- Areas of Specialization
- Meet the Team
Over the last decade, the proliferation of Private Equity and Venture Capital firms has changed the competitive landscape in the Executive Search and Interim Resources industries. The demand for talent with proven experience in investor-backed businesses that know how to create value and transform businesses into high-performance and highly accountable organizations is at an all-time high. It is no longer enough to find candidates with appropriate industry experience, but strong operational leaders that can manage the expectations of the financial sponsors and the Board of Directors while guiding the business to success.
Our Private Equity and Venture Capital experts have a proven track record for delivering sought-after talent to help our clients build their executive and upper middle management teams through our search division. What makes us a unique human capital partner to our clients is that we can also augment their teams by parachuting in interim resources to take on challenges and opportunities of newly acquired portfolio companies as well as existing platforms expanding rapidly, organically and through acquisitions. We are also called upon at the end of the lifecycle of the investment when our clients are pursuing strategic alternatives.
Areas of Specialization:
- Consumer, Retail, and Hospitality
- Healthcare & Life Sciences
- Manufacturing & Distribution
- Mining, Agricultural & Energy
- Real Estate & Construction
- Technology, Media & Telecommunications
- Wealth Management
- Executive Leadership (CXO)
- Finance & Accounting
- Sales and Marketing
- Information Technology
- Human Resources
- Legal, Risk & Compliance
- Supply Chain & Logistics
Matt Shore joined StevenDouglas in 2006, playing an integral role in the company’s significant growth with a focus on maintaining the firm’s great culture and boutique approach. As CEO, Matt has oversight and management of all aspects of company operations. Under his leadership, StevenDouglas has garnered various honors, including Forbes list of America’s Best Recruiting firms, Hunt Scanlon’s Top 25 Executive Search Firms, and 5 consecutive years on the Inc 5000 list. Matt has been a catalyst for the firm’s 2000% growth since 2005, making StevenDouglas one of the fastest growing firms in America.
Mr. Shore originally joined the company as a Senior Vice President, brought in to launch the highly successful Interim Resources Practice, and soon after was promoted to President to help scale the Search business as well. Since then, Matt has helped StevenDouglas opportunistically grow from 1 office and 15 employees when he joined, into a national firm with over 20 offices and 150 professionals. During his tenure there, the firm also expanded its capabilities and service offerings to include Executive Search, Professional Recruiting, Technology Staffing, and Interim Resources across an array of industries domestically and internationally.
Matt has been an industry leader in Executive Search for over 25 years, previously leading StevenDouglas’ highly successful CFO Search practice while directing the broader Executive Search practice company-wide. Prior to joining the firm, Matt spent 10 years in progressive leadership roles for a national recruiting firm where he ran the Professional Recruiting division throughout Florida. Matt received both his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accounting degrees from the University of Florida, and initially was a Florida CPA that worked in the Audit practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
An active community member, Matt is a strong advocate for Conscious Capitalism, a former Board Chairman for YPO Palm Beach, and a former Board Chair for United Way of Broward County. In addition, he has made a significant impact on many civic organizations including the Jason Taylor Foundation, LifeNet4Families and Cystic Fibrosis.
Matthew Beck leads the Sales, Marketing and Operations Executive Search practice nationally for StevenDouglas. Matthew has a proven track record of delivering mid management to executive level talent to various organizations including small to Fortune 500 companies. He focuses on building long term relationships with clients and candidates alike which allows him to successfully deliver quality individuals within the client’s specific guidelines.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Matthew spent over 6 years with a Fortune 1000 recruiting firm in South Florida holding progressive roles in both sales and management. Most recently, Matthew was Managing Director of the Miami office and responsible for the day to day operations of the division in addition to client service. He was charged with leading the division’s new hire training program and the “Leaders of Tomorrow” program in which the top 1% of the company’s performers are chosen annually. Matthew has always set himself apart through tireless work ethic, great communication skills, and unquestioned business ethics.
Matthew earned his BA in Economics from Eastern Illinois University. He has been actively involved in various charitable organizations, currently serving as Chairman of the United Way of Central Maryland's Leader's United Executive Council. He is also an active member of United Way's Tocqueville Society. Previously, Matt served two terms as Chairman of the Young Leader’s Society (YLS) with United Way of Broward County. In 2014, Matt was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Honoree, which identifies the most dynamic individuals in South Florida under the age of 40 who work diligently to contribute to their company’s growth and to improve the local community.
With over 20 years of experience in Executive Search, Elizabeth Jacobs, is a recognized expert in Chief Financial Officer search and leads the Finance & Accounting search division as Executive Vice President at StevenDouglas. Elizabeth started with the firm in 2002, and since that time has substantially grown the Finance and Accounting Search practice first throughout Florida, and then expanded the practice nationally.
Elizabeth has been honored as one of South Florida’s top 25 Most Influential Business Women by the South Florida Business Journal. She enjoys working closely with clients, helping them explore their current and future hiring needs, as well as identifying individuals that will thrive within their culture. Her practice is focused on providing financial executives for emerging middle market to Fortune 500 companies. The Finance & Accounting practice specialties include general accounting, financial reporting, finance, treasury, tax and audit searches from mid-level management to C-level executives.
Before joining StevenDouglas, Elizabeth managed two branch offices for an international search firm for four years. Prior to entering the search industry, she worked for Morgan Stanley for seven years in the areas of corporate tax, investment banking and corporate accounting.
