"I founded IAR to follow my passion - matching the right people with the right organization to see both reach their full potential"

Grant Zallis, Founder and CEO

Our History and Purpose

IAR was founded in 2017 by Grant Zallis, an experienced leader with deep roots in the Midwest and East Coast venture-backed technology communities.  Our experience and advice come from having lived the reality our clients face everyday. Grant spent the last 15 years of his career working at rapidly expanding growth stage companies as CHRO and COO.  

The combination of executive level Operations experience and entrepreneurial recruiting provide Grant and his team a unique perspective. Recruiting at IAR is not treated as a transaction.  Rather, it is a process that involves a deep dive for insight, the development of a clear roadmap for action that leads to tangible results for our clients.  

What We've Achieved

Though we primarily partner with clients in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC, the team at IAR has placed hundreds of leaders at growth stage technology companies at offices around the world - from Columbus to Singapore.  Our recruiting efforts typically focus on the following core areas:

  • C-Level leadership at growth stage SaaS and information services companies including CEO, CFO and COO

  • Heads of Sales, Chief Customer Officer, VP of Sales, VP of Account Management

  • Leadership roles in Customer Success and Marketing

  • VPs of Product, Technology and Software Engineering

  • HR, Recruiting and Legal leadership

Check out what some of our clients have to say here.

Our team

Our ambition is simple - to love what we do and delight our clients.  Our team is comprised of other growth company veterans who compliment our core values and work ethic.


Molly Keegan:

Director of Research and Business Development

Molly started her career in the Bay area working for Yelp and has always felt a connection to fast growing, dynamic companies. She joined IAR in early 2018 to lead research for many of our largest clients.

"I love learning about each individual company and working collaboratively to help them grow."


Luke Hasten O’Brien:

Research and Communications Associate

Starting his career in scientific research, Luke utilizes his passion for system dynamics to determine the type of candidates most able to contribute to a company's development.

"Finding the right fit is crucial to facilitating the growth of companies, being a part of that growth is exhilarating.."