Attolon's team has expertise in executive recruiting and a rich network in the Delaware Valley.


Christopher J. Fazio
Founding Partner

Chris is a co-founder of Attolon Partners and has over 20 years of experience recruiting and consulting for a broad range of organizations in all industries. Chris has managed several hundred senior level accounting and finance searches throughout his career primarily in the emerging growth and middle market sectors. He is expert in advising senior professionals in career development, compensation and organizational matters. As a founding partner, Chris also shares responsibility for Attolon's general operating functions, including training and development of new and existing employees, business development and recruiting.

Prior to founding Attolon, Chris spent 5 years with a large, multi-national recruiting firm, where he enjoyed a tremendous amount of success as a producer. His success as a recruiter eventually led him to management roles within the company in the Philadelphia region. Before beginning his recruiting career, Chris spent 4 years with KPMG and KPMG Consulting where he served a variety of clients as an auditor and Senior Consultant in the Washington, DC and Silicon Valley offices.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Chris lives in Maple Glen, PA with his wife and three children.

Chris is President and Founder of the Susan Fazio Foundation for Melanoma Research (, a non-profit organization started in 2006 to raise funds to support research and increase awareness of Metastatic Melanoma and Mucosal Melanoma cancers.

Ryan G. Lafferty
Founding Partner

Ryan is a co-founder of Attolon and has over two decades of experience within the finance and accounting industry both as a recruiter and as a CPA. At Attolon, Ryan is responsible for client relations, business development and firm strategy. Ryan began his career as an Audit Manager at KPMG, serving Philadelphia area healthcare and life sciences companies. From there, he became Controller of a publicly-traded pharmaceutical services company. In his next roles as Vice President of Finance and later Chief Operating Officer for a successful technology start-up, he was directly responsible for all financial functions including capital raising, human resource management and controllership.

Ryan's mix of experience as an accounting professional, a hiring manager and a recruiter gives him expert insight from both sides of the desk; he understands his client's hiring cycle and technical requirements and is also able to relate to his candidate's needs in terms of career goals and fit.

Ryan graduated from Lafayette College with a BA in Economics and is a CPA. He lives in Jenkintown with his wife and five children. Ryan serves on the PICPA (Pennsylvania Institute of Chartered Public Accountants) editorial board, has authored many articles and is a regular speaker at industry seminars.

Philip J. Klauder
Founding Partner

Attolon Partners' Consulting practice is lead by Philip J. Klauder. Phil has over 21 years experience in business and financial consulting, public accounting and corporate industry.

Prior to joining Attolon, Phil was co-founder and lead consulting partner of a regional based consulting practice with a client base of public and private companies ranging in size from emerging growth and middle market to Fortune 500 companies. Phil secured and managed client assignments focusing on financial reporting, technical accounting compliance, financial planning and analysis, internal controls and business combination and transaction support.

Previously Phil worked in consulting and audit capacity functions at the public accounting firms of Ernst & Young and Deloitte. Phil also held Controller level positions in the private sector, servicing businesses in the manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Phil is a CPA. He received a B.S. in accounting from LaSalle University in 1989, and a M.B.A. in finance and strategic planning from the Joseph M. Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.


Alyse Driscoll
Director of Operations

With over 20 years of financial experience, Alyse Driscoll has worked with a variety of organizations, both large and small, helping business owners achieve their goals and better understand their financial models. She began her career with Ernst and Young, LLP, as a member of their Entrepreneurial Services Division, focusing on small and midsized companies. From there, she went on to private industry working with several multinational corporations, studying a variety of business structures, and helping CEOs and business owners to better comprehend the financial complexities of their companies.

Incorporating her love for travel, Alyse spent several years in Europe, expanding her accounting and business knowledge while working with a variety of international corporations.

Alyse is a licensed certified public accountant in New York and Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She volunteers her time with several local organizations and is currently Treasurer and Board of Directors member for the Melvin Yahr International Parkinson’s Foundation. She lives in Wallingford, PA with her husband and 2 children.


Jason G. Beckman
Managing Director

Jason is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners. He comes to Attolon with a strong background in recruiting, including fifteen years' experience focused on the Accounting and Finance industry. Most recently Jason spent five years as a Senior Director in the Accounting and Finance division of a leading regional search firm. Prior to recruiting, he worked in corporate accounting for a Fortune 500 company, and he began his career in public accounting as an auditor with a regional CPA firm. His mix of experience as a recruiter and an accounting professional gives him the ability to better understand his clients' needs and manage his candidates' expectations.

Jason graduated from Temple University with a BS in Accounting and has served on various committees and boards, including academic student affairs and North Penn Chapter of the IMA. He is an active supporter of various non-profits, including Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Make-A-Wish, and Deborah Heart and Lung Center.

He lives in Doylestown, PA with his wife and 2 children.

Toya Lawson
Managing Director

Toya is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners. Toya comes to Attolon with fourteen years of recruitment experience, ten of which have been focused in the accounting and finance industry. Toya began her career as a Staffing Specialist with Contemporary Staffing Solutions. From there, she joined AC Lordi Search (formerly Peopleflex Accounting Professionals) as a Recruiter. She later moved to the consulting practice of AC Lordi as the Internal Recruiter Manager where she was responsible for managing the recruitment and on-boarding process for the Risk Management/Internal Audit and Accounting Services business lines.

Toya graduated from Arcadia University with a BA in Health Administration, and since 2004, she has served on the Board of Trustees of Arcadia University as a member of various committees, including the Executive Committee, University Advancement, International Programs, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Governance. She lives in Wyncote with her husband and two children.

Al Niemela
Managing Director

Al is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners. Al comes to Attolon with a strong background in recruiting, including over 14 years in various executive search roles.  He spent the last four years with a retained search firm focusing on Senior level positions in the pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods industries. His primary responsibilities were sourcing and recruiting for multiple positions and managing the candidate through the interview process.

Al holds an undergraduate degree from West Chester University and lives in Mt Laurel, NJ.

Cesar Ulloa
Managing Director

Cesar is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners. Cesar comes to Attolon with over ten years of recruitment experience in accounting and finance. He began his career in Boston with a mid-sized regional staffing firm in 2004. He spent nine years recruiting accounting and finance professionals for clients ranging from Fortune 500 powerhouses to cutting-edge startups.

Cesar migrated south to Philadelphia and continues his recruiting career initially with a national staffing firm before settling in at Attolon in 2017.

Cesar graduated from The University of Florida and lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife and two sons.

Carlton Whittington
Managing Director

Carlton is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners and has been with the firm since 2003. He is responsible for candidate identification and qualification for all executive searches companywide. He has been instrumental in the recruitment of "A" player financial and information technology talent for companies of various sizes and disciplines, including financial services, manufacturing, life sciences and non profit. Carlton also manages charity functions and event planning activities for the firm.

Prior to joining Attolon, Carlton was the Vice President and Senior Associate at Diversified Search Ray & Berndtson in Philadelphia where he managed and executed multiple complex and high profile search assignments simultaneously. He was responsible for strategy development, candidate development and presentation of top quality individuals to premier clients of all disciplines.

Carlton holds an undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University and lives in Center City Philadelphia.

Chris Brown
Associate Recruiter

Chris is an Associate Recruiter at Attolon Partners. Chris comes to Attolon Partners with a background in recruiting, most recently serving as an internal recruiter for a project management firm. His responsibilities included managing the recruitment and on-boarding process for new employees.

Chris graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Psychology and lives in Devon, PA with his wife and daughter.