Elizabeth is active with a number of non-profit organizations. Most notably, she has helped raise over $2 million for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital chairing the Diamond Angel’s Gala. Additionally, she serves on the board of the South Florida Business Forum, and stays active with the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Women’s Executive Leadership (WEL), and the United Way Women’s Leadership Program.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, became a CPA in NY, and then completed her MBA from Fordham University.
Private Equity - Interim Resources
Having spent the majority of his career in professional services, Mr. Hafetz has built a strong reputation for his uncompromising client service orientation. His long-lasting business relationships, coupled with his Big 4 background and knowledge of project-based professional services gives him the credibility that has enabled him to recruit top-tier talent to join the StevenDouglas team.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Dan spent 10 years in progressive accounting, human resources and recruiting positions. Most recently he was a Client Services Director, responsible for building the South Florida office of a global project-based professional services firm. His role encompassed management of the associate base, service to existing clients, proactive recruitment of accomplished professionals and management of project resource allocation.
Dan’s career started in public accounting with the Philadelphia office of Coopers & Lybrand, where he supervised financial and operational audits in a variety of industries. He received both his Bachelors of Science and Masters degrees in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.
Kirk Bukowski brings more than 25 years of experience in executive search and talent acquisition consulting. Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Kirk led the North American Search practice for a professional services firm and was a partner and founder of the retained search practices at several nationally prominent search firms.
A results-oriented executive search consultant, Kirk has built a reputation for tireless commitment to client service and superior execution. He has partnered with some of the nation’s most prominent private equity firms and their deal teams through all stages of the investment lifecycle, assessing and hiring impactful leaders.
In addition to his work with private equity firms, Kirk has significant experience with public and private firms, with a focus on C-Suite and CFO search. Serving a broad range of global clients, his expertise spans industry sectors and functional disciplines, with an emphasis on general management and financial officers. Kirk is frequently called upon to recruit senior leaders in Financial Services, Professional Services, FinTech, Digital Health and Consumer Products.
Kirk is passionate about supporting the underprivileged in his community. He currently volunteers at Father Bill’s Place, and previously worked with Junior Achievement.
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Vivian has been an executive search professional since 2003, with specialization in accounting and finance search. Her ability to evaluate both client and candidate needs, via a consultative approach, provides a more in-depth targeted search with a consistently successful outcome. Vivian focuses on providing search services for mid-market to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, treasury, and finance searches from mid-level management to “C” level executives.
Before joining StevenDouglas, Vivian focused on the Accounting and Finance needs of clients for a boutique recruiting firm in the Central Florida area. Prior to finding her passion for providing search services, Vivian worked for The Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw the human resource and recruiting functions within her division.
Vivian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University and her MBA from the University of Central Florida. When not hard at work, Vivian enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
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John Gramer serves as Vice President of Executive Search at StevenDouglas, and is based out of the firm’s Princeton, New Jersey office. John brings over 35 years of recruiting experience and has placed top talent across the “C” Suite from CEO’s, COO’s, and CFO’s to marketing and sales executives. He has completed searches for public companies as well as private corporations. John has also developed strong relationships with private equity firms across the country, completing a significant number of searches for this sector.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, John was President of a nationally recognized Executive Search firm. He has over 35 years of executive management experience, having esteemed position as Vice President and Managing Director at Randstad’s Tatum Division, at which he was the founder of Tatum’s executive search practice that focused on C-Suite searches. Before joining Randstad, John was a Vice President of Search at A-L Associates and was their lead producer for over 20 years.
Mr. Gramer has an extensive background in accounting and finance, having originally started his career as a senior audit manager and internal audit manager for firms such firms as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Revlon, Inc. Mr. Gramer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from Monmouth University. He has also served as an adjunct professor of accounting at Rider University. John is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey (retired).
Don Zinn serves as Senior Vice President – Executive Search at StevenDouglas and works nationally as a member of the firm’s Operations, Leadership, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain, Finance and HR practices. Don has over 17 years of executive, management and sales search experience with clients ranging from early-stage entrepreneurial ventures, PE funded high growth companies, family business and Fortune 100 giants.
Don has a robust background as a CEO and entrepreneur with over 35 years of sales, management and hiring experience, focused on helping organizations grow through people-focused management. He is a frequent speaker and author, highlighting topics such as turnover, entrepreneurship, employee selection and satisfaction. Don has founded 7 companies, raised over $25 million in private and venture equity, sold 3 companies, and has been an Inc. 500 winner and a finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In the world of Search, Don is functionally focused on operational leadership in middle market and fast-growing early-stage companies that are experiences “scaling” issues where his prior operating experience as a CEO can add significant value to the searches he manages including:
Succession and growth planning – CEO, COO and President roles that require strategic definition prior to starting the search
The “go-to-market” side: Sales and Marketing leadership roles that bring discipline/process and create long term growth.
The entire Supply Chain management side of operations up to C-Suite and Leadership roles.
HR leadership – CHRO, CPO, VP HR; tapping into his alumni network from Cornell ILR while applying his real-life experience leading the people part of organizations he has founded and run.
CFO, VP Finance searches with a focus on PE/VC funded companies and family businesses of scale.
Don holds a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University. Don serves as a leader of the Cornell ILR Alumni Association, and is involved in local charities in NY, VT and FL.
Human Resources Search
Alan Berger has spent over 25 years focusing on the employment lifecycle with significant experience in Staffing & Recruitment, Employee Screening, Career Management and Organizational Development all in the South Florida market. Alan’s practice encompasses all aspects of Human Resources search as he has proven to successfully place top talent at all levels for emerging and mid-size to Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, in his role as Vice President, Alan is a client service and business development ambassador of the firm across all of our service lines.
