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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

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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

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Lynda Cooney

Practice Leader - Energy Practice

(734) 926-2189


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Lynda is the Practice Leader in charge of Variant Partners’ in-house energy legal search team. Our practice has been exclusive to legal positions in energy companies since 2003. Through the years we’ve built an extensive proprietary legal network: we know more energy industry attorneys than there are on LinkedIn. When we start a search we... Read More

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Greg Garey

Practice Leader - Industrial Automation

(734) 926-2185


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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

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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

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Louie Letourneau

Senior Account Manager

(734) 926-2188


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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

Lindsay Panyard manufacturing automotive 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/Transportation... Read More

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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 5+ 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

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Mary Jenkins

Associate Recruiter

(734) 926-2162


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Mary joined Variant Partners in 2019 as a Business Intern. During this time, she joined the Legal Energy team and has since then progressed as an Associate Recruiter on Lynda’s team. Mary is currently working on her Bachelor of Human Resources and Marketing degree at Grand Valley State University. Her responsibilities include recruiting for various... Read More

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Sydney Wallace

Associate Recruiter

(734) 926-2173


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Sydney joined Variant Partners in 2020 as a Recruiting Intern on the Legal Energy Team and has since progressed to an Associate Recruiter. Her responsibilities include supporting the energy team’s recruiting function by sourcing via multiple platforms, maintaining communication with clients and candidates, and assisting with marketing efforts. Sydney is currently working on her Bachelor... Read More

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Alicia Coles

Administrative Assistant



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Alicia joined Variant Partners in December of 2017. As the administrative assistant for the Energy team, Alicia is the individual in charge of updating, reviewing and maintaining the records for the team. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling. Team: Lynda Cooney, Practice Leader, Energy Practice LinkedIn Mary... Read More

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Gabe Murillo

Research Manager

(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

(734) 926-2160


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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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