South Florida

South Florida Executive Recruiters

South Florida is where our Chairman & CEO, Steve Sadaka, founded the company, and the ideal location for our corporate headquarters. We work hard in sunny South Florida, but we’re also quite fortunate that we get to play here too.

Our vibrant headquarters team, made up of highly specialized recruiters, tap into their network to recruit locally and nationally in their areas of expertise. They are also very community-minded, committing their time and financial support to organizations such as the United Way of Broward County, Jason Taylor Foundation, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to name a few.

Our Practice Areas:

Local Leader

  • Matt Shore

    President

    Matt Shore joined StevenDouglas in 2006 and has played an integral role in the company’s significant growth. His focus has been to maintain the company’s great culture and boutique approach to client service while expanding their capabilities, service offerings and geographic footprint. Under Matt’s leadership, StevenDouglas has garnered various honors, most notably achieving five consecutive years of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.

    With all of his additional responsibilities, Matt continues to be an industry leader in the area of senior-level financial search, managing the firm’s highly successful CFO search practice. His strong reputation for delivering exceptional talent and his broad-based experience in business have enabled him to collaborate with his clients in all phases of the corporate lifecycle. His track record of successfully partnering with growing enterprises and private equity firms has resulted in deep-rooted relationships with companies and corporate leaders throughout Florida and around the country.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Matt spent 10 years in progressive leadership roles for a national recruiting firm – most recently as Regional Managing Director - Florida for the company’s Professional Services division. Before he transitioned to the recruiting industry, Matt was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he worked in the Audit practice. Matt received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Florida and became a Florida CPA (currently inactive).

    An active community member, Matt currently serves on the Board of the United Way of Broward County and YPO of Palm Beach. In addition, he has made an impact on many civic organizations including the Jason Taylor Foundation and LifeNet4Families.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Mark Viner

    President - Interim Resources

    Following a successful 18 year financial career, Mr. Viner elected a career change into the sales, marketing and leadership aspects of project-based professional services. Just before electing the career change, Mark had been the CFO of a publicly-held company for six years.

    Mr. Viner has the unique perspective to truly understand his clients’ needs. Among many of his responsibilities as being the financial leader of a publicly-held company, he was also responsible for ensuring compliance with the provisions set forth by the Sarbanes-Oxley act of 2002….a considerable challenge faced by many public companies today. Mark’s proven strength has been his ability to leverage his broad experience to work with our clients to help them scope project needs and collaborate with them regarding their challenges.

    Mr. Viner, a CPA, has been with StevenDouglas since March 2006. Prior to joining the firm, he was the initial Managing Director for the South Florida office of a publicly-held, global professional services firm which was founded within a Big Four accounting firm. Under his leadership, that office achieved the fastest growth of any office during its initial year than any office in that company’s history. Just prior, Mr. Viner spent six years as CFO of Dreams, Inc, a publicly-held sports memorabilia provider and franchisor of the Field of Dreams national chain of stores. Prior to Dreams, he held numerous senior-level financial management positions with The Walt Disney Corporation, Planet Hollywood International, Inc., Harris Corporation and Deloitte.

    He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at Birmingham-Southern College and is involved with several South Florida charities, including Kids in Distress.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Sylvia Alvarez

    Chief Financial Officer

    Sylvia has served as the Chief Financial Officer for StevenDouglas since 2007 and brings to the company more than 15 years of finance and accounting experience. She has significant experience in senior financial roles with top notch South Florida corporations, including Watson Pharmaceuticals (formerly Andrx) and Baxter Healthcare. As Chief Financial Officer, Sylvia provides leadership over all administration of the firm including Financial Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Administrative support.

    Since joining the company, Sylvia has successfully enhanced our back office infrastructure in support of the explosive growth created by our Project Resources business and the geographic expansion that followed. She has successfully coordinated the upgrade of all key systems and hired a great team of people that have made it possible for our field organization to focus solely on building the business and providing exceptional service at all times. As a leader, Sylvia brings lots of energy and a great attitude to the office every day, while holding those around her to a high-level of accountability.