Alan’s accomplishments include running one of the premier background screening firms in Florida for over 15 years and successfully selling it to an industry leading Fortune 500 firm. After the sale, he spent over 5 years with a start-up Professional Recruiting firm and helped to build and grow the Human Resources practice as well as the overall firm. After another successful exit, Alan was a Vice President for the world’s largest Career and Talent Management organization. Berger originally began his working life as an Air Traffic Controller spending seven years in the profession before leaving Miami Center to begin his business career.
He currently is active with a number of organizations and serves on the Boards of the Greater Miami and Weston Chambers of Commerce. He is also very active with the West Broward YMCA’s Father Daughter Group Y-Princess having recently completed his term as Chair and serves on the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Board Development Committee. He also Chairs the Executive Re-Employment & Outplacement Task Force for the Miami Chamber. From 2001 to 2006 he served as a State elected official on the Board of the Hamal Community Development District and was Chairman for four years.
Berger’s previous awards include Price Waterhouse/South Florida Business Journal’s Up and Comer of the Year in Management, Miami-Dade County BCE Employer of the Year, Weston Chamber’s Person of the Year and Small Business of the Year
Christopher P. Oldham serves as Vice President, Executive Search at Steven Douglas. He leads search engagements in North America, focusing on recruiting senior executives, and key management professionals that create value for organizations with an emphasis in Healthcare & Life Sciences, Professional Services, Technology, and Private Equity.
Mr. Oldham provides his clients a unique perspective with more than 25 years of leadership experience in recruitment, business development, operations management, and consulting in healthcare, and professional services. He has served in mid to senior level roles with full P&L responsibility over multi-unit operations, while conducting hundreds of searches and thousands of business transactions over the course of his career. He has served a diverse client base that includes: healthcare providers, services, payers, technology, biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, health & wellness, non-profits, and high growth private equity backed portfolio companies.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Mr. Oldham served in such roles as Partner, VP of Sales and Marketing, Regional Vice President of Operations, and Division President, managing projects, and teams on a local, regional, and national level for some of the industry’s leading healthcare and professional service organizations. He has lived in various cities, with domestic, and international travel. This diverse set of experiences, teamed with industry leading StevenDouglas resources, uniquely positions Mr. Oldham to leverage his network while partnering with colleagues, and clients to attract top executives who make a positive impact on company culture, revenue growth, and bottom line profits.
Mr. Oldham attended Western Kentucky University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health/Healthcare Administration. He also interned at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and has completed numerous executive development programs. Mr. Oldham is a Nashville native where he currently resides with his family.
Finance & Accounting Search
Chad Miyamoto has been a top-performing recruiter in his market since 2006, and previous to that time, spent 11 years as an Accounting and Finance professional. This diverse experience gives him extensive, hands-on knowledge in the expertise, providing insight and a comprehensive understanding of the placements he makes.
Chad specializes in Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, and Operations spanning Fortune 500 companies, Private Equity and VC-backed companies, as well as small to mid-sized private businesses and non-profits. He’s known for his unique skill set in Accounting and Finance, and the many, successful placements he makes in that area, including a focus in Human Resources, Senior leadership (C-Suite, VP, Director) and Operations.
With his experience as both a hiring manager and candidate, he truly recognizes the need to become a trusted partner and advisor to be able to make a difference in the process. He prides himself on the many, long-term connections he’s build throughout his career. Chad believes this approach is the reason clients continue to reach out to him directly for over 16 years, and why he has many candidates he’s placed several times over the course of their career path.
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Finance & Accounting Search
Brandon Osterlund comes to StevenDouglas with direct experience in Search placement in Finance & Accounting across all levels of Executive and Senior Management for over a decade. He specializes in recruiting candidates with a Big 4 Background or those who are looking to make the switch from public accounting into industry and his client base includes companies in Real Estate, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, Distribution, and Manufacturing.
Brandon began his career in Boston with a leading national recruiting firm, and then relocated back to South Florida where he was responsible for building out a very successful Finance & Accounting Search Team in the market from scratch, contributing to $4M+ in revenue. He was later promoted to a Director position, and then moved on to a global firm as the Director of the Northeast Executive Search Team in the U.S. managing a $5M P&L.
His extensive recruiting experience and direct understanding of Finance and Accounting, makes Brandon thorough and honest with his approach to working with both candidates and clients. He prides himself on acting as an advisor and career consultant with those he serves and being a true resource for them to better understand the job market. For candidates, he is often seen as their “career coach”, helping them navigate what they ultimately want to do in their career, and helping them with a plan on how to get there. He really enjoys to process of really getting to know a candidate, asking what their dream career path is, and finding a way to get them there. For clients, Brandon uses the same consultative approach to help them understand the job market and what is necessary to do to find the best talent.
Brandon has a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Real Estate from Florida State University. He is excited to be back in South Florida, and believes the market has tremendous potential with the level of investment from Private Equity firms and the migration of new companies to the region. This combination of factors really appeals to candidates who are looking for this exposure combined with a low cost of living.
Finance & Accounting Search
Since 2010, Stacy Kelly has been a finance and accounting recruiter in the upper Midwest, focusing on long-term relationship building. She has a track-record of success accessing key talent, and in referral-based recruiting for manager to executive positions. Stacy very much enjoys, and is an expert at mapping and assisting in department build-outs after key business transitions such as growth, downsizing and acquisitions.
