SearchOne Advisors

We are not a search company.
We are a find company.


Since 1998, SearchOne Advisors has been dedicated to helping the leading names in the alternative asset industry find the talent they need to succeed.

    We build Careers

    Through the relationships we build, we gain an understanding of the careers our candidates envision for themselves. Our recruiters work closely with them to determine the ideal path to achieve their goals.

    We strive to find environments our candidates will excel in. Our goal is to build lasting careers.

    We build Relationships

    With over 100 years of combined experience, our team has built thoughtful relationships with tens of thousands of candidates. As we watch their skills develop and careers grow, we get to know their motivations and interests.

    By knowing our candidates beyond their resumes, our recruiters are able to find the right opportunity for them. We believe a mutual fit is the best fit.

    We build Teams

    We look beyond the placement. Our team is dedicated to finding candidates who will succeed for years to come. We are responsible for building out teams for some of the leading names in the industry.

    SearchOne finds the talent you need today, to build the team you want tomorrow.

    We build Partnerships

    We firmly believe the key to a successful search is collaboration. Through this collaboration, we build partnerships that allow our knowledgeable recruiters to understand the nuances and individual needs of a search.

    We take pride in our client’s success.

    • 2/3of candidates placed have been with their firms for 5 years or more.
    • 1,000+projects completed by SearchOne.
    • 80%of mid to senior level candidates placed have been in touch with SearchOne throughout their careers.


    Over the past two decades, SearchOne has successfully completed a vast range of searches. Our team has expertise across strategies, experience levels, and geographies.

    Public Markets

    SearchOne has placed investment professionals at all levels, from analysts to portfolio managers. We work on a broad range of mandates within the public markets, including:

    • Long/Short Equity
    • Long-Only Equity
    • Credit
    • Event-Driven and Special Situations
    • Global Macro

    Private Markets

    We have placed candidates ranging from pre-MBA associates to managing directors. SearchOne represents opportunities across various private market strategies including:

    • Buyouts
    • Growth Equity
    • Venture Capital
    • Private Debt
    • Secondaries

    Family Offices

    SearchOne has placed numerous investment professionals into both direct and indirect investing roles within single and multi-family offices.

    Candidate Placement Locations

    We have made placements in over forty cities across North America, Asia, Europe, and South America.


    Scott Chapin

    Robert Jermain

    Maddie Koterba

    Jim MacLeod

    Lane Merlo

    Matthew Moore

    Nicole Orlando

    Theresa Petrucci

    Meridith Piper

    Michael Riccardelli

    Jason Snaider

    Caroline Targgart

    Tinsley Ullrich

    Amanda Weiss


    561 7th Ave, 18th Floor
    New York, NY 10018

    Michael Garmisa
    Founder & President

    Michael Garmisa is the Founder and President of SearchOne Advisors. In 1998, Michael launched one of the first search firms to focus exclusively on the alternative asset industry. Across decades, he has built a recruiting firm and advisory that executes projects from junior- to senior-level talent for leading hedge funds, long-only funds, venture capital firms, private equity firms, and family offices.

    Michael’s intuitive pattern recognition and deep understanding of the market coupled with his integrity, diligence, commitment to transparency, and a keen ability to identify talent has led SearchOne to achieve an industry-high level of success in the placement of exceptional candidates. As a result, Michael is regarded as a trusted advisor to some of the world’s top alternative-asset firms.

    Michael’s leadership at SearchOne fosters an entrepreneurial yet highly collaborative approach to helping top alternative asset firms with targeted placement and team build-outs. For every search, he engages his entire team’s collective experience, tapping into SearchOne’s resourcefulness as well as his own enduring relationships to match highly talented candidates with prominent companies in order to achieve lasting and impactful results. Michael cares profoundly about the long-term success of his clients and often invests alongside them.

    Michael graduated from Indiana University and currently lives on Long Island with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and watching the Chicago Bears.

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    Scott Chapin

    Scott Chapin began his career as an investment banking analyst in the leveraged finance group at Bank of America. Since joining SearchOne in 2019, Scott has focused on pre-MBA recruiting for private equity firms, hedge funds, and family offices. He enjoys working closely with candidates and helping them strategize their careers for the long term.

    Scott grew up in Manhattan, attending the city’s Collegiate High School. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in government and lives in New York City.

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    Robert Jermain

    Bob Jermain has spent his career at investment and asset management firms, including Lazard Freres, Alex Brown, and Soros Fund Management. Most recently, he helped launch Compass Point Research & Trading with the goal of offering deep research to investors.

    After three decades on the investment side, Bob joined SearchOne as a Managing Director, where he focuses on Board of Director Searches and Business Development.

    Bob graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. The avid golfer and father of five lives in Connecticut.

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    Maddie Koterba

    Maddie Koterba is an Administrative Assistant at SearchOne, joining the team in 2019. She earned her B.S. in Business Management from Stockton University in 2017. A New Jersey native and proud vegan, when she’s not working, you can find her in the kitchen, in the gym or with her family.

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    Jim MacLeod

    Jim MacLeod is a Managing Director and joined SearchOne in 2001. Since then, he has worked on all aspects of the business, placing pre-MBA through senior-level candidates. His ability to recognize talent makes him invaluable to SearchOne’s clients.

