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.