Stacy’s career began with seven years of experience working in a business operations role for a global macro hedge fund, and asset management in the real estate industry. During that time, she worked on the other side of the table as a consumer of staffing and search services and understands the challenges of building a team and working with a search partner to be effective. She then joined a mid-tier public accounting firm’s agency search firm where she was promoted from staff to senior manager leading a team in under four years.
Stacy is known for her integrity, trust, and being a true partner with deep roots in the accounting and finance community, delivering white glove service to both clients and candidates. She has a genuine interest in understanding people’s motivation, identifying quality candidates, and the ability to connect with top talent in the region through the network she has built for over 20 years.
Stacy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Step-Up Luminary Member, helping young women in underserved areas of Chicago gain access to professional mentors. Stacy also splits her time as a Park Ridge Cheer Coach, a Roosevelt Elementary CHIEF member, and Niles Ranger Hockey volunteer.
Finance & Accounting Search
Steven is a Director in the Finance & Accounting Search division at StevenDouglas. He has been in the search industry since 2000, expanding on his expertise in executive search and delivering top-quality service to an extensive list of clients. He is a passionate professional who has led and managed teams focused on local and national search and recruiting efforts. His unique operational knowledge allows him to partner with clients to develop and implement talent acquisition strategies on an enterprise basis.
Based in Chicago with a Midwest focus and national reach, Steven’s experience is both varied and robust. His client base includes boutique, regional, and international organizations with private equity, privately-held, and publicly-traded ownership structures. His specialization includes the disciplines of finance and accounting, human resources, and information technology.
Steven holds a BS degree in Finance and a BS degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University. He is on the Board of Directors for UnCorked Adventures, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. On the weekends you can find Steven playing tennis or sailing on Chicago’s north shore with family and friends.
Finance & Accounting Search
Jenn Zinschlag is a Director in the Finance and Accounting Search Division at StevenDouglas, and is based out of the Tampa, Florida office. She has over 10 years of experience in the recruiting industry and has been in executive search for the last five years. Jenn’s attention to detail and ability understand what is most important to both her clients and candidates is something she takes pride in. She makes a point to develop strong relationships with clients and candidates to ensure the best service as their recruiting partner.
Jenn has had consistent success placing professionals with top private equity firm portfolio companies, private companies, and Fortune 50 companies, as well as identifying candidates coming from these organizations. She has strong experience in identifying top talent across Finance, Accounting, M&A, Tax and Audit. Jenn helped launch the Finance & Accounting Tampa Division for a notable search firm in 2015. Earlier in her career, she was promoted twice in less than two years upon joining a firm where she achieved Platinum Elite, an award given to the top 20 recruiters in the company.
Jenn earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Charleston in Physical Education. There she was on a Division 1 Scholarship to play women’s golf, and was a part of the Southern Conference Championship winning team. Prior to recruiting, she was a golf professional in upstate New York, as well as a college golf coach where she was responsible for the recruitment efforts for the newly established women’s golf program. She is also involved in supporting several non-profits related to animal rescue, and has four rescue dogs.
Finance & Accounting Search
Laurie Canepa began her career in Finance and Accounting in 1997, and transitioned into recruiting in Texas in 2006, earning notable accomplishments throughout her career. Her expertise of the Texas market and her network of top Finance and Accounting talent are key attributes Laurie brings to the Vice President of Finance and Accounting Search role at StevenDouglas. Laurie is known by clients and candidates alike for her dedication to excellence in the recruiting process, and her unique ability to connect with the people she works and supports. These qualities have made her a “Recruiting Professional of Choice” in the Texas market.
Laurie excels at placing positions from mid and senior-level F&A professionals to C-Suite roles in organizations ranging from non-profits to global, publicly-traded corporations. Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Laurie spent over 15 years as a Partner and Division Director for one of the top boutique Accounting and Finance Search firms in Texas. As a top producer there, she played a critical role in bringing the firm to its pinnacle, creating major growth opportunities and an array of successful placements. The first 10 years of Laurie’s career were spent getting hands-on experience in the world of public accounting, as well as executing industry accounting as a Corporate Controller.
Laurie has been featured in Austin Woman Magazine and is an ongoing panelist for multiple organizations. She is active with non-profit organizations, such as Impact Austin, the Professional Women of Williamson County, Dress for Success Austin, the Job Seekers Network, and the Buccaneer Bridge Mentoring Program. Laurie earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Charleston Southern University, in South Carolina, with a minor in Spanish and has attended the Masters of Science in Taxation program at San Jose State University.
Financial Services Search
Ross Cohen acts as a Director of Financial Services Search at StevenDouglas. He began his recruiting career with a global recruiting firm in New York, NY, where he led the financial services research team and worked on senior-level searches across fixed income, equities, currencies, commodities, investment banking, corporate banking and capital markets businesses for major sell-side and buy-side firms throughout the US, South America and Europe. Prior to his career in search, Ross was an Equity Research Associate for Lazard Capital Markets in New York. Combining his experience on Wall Street with his time in financial services search gives him credibility in understanding both candidate and client needs.
Ross received a Masters in International Business and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Florida.
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Finance & Accounting Search
Dane Taylor is a Director in the Finance and Accounting Search Division at StevenDouglas, based out of New York City. Since 2005, Dane has served clients across the Financial Services industry with a focus on the Alternative Investments space. His client base includes Private Equity firms, Hedge Funds, Family Offices, Real Estate, and Fortune 500 organizations. His main area of expertise has been the placement of Accounting, Tax, and Finance professionals.
