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 President/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
V.P., Operations
Director, Research Services
(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 September, 2010, Alissa was promoted to Vice President Operations, 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
Director, Candidate Development
(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.

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.

Ruth-Dinaz Sarkari

Ruth-Dinaz Sarkari
Strategic Sourcing
(469) 443-7984

Ruth-Dinaz Sarkari

Ruth was recruited to AGResearch in August 2007 as Manager of our Sourcing Group. She brings ten years of advanced internet sourcing, Boolean String syntax and research expertise with a combination of metrics, benchmarking and establishing best practices.

Previously, Ruth was a Senior Associate with DHR International handling full life cycle recruiting. Prior to DHR, Ruth held multiple Research, Recruiting and Sourcing roles with Hyle Human Capital Partners and eResourcing, a Division of TMP Worldwide.

Ruth has an MBA (Operations Management and Marketing) from the Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton, PA, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree with a concentration in Life Sciences and Chemistry from the University of Bombay, India.

Ruth makes her home in a northeast suburb of Dallas, TX with her husband and twins, spending her spare time chasing her young children while feeding hamsters & fish, juggling extracurricular activities and handling a steady stream of house guests.