We Are Not Like Other Executive Search Firms

With a history spanning 45 years of service, Bell Oaks has established the roots necessary to build lasting strategic relationships that drive amazing search results.

Each team member brings not only a passion for helping clients find the right candidates, but also a history of direct business experience and demonstrated knowledge to back up that passion. Our team members have worked in HR, technology, healthcare, accounting, sales and

marketing, and more. We are more than recruiters; we are professionals who have been in the trenches and are intimately aware of how to help you find the candidates that are exactly right for your organization.

Meet Our Team

Price Harding, Chairman
Price Harding, Chairman

Price is Chairman of Bell Oaks Executive Search, which he joined as a recruiter in 1989. With more than a quarter-century in executive search, Price has led more than 500 successfully completed searches across a broad range of industries and geographies. Prior to entering the executive search industry, Price served as Director of Operations for an equipment manufacturing company.

In addition to his responsibilities at Bell Oaks, Price is an avid venture capital and angel investor through Terminus Ventures Investments and serves on several private company boards including Thrive Farmers Coffee. Price also is a member of The Board of Trustees of The King’s College in Manhattan and serves on the Duke University Divinity School’s Board of Visitors. His articles have appeared in various publications and he has been quoted in Inc. Magazine,

The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Business Chronicle and numerous industry and trade magazines.

Price received his Bachelors in Theology from Baptist University of America and conducted Masters level studies in Pastoral Counseling at Temple Baptist Seminary in Chattanooga. Price and his wife Nancy have two married daughters and live in Atlanta, where they walk to Buckhead Church most Sundays.

Todd Warshaw, Partner
Todd Warshaw, Partner

As a Partner and shareholder at Bell Oaks Executive Search, Todd Warshaw has a proven track record of building professional teams in a broad spectrum of industries. His particular expertise is in searches for C-level leadership, vice presidents, directors, managers and specialized individual contributors across most business functions. Internally, he plays a significant role in shaping Bell Oaks’ vision and strategy for providing superior consulting services to its clients and candidates.

Todd joined Bell Oaks in 1998 as an Executive Search Consultant and became a Partner and member of the executive leadership team in 2002. Todd’s clients range in size from entrepreneurial companies to public corporations in a range of industries including manufacturing, consumer products, real estate, retail and technology. He has established partnerships with his clients and assisted them in filling critical needs in numerous departments and at various levels throughout their organizations.

Todd is a frequent speaker with companies and educational institutions such as Georgia Tech and Emory’s Goizueta Business School. He speaks on a range of topics including choosing the right career for your talents and making strategic career decisions, interviewing basics for the interviewer (overcoming generational divides) and interviewee (ways to stand out from the crowd), capitalizing on today’s job market realities, organizing and

managing a job search at all career levels (entry level, MBA, seasoned industry veteran), and helping professionals stand out in new roles. Todd has a degree in Finance, with a minor in Real Estate from the University of Georgia Terry College Of Business. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Atlanta chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, an organization dedicated to providing for the well-being of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), as well as the families of fallen soldiers. He is also a Washington Club Member for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and has served on the Board of the Georgia Association of Personnel Services (GAPS), a non-profit group representing the interests of the majority of recruitment firms in Georgia. Todd resides in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead.

Matt Tovrog, Partner
Matt Tovrog, Partner

As a Partner at Bell Oaks Executive Search, Matt Tovrog has a passion for serving clients before and after the recruiting process and applies his experience in both sales and customer assurance to build long lasting relationships.

Matt joined Bell Oaks following his work with Cbeyond, an Atlanta-based communications provider for businesses. At Cbeyond, he thrived in a number of different roles focused on sales as well as account maintenance. His ability to maintain mutually beneficial relationships with his customers is what led him to Bell Oaks.

As partner, Matt is quickly becoming a noted industry expert. He has been quoted and had guest articles appear in multiple industry and consumer publications, including WorkShifting.com, WorkAwesome.com, MediaBistro and LovetoKnow.com to name a few. He also serves as an expert contributor at TalentManagement.com in The Recruitment Revolution.
A native Chicagoan, Matt moved to Georgia in the 90’s and is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in

Consumer Economics. He currently serves on the board of the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, the only local organization of its kind with a mission to “make a house a home” by providing furniture items to families in need. As a board member, he is involved in the planning and execution of the organization’s fundraisers, including the annual Chairish the Future Gala and The Atlanta Mattress 500. He also works to develop strategic partnerships and alliances to further the mission of the organization.

He and his wife Lindsey are active members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta and currently reside in Alpharetta, Georgia with their twin daughters Emily and Avery.

Lori Swope, Partner
Lori Swope, Partner

As a Partner of Bell Oaks Executive Search, Lori Swope brings extensive account management and business expertise to her clients, having served for more than 20 years as account director and consultant for several top tier human resource and talent management consulting firms. She is passionate about working with clients and providing superior client experiences.

