Laura Lloyd

Managing Partner


  • Personality tests say

    She’s an “Achiever” and likes to drive great results – she loves to “win”

  • Superpower


  • What she’s doing in her free time

    Playing tennis and driving around historical Atlanta neighborhoods

  • Fun fact

    At age twelve she was a nationally ranked ping-pong player and has played tennis most of her life. She married the captain of UGA’s Tennis Team after college. Her current tennis partner is her daughter.

  • Favorite Atlanta spot

    She loves her street because all of her family live on the same street - even her son who is a drummer in an Atlanta band.

About Laura

Proud to be a 3rd Generation Atlantan

My Handler story is unique and through a series of seemingly unrelated events, Eric Handler and I came together to build the new Handler.  In 2015 I joined Team Handler as a search consultant and today I am responsible for the client success of all Handler searches as Handler’s Search Partner.  Delivering leaders worth following and serving others are my passions. I believe the breadth of my business career has prepared me for this time to serve our clients with excellence, partnership, accountability, and enthusiasm.  To know me is to know Handler is the best job of my life!   

What a Leader Worth Following Means to Laura:

I look for leaders who do not focus on themselves, but on team success. Trustworthiness is essential to leadership.  If we don’t trust your words, we won’t follow.

Before joining Handler, I served ten years as a co-founder and Chief Advancement Officer for an independent, K-12 new school in Alpharetta raising over $50 million in charitable contributions and developing its 75-acre campus.  I left a great career at Speer & Associates to devote the time needed for this non-profit.  At Speer, I enjoyed a 15-year career as a management consultant leading strategic consulting engagements worldwide as a financial services/ banking expert. This included organizational structure and talent.  Upon graduation of UGA’s Terry College of Business,  I completed the management program at an Atlanta regional bank, Bank South. I served as a corporate lender and managed a $60 million loan portfolio of top Atlanta companies and their executives. 

Meet her dog, Chipper

Chipper is a YorkiePoo. Laura’s daughter got Chipper (and Scooter!) as puppies while she was in college. Chipper is a sweetheart and likes to stay by Laura’s side all the time.