    Jim takes a long-term view. Having met thousands of junior-level candidates at the start of their careers, he has watched early entrants to the alternative asset sector grow and evolve into leaders. He believes deeply that any financial services business is only as good as its employees, and thus aims to match candidates at firms where they can thrive for years and even decades.

    Jim studied economics at the College of the Holy Cross where was a member of the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team. He currently lives on Long Island with his wife and four sons. He enjoys watching his boys play soccer and is an avid golfer.

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    Lane Merlo

    Lane Merlo is a Managing Director at SearchOne. She began her career as an investment banking analyst in the leveraged finance group at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta. She moved to New York to join SearchOne, enticed by the firm’s collaborative and thoughtful culture. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native focuses on pre-MBA and mid level recruiting.

    Lane graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee University with a major in accounting and business administration and a minor in mathematics. She lives in New York City.

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    Matthew Moore

    Matthew Moore is a Managing Director at SearchOne. He joined the firm after starting his career as an investment banking analyst at Robert W. Baird. During his tenure at SearchOne, Matthew has focused on filling pre-MBA and mid-level roles within the alternative asset space.

    The Virginia native is deeply committed to helping candidates make informed decisions. He is often the voice of reason in an industry that can be cluttered with misinformation and false promises and maintains strong relationships with those he’s placed years after their initial recruitment.

    Matthew graduated summa cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College, where he played soccer and ran cross country, and went on to receive a Masters in Commerce from the University of Virginia. He enjoys cooking and cheering for Manchester United. He lives in New York City.

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    Nicole Orlando

    Nicole Orlando works with the pre-MBA team assisting in both research and administrative tasks. Prior to joining SearchOne, she spent 3 years in an administrative role at media planning company.

    Nicole graduated from Marist College in 2015 with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. In her spare time, she enjoys running and any day spent at the beach.

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    Theresa Petrucci

    Theresa Petrucci is Chief Administrative Officer at SearchOne. She joined the firm in 2013 and is responsible for the daily oversight of business operations, from client/candidate correspondence to database management. She is also the recruiting coordinator for all internal assessment meetings. Prior to joining SearchOne, Theresa spent seven years in the fashion industry.

    Originally from New Canaan, Connecticut, Theresa attended Widener University where she studied English. When she is not making sure everything is running smoothly for SearchOne, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and volunteering for local animal shelters.

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    Meridith Piper

    Meridith Piper joined SearchOne in 2021 as lead for the firm’s research department. She brings nearly 15 years of dedicated financial services experience with her. Meridith began her career in the Capital Market Intelligence group at Thomson Financial. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University.

    Born in Washington, D.C, growing up in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo, Meridith has called Brooklyn her home for the last 21 years. When she is not busy at SearchOne, she enjoys traveling, boxing, brunching and art museums. Meridith considers herself a true “Brooklynite” with a wife and two cats, Sophie and Albus.

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    Michael Riccardelli

    Michael Riccardelli joined SearchOne in April 2022 as part of the administrative services and research team. Prior to making the switch into finance, he spent the last 11 years dedicated to the healthcare services industry. Originally from New Canaan, CT, but trickling down the east coast towards warmer weather over the years, Michael spent 4 years in Baltimore before making the final move to south Florida where he currently resides with his wife and dog, Raven. You can find him at the beach or on a boat on the weekends.

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    Jason Snaider

    Jason Snaider began his career in equity research at Morgan Stanley. In 2004 he pivoted to executive search advising. He joined SearchOne in 2019 as a Managing Director.

    Jason is focused primarily on long-only equities and hedge funds, placing mid- to senior-level investment professionals. He views any firm as a mosaic and the candidates he places as integral parts of the larger picture. As such, his approach is nuanced and detailed, but holistic and thoughtful.

    Jason attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied business administration. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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    Caroline Targgart

    Caroline Targgart joined SearchOne in Summer 2023 as an Administrative Office recruiter focused on helping build out our client’s teams on the non-investing side. She spends her days meeting with professionals from entry level to C-Level to ensure the perfect long-term client-candidate fit. Caroline began her career at Artsy where she was focused on consulting and client development and soon learned she absolutely loved helping people find what makes them happy.

    A southerner at heart, born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and a 2019 University of Georgia graduate, Caroline now lives in New York City and loves being a New Yorker. On the weekends you can find her in a yoga class, exploring the never-ending fun parts of the city, or at home trying a new recipe.

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    Tinsley Ullrich

    Tinsley Ullrich began her career as an investment banking analyst in the healthcare group at Deutsche Bank. She joined SearchOne to focus on hedge fund, private equity and family office recruiting at the pre-MBA level.

    Tinsley earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina, where she was a member of Carolina Women in Business and an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Spanish. She enjoys golfing and skiing in her free time.

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    Amanda Weiss

    Amanda Weiss joined SearchOne in 2018. Since joining the team, she has focused on mid- to senior-level buy-side opportunities in both public and private markets. She is responsible for candidate sourcing, assessment, and the execution of searches in all these areas of the practice. Previously, Amanda spent four years as a recruiter at a boutique search firm.

    Amanda graduated from Indiana University with a degree in speech pathology. The South Florida native enjoys practicing yoga and traveling to warm places far away from her home in New York City.

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