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Jay Knowles
President

Jay Knowles serves as President of Dragonswood Executive Search, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Knowles is responsible for business development, engagement management, and executive identification and evaluation.

Prior to joining Dragonswood, Mr. Knowles served as Executive Vice President for DHR International-the nation’s fifth largest search firm- where he was instrumental in raising the Pittsburgh office’s profile and executing searches for various leaders nationally and locally.

Before joining DHR, Mr. Knowles founded his own executive search firm in Pittsburgh. He primarily served the financial services industry but also worked extensively with manufacturers, not-for-profit institutions, large integrated healthcare systems, and private equity firms. He has also worked with defense manufacturers, law firms, medical device companies, and “Big Four” accounting and consulting firms. Mr. Knowles worked for Boyden Global Executive Search where he provided all facets of executive search: research, client profiles, candidate identification and interviews, candidate profiles and evaluations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Knowles worked in sales and marketing at mutual fund giant Federated Investors and served as an economic and financial consultant with Arthur Andersen.

Before graduating Cum Laude with B.A. degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Knowles served four years in the United States Marines Corps where he participated in Operation Desert Storm.

Mr. Knowles is an active member in The Association for Corporate Growth, The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, The Ruffed Grouse Society, and The Pittsburgh Technology Council. He is also active in fundraising for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of Allegheny Cemetery.

Mr. Knowles and his wife reside in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh, PA.

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