Who We Are and What We Represent

For us, being successful is about way more than just being profitable. Facilitating your job search or hiring process is what gets us going at every hour of the day. Every day.

We use our business to change people's lives and make the world a better place. Maybe that’s why our logo looks like a superhero shield badge? Who knows.

To Make a Long Story Short…

“In 1996, ATR was sold to an administrative staffing company that decimated our operations. They shut systems down, fired people, and generally took the steps they deemed necessary to become more lucrative.

A year after I'd decided to leave, my phone rang: they wanted me to retrieve excess furniture, displays, and computers. That's how I ended up with the servers we’d used for the last decade. In other words: all of our candidate and client data.

In less than a heartbeat, I knew all I needed was people on my team. So I started making calls. And ATR was born. Again.”

Ralph Lary, CEO of ATR

Security Clearance & Background Checks

Our experts conduct Background Checks (i.e. Employment History, Credit; Criminal; and Drug Screening) and verify candidates' security clearance status or eligibility to ensure they meet your security requirements.

All you need to do is coordinate with ATR Security Office and let us know what you need.

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Meet Our Team

Coming to work every morning is easy when you genuinely like what you do. At ATR, we like it partly because we know we participate in developing the processes and tools for anyone to be successful, but mostly, we like it because we have a whole lot of fun doing it.

Ralph L. Lary, III is the Managing Partner/ Founder of Arena Technical Resources, LLC (ATR) in Rockville Md., and is responsible for the executive management of a full service information technology consulting and staffing company. Prior to ATR, he was the Vice President and General Manager, DC Region, for Spherion, a global technology services company, and Senior Consultant with Price Waterhouse. Ralph is a University of Maryland, College Park graduate, with a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Master's of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. Ralph grew up and still resides in Potomac, Maryland, and when he's not working at ATR he enjoys working on Laryland, his family farm in Maine, and spending time with his wife Nancy and two sons, Leon and Roswell.

Nancy Lary earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and received a Master's in Business Administration. Nancy began her career in Economic Research before entering the Price Waterhouse Office of Government Services management consulting. Ms. Lary was hired from Price Waterhouse to create the IT department at a fast growing Dental Benefit company and eventually was promoted to Vice President of IT and Claims Processing. Nancy retired for a few years to raise her two sons who both graduated from the United States Naval Academy and continue to serve in the Navy as Nuclear Officers. Ms Lary returned to work for Arena Technical Resources in Human Resources and Financial Management. She continues in this function today and has been with ATR for 12 years.

Charles joined ATR in January 2009 and works to continue to grow the company with a focus on day-to-day operations and business development. He continues to deliver services to Fortune 50 companies and work with smaller businesses in growing their companies. Charles is extremely passionate about the industry and enjoys working with individuals and organizations helping them make best informed decisions. Charles sits on the Board of Directors for ImagineBC, a collaborative project built by entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and dreamers. Charles graduated with his Bachelor's in Communication from University of Maryland. He is a die hard Terps and Skins fan! In his spare time you can find him and his wife chasing their two young kids around parks or ball fields.

Mike became a partner in 2005 (ATR began in 2002) with business partner Ralph Lary III and Charles Tenly. Now in its fourteenth year of business, ATR continues to grow organically year over year by refining the successful business model process that has been the backbone of the company's success. Mike and his wife, have two children one currently a college sophomore and one working in health care. In his spare time, Mike enjoys golf, running and traveling. Family and friends say that Mike is 'incredibly positive'and approaches his personal life as well as his business with a can-do attitude.

After graduating from Auburn University in 2008, Brett started his career in outside sales working for a telecommunications and information technology company in Atlanta, GA. He ended up back home in 2010 where he started his career in IT Staffing at ATR. As a Senior Technical Recruiter/Account Manger, Brett helps to train and develop new recruiters. He prides himself on building strong relationships with both candidates and clients. Brett is an avid sports fan and loves rooting for the Auburn Tigers. War Eagle!

Born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Matt has been working at ATR as a Technical Recruiter since early 2015. Talking to new people and helping connect IT professionals with exciting opportunities drives him on a daily basis. Outside of working at ATR, you will usually find Matt at one of three places: College Park to watch Maryland Terrapins Football & Basketball; Chinatown to root for the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center; or playing a round of golf at his home course TPC Potomac.

Brian is from New Windsor, Maryland and is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Leadership Studies. During his time at the University of Maryland he played Offensive Line on the Football team. He enjoys being outdoors and traveling and is a big Terps and Redskins fan. Brian was an intern at ATR during the summer of 2018 and is excited to be a part of the team again.