    Sylvia graduated from the University of South Florida and is a highly committed volunteer for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Steve Kalisher

    Executive Vice President

    Mr. Kalisher, who manages StevenDouglas' corporate Information Technology Search practice, has an impressive track record of successfully completing search assignments with many of the mid-market and Fortune 500 companies in South Florida, as well as with his national accounts.

    Steve began his career in executive search in 1982 in New York City where he placed IT professionals with Fortune 500 clients, including Wall Street companies such as J.P. Morgan and Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1987, Steve founded Galaxy Management Group, a New York-based executive search firm specializing in corporate IT search for the greater New York-area marketplace.

    In 1992, Steve moved to South Florida to join StevenDouglas and help build the firm’s corporate information technology practice. His extensive experience in information technology search has enabled him to successfully complete key search assignments for such positions as CIO/CTO, director, middle management, system analysts, programmer analysts, and engineer level positions.

    Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York, Queens College in 1980.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Elizabeth Jacobs

    Executive Vice President

    Elizabeth has more than 15 years in executive search and has been with StevenDouglas since 2002. In her current role as Executive Vice President – Finance and Accounting Search, she oversees the Finance and Accounting recruiting teams and shares her knowledge and enthusiasm with new recruiters throughout the company. Her practice is focused on providing executive search services in the financial arena for mid-market to Fortune 500 companies. The scope of her services includes 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 of 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 currently active with a number of non-profit organizations. Most notably, she has helped raise over $1 million over the last three years for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as chair of the Diamond Angel’s Gala, their largest annual fund raiser. 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.
    In 2013, Elizabeth was honored by the South Florida Business Journal as one of South Florida’s top 25 Most Influential Business Women who have provided remarkable service to their communities, as well as their employers.

    Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her MBA from Fordham University. When not in the office, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her family including her husband, two children and their two dogs.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Dan Hafetz

    Senior Vice President - 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.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Ronna Zee

    Senior Vice President - Information Technology Search

    Ms. Zee began her career in technical search in New York in 1987 with a national search organization in the New York/New Jersey area. Because of her strong commitment to partnering and building long-term relationships with her clients and candidates, many of them continued working with her after she relocated to Florida in 1991.

    Ronna joined StevenDouglas in 1997 and provides leadership in the areas of permanent, contract and project staffing. Her expertise in technology search allows her to successfully recruit at all levels, from CIO to Network Administrators, domestically and internationally. Her team services many of the largest and most prestigious companies in South Florida, as well as start-up and mid-size companies in various industries. Her impressive client roster includes: Citrix, LNR, Hellmann International, AutoNation and Andrx.

    Prior to entering the search industry, Ronna was a National Account Representative for CNA Insurance, as well as an educator. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois with dual majors in History and Sociology.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Michael McGahey

    Vice President - Wealth Management Search

    With over 20 years of wealth management and private client investment and service experience, Mr. McGahey has utilized his invaluable experience and expertise in international sales, commodity, index and currency trading firms to conduct extraordinarily effective searches for senior level financial and wealth management clients and candidates across the United States.

    He and his group work closely with prestigious clients such as Bessemer Trust, Bernstein Global Wealth Management and BNY Mellon Wealth Management. These firms, among others, have come to rely on Michael to successfully attract the highest quality investment and wealth management professionals.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Michael was the Vice President and COO of the GLM Group of Companies, Inc. Michael was born in Toronto, Canada and has resided in the U.S. since 1993.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Alan Berger

    Vice President - 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

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Ralph Dello

    Vice President - Healthcare & Pharmacy Search

    Ralph Dello has used his extensive experience in both corporate and business-to-business negotiations to execute and conduct national searches within the health services industry.

