Our Team

ANDY LANE
Managing Partner

Andy started CFS Partners in 2006 after 25 years in retained executive search supporting organizations of all sizes, in both product and service based business, on an international basis. Andy represents boards, private equity groups, and CEOs in a wide range of organizations, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational, publicly held companies, as they work to acquire talent to increase business valuations.

Andy started his career as Research Director for a boutique executive search firm in Chicago focused in plastics and chemicals. 700+ searches later, each search begins with a distinct research thesis specific to each client and requirement. Since 2007, Andy’s practice focuses exclusively on representing organizations that finance, design, construct, develop, own, and operate the world’s digital infrastructure along with the myriad of services that sit on top.

CFS Partners has grown to trusted advisor and partner status with privileged relationships across the markets they serves. Andy is an active participant in the market, recognized as a speaker, writer, and sponsor of industry events including CommonLinks, IMN, 7×24 Exchange, Mission Critical Magazine, Caprate, and DataCenter Dynamics. Andy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Psychology and Economics. He is married and proud father of a US Coast Guard Academy Graduate, an entrepreneur / cinematographer, and US Naval Academy attendee.

KAREN MICKLER
Recruiting Director

Karen is a diversified search professional with 25 years of experience in research, recruiting, business management, and business administration. Her inquisitiveness, strong sense of organization, and ability to listen and quickly understand client needs are the foundation for her tenure of success.

Karen’s background includes technical IT recruiting, medical recruiting, and government staffing for both boutique recruiting firms and larger corporations. Her proven ability to manage multiple search mandates, source top-tier talent, and thoroughly develop candidates will contribute greatly to CFS’s clients and the Critical Facility Search Partner’s firm.

Karen and her husband Mike live in Amelia Island, Florida. Mike has 30 years banking background specializing in SBA Commercial Lending.  She and her husband have a passion for travel, fossil hunting for shark teeth, and they both create beautiful coastal artwork as a hobby.

ALI SCHRADER
VP Marketing

Ali brings 6+ years of experience in digital marketing, content creation, and brand management to the CFS Partners team. She began her career as an Ecommerce merchandising and marketing manager for Gorsuch in Vail, Colorado. After 3.5 years she joined the Ecommerce team as a product merchandiser for apparel and footwear at Sports Authority. Learning and growing in a corporate environment, she brought her skill set back to the mountains and teamed up with a local real estate company, The Steamboat Group, as their marketing manager. From ad and content creation, budget management, retargeting, website management and CRM management, she continued to grow her skill set wearing many hats. She has now partnered with CFS Partners to contribute to their already cutting edge branding and marketing efforts. In a continuously growing and changing market, having a dedicated brand strategist will give CFS Partners the edge to best serve their clients.

KIM FORSYTH
Executive Project Coordinator

Kim fulfills the critical role of executive project coordinator and also oversees the functionality and organization of CFS Partner’s extensive TRM. She manages all coordination between client company teams and candidates and performs numerous administrative tasks to support the company’s search mandates and overall workflows. Kim brings over 20 years of administrative experience in a variety of capacities to the team. Her adaptability and eagerness to learn enables her to efficiently and successfully contribute to our ever-changing business.

Kim resides in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee and is happily married. She is the proud mother of a US Coast Guardsman, a cardiac sonographer, and an ambitious college student.

We privilege our relationship as a trusted advisor across the many markets we serve.