About Us

Karl Sooy - Partner & Co-Founder

Karl co-founded Compass Search Partners, LLC and has been a vital part of the Talent Acquisition process for nearly 20 plus years as a Recruiting & Training Manager and Sr. Talent Acquisition Leader. He has had the opportunity to work with hiring managers at all levels within an organization in addition to recruiting for all disciplines in industries such as Commercial Building Products, Medical, Marine and Metals in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Karl has a passion for educating others and has lead and managed corporate training programs and committees. He understands the importance of finding not only the most qualified candidate but the one that “fits” the client’s company culture.

Prior to his career in recruiting and executive search, Karl served as a member of the United States Coast Guard and attended Bowling Green State University. He is a firm believer in teamwork and understands the extreme value of the Talent Acquisition and Talent Management process when it comes to success within an organization.


John O'Donnell - Partner & Co-Founder

John co-founded Compass Search Partners, LLC in 2013 after a successful 20 plus year career in surgical device and biotechnology sales and sales management. He is one of a select few owners of an executive search firm who actually has a proven and documented track record of hiring top performers in marketing, product management, sales and sales management. He knows first hand how important it is to not only hire the best available talent, but to hire the right cultural fit for your organization. Just as importantly, he understands that your next hire not only reflects on you professionally and financially- but personally as well.

John is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where he lives with his wife of 25 years, Becky, and their three sons - Evan, Aidan and Mclain. He is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where he earned a BA degree in Political Economics and History.