Conner graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD in May of 2019. He joined ATR as a Technical Recruiter in October of 2019 and is already enjoying his time recruiting! Previous to joining, he was a Training Camp intern for the Baltimore Ravens for the Summer of 2019 which was an exciting experience. Having grown up in Silver Spring, MD, he has been an avid DC sports fan. His favorite athlete is Alex Ovechkin, but LeBron James is a close second. Outside of sports and work, Conner is a fan of all music and gladly accepts recommendations. He is excited to make an impact with ATR through providing both clients and candidates with effective employment solutions.

Miranda is a Maryland native who graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies. After college, Miranda worked on several freelance film projects before working for Jigsaw Productions as an assistant researcher on a true crime documentary series (soon to be released on HBO). Following her freelance film career, she discovered her true passion for connecting and helping people, which led her to ATR. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys traveling and learning new things. She volunteered twice as a leader for Children's International Summer Village (CISV), a peace education camp aimed at exposing children to different cultures at a young age. As a CISV leader, Miranda traveled to both Italy and India as the legal guardian for two groups of children. From her previous experience in film, Miranda brings resourcefulness, exceptional organizational skills, and a zest for learning to the ATR team.

Meredith is a Virginia native who joined ATR in 2020 after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Before stepping into her career with the ATR team, she gained industry knowledge through internships and coursework, networking skills through sorority life with Phi Mu, volunteerism with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and a goal-oriented determination as a competitive athlete. Each of her experiences has helped sculpt a passion to connect with new people and make an impact, whether it is furthering a candidate’s career or supporting a client to identify the right talent. During her time off, you can find Meredith buzzing around the DC area or traveling to exciting new destinations across the world.

Devon graduated from Virginia Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. During her time at Virginia Tech, Devon was on the board of directors for the Hospitality Management Association, helping to shape the university’s program. Prior to discovering her passion in the staffing industry, Devon was an Event Manager for Marriott International at the largest convention hotel in Washington, DC, planning and executing events for 1,000+ people! She enjoys nothing more than cultivating connections, building relationships, and making an impact in the lives of those around her, which she has found she has the opportunity to do every day at ATR! Devon has traveled to over 16 countries and hopes to continue to build on that list in the coming years. When she isn’t smilin’ and dialin’, you can find her exploring local attractions, trying out new recipes, or spending time with family and friends. Go Hokies!


Austin is from Bowie, Maryland and is a recent graduate of Mercyhurst University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law in May of 2019. During his time at Mercyhurst, he also played inside linebacker on the Division II football team. Austin recently joined the ATR team, making a career transition from management to recruiting. He has always been passionate about helping others find their place in the world and believes recruiting puts him in a better position to do so. Outside of working with ATR, you’ll find Austin coaching for the Archbishop Spalding football team on his free time. Austin is excited to dive deeper into recruiting and to help future candidates find what they are looking for! He’s excited to be a part of the ATR Team!

Hannah is a Pennsylvania native, and also considers herself home in Utah and Budapest. She graduated from Brigham Young University with her Bachelor’s in Sociology and minor in Music in 2020. She then joined the ATR team in 2021 where she enjoys connecting with talented individuals and helping them land their dream jobs. Hannah was bit by the travel bug at a young age; during her college years she spent time in Vienna, Austria as a visiting Musician filling centuries old chapels with pipe organ music, and then lived in Budapest, Hungary for a year and a half, where she fully immersed herself in the culture and became fluent in the Hungarian language. She also volunteered time in Lesvos, Greece, granting social and emotional services to refugees. When Hannah was at her home base in Utah, she could be found skiing the slopes or hiking in mountains. She has recently moved back to Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan, where together they enjoy playing pickleball, getting outside, and traveling.

Ian is a Scranton, Pennsylvania native who graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Labor and Employment Relations in Spring 2021. Ian joined ATR in 2022 and when he is not working on connecting candidates with their dream job, you can probably find him spending time with friends and family, traveling or at a sporting event. He is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles, 76ers and Penn State football fan and tries to get to as many games as possible. Ian is thrilled to be a part of the ATR team and can’t wait to help connect candidates with the job of their dreams.


