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Meet the Recruiting Team at Gateway Search Associates


Patrick F. Luddy, Sr., CPA – Managing Director

After graduating from Temple University, Pat began his career with Deloitte and Touche. He also worked for the Penn Central Corporation as an Accounting Manager in their Real Estate Operations and later became Assistant Treasurer for a subsidiary of Verizon Corporation. Before co-founding Gateway Search Associates, Pat was a financial recruiter with a national search firm. Pat has served as President and on the board of directors in both the North Penn and Valley Forge Chapters of Institute of Management Accountants. He is also a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. Pat and his wife, Jane, live in Glenside and have three children. Pat is a member of the Temple Alumni’s Russell Conwell Society as well as a member of the Temple Owls athletic association. He is a former player (also Past President) and now supporter of Blackthorn Rugby Football Club.


Marlene Wagenmann Director of Operations

Marlene oversees the day-to-day activities of Gateway Search and its temporary division, GSA Financial Staffing to ensure that policies and procedures run smoothly and efficiently.  Marlene is also responsible for the firm's Marketing efforts where she keeps Gateway's fans and followers up to date on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  Marlene resides in Berks County with her husband, Joel and four children: Owen, Jaycen, Millie and Josiah. Marlene and Joel are proud foster/adoptive parents. When not attending the kids' sporting events, Marlene enjoys traveling and sampling local cuisine.


Patrick Luddy, Jr.   Director of Recruiting

Patrick is a seasoned veteran, he has literally grown up in the recruiting industry.  He started helping his father at Gateway Search in middle school by stuffing envelopes. Since then, he has held almost every position at Gateway Search — Office Assistant, Client/Applicant Researcher, even interning throughout his entire college career at West Chester University.  Once graduating, Patrick jumped right into the role of Recruiting Associate and worked his way up into his current role as the Director of Recruiting.  He takes a long-term approach to recruiting and focuses on building long-term relationships with both his clients and applicants to help him better understand their needs.  Patrick is a local guy, residing in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  He is married with two sons.  When he’s not at the office, Patrick’s passions are for fishing, cooking and being in the outdoors. 


Michael McKnight  Director of Recruiting

Mike began his career with Gateway Search Associates in 2002 as an Intern.  He is now a seasoned Staffing Professional with over 13 years of experience, rising through the ranks to recently become Director.  Prior to his recruiting career, Mike was an Accounting/Finance student at West Chester University.  Mike develops strong relationships with both clients and candidates to ensure a successful match of employer needs to candidate strengths. When not working, Mike spends time with his family in West Chester with his two children, Brianna and Levi.  He is also an Eagles season ticket holder and enjoys getting out to see live music as often as possible.


Michael Petrylak  Recruiting Manager

Michael has 11 years of experience recruiting Accounting, Finance, Tax and Audit professionals in the tri-state region. Michael’s represents a diverse cross section of clients including organizations in the manufacturing, technology, healthcare, distribution and real estate industries. He is well networked and dedicated to providing high quality service to clients, candidates and his business partners.  Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  He currently resides in Eagleville with his wife and two children.


Samuel Matthews – Senior Executive Recruiter

Sam’s career at Gateway Search started as an intern while he attending classes at Temple University. He worked his way up from a Researcher, to a Recruiting Assistant, and became a full time Recruiter immediately after graduation. He has five years of Recruiting experience and a large portfolio of clients ranging across all industries. Sam is also an active member in the Philadelphia Young Professionals Council, and specializes in aiding candidates in making the transition out of public accounting into corporate accounting. When he is not recruiting, Sam is an avid athlete and enjoys playing various sports such as soccer, hockey, softball, and basketball. He was a member of the Temple University Men’s Soccer team and is currently a season ticket holder for the Philadelphia Union. He currently resides in Philadelphia.   


Kyle Burke - Recruiting Assistant/Researcher

Kyle joined our team in November 2017 as a part time researcher. He is a former Abington High School graduate where he played ice hockey.  He is currently a student at Montgomery County Community College.


Our Recruiting Assistants/Researchers support our Recruiters in the sourcing, recruitment and placement of candidates.  These college students are continuously contributing new ideas to the business in regards to search methodologies and the overall recruiting effort.  If you’re interested in learning more about our paid internships, please contact Marlene Wagenmann at 215-375-7150 or future@gatewaysearch.com.


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