“Ed, simply put, is the Michael Jordan of Recruiters. You probably don’t need much else stated than that to get the idea of how Ed operates and how serious and dedicated he is to recruiting.”
– Paul O’Sullivan | Vice President, Formation Development Group
Ed currently leads the Accounting/Finance practice at MRA Search.
He began his career in accounting with KPMG in Atlanta. In 2001, he joined Spherion and found his niche in recruiting and talent search. In 2003, at age 28, Ed ranked 13th out of 250 U.S. Spherion associates. Ed left Spherion in 2004 to become a partner at BlueTree Search. As the youngest partner, Ed was consistently the top revenue producer in the company for more than five years. Ed founded MRA Search in February, 2010.
Ed holds both undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Mississippi.
Ed has been involved as a Volunteer in the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Atlanta, has served on the Board of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) as VP of Education and Director at Large (Corporate Development), and is currently a Gold Sponsor for the Atlanta Chapter of FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group) and an affiliate member of SHRM – Atlanta Chapter.
Director of Higher Education Recruiting
Cheney Robinson specializes in searches for higher education. He is responsible for filling job openings for clients and finding jobs for candidates. The enjoyment generated finding the right person for the right job is what drives Cheney to intently listen as his clients articulate the perfect candidate, and candidates conceptualize their dream job.
His experiences range from bagging groceries and stocking shelves to multi-million dollar sales volume in real estate, with a little bit of college baseball coaching/recruiting and some fundraising sprinkled in.
After two years at Wofford College as a member of the baseball team, Cheney transferred to the University of Mississippi earning his Bachelor’s in Business Management. After graduating from Ole Miss, he attended the University of Georgia earning a Master’s degree in Sport Management. One year into Florida State University’s doctoral program in Sport Administration, Cheney made the change to the Administration of Higher Education doctoral program at Auburn University where he earned his Ph.D. in 2012.
Cheney’s personal philosophies are to put God first and everything else will fall into place, and always, always being on time, “Who am I to make anyone wait?” He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two beautiful children. He enjoys collegiate athletics, being outdoors and has even jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, with the video to prove it! Cheney is located in South Carolina.
Janet L. Poole, CPA, CFE
Director of Operations Administration
Janet is a fun-loving, self-motivated change leader who has many years of experience helping turn around companies’ operations and management focus. She started her career at KPMG and has held management positions at several large Atlanta companies-of-choice, including Manhattan Associates and SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc. (previously John Deere Landscapes LLC). Janet is dedicated to helping companies succeed and grow, and is excited to join MRA Search. In her spare time, she loves to travel, hike, read, socialize, and work on her true passion — nature photography.
Dakota is the newest member of our staff, and does an excellent job of exemplifying our “Work Hard. Play Hard.” philosophy. But mostly, she helps keep Ed in line. She enjoys hiking, watersports and the occasional rawhide.