Kelly was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland and attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Sales & Meeting Management from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kelly has worked for almost 10 years in the Catering and Hospitality industry.  Due to recent events she has found herself reinventing her career.  She is thrilled to bring her zest for life and driven work ethic to ATR.  Kelly loves spending time with her son, Cooper, her husband, Taylor, who is a chef at Woodmont Country Club and their basset hound, Jack!  Her favorite place to go is Bethany Beach, Delaware to relax with her parents. Kelly loves Maryland Terrapin Football & Basketball and is working on yelling “Fore” less in her golf game!

Kierra graduated from The University of Alabama with her Bachelors in 2018 and her Masters in 2020, both degrees in Human Environmental Sciences. While in college she had the opportunity to be on an Academic Advisory board and a leadership board with her sorority. Kierra has always been a people person, so it has been a given that she would have a career where she interacted with many people. Her upbringing traveling around the world to different Air Force bases gave her an early introduction to meeting and interacting with new people on a regular basis.  Becoming recruiter was a no brainer. When she is not calling people to tell them about the hottest jobs on the market, she is on adventures with her husband. Their adventures include traveling to different states and countries, and always on the hunt for the best Mexican restaurant.


Kristina graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO in December of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in European Studies. Kristina holds dual citizenship in the Czech Republic and the U.S. She is fluent in Czech and has enjoyed seven summer trips to Czech. Kristina transitioned from a career in higher education to a recruiting career. Kristina is passionate about connecting with people and helping them find their place in the world. She is ecstatic to join the ATR team and help clients and candidates find exactly what they are looking for!

Lillie graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA in May of 2020 with a Bachelors Degree in Education and a concentration in support services for children and adolescents. During her time at Bucknell she played on the varsity women’s lacrosse team. Before joining ATR in 2021, she held experiences as an educator and counselor traveling to incredible places where she found her true passion for connecting with people and participating in impactful work. She is very excited to be a part of ATR’s team supporting both clients seeking the right talent and candidates ready to take the next step in their career.


Matt is a Nashville native who has moved back to his home town after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in December of 2021 with a Bachelor's in Communication Studies. In Knoxville, he enjoyed spending time hiking the Smokey Mountains, or participating in the university's choral programs, including the UTK Men's A Cappella group, VOLume. Matt is ecstatic to have joined such a great professional team, and to have the opportunity to utilize his background in communications to help people find a new job! In his free time, you can find Matt adventuring in Nashville with friends, or on the couch reading and hanging out with his three dogs, Benton, Hayne, and Ruby.


Max grew up in the DC Area before playing basketball at Simpson College in Indianola, IA. He joined ATR in March 2021 and has already enjoyed his time recruiting! Prior to ATR, Max was an Operations Intern at the Iowa Event Center and had the opportunity to help put on various events including the NCAA Basketball Tournament, Disney on Ice, and a Katy Perry concert. Outside of work, he enjoys cheering for all the DC sports teams, playing basketball and traveling. Max collects a pin for every new city/country that he travels too and has a goal to visit all 8 of the countries his mother lived in while she was growing up (only 5 more to go!) He is excited to make an impact with ATR through providing both clients and candidates with effective employment solutions.


Michael is from Woodbine, Maryland and is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Entertainment Management with a minor in Business Administration. He previously worked with the University of South Carolina’s Athletic Department as a Marketing intern before he joined ATR in the Spring of 2021. Michael loves to travel and visit new places and is also a big sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Nationals. He is very outgoing and loves to form new relationships with candidates and find them the best opportunities possible.

Sarah attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA studying Public Relations and Mass Communications before entering the workforce at nonprofit organization, the Better Business Bureau. Sarah continues to reside in the City of Richmond adoring the vivacious art, thrift & vintage shops, and live music scene it has to offer. A true people person, she took to recruiting to further connect people with their passions & hopes to give you a call about your dream job !


Telka was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Hood College in 2018 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing and Communications. During her time at Hood, she was a part of the Volleyball team, President of the acting and performance program, and worked in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys photography, going to concerts, and going to as many Red Sox games as she can! After joining ATR in 2019, she took on the role of Technical and Senior Technical Recruiter for over two years until switching to a position in Human Resources. Telka is excited to dive deeper into HR and now support ATR from the back office!

Aileen was born and raised in Rockville, MD and is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, where she was the manager of the basketball team for two years. After college, she moved back home and almost immediately took up a position at ATR as an IT recruiter. After a year working there, she decided to move into more of an HR role and has been there ever since. Aileen has continued to climb the HR ranks and is now ATR's Human Resource Manager and FSO!  On the weekends she loves to hang out with friends and coworkers and is always up for an adventure.

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