Dane has built a reputation for being a great listener and building long-term candidate and client relationships, allowing him to provide a top tier recruiting experience. His highly specialized industry knowledge and extensive time working in Financial Services has made him a go-to, trusted advisor to the clients he serves, and the candidates he mentors.
Dane began his career as a direct-hire recruiter for a Fortune 500 publicly traded staffing firm, spending 6 years there, before joining a more boutique NYC-based recruiting firm. Seven years later he became a partner at a national agency, helping to build their New York office. He joined StevenDouglas to help lead the firm’s expanding presence and meet growing client demand in the Greater New York City area.
Dane holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Economics and Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.
Tampa - Technology Search
With more than 20 years in recruiting, Angelica Chadwick’s focus is on building long-term business relationships with her clients and candidates. She is committed to finding candidates who make a difference, and companies that provide opportunity. Her experience includes working with various companies ranging from mid-sized businesses to Fortune 100 corporations.
Angelica has extensive industry knowledge and an insatiable desire to stay abreast of changing trends and technologies to always be ahead the curve for the clients and candidates she works with. She offers her clients a deep understanding of how technology helps run businesses on a day-to-day basis and can recommend ideal candidates who will help them stay ahead of the competition.
Angelica joined the firm to help establish and build the Technology practice in the Tampa Bay area, furthering both StevenDouglas’ Florida and national capabilities. She leads a team to strategically source top IT talent for a wide range of leading employers, proving herself as a constant relationship-builder. She is known for always looking for her next connection, and continuously strengthening her business and talent network.
Angelica prides herself on being a genuine professional, who communicates with transparency, and works with others’ best interest at heart. She believes her ability to identify the right fit above and beyond a resume and qualifications is one of her best qualities. She has been a long-time supporter of Dress for Success and since 2018 has been on the charity’s committee for a A Kids Place, a foster organization in Tampa.
Central & North Florida - Interim Resources
Tammy has led our Central Florida Project practice since 2009, and in 2020 added North Florida to her team. She offers a specialized focus in accounting & finance, internal audit and human resources and believes in investing herself in each new relationship and maintaining credibility through performance.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Tammy started the Florida practice of a publicly held global professional services firm where she was consistently one of their top national producers. Tammy’s focus and commitment to client service helped to gain her trusted advisor status with a Fortune 50 client where she led an internal global team, including three sister organizations, in providing consulting, project and staffing services.
Tammy has received several honors from professional and civic organizations such as winning the Business Woman of the Year award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Board Member of the year from Florida Coalition for Children and Big Sister of the Year award from Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay.
Additionally, she is very active in many local professional organizations such as the Women’s Executive Leadership (WEL) and the Orlando chapter of the fiCFO. Tammy currently serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay and is the chair and founder of the annual Battle of the Bass Tournament in Polk County. She is the Vice Chair of the Camelot Community Care Board and is a member of the Tocqueville Society with United Way Suncoast where she has served on multiple committees, including as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet in 2019 and 2020.
When not busy with work or in the community, Tammy loves to spend time with her Husband Darrell, son RD and their dog Rocky at the lakehouse, on the boat, or exploring the country on a road trip.
Michael Beaton joined the Technology Search Division of StevenDouglas in early 2015. He holds an impressive track record of successfully completing individual contributor, middle management, and executive search assignments with early-mid stage technology companies. Michael and his team regularly partner with VC/PE-backed organizations experiencing hypergrowth.
Prior to StevenDouglas, Michael began his career with a top 1% national recruiting firm where he specialized in software & data engineering, data science, devops, cloud architecture & cyber security. His national client base ranged from start-ups to small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies. In this role, Michael became the number one producing recruiter in the nation.
Michael began volunteering at an early age for local organizations such as Kids In Distress as well as Jack and Jill. He currently serves as a Committee Member for the Jason Taylor Foundation, is a member of the United Way’s Young Leadership Society, and is a member of the South Florida ISACA Chapter. Michael is a native of South Florida and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University.
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Finance & Accounting Search
Lauren Casta, Director of Finance and Accounting Search at StevenDouglas, services Central and North Florida bringing over a decade of both financial recruiting, as well as hands-on accounting and finance experience to the role. She has a track record of success identifying top talent for some of the most notable companies in NE Florida, and previous experience at a leading, global firm focused on Accounting and Finance.
Lauren prides herself on building long lasting, meaningful relationships with her clients and candidates. They trust her to guide them through the waves of change and turn to her as a true business partner and advisor. Throughout Lauren’s career, she has made a range of placements from Staff Accountant to CFO, and every role in between. Her expertise spans a variety of industries with many kinds of organizations, from mid-market companies to billion-dollar corporations. Lauren is a Jacksonville resident, and graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Business.
Supply Chain & Operations Search
Christian joins StevenDouglas’ Atlanta office to complement the growing list of clients in the Supply Chain & Logistics space, an area he specializes in. Additionally, he has expertise in the disciplines of HR, Marketing, and Sales for high-growth, mid-sized to large Fortune 500 companies.
As a previous business owner, Christian uniquely understands the value of finding the best talent, and the positive impact it has on the growth and trajectory of an entire organization. Most recently, Christian led the Supply Chain - Executive Search Team at the largest staffing firm in the world. In addition to leading a team, he consistently ranked in the organization’s top recruiters in the country, as well as designed training programs for other markets to launch Supply Chain practices.
Christian excels in structuring teams, including supporting C-level leadership as they build out their personnel at a new organization, filling roles from VP level to Analyst. He also has experience working with businesses in the process of scaling-up, and is a sharp evaluator for personality and cultural matches using skills gained from his degree in Clinical Psychology.
