founded Variant Partners with her husband Sam in 1970. In her role as CEO, she is accountable for the day-to-day business operations. This includes managing the administrative staff, payroll, and accounting and finance.  She contributes significantly to our hiring process, strategic planning and franchise relations. Rose was integral in launching the administrative staffing division... Read More

Sam Sarafa


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Sam co-founded Variant Partners in 1970 with his wife Rose. In his current role as Chairman, he works alongside Rose and his son, David in developing the strategic business and growth management plan for the organization necessary to guarantee the success of Variant Partners’ performance goals and the preservation of the principles and moral established... Read More

David Sarafa

President / Practice Leader

(734) 926-2175


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David Sarafa is the President of Variant Partners but also has his own search practice. David’s unique background in this industry enables him to gain a much deeper understanding of what is needed for the roles his team works on, and the expertise of the people they work with. David is fortunate to have a... Read More

Lynda McCarron Cooney

Practice Leader - Energy Practice

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In 2014 Lynda McCarron joined Variant Partners. Her BA is from Michigan State University in 2010 and she received her MA from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. Her hard work, commitment to learning the industry, and excellent communication skills have made her an integral member of our growing practice. In her spare time she enjoys... Read More

Jim Miles

Director - Engineering & Research

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Jim Miles is a Director in the Engineering and Research practice which spans most manufacturing market segments but principally durable goods related to transportation.  His technical background and problem solving focus give him insights into cultivating relationships that provide cross functional and multi-disciplinary solutions to difficult organizational issues. Here are some highlights of Jim’s background:... Read More

Deborah Joseph

Director - Industrial Automation

(734) 926-2185


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Industrial Automation Recruiter at Variant Partners: I’m a problem solver. It’s what drives me. I chose recruiting because it is proactive – at least the way I do it. I find people, put them on my radar and connect with them.  I find out what makes them tick, what would enhance their professional lives and... Read More

Stephanie Krupp

Senior Strategy Director - Energy Practice

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Stephanie joined Variant Partners in 2000 following a leadership role in a natural gas marketing firm. The following year she took over leadership of the energy practice which provided energy companies with top talent across multiple technical disciplines. In 2003 she dedicated Variant’s energy practice exclusively to attorneys in house in order to bring a... Read More

Fred Keena

Business Development Manager

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Fred joined Variant Partners in 2015 after five years of varying HR roles in the Market Research, Healthcare and Service industries with a focus on training, engagement and recruiting.  Starting in 2017, Fred is including business development efforts for David Sarafa’s team (Manufacturing sector, all disciplines) while maintaining his recruiting focus for Compensation, and Total... Read More

Louie Letourneau

Senior Account Manager

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Louie started with Variant Partners in 2011.  His superior recruiting knowledge and expertise is a result of his commitment to the industry and willingness to learn and grow each day.  He prides himself on always following up with clients and candidates in a very timely manner.  He is an avid Michigan and Detroit sports fan,... Read More

Mike Nowak

Senior Account Manager

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Mike joined Variant Partners in 2013 after graduating from Central Michigan University.  He has a passion for the recruiting industry and a desire to succeed.  His hard work and dedication to learn the industry has led him to become an integral part of the team, and Variant Partners as a whole.  He is very competitive... Read More

Lindsay Panyard | Purchasing, Logistics, and Supply Chain Recruiter

Lindsay Panyard

Senior Recruiter

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Lindsay joined Variant Partners in 2012, and knows that executive search is all about building relationships between candidates and clients.  Through her practice as a Supply Chain Recruiter, Lindsay not only provides great service, but knows and understands her clients on a detailed level. She is a personable, honest and thorough communicator before, during and... Read More

Tim Surma


(734) 926-2181


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Tim supports David’s team at Variant Partners. Tim received his degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University and has 4 years of experience in sales, primarily in the automotive industry. His goal is to find the best talent and ensure his candidates are taken care of from the first conversation to their first day on... Read More

Megan Holmes




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Megan joined David’s team at Variant Partners in 2017. She comes to the team with experience in healthcare staffing and recruiting. Megan holds a BA from Adrian College and is finishing up a MS in Information from the University of Michigan. Her love of challenges and puzzles is what draws her to the recruitment industry,... Read More

Michelle Metzger

Associate Recruiter

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Michelle joins Variant Partners with over ten years of sales and management experience, with a focus in learning and development, recruiting and operational excellence. She earned her Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Detroit – Mercy and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. In her... Read More

Jimmy Makaravage

Associate Recruiter

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Jimmy joined David’s team as an IT Recruiter in 2017 after working for 2 years in campus recruitment at the University of Michigan. His passion for building relationships is what pushes him to excel in the recruiting industry. He graduated with a degree in Entrepreneurship from Appalachian State University in 2014. In his free time,... Read More

Greg Hughes

Research Associate



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Greg joined David’s team at Variant Partners in 2017 as a research associate. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2014, he began working in a variety of industries while living in Chicago. Greg’s experience in these roles lead him to discover an aptitude for internet research, writing/editing and data analysis. He supports David’s... Read More

Alicia Coles

Administrative Assistant



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Alicia joined the Variant Partners team in December of 2017. Alicia is the individual in charge of updating, reviewing, and maintaining the accuracy for the Energy team within Variant Partners. She is excited for her new role and excited about the opportunity! Team: Stephanie Krupp, Senior Strategy Director, Energy Practice LinkedIn Lynda Cooney, Practice Leader, Energy... Read More

Laurie Cavanaugh

Office Manager

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I joined Variant Partners in 1989 as a high school co-op student. Later that year I became a full-time Administrative Assistant. In 1998 I was promoted to Office Manager. As Office Manager, I am responsible for all of the office administrative duties. I assist with all the daily financial operations and maintain monthy sales reports... Read More

Nicole Renaud

Operations Manager



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Nicole joined Variant Partners in 2017 as the Operations Manager. Nicole’s professional background includes nine years of grocery retail experience, with four years in grocery retail management experience focusing on areas such as merchandising, human resources and operations. Nicole graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration... Read More

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