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 is a Board member of the PICPA (Pennsylvania Institute of Chartered Public Accountants) and also serves as the Chair on the Editorial Board and the Careers & Lifestyles Committee.

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.


Diane Smith
Head of Research

Diane is Head of Research at Attolon Partners with responsibility for the oversight, strategy and delivery of all aspects of research for each Attolon engagement. Diane joined Attolon Partners in 2015 bringing with her a deep background in administration, database management and marketing.

Prior to joining Attolon Partners, she spent 10 years working in an Investment Banking department for a regional Financial Services firm. Diane began her career with the Philadelphia Flyers.

She holds a masters and an undergraduate degree from Temple University and lives in Havertown, PA.


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.

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.

Greg Smith
Managing Director

Greg is a Managing Director at Attolon Partners. He has over fifteen years of experience in recruiting, successfully placing executive and senior level candidates while in retained search, internal talent acquisition and recruitment process outsourcing roles. The functions he has supported include: Corporate (finance and accounting, technology and human resources), Sales and Business Specialists. The industries he has supported include: Professional Services, Software & Technology, Investment & Retail Banking, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Healthcare and Manufacturing. He has over ten years dedicated to the successful placement of accounting & finance professionals in this region.

Greg has a degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science from Lafayette College. He lives with his wife and son in Philadelphia.

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.