Clients love Christian’s ability to successfully match candidates to the culture of their organizations. He believes ensuring the perfect cultural fit helps clients see a greater return on investment, while affording the candidate a longer tenure. Christian prides himself on being very open and transparent throughout the hiring process. Candidates count on him to understand the full scope of the role, and know they will always be heard and not pressured into decisions.
Christian is a Georgia native and holds a B.S. in Psychology from Middle Georgia University.
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Ken Heinrich joined StevenDouglas in the Human Resources Search Division in 2017. Ken focuses solely on Human Resources recruitment from staff-level to executives across all industries and company sizes.
Among his accomplishments, Ken has earned his SHRM-CP certification and currently serves as the Foundation Chair on the SHRM Jacksonville Board of Directors. His sales and recruiting experience make him an important part of the continued success and growth of this practice.
Prior to joining the StevenDouglas team, Ken worked for one of the largest staffing and consulting firms in the country, out of both the Fort Lauderdale and Miami offices. Here he honed his candidate identification and attraction skills while building lasting, personal partnerships with clients. Ken believes that continuing to refine these two significant attributes are the keys to his success.
Ken was born in New Jersey but relocated to South Florida and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida International University. He currently lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida and supports the Southeast market for StevenDouglas.
Supply Chain Executive Search
Drew Zachmann serves as Director of Operations and Supply Chain Executive Search at StevenDouglas. He leads search engagements in North America, focusing on recruiting senior executives and their extended teams; to create value for public and private companies alike, including Venture Capital or Private Equity sponsored businesses.
Since 2014, Drew has provided his clients with a high-touch, hands-on approach in recruitment, business development, organization development, and professional services. He is a trusted advisor to his clients assisting in high-profile searches at the C-Suite and President level, including CEO, COO, CMO, CHRO, and VP of Operations. He also has experience building out entire teams in rapid growth environments. His client base includes Bio-Tech, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Med-Device, Software, Fin-Tech, Professional Services, Non-profits, and high growth private equity backed portfolio companies.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Drew began his career in public accounting for a top 20 national CPA firm, was a President’s Club recipient, and has since worked for several top 10 recognized executive search firms. He attended Georgia Southern University, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting.
South Florida - Interim Resources
Kari Benson has spent more than 13 years building long-term client relationships and as a result has been highly successful in the areas of business development, recruiting, and executive search. Her expert ability to source and assess talent has enabled Kari to provide clients with the resources they need to successfully carry out key internal initiatives that produce a clear bottom-line impact.
As a member of the StevenDouglas Project Resources Division, Kari focuses primarily on providing experienced project professionals that assist clients in the areas of finance and accounting, audit and compliance, human resources, and information technology. Kari serves both public and private companies effectively by utilizing her broad-based business experience to properly assess a client’s needs and bring them the appropriate resources to meet their objectives.
Before joining StevenDouglas, Kari held various progressive management roles with a Fortune 500 recruiting firm. During her tenure she was the recipient of numerous awards in which she was recognized for both performance and excellence. As Managing Director for the Miami locations, she was among the top 10% nationwide in an organization with over 10,000 employees.
Kari earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Information Management from the University of North Dakota. Throughout her career, Kari has been active in Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. and Susan G.Komen Fight for the Cure. She is also one of the founders of the first kickball league in Miami. Her hobbies include freelance photography which has earned her five 1st place awards from the Florida Press Association.
Technology - Northeast
Jon Bolton leads the New York office by providing clients access to talent in the areas of Finance & Accounting and Information Technology. Since joining the search industry in 1999, Jon has provided recruiting and client service support to sophisticated clients throughout the country.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Jon was National Director in a global recruiting firm for 10 years. While in this role, he ran the firm’s Investment banking vertical and grew the practice to over $40 million in revenue. Over the years, Jon has built a reputation for his sense of urgency and his ability to assemble and rapidly deploy highly specialized resources for critical projects with world class companies. His consistency and professionalism has allowed him to build a tremendously loyal associate and client base.
Jon earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College. Throughout his career, he has been a strong supporter of the Special Olympics and is an involved member of FAAN (Food & Allergy Network).
Information Technology Search
Patrick Morelli joined the firm with over 5 years of success in Information Technology Executive Search and over 8 years of sales and client relationship management experience within the Technology sector. He began his recruitment career honing his skills with one of the nation’s largest recruitment agencies, while focusing primarily on the South Florida IT market. Patrick has a great reputation and proven success working in niche, high demand, and emerging markets within technology, and delivering the nation’s top talent.
Patrick also gained experience at a boutique executive search firm where he worked on a national scale, partnering with a range of clients from highly funded start-ups to Fortune 100’s. His skill set ranges from leading and training, all the way to building highly profitable sales and recruiting teams from a customer first mind set.
Patrick attended West Virginia University where he studied Landscape Architecture. He is passionate about nonprofits that prevent animal cruelty and advanced stroke research.
Finance & Accounting Search
Matthew Schillings is a Manager in the Finance and Accounting Search Division at StevenDouglas, based out of New York City. Since 2011, Matt has served clients across the Financial Services industry with a focus on the Alternative Investments space. His client base includes Private Equity firms, Hedge Funds, Family Offices, Real Estate, Tech Start Ups, and Fortune 500 organizations. His main area of expertise has been the placement of Accounting, Tax, Finance along with Middle and Front Office professionals.
