NPAworldwide Members Partner on CEO Search for ATA International

May 1st, 2017 by Veronica Blatt

James Lyons,, +1 203 286 7500
Michael Sudermann,, +1 336 404-4610

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, USA – May 1, 2017 – ATA International, headquartered in Little Rock, AR, has named Neil Morton its new CEO. ATA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching martial arts to the entire family, with over 950 licensed locations around the globe.

The search was managed by James Lyons, president of LH International, LLC in New York, NY and assisted by Michael Sudermann, managing partner of ASCENT Select Talent Capital, Greensboro, NC. The two recruitment firms are member-owners of NPAworldwide and worked cooperatively on the assignment, with LH International working directly with ATA and ASCENT Select Talent Capital sourcing the candidates.

NPAworldwide is a member-owned, global network of independent world-class recruitment firms. Member firms share information to fill clients’ open positions with high-caliber talent. Through a private sharing tool, members have access to a pool of passive candidates developed by nearly 500 offices and 1300 recruiters.

LH International was selected to manage this search assignment because of its successful track record in filling C-level positions both nationally and internationally. President Jim Lyons commented, “Through my affiliation with NPAworldwide, I am able to work directly with owners of like-minded independent firms that I trust to find the talent my clients seek. It has enabled me to broaden my scope of business both geographically and across multiple industries and niches.”

Michael Sudermann added, “My NPAworldwide recruitment partners are an extension of my own firm. Jim provides the same level of detail I would obtain if I were working directly with the client, which makes it possible to tailor my recruitment efforts for the best results.”

About NPAworldwide. NPAworldwide is a recruitment network facilitating placements between its members. The network has nearly 500 member offices across 6 continents. For more information, please visit or


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