Third Street Partners is a boutique executive search firm and strategic advisor specializing in asset management.

We are the essential partner for firms that value extraordinary people.

What We Do

We are problem solvers dedicated to you.

Using a combination of research, experience, and instinct, we provide strategic answers to complex questions about human capital. We help our clients attract, retain, and develop the right level of talent needed to achieve high quality, sustainable growth. Our goal is always to create value.

Our Approach

We are focused, creative, and tenacious.

We believe in best practices. We engage in meaningful dialogue with our clients, our candidates, and each other. We see ourselves as an extension of your brand, working in partnership to help you articulate your goals and find the best people to help achieve them.


We work exclusively in asset management.

We have a global footprint. We represent a broad range of traditional and alternative asset managers across regional, domestic, and international firms.


  • Retained executive search
  • Team expansion strategies and liftouts
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Succession planning
  • Professional development
  • Compensation studies
  • Individual and team assessment
  • Offer negotiation
  • Independent external referencing

Our Team

We are passionate about what we do. We are dedicated and knowledgeable, with years of industry experience in traditional and alternative asset management. We possess search experience with large and boutique firms as well as years working inside asset management firms. Our business is about people and relationships. We find the right solution for our clients and candidates.
  • Laura K. Pollock

    Founding Partner

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    Laura is a strategic advisor to leading asset management firms and their top performing executives. With nearly twenty years of asset management search experience, at both large firms and boutiques, she has built a firm founded on best practices and trusted relationships.

    Laura is the founding partner of Third Street Partners. She has conducted senior-level searches in asset management and has worked closely with global investment management organizations. Before starting Third Street Partners in 2013, Laura was a partner at David Barrett Partners. Previously, she was a senior member of the asset and wealth management practice at Russell Reynolds Associates in Boston and New York. She began her career in investment banking and asset management at Friedman, Billings and Ramsey in Arlington, Va.

    Laura graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky and lives in New Canaan, Conn., with her husband, three children, two dogs, three cats and, at this count, two fish.

  • Melissa A. Crandall


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    Melissa manages projects using the firm's unique, consultative approach. She draws on her extensive background as an asset management recruiter and an institutional salesperson.

    Melissa is a principal with Third Street Partners, where she brings nearly 10 years of executive search experience. She has been a principal at two other boutique search firms, where she worked at the highest levels with traditional asset management and mutual fund clients, as well as with alternative asset managers, endowments, foundations and family offices. Previously, Melissa served as vice president of Merrill Lynch, selling convertible bonds to institutional clients including mutual fund and hedge fund clients. She also worked in the global relationship management group within the investment bank and in the private equity fund-of- funds group in Merrill’s investment management division.

    Melissa received a B.A. from Harvard College. She serves as an independent director and member of the board of directors of the Sequoia Fund. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children; in her spare time you can find her skiing, travelling and running or ideally doing all three together.

  • Adam C. Stoffel

    Vice President

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    Adam focuses on search execution and research, delivering an exceptional experience for clients and candidates of the firm.

    Adam is a vice president with Third Street Partners. He works with the team on search execution and research.

    Prior to joining the firm near its founding, he worked for a Washington, D.C. real estate firm servicing sophisticated real estate investors. Adam handled all operations for the founding partner of the firm. Adam has a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He works in the firm’s Milwaukee office.

  • Ryan E. Stoudt

    Director of Research

    Ryan is director of research at Third Street Partners.

    He works with the team on research strategy and search execution and coordinates the firm’s initiatives around knowledge management.

    Ryan has spent his career in various research positions at boutique search firms. He brings experience working at the senior level in real estate, traditional, and alternative asset management.

    He has a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from The New School. He is a voracious reader and dedicated to his fitness and hot yoga regimen.