Matt began his career as a direct-hire recruiter for a Global Company, spending 2 years building out their Accounting and Finance structure. Matt then switched to the client service side of the business where he was Manager of Recruiting for a top New Jersey based staffing firm, focusing on the placement of professionals in Financial Services organizations and Fortune 500 companies on the permanent and interim resource side. Five years later he became a Director at a top boutique Financial Services Recruiting firm in NYC, where he helped to build their New York and New Jersey office. He joined StevenDouglas to help lead the firm’s expanding presence and meet growing client demand in the Greater New York City area.
Matt has built a reputation of trust and hard work with all of the clients and candidates that he has and still represents. He takes the time to listen to what an organization needs or what a candidate is looking for and deploys resources effectively to service tasks at hand. A list of recommendations is listed on his LinkedIn profile highlighting several of the people he has helped through the years.
Matt holds a BA Degree in Communications from Loyola University Maryland where he played Lacrosse and Hockey.
Meet the Team
Why venture capital? Because you are passionate about working with a variety of startups, helping them grow, and finding promising new companies – and you'd prefer that to starting your own company or a pure deal-execution role.What is private equity recruiting? ›
Private Equity recruitment is the process that PE firms use to source, interview and hire candidates. Since Private Equity is a highly paid, prestigious, and competitive field, banks do not have to do much to “attract” candidates.Why work at a Venture Capital firm? ›
VC provides very good compensation and is a highly respectable job. Excellent exit opportunities into the startup world. Opportunity to build an unbeatable network of startup CEOs and VCs. Participate in building the companies of the future, and driving change and innovation in the world.How to get into Venture Capital firms? ›
- Excellent Communication Skills. ...
- MBA is a Plus. ...
- Entrepreneurship Experience. ...
- Investment Banking Experience. ...
- Take help from Headhunters. ...
- Positioning the Right Way. ...
- No Single Strategy Might Help.
- Why Do You Want a Job in VC?
- What Are Recent Developments?
- What's the Most Interesting IPO?
- What Columns/Blogs Do You Read?
- Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
- How Would You Evaluate a Firm?
- Tell Me About Your Experience.
- What Industries Are of Interest?
A career in private equity can be highly rewarding, both financially and personally. Private equity managers often take a great deal of satisfaction from successfully guiding their portfolio companies to new high levels of profitability.How do you get recruited for private equity? ›
- Headhunters. Most PE firms use headhunters to source candidates, for at least two reasons. ...
- Initial screen. Your first “meeting” will likely be an in-person interview with a headhunter representing the PE firm. ...
- On-site interviews. ...
Private equity firms usually look for entry-level associates with at least two years of experience within the banking industry. Investment bankers usually follow the PE firm career path as their next job and typically have a bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, and other related fields.How do you get hired by a private equity firm? ›
- Get to know the headhunters who recruit for private equity. There aren't many of them.
- Get some experience. Pursue every internship and work in finance for two or three years before trying.
- Be patient. The jobs are few and the interview process is lengthy.
Excellent Communication Skills
Aside from the obvious financial skills, venture capital companies are looking for individuals who are able to communicate their ideas effectively. Having the skills to make presentations is a definite asset, as you will need to provide them to the top executives.
1) It's very hard to get a job in VC.
Consequently, venture capital funds don't need to hire at the same pace as the startups they invest in and they don't generally hire on any particular cycle (at least not one that will be familiar to bankers and consultants). The VC hiring process is opaque and takes a long time.
Private equity is capital invested in a company or other entity that is not publicly listed or traded. Venture capital is funding given to startups or other young businesses that show potential for long-term growth.How do you break into a VC with no experience? ›
- Study the industry to start thinking like a VC.
- Get involved in the local startup ecosystem.
- Extract lists of all relevant VCs (worldwide).
- Prepare 2–3 slides with relevant cases for call I.
- Prepare an extensive deck on you/the job for call II.
It is more difficult to go from a VC to a PE than the other way around. This is because VC work tends to be more specialized. Junior PE and VC professionals stay in their funds and earn experience, and then go for an MBA and join another company.How much do venture capitalists make? ›
Salary + Bonus and Carry: Likely total compensation is in the $250K to $400K range. You will earn carry at this level, but it will be far less than what the Partners earn. Read more about Venture Capital Principals here.What's the meaning of venture capital? ›
Venture capital (VC) is a form of private equity and a type of financing that investors provide to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential. Venture capital generally comes from well-off investors, investment banks, and any other financial institutions.What is the virtual interview? ›
What is virtual interviewing? Virtual interviews are job interviews that don't take place in person. Typically, interviewers use videoconferencing tools to see and speak with remote candidates.How many hours does private equity work weekly? ›
Private Equity Associate Lifestyle and Hours
At many smaller funds and middle-market funds, you can expect to work 60-70 hours per week, mostly on weekdays, with occasional weekend work when deals heat up.
In private equity, you'll work hard, but the hours are not nearly as bad. Generally, the lifestyle is comparable to banking when there is an active deal, but otherwise much more relaxed. You usually get into the office around 9am and may leave between 7pm-9pm depending on what you're working on.What kind of people work in private equity? ›
The private equity career path attracts people who are: Competitive, high achievers who are willing to work long, grinding hours. Extremely attentive to detail. Interested in deals rather than simply following the markets or investing in public companies or other assets.
