The iQuest team has over 20 years of executive search experience in the digital industry. Having a foundation in both retained and contingency recruitment, the iQuest team strategically collaborates with clients and candidates.  We do this by targeting and  attracting talented candidates in order to provide our clients with a positive and efficient experience.


Danielle Paletz, Partner

A graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Danielle began her career as an auditor for a top accounting firm in Philadelphia. After earning her CPA, she moved to New York City and joined the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where she worked in the firm’s financial analysis department. Intrigued by the promise and potential of the Internet, Danielle changed her career in 2000 and began working for a search firm specializing in the placement of Internet and digital media professionals. In 2001 Danielle founded Searchlight, a digital advertising recruitment firm. In 2011, she launched iQuest Partners.

Melissa Baizen, Partner

Melissa Baizen has been recruiting in the digital space since July 2006. She focuses on placing candidates within digital media, advertising, and marketing technology companies, in New York City and nationally. After graduating from Indiana University with a focus on Business and Sociology, Melissa left her Boston roots and moved out to Manhattan to pursue a recruiting career with Searchlight. After nearly five years, Melissa moved with Searchlight’s Co-Founder, Danielle Paletz to launch iQuest Partners in January 2011. Her versatility has led to highly successful placements in high growth, early stage, advertising technology companies.

Jill Edelstein Schecter, VP, Business Development

Jill has worked in the media business for over 18 years. She started her career on the client side at Estée Lauder and then held sales and sales management positions at Wenner Media, Rodale and Condé Nast. While at Condé Nast, Jill spent 10 years in Corporate Sales and was responsible for increasing revenue and creating integrated marketing programs, managing average revenue of $90MM. In this role, she worked with and oversaw 29 brands and guided more than 30 salespeople within the organization. Her knowledge and passion for the media and digital industry, along with her experience, has allowed her to be successful in recruiting top talent for digital media and ad tech companies.

Jillian HeadshotJillian Riley, Recruiting Coordinator

Jillian Riley joined iQuest Partners in 2015 as a Recruiting Coordinator. Her success has primarily been in building out Sales and Sales Development teams. A New Jersey native, Jillian moved to Manhattan in 2008. Prior to iQuest, Jillian worked for a Consultancy Firm with a focus on client project management. She is a 2010 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and comes from a theatrical background. Her entertainment roots bring diverse experience, a hard work ethic, and a big personality to her recruiting career.


Lesa Habif, Recruiting Coordinator

Lesa Habif became a member of the iQuest team in 2015 as a Recruiting Coordinator, where she specializes in placing candidates in Account Management roles. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Lesa moved to Manhattan after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Arizona. She began her career in the digital space as a Media Buyer at Carat and moved into the non- profit world and worked in the fundraising and development department at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Lesa’s distinct background in the fundraising and digital industry combined, has provided her with the knowledge and desire to match the right candidate to the culture, core values, and beliefs of her clients. This has enabled Lesa to be a successful recruiter with a high  level of client and candidate satisfaction.