Prior to joining Bell Oaks, Lori was an account director in the Atlanta office of Towers Watson. In this role, she worked with clients to develop innovative solutions to business issues in all areas of human resources. She was responsible for developing and managing client relationships to ensure clients received the highest quality consulting services. Lori has worked with many Fortune 500, regional and not-for-profit organizations on a broad range of complex projects, including the implementation of organization-wide talent development programs, large-scale change and the communication of major business and HR initiatives. Prior to joining Towers Watson, Lori worked with Mercer as a communication consultant and then as an account manager.

Lori also worked with Development Dimensions International (DDI) as an account executive, where she focused on the sale and implementation of talent acquisition, leadership development and succession management programs.

Lori holds a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Business. She has volunteered with several organizations, including the United Way of Atlanta and the American Cancer Society. She currently serves as a leader in Waumba Land, the children’s environment at Buckhead Church.
Lori and her husband, Steve, live in Vinings. They have a daughter, Erica, who attends the University of Georgia.

James Gates, Partner
James Gates, Partner

James Gates is a Partner and shareholder of Bell Oaks with a diverse background that serves him well in consulting clients and advising candidates. Connecting people and growing companies is what motivates him. His background is multifaceted with experience in marketing, development, healthcare and tech.

Prior to Bell Oaks, James dove head-first into entrepreneurship with the tech startup FotoIN, a mobile-first SaaS company that streamlines visual inspection and verification of field work. James remained in his healthcare corporate role while “bootstrapping” FotoIN with the founding team at nights and weekends until he accepted an offer to join full-time as its Chief Operating Officer. Now an advisor to FotoIN, James recently joined the Board of Directors for Ecrebo, a point-of-sale marketing technology company headquartered in London and funded by private equity firm Octopus Ventures.

Upon joining Bell Oaks, James quickly built credibility consulting on complex issues typical of growing companies. He brings an “operator’s perspective” to his work and has led searches in tech, real estate, construction, healthcare and professional services, and has been retained by an array of clients including Inc. 5000 companies and government agencies. James was born and raised in Farmville, Virginia where his father was the town veterinarian. He attended the J.B. Fuqua School and earned his masters and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia where he played on the lacrosse team. James is a member of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and is married with two young children.

Emily Varon, Senior Search Consultant
Emily Varon, Senior Search Consultant

Emily Varon joined Bell Oaks Executive Search in 2015 with more than eight years of human resource and talent acquisition experience. Her strength and passion lie in matching skilled candidates with great career opportunities. Emily has a history of finding talented individuals who have later been promoted to management positions within their organizations.

Emily began her professional career in Atlanta at EBSCO Research LLC, which is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a Forbes Top 200 privately held company. During her tenure, EBSCO Research, LLC grew in revenue, geographic reach and resources. Her chief responsibility was talent acquisition, where she implemented a full-cycle recruitment program finding select candidates for more than 100 roles. Emily’s human resources responsibilities further included management of training programs and facilitation of staff performance appraisals. In addition, she held responsibilities relating to customer service, office

management, employee relations, account operations and accounting. Emily graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University’s honors program. She is actively involved in several volunteer organizations, including Books for Africa, Toys for Tots, MedShare and Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Emily currently resides in Dunwoody with her husband Michael. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting and taking her dogs to the park.

Lauren Comer, Search Consultant
Lauren Comer, Search Consultant

Lauren Comer began her professional career at Kennesaw State University, where she worked as a Graduate Admissions Counselor. After serving in the counselor role she was quickly promoted to Program Coordinator where her primary responsibility was to recruit high quality candidates for one of the school’s accelerated graduate programs.

She developed and implemented a recruiting plan for the program and developed strategic relationships with feeder universities, resulting in the program being one of the most successful graduate programs at the university. Lauren gained valuable experience developing relationships with other institutions, industry leaders and experienced accounting professionals. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Communication from

Kennesaw State University and is currently completing her Master of Education in Human Resources and Organizational Development at the University of Georgia. She is actively involved with Elite Women of Excellence, which is a faith-based, non-profit youth development organization that partners with young women in areas such as self confidence, goal setting, healthy relationships and community service.

Christina Dardano, Search Consultant
Christina Dardano, Search Consultant

Christina comes to Bell Oaks fresh from helping launch start-up recruiting firm, Turnkey Producers. Christina was an integral part of creating their recruiting processes and procedures.

Her chief responsibility was talent acquisition, where she showed her aptitude for finding hard-to find, passive candidates.  Soon her role evolved to also include new business development as well. Prior to becoming a recruiter, Christina was the owner of Dardano Designs an interior design and consulting firm.  What started as a hobby, quickly developed into a full-fledged business allowing her to tap into her creative talents and hone her business skills.

She graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University, with a B.S. in Communication, launching her career working in Public Relations, Marketing and Event Planning, where she gained invaluable experience in building long-lasting client relationships.

Christina resides in the Brookhaven area of Atlanta with her husband, daughter and beloved chocolate lab, Annie.

Carol Chizzolin, Office Manager
Carol Chizzolin, Office Manager

Carol Chizzolin is the Office Manager for Bell Oaks Executive Search, bringing over 30 years’ experience in the administrative field.

Prior to her tenure with Bell Oaks, Carol was a sales associate for the material handling division for an engineering firm.

Originally from New York, Carol now calls Roswell home and is an avid and accomplished gardener.

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