Private equity or leveraged-buyout funds usually conduct three to four rounds of interviews. For junior positions, however, the interview rounds could sometimes be as few as two.How much do IB recruiters make? ›
The salaries of Investment Banking Recruiters in the US range from $36,058 to $54,088 , with a median salary of $45,073 . The middle 67% of Investment Banking Recruiters makes $45,073, with the top 67% making $54,088.How much do you make in private equity? ›
For the vast majority of private equity associates, the base salary is around $135k-$155k. Then, based on fund performance, bonuses tend to range from 100% to 150% of the base salary.What background do you need for private equity? ›
Candidates should have an bachelor's degree in an analytical major like finance, accounting, statistics, mathematics, or economics. Private equity fund management requires technical ability to analyze financial performance and estimate the value of a private company.Do private equity firms hire undergraduates? ›
Private equity firms do hire undergraduates. However, there are usually only a handful of undergraduates from top schools that recruit directly into PE firms. Usually with previous experience in investment banking or private equity. Boutique firms with minimal recruiting structure can accept undergraduates too.Is private equity tough? ›
I'll tell you right now, private equity is a pretty hard and busy job. Any deal-oriented job is going to involve intense, short sprints and private equity is no exception. It's not quite at the level of investment banking hours, but you'll still be working a lot.Is private equity better than investment banking? ›
Both careers demand exceptionally long hours, with investment banking often requiring analysts and associates to work 80 hours a week or more. Private equity generally offers a better work/life balance, but long hours may be required, particularly during the execution phase of a deal.Is CFA necessary for private equity? ›
Otherwise, to be selected by a top-notch private equity firm, you need to have outstanding skills and experience in private equity. Chartered Financial Analyst or CFA – Another qualification you can aim for is CFA. Now, CFA is not for the faint-hearted.What do you learn in private equity? ›
So as a private equity investor, you can say that you will develop more holistic soft skills. You'll learn to manage different equity & debt financing work streams, coordinate with lawyers & consultants, deal with management teams, etc.Why do you want to be an investor? ›
The goal of investing is to increase wealth and accumulate money for long-term goals such as retirement. An important investment prerequisite is an “investor's mindset.” This means being psychologically ready to accept the uncertainty that is part and parcel of investing (read: you can stomach losing some money).
You might only be in the office for 50-60 hours per week, but you still do a lot of work outside the office, so venture capital is far from a 9-5 job. This work outside the office may be more fun than the nonsense you put up with in IB, but it means you're “always on” – so you better love startups.What are the advantages and disadvantages of venture capital? ›
|Large amounts of capital can be raised||Founder ownership stake is reduced|
|Help managing risk is provided||Finding investors can distract founders from their business|
|Monthly payments are not required||Funding is relatively scarce and difficult to obtain|
- How do you act when things aren't going according to plan? ...
- Can you introduce me to a founder where things didn't go well? ...
- Why are you interested in my business? ...
- Will you join my board? ...
- Would you buy this product? ...
- Why do you think my business will fail?
One reason many investors find private equity so alluring: It gives them the chance to invest in the kinds of companies that have been slowly disappearing from the public market—small-cap stocks with large-cap potential.What do you learn in private equity? ›
So as a private equity investor, you can say that you will develop more holistic soft skills. You'll learn to manage different equity & debt financing work streams, coordinate with lawyers & consultants, deal with management teams, etc.How hard is it to get a job in private equity? ›
Landing a career in private equity is very difficult because there are few jobs on the market in this profession and so it can be very competitive. Coming into private equity with no experience is impossible, so finding an internship or having previous experience in a related field is highly recommended.What is venture capital vs private equity? ›
Private equity is capital invested in a company or other entity that is not publicly listed or traded. Venture capital is funding given to startups or other young businesses that show potential for long-term growth.What is venture capital example? ›
Venture Capital (VC) typically refers to the funding provided by investors to small or start-up businesses with strong potential for growth. A venture capital fund is a form of private equity raised from private and institutional investors, such as investment banks, insurance companies, or pension funds.How many hours do venture capitalists work? ›
Although they worked more than traditional banking hours, most VCs in our survey reported that their workweek was by no means excessive. On average, they put 55 hours a week in on the job, spending 22 hours a week networking and sourcing deals and 18 hours working with portfolio companies.What is venture capital simple definition? ›
Venture capital (VC) is a form of investment for early-stage, innovative businesses with strong growth potential. Venture capital provides finance and operational expertise for entrepreneurs and start-up companies, typically, although not exclusively, in technology-based sectors such as ICT, life sciences or fintech.
Venture Capital institutions lets entrepreneurs convert their knowledge into viable projects with the assistance of such Venture Capital institutions. It helps new products with modern technology become commercially feasible. It promotes export oriented units to earn more foreign exchange.What is the process of venture capital? ›
Venture capital financing is a type of financing by venture capital. It is private equity capital provided as seed funding to early-stage, high-potential, growth companies (start-up) or more often it is after the seed funding round as a growth funding round (also referred to as series A round).What questions do VCs ask startups? ›
- Is There a Great Management Team? ...
- Is the Market Opportunity Big? ...
- What Positive Early Traction Has the Company Achieved? ...
- Are the Founders Passionate and Determined? ...
- Do the Founders Understand the Financials and Key Metrics of Their Business?
Venture Capital Fund is made up of investments from wealthy individuals or companies who give their money to a VC firm to manage their investment portfolios for them and to invest in high-risk start-ups in exchange for equity. The basic idea is to invest in a company's balance sheet and infrastructure.What do investors look for in a startup? ›
The characteristics that startup investors pay attention to: team, product, market size and valuation. – Size of the market: what drives most investors is finding startups that at some point can become big, large companies to get a significant return on their investment.