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Parker Executive Search is a retained executive search firm dedicated to providing superior service to its clients in the identification and recruitment of outstanding professionals for senior executive positions. Parker Executive Search is led by Dan Parker, an executive search consultant since 1984. 
With the ever-increasing spotlight on every decision and hire, universities, corporations and associations rely upon Parker Executive Search to conduct thorough, confidential and timely searches.

With more than 100 years of combined experience, our search consultants are committed to building strong and lasting relationships with both our clients and candidates.  Each search is led by a senior consultant and is assisted by experienced team members who provide support throughout every step of the search process.  Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Parker Executive Search provides innovative and proactive search solutions to clients nationally and internationally.

PES understands the important role of search committees, associations and governing boards and recognize the often difficult task of executing searches. Parker Executive Search utilizes a proven process to assist the client in successfully managing the selection process. To identify and recruit the best candidates we combine a careful review of our extensive proprietary database with original research that is specific to the needs and desires of each client.

In each search, we strive to maintain close contact with our client and potential candidates. Updates on the search progress, including candidates under consideration, will be delivered to the committee via a secure website developed for each search assignment.

We agree with the client on a strict timeline and commit the full resources of our firm in aggressively conducting the search and reaching a successful conclusion. Parker Executive Search has a reputation for exceeding clients’ expectations by providing a diverse panel of candidates and a quality search process.


   Parker Executive Search accepts, without reservation, the principles of equal opportunity in employment. Parker Executive Search will not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, color, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, national origin, or religion.


Laurie Wilder

Laurie Wilder - Executive Vice President and Managing Director & Lead Consultant:  Laurie Wilder is a senior vice president and managing director with Parker Executive Search. She joined the firm in 1999 as associate and also has served as principal and vice president.

In her role, Laurie is responsible for business development, account management, and candidate development. She has been involved in all aspects of the search process, from conducting original research on candidates to meeting with educational institutions to determine their needs for an appropriate fit. She has successfully completed higher-education searches for university and community college presidents, vice presidents, deans, directors, and athletic administration and coaching professionals. She also has actively worked on middle- and senior-level searches in the sales, marketing, material management, logistics, human resources, general management, operations, manufacturing, construction, and finance disciplines.

Laurie believes in building and fostering strong relationships with both clients and candidates that are grounded in integrity. She has developed a strong network within the executive search and educational communities, knowing that the candidates she helps place also become clients.

In addition to her duties at Parker Executive Search, Laurie is an annual speaker at the Executive Leadership Institute for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).

Laurie graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, earning a BBA with an emphasis in Management.

Laurie and her husband, Preston, have two children, Holden and Maguire. They reside in Suwanee, Georgia, and take great pride in being active community volunteers.




Daniel Parker

Daniel Parker – Vice President: Daniel works on corporate, sports and higher education searches.  Daniel has worked on numerous corporate vice president searches, collegiate athletic director searches and collegiate basketball, baseball, and football head coach searches.
Before joining Parker Executive Search, Daniel spent 10 years in the Sales and Marketing division for Nissan North America in California, Florida, and South Carolina before moving to Atlanta in 2009.  Along with his extensive sales and marketing experience, Daniel also spent time working in automotive finance for Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation. Daniel’s responsibilities included retail financial products, automotive floor plans, and dealership mortgages.

Daniel graduated from The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia, earning a BBA with an emphasis in Marketing.  Daniel is currently working on obtaining his MBA from The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia.

Daniel and his wife Callie have two daughters: Caroline and Molly.


Shelana Poindexter

Shelana Poindexter, M.S. – Associate: Shelana joined Parker Executive Search as an associate working within the sports and higher education practices.  Being a former track and field student-athlete and having spent the last seven years working within intercollegiate athletics, she brings knowledge and expertise from both NCAA Division I and Division II.  While working in college athletics, Shelana’s primary responsibilities included compliance, student-athlete welfare and scholarship budgets. 

In addition to her role at the firm, Shelana sits on the Board of Directors for the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA).  She is also a member of National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).

Shelana graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2004 with a BBA in Marketing and Management.  After working in the corporate banking industry and interning at NACWAA, she returned to Abilene, Texas to work for her alma mater as the Assistant Director of Athletics.  She earned her Master’s in Organizational and Human Resource Development in December 2007. 

Shelana enjoys traveling, working out, music and being active in the local community.  She currently resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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