    Ralph has developed long-standing relationships with his clients by providing them top candidates with exceptional credentials. He has developed the business based on referrals, a strong can-do attitude and sense of urgency for his clients. His client base includes such companies as Cardinal Health, McKesson, Select Specialty Hospital Group, CVS/Coram HC, Walgreens, Inova Hospital System, Novant Hospital System, UPMC, Mission Health System, Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Hospital System to name a few.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Ralph was in the pharmacy recruitment division at Comp Health, where worked for several years. Ralph earned an Associates degree in Business Management and from the New York Institute of Technology.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Isaac Menda

    Vice President - Investment Management Search

    Since 1994, Isaac Menda has personally managed the placement of over 300 highly skilled executives in the Investment Management industry. He focuses on servicing the needs of institutional money manager’s growth strategies by “building or buying” talent in the areas of portfolio management, performance, and strategy/product acquisition. Isaac also helps clients raise assets under management (AUM) via distribution sales & marketing talent or sub-advisory relationships with or without selling a minority stake. Through his national search practice, he works with institutional firms, typically with $5 billion to $20 billion in AUM. Isaac joined StevenDouglas to complement the Wealth Management Search Division on the institutional investment side.

    Isaac began his career servicing institutional money managers at MRI in Seattle, WA. He then founded Investment Management Careers, Inc. where he brokered portfolio management team lift-outs with the aim of linking performance history compliance with GIPS. He also helped negotiate the sale/purchase of a growth fund & portfolio manager to a large firm, as well as carve-outs, and has brokered the sale of mutual funds from one advisor to another.

    Isaac has a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania after attending Rice University for two years. Born in Puerto Rico, Isaac is passionate about life in the U.S. and the opportunities offered to all who live here. He has traveled cross country from the Teton Mountains, Lake Coeur D’Alene to the Olympic Mountains, has visited some of our national parks and admires the beauty we have right in our own back yard.

    During his free time, Isaac competes in tennis tournaments or coaches/guides those struck with cancer regarding alternative treatments through his multiple speaking engagements regarding his own personal triumph against the disease.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Christian Bezick

    Vice President - Financial Services Search

    Chris brings over 10 years in executive search and twenty years in commercial real estate, corporate finance, operations and general management to StevenDouglas.

    Prior to StevenDouglas, Chris was a Principal in a top 20 retained search firm, then founded a boutique executive search firm, where he provided banking/finance company clients with retained search in the areas of Wealth Management & Private Banking, Wholesale Banking & Lending, Credit & Risk, Capital Markets, Marketing/Originations, Finance & Accounting/Operations and Community Development Finance.

    Before transitioning to executive search, Chris was Senior Vice President of Ocwen Financial Corporation, a multi-billion dollar, publicly traded financial services holding company. He was a co-founder of the company’s commercial real estate finance division, where he was instrumental in taking a start-up from 3 to 125 employees and a net income of $55 million within five years. At Ocwen, his responsibilities included loan acquisitions, servicing, asset management, Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) issue/management, and real estate management and dispositions. Through his efforts and leadership, Mr. Bezick’s division not only became the nation’s largest purchaser of distressed real estate mortgage assets, but was also rated by all agencies as Special Servicer for CMBS transactions. His division received the highest Special Servicer rating awarded by Standard & Poor’s.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Bezick was a real estate asset manager at Jones Lang Lasalle (LaSalle Partners), a financial analyst at Kraft and an officer in the US Army, where he was the logistics officer for a rapid deployment force brigade. Mr. Bezick holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in Engineering, with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Juan Moreno

    Vice President - Latin America

    Juan Moreno leads our Latin American Executive Search practice, providing clients with access to in-country talent in Latin America across different industries including manufacturing, natural resources/mining, banking and wealth management, and power/alternative energy.

    Juan brings significant experience in recruiting and executive search in Latin America and Europe where he built successful management teams in IT, Operations, Finance, Marketing and Government Relations. Many of these roles were based in remote locations where finding an ideal candidate was a challenge, but Juan’s proven process and diligence consistently delivered great results.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Juan spent 7 years as Principal and Latin America practice leader for one of Canada’s largest executive search firms, where he developed in-depth knowledge of the issues affecting Latin America and established strong community ties. He also learned the vital role that culture plays in building successful organizations in different countries. This experience, and his focus on the region, gives him a competitive advantage when recruiting management teams for a wide variety of companies.

