Career Partners International Elects New Board of Managers »

Chapel Hill, NC, March 25, 2012 –(– At its Annual General Meeting, the equity partners of Career Partners International elected three new members as well as the Chairman to its Board of Managers.

Elaine Varelas, Career Partners International – Boston/Keystone Partners was re-elected to serve as Chairman of the Board and a warm welcome was given to William “Bill” Ayers of Career Partners International – New York/The Ayers Group, John Daugherty of Career Partners International – Kansas City/Overland Park, and Travis Jones of Career Partners International – Tulsa/Career Development Partners who joined the board.

Ms. Varelas serves as the Managing Partner of Keystone Partners, the Boston office of Career Partners International. In addition to leading the board for Career Partners International and managing Keystone Partners, Varelas uses her twenty plus years of experience in leadership, career counseling, executive development and coaching, to help individuals achieve career success and client organizations improve organizational effectiveness. Known for her expertise in the industry, Varelas is frequently featured and quoted by local and national media.

Previously on the board and a past chair for several years, William “Bill” Ayers of Career Partners International – New York/The Ayers Group returns to the board. Ayers, who founded The Ayers Group which is one of the original seven firms that formed Career Partners International, currently oversees the firm’s development of innovative strategies to help corporate clients in all the Fortune 500 categories lead and manage organizational change. He has been instrumental in the expansion of Career Partners into the Asia Pacific region, which has grown in locations from four to 14 countries in the past several years. Ayers’ career is filled with numerous awards and accolades both professionally and personally and includes the prestigious Ellis Island Award for community service. Ayers has served on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts Council New York Chapter and was a member of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.

A seasoned executive and entrepreneur, John Daugherty owned and managed numerous successful companies prior to his current role as the Managing Partner of Career Partners International of Kansas City/Overland Park. Daugherty, who is a certified career consultant with expertise in assessments and career management principles, also serves in leadership capacities and on the boards of multiple associations in the Kansas City area.

As the CEO of Career Development Partners/ Career Partners International – Tulsa, Travis Jones brings tremendous talent and experience from his work connecting companies and employees together for over 35 years in Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas. Jones previously served as president of a regional professional staffing and placement company and under his leadership the firm received Inc. Magazine’s Award for the 135th fastest growing privately held business in America, and was named by Oklahoma Business Monthly as one of the best companies to work for in Oklahoma.

“Bill, John and Travis are great additions to our leadership team,” said David P. Hemmer, President and CEO of Career Partners International. “They will contribute greatly to the strategic direction of our organization.”

Continuing their service on the board are Sharon Imperiale, President of Career Concepts Incorporated/Career Partners International – Philadelphia; Normand Leduc, President of Leduc Human Resources/Career Partners International – Montreal; and Mike McKee, Managing Partner of Career Partners International – Houston.

In appreciation of their leadership and accomplishments, Mike Humphries of Career Partners International – Seattle/Waldron, John Myers of Career Partners International – Chicago/Kensington International, and Jim Ratliff of Career Partners International – Cleveland/Ratliff & Taylor were recognized for their leadership and service on the board.

“Our past board has done a tremendous job,” commented Hemmer. “We are fortunate to have such great leaders who remain active and committed to our mission.”

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