20+ Years of Experience in the Digital Industry

Our Team

Danielle Paletz


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


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.

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