Because. Talent. Matters.

We partner to deliver the best candidates or market intelligence for your company or client.

Our Knowledge is Your Power

our story


Initially an hourly fee, Research Services firm, we quickly added Candidate Development services because our clients demanded it. We LISTEN to our clients.

Because we listen, Competitive Intelligence services quickly followed.

A true generalist firm, with deep experience across all industries, we deliver candidates (from individual contributor to C-Level and Board) and market intelligence to large corporate clients, medium and small businesses and executive search firms.

Established in 2002, we work hard to build long term partnerships, listen to our clients and deliver success.

Bottom line: We love what we do and we are good at it.

our management team

Alissa Hawkins

Patti T. Mayer
Chief Executive Officer
(214) 842-4540

Patti Mayer

Patti joined AGResearch in 2003 as Financial Director, assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in July 2007 and the role of CEO in September 2010.

Prior to entering her role with AGResearch, Patti managed the EDS Executive Stock Plan and held accounting/management positions with Wells Fargo Business Credit and ITT Financial Services. She brings her unique background to AGResearch, lending us her solid insight and experience.

Patti, a graduate of Southern Methodist University, resides in McKinney, Texas along with her husband of 40+ years and their beloved Shih Tzu’s. A longtime member of the WBCS, Patti spends her free time playing golf and Facetiming with her grandson.

Alissa Hawkins

Alissa B. Hawkins
President, Chief Operating Officer
(770) 974-3598

Alissa Hawkins

Alissa joined AGResearch in 2003 bringing 10+ years of executive level research experience and management to the AGR Team. In January 2020, Alissa was promoted to President and COO, retaining her current responsibilities as Director of Research Services.

Prior to joining AGResearch, Alissa held the position of Director of Research at two retained search firms and formerly managed her own research firm. Alissa participates in local research organizations and is a member of many national associations.

Alissa resides in the northwest suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her two sons and menagerie of dogs and cats.

Larry Proffitt

Larry Proffitt
Vice President
(804) 556-4845

Larry Proffitt

Larry joined AGResearch in 2005 bringing decades of experience in the recruiting and human resources field, working across all industries. In January 2020, Larry was promoted to Vice President, retaining his current responsibilities as Director of Candidate Development.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University where his major was Human Resource Management.

Larry resides in the historic Richmond, Virginia area with his wife, son, daughter and plethora of pets. He enjoys the outdoors, is a Marathon finisher and competes in triathlons.


The road to success may be paved with good intentions, but we bring more to the party than that.

Large enough to handle any size project; we remain cohesive, bringing amazing benefits to clients because we have been able to maintain our culture. Due to this and the fact that we strategically match our team members experience and background to each challenge, we achieve spectacular results. OUR CLIENTS AGREE.


Our Research group delivers verified real-time information based upon titling and target lists generated by you or in conjunction with you and on the action plan created during our kick-off call. We deliver original research which includes Name, Title, Telephone and Email and Direct Dial when available. This information is sent to you daily so that you stay on top of the project, steering and redirecting, if necessary, as the project moves forward.

Candidate Development

Our Candidate Development team works in tandem with our Research group or as a stand alone service pre-qualifying candidates. Qualified, interested candidates are presented real-time with a resume and interview summary. Project summaries and call reports (including candidate status and intelligence gained) are delivered weekly. You can hire one candidate or ten – the only cost to you is our hourly fee. Our cost per hires are impressive.

Competitive Intelligence

Break ahead of your competitors opening in new markets. Know the latest industry compensation package standards. Check up on your competitors approach to specific markets. Competitive Intelligence projects are creative in nature and just plain fun.

cost per hire

Since 2002, we have delivered the highest quality candidates while keeping recruiting costs low, averaging well below 10%.  Click the listing to see a sample of AGR placements made and the related cost per hire.  They are real numbers and are pretty impressive.

View Cost Per Hire Summary

If you like these numbers as much as our current clients do, reach out to us! Pick up a phone, email or fill in the Contact Us below. We would appreciate the opportunity to speak to you about how we work and what we do.

how it works


1. Reach out to our team when you have a challenging position, seek market intelligence or need that extra hand.

2. A kick-off call will follow and together we form a plan of action.

3. The AGR Team will estimate the hours needed to support the project and upon approval and paperwork, we queue the project for start date, which normally runs 24 – 48 hours.



Q: What does AGResearch do?

A: AGResearch, a certified Woman Owned Business, is an hourly fee research, competitive intelligence and candidate development services firm. We work behind the scenes for our clients providing human resource solutions.

Q: Why should I choose AGResearch over RPOs?

A: We bring our ‘smarts’ and experience to the table, providing strategic intelligence to find the right people for you or your client – and we do it without breaking the bank.

Q: How does AGResearch provide savings?

A: Think of AGResearch as your staff without payroll or benefits. We charge by the hour and you manage the budget – turn us on when you need us and off when you don’t. You start it; you stop it; you put it on hold. There are no hidden fees.

Q: What are AGResearch specialty areas?

A: We are a true generalist firm with deep experience in all industries and niche specialties in many.

Q: What level positions do you target?

A: We have in-depth experience working positions from individual contributor to C-Level and Board.

Q: Where is AGResearch located and can you handle international projects?

A: We are located virtually across the United States and work throughout the US and Canada.

Q: What are three things AGResearch would want me to know while I make this decision to outsource?

  1. Our communication and responsiveness are second to none. In short, we listen; we communicate; we deliver.
  2. Our success is driven by our experienced staff’s personal commitment to do the job right and our world class resources support them in the effort. This delivers success to you for one project or large initiatives.
  3. We are a Woman Owned Business and have deep experience in the practice of diversity talent search.


We would like to hear from you. Please contact us directly or complete the form to the right and we will contact you as soon as possible.


AGResearch International, LLC.

550 N. Central Expressway, #460

McKinney, TX  75070