We're Connected!

Getting someone’s name and title is easy. But building a relationship takes time, hard work and trust. At KLA, we’re well connected through long-standing relationships with our clients and candidates. They know us, trust us, work with us and want to stay in touch with us. Why? We have intimate marketplace knowledge and a passion for growing companies and careers. Read how KLA became their “go-to” search firm. There are more quotes on our testimonials page and throughout the site, and here’s one on video


“One of the many great aspects of Ken Leiner Associates is that the firm and its people speak the truth to both the candidate and the company. That’s very rare in an age where many recruiters care just about the placement and not the long term relationship with a candidate and company. This has always told me they are full of integrity.”

– Bill Cull, Vice President Global Public Sector, Splunk

The value for our firm in selecting KLA was: a) reputation; b) ability to get results; and c) the fact that the principals have a robust network in the Federal space. It was a great match for us! KLA was able to be our business partner in achieving a key objective of filling a very critical team position–Director of Federal Solutions. It wasn’t an easy search; our CEO was very particular. As a small, California-based software company we didn’t have the local knowledge or networking expertise for building a Federal team with a DC presence. Frank very effectively bridged that gap. Right away, he made a vast difference from our own search where hardly any of many, many applicants met the criteria. He was able to present a small number of highly qualified candidates through a very efficient process that didn’t waste any of our time. We were impressed with KLA’s responsiveness, focus, and the quality of their candidates, and we’re very happy. I highly recommend Frank. I really appreciate his work style, responsiveness, availability, and pragmatism. He never tried to sell a candidate to me. Not only is he very easy and enjoyable to work with; he really gets a lot of satisfaction from making the connections that build companies and careers.

Mark Varah, Vice President of Operations, MotionDSP

“I have worked with Ken Leiner and Frank Munero since 1988. I have used KLA to help my teams hire sales managers, sales reps, and technical consultants.
 Not a month goes by where I don’t recommend KLA to colleagues who are hiring managers or themselves candidates. KLA distinguishes itself in the marketplace by understanding their client’s needs, and then finding excellent candidates who align well with these client needs. When I have hiring requirement, I call them first. Usually, I don’t have to call anyone else. Additionally, they have helped me personally find a position that proved to be a important step in my career.
KLA is not a body shop, they are a business partner. This partnership extends to relying on Ken and Frank for advice on market intelligence, compensation planning, organizational planning, and business development partnerships. 
Besides being trusted advisors, Ken and Frank are good people. You’ll enjoy working with them – you might also learn to appreciate zydeco music.”

Jim Riley
, Regional Vice President of Sales

“Ken Leiner Associates has proven to be a true strategic partner as I’ve grown my sales and engineering team. I needed a partner who could help me build an effective sales team in record time to scale our business. Frank Munero provided quality candidates that met my needs and didn’t “spam” me with unfit candidates. This is important when you’re in hyper-growth mode and time is of the essence. Frank has a great nose for talent and is a master of the art of finding the right fit for the right job.”

Nick Cayou, Greenplum Software

“I have worked with KLA for over ten years as both a candidate and in a hiring capacity. They have consistently done a great job on both. If you are looking to hire be assured that the candidates they present will be well qualified and a solid match for your needs. We have hired over 80% of the candidates they have presented and they are all meeting our expectations. If you are a candidate be assured that you will be presented opportunities that are a good match for your skill set and personality which will increase your probability for success.”


John Trionfo, Director, Enterprise Sales

“What I love about our industry is that you can have fun, be competitive and make a wonderful living for yourself and your family. Working with Ken Leiner Associates was a lot of fun. As a hiring manager, I was presented with candidates that fit the correct background and profile. Our valuable time was never wasted. KLA took the time to understand the culture of our company. Coupled with a great screening ability, they have a strong sense of which candidates would “fit in well.” KLA became a trusted advisor of our company. They helped us recruit a world class sales force which annihilated the competition. We sold the company for over $940 million, which translated into fantastic financial rewards for its employees. I have recommended Ken Leiner and Frank Munero to numerous sales and technical people as well as venture capital companies. My only disappointment is that in working with them since 1991, they have only bought me lunch once.”

John Leary

“I have worked with KLA for over 15 years and had great success with the candidates that they have found for me. The primary differentiator at KLA is the time that they take to know their candidates. They make an effort not only to match a candidate’s previous experience to the technical requirements of a job, but also to match that candidate’s goals and selling style to the corporate culture of my company. The end result is a sales rep or manager who consistently exceeds their sales goals and stays with the company to build his or her business within my team.”

Dave Connor, Federal Manager, MSM Division, BMC Software

“As a high-technology professional, it’s important to me that my recruiter truly understands the IT job market and can accurately represent new opportunities. As a client of Ken Leiner Associates for over 6 years, I can honestly say that they are connected to more quality career opportunities in high-tech than any other recruiter I have contacted. Ken and his team match quality opportunities to quality individuals, and they take the time necessary to ensure satisfaction from both constituents. As technology evolves at an incredible pace, it’s important to me to have a relationship with KLA that ensures my skills are always put to the best use. Working with KLA has allowed me to accelerate both my potential and my career. I continue to encourage others to experience the same level of personal service and results that I have received from working with KLA.”

Michael Bono
, National Partnership Manager

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