The Attolon Team

Attolon's team has expertise in executive recruiting and a rich network in the Delaware Valley.

Christopher J. Fazio

Christopher J. Fazio

Founding Partner

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Chris is a co-founder of Attolon Partners and has over 30 years of experience recruiting and consulting for a range of emerging growth and middle-market organizations. Chris is an expert in advising senior professionals in career development, compensation, and organizational matters.

Chris is President and Founder of the Susan Fazio Foundation for Melanoma Research, a non-profit organization started in 2006 to raise funds to support research and increase awareness of Metastatic Melanoma and Mucosal Melanoma cancers.

Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and lives in Glen Mills, PA with his wife and three children.

Ryan G. Lafferty

Ryan G. Lafferty

Founding Partner

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Ryan is a co-founder of Attolon and has over three decades of experience within the finance and accounting industry as a recruiter and asa CPA. Ryan began his career as an Audit Manager at KPMG, serving Philadelphia area healthcare and life sciences companies. He has also served as a Controller of a publicly traded pharmaceutical services company, Vice President of Finance, and later Chief Operating Officer for a successful technology start-up. Ryan's mix of experience as an accounting professional, a hiring manager, and a recruiter gives him expert insight from both sides of the desk; he understands his client's hiring cycle and technical requirements and is also able to relate to his candidate's needs in terms of career goals and fit.

Ryan graduated from Lafayette College with a B.A. in Economics and lives in Jenkintown, PA with his wife and five children.

Philip J. Klauder

Philip J. Klauder

Founding Partner

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Phil has over 30 years of experience in consulting, public accounting, and corporate industry and leads Attolon Consulting.  Prior to joining Attolon, Phil was co-founder and lead consulting partner of a consulting practice with a client base of public and private companies ranging in size from emerging growth and middle market to Fortune 500 companies. Previously Phil worked in consulting and audit capacity functions at the public accounting firms of EY and Deloitte. Phil received a B.S. in accounting from LaSalle University and an MBA in finance and strategic planning from the Joseph M. Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and is a CPA.

Phil lives with his wife and daughter in Media, PA.

Keith Van Auken

Keith Van Auken

Partner, Information Technology

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Keith Van Auken leads the Information Technology practice at Attolon Partners. Keith has over 20 years of experience recruiting technology professionals. He has a thorough understanding of the roles and technical requirements as well as a strong network of qualified candidates. Prior to Attolon, Keith held senior leadership positions at leading advisory firms in the Philadelphia region. He was responsible for sales, recruiting operations, and professional staffing for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500.

Keith earned a BA from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, where he also played basketball. He resides in South Jersey with his wife and two children.

Jason G. Beckman

Jason G. Beckman

Managing Director

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Jason is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners and has more than 20 years of recruiting experience in accounting and finance. Prior to recruiting, Jason worked in corporate accounting for a Fortune 500 company; he began his career in public accounting as an auditor with a regional CPA firm. His mix of experience as a recruiter and an accounting professional gives him the ability to better understand his clients' needs and manage his candidates' expectations.

Jason graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Accounting and lives in Doylestown, PA with his wife and two children.

Lori W. Braden

Lori W. Braden

Managing Director

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Lori is a Managing Director and has more than 20 years of marketing, technology, and management experience. Lori oversees the operations, research, and client deliverables for all search engagements.  Prior to Attolon, Lori was Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA) where she was a key member of the executive team.

Lori graduated from LaSalle University with a degree in communication and lives in Philadelphia, PA.

James DeLuccia

James DeLuccia

Director of Operations and Market Research

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Jim has 20 years of communications experience in the finance and accounting industry. Prior to joining Attolon as Director of Operations and Market Research, Jim led media outreach and public relations, published blogs, produced videos and podcasts, and managed events for the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.

Jim earned his BA in Communications and Marketing from Albright College. He lives in Doylestown, PA with his wife and daughter.

Julia Guerin

Julia Guerin

Recruitment Coordinator

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After three semesters interning, Julia Guerin took her first full-time job as Recruitment Coordinator at Attolon Partners in 2023. Julia supports operations, client deliverables, candidate research, and marketing. Julia earned her BBA in Marketing from Temple University and resides in Philadelphia.

John Herbut

John Herbut

Executive Recruiter

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John is an Executive Recruiter and has nearly a decade of experience in the insurance sector. Before joining Attolon, John was the Director of Digital Business Transformation at United Healthcare where he also had extensive experience in sales, product development, and operations.

John has a degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a double concentration in BusinessManagement and Operations & Information Management; he lives with his wife in North Wales, PA.

Al Niemela

Al Niemela

Managing Director

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Al is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners. Al has over 20 years of experience recruiting for executive roles. Al has worked with clients to fill senior-level accounting, finance, and human resource positions in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and consumer packaged goods industries.

Al holds an undergraduate degree from West Chester University and lives in Mt. Laurel, NJ.

Diane Smith

Diane Smith

Head of Research

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Diane is Head of Research, overseeing the strategy and delivery of research for each Attolon engagement. She has extensive experience in administration, database management, and marketing. Prior to joining Attolon Partners, she spent 10 years working in an investment banking department for a financial services firm. Diane began her career with the Philadelphia Flyers.

She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Temple University and lives in Havertown, PA.

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Managing Director

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Greg is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners and has 20 years of experience in recruiting, internal talent acquisition, and recruitment process outsourcing roles. Greg has placed executives in finance, accounting, technology, sales, and human resource functions in a variety of industries.  

Greg has a B.S. Lafayette College. He lives with his wife and two children in Philadelphia.

Michael Steen

Michael Steen

Executive Recruiter

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Mike is an Executive Recruiter with ten years of experience in the accounting and finance industry. Before joining Attolon, he delivered cloud-based software solutions to corporate finance organizations, automating and streamlining their procurement and spend management processes. Mike began his career at BDO, providing audit services to private equity and venture capital firms. 

He graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Accounting and lives in Flourtown, PA with his wife.