Our Team

Rose Sarafa


(734) 769-1720


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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


David Sarafa

President / Practice Leader

(734) 926-2175


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David Sarafa is the President of Variant Partners and manages a specialized team within the company. 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... Read More

Lynda Cooney

Practice Leader - Energy Practice

(734) 926-2189


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Effective January of 2018, Lynda has taken over the leadership of the Energy Legal search team. The practice is niched to in-house legal roles with a national scope across seven energy industry sectors. Lynda is personally responsible for all client interface as well as the day to day activity management of the team. She has... Read More

Jim Miles

Director of Engineering & Research

(734) 926-2187


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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

Greg Garey

Director of Business Development

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Greg joined the Variant Partners team in January of 2019. He has been in leadership level roles his entire career, being responsible for the direct impact on a company’s bottom line. Greg’s experience and his intellectual curiosity allows him to think outside the box and find that distinguished talent that companies long for. He got... Read More

Stephanie Krupp

Senior Strategy Director - Energy Practice

(734) 926-2186


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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

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

(734) 926-2177


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Lindsay joined Variant Partners in 2012, and knows that executive search is all about building relationships between candidates and clients. 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 after the search and hiring process. SPECIALTY: Manufacturing/Automotive... Read More

Tim Surma

Senior Recruiter

(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

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 led him to discover an aptitude for internet research, writing/editing and data analysis. He applies these... 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: Lynda Cooney, Practice Leader, Energy Practice LinkedIn Mary Jenkins, Associate Recruiter LinkedIn Stephanie... Read More

Gabe Murillo

Research Associate

(734) 926-2164


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Gabe joined Variant Partners in May of 2019. Prior to joining Variant Partners Gabe specialized in recruiting for early stage startups across a variety of industries including Software-as-a-Service, Artificial Intelligence, and Transportation. Gabe is a research enthusiast who enjoys the challenge of sourcing difficult to place positions. Gabe joined the recruiting industry after a decade... Read More

Laurie Cavanaugh

Office Manager

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Laurie joined Variant Partners in 1989 as a high school co-op student. Later that year, she became a full-time Administrative Assistant. In 1998 she was promoted to Office Manager. As Office Manager, Laurie is responsible for all of the office administrative duties. She assists with all the daily financial operations and maintain monthly 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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