    Juan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance and is currently working on his MBA.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Mia Rottman

    Director - Human Resources & Associate Relations

    Mia is highly skilled in the areas of corporate and field employee retention, having gained extensive experience in Human Resources and recruiting roles since 1993. As Director of Human Resources, she is responsible for all of the human resources functions for StevenDouglas including benefits strategy, employee relations, and leadership development. In her role working with field associates, she focuses on guiding them through the unique on-boarding and requisite business processes associated with our project business model.

    Ms. Rottman began her career at Deloitte & Touche LLP where she spent eight years developing campus recruiting programs for the Florida region including training and new hire orientations. Ms. Rottman originally joined StevenDouglas in 2003 as an Accounting & Finance recruiter and subsequently left to pursue a career in Human Resources. Ms. Rottman has managed the human resources and recruiting functions in multiple industries which include service, technology, healthcare and accounting.

    Ms. Rottman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Jon Duncan

    Vice President - Wealth Management Search

    Having spent the majority of his career in recruitment, Mr. Duncan has built a reputation for building strong relationships with his clients. His long-lasting business relationships, coupled with his knowledge of the Wealth Management industry gives him the credibility that has enabled him to recruit top-tier talent for his clients.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Jon spent 10 years in with Aureus Financial doing recruitment in the areas of Accounting, Human Resources, Executive Search and Wealth Management. Most recently he was in charge of Wealth Management, responsible for assisting clients in the acquisition of RIAs and IBDs as well as recruitment of advisors across the country. As a player coach his role included management of the team as well as leading the recruitment or acquisition process.

    Jon’s career started has always been in sales and he possesses experience in the areas of Foreign Currency, Insurance and Wealth Management.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Mitch Lillie

    Vice President - Wealth Management Search

    Mr. Lillie brings a strong business development and successful national search background to StevenDouglas. Mitch has developed strong relationships with some national leaders in the independent financial services industry. He focuses on retained searches working with Registered Investment Advisory firms or Independent Broker Dealer firms that are looking to grow via mergers or acquisitions. Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Mitch was an executive recruiter where he was responsible for national recruiting and development. As a member of the executive team, Mitch helped launch the merger and acquisition initiative, focusing on purchasing books of business or transitioning advisors. Mitch currently resides in Omaha, NE and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Briar Cliff University in Iowa.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Kari Benson

    Director of Client Services - 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 was 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.

    South Florida
    305-495-9821
  • Dana Rabinowitz

    Director - Finance & Accounting Search

    Ms. Rabinowitz, who has been an executive search professional since 1998, is focused on providing clients with top talent in the finance and accounting arena. Broad in scope, her searches extend from staff-level accounting and finance professionals to controllers and CFOs.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Dana managed branch offices for a Fortune 500 recruiting firm and then a boutique search firm. Before entering executive search, she began her career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and also held various accounting roles – from financial analyst to controller – in private industry.

    Dana is a CPA, graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Barry University, and earning her Masters Degree in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University.

    Over the years, Dana has been actively involved in the American Society of Women CPAs, the South Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association and several other professional organizations.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Alan Synkowicz

    Director - Finance & Accounting Search

    Mr. Synkowicz has been in the recruiting industry since 1999, with a focus on finance and accounting search in the South Florida region. His practice spans from staff-level accounting and finance professionals to controllers and CFOs across all industries.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Alan worked for 10 years as a Sr. Recruiting Manager for a Fortune 500 recruiting firm. Before entering executive search, Alan worked in Corporate Accounting for 3 large publicly-traded corporations in the Manufacturing/Distribution, Construction, and Hospitality industries. Alan graduated from University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting with his B.S. in Accounting.

    Alan is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Brian Piccolo Chapter. Additionally, Alan has been a very active public speaker for the AICPA, FICPA, FAU (Accounting Students Association), Northwood University (Accounting Student Association), ASWA, and IMA. He has sat on the Advisory Board of both Northwood University and Palm Beach Community College’s Accounting and Business programs, and he regularly volunteers with the Broward Partnership for the Homeless and the Frankie Foundation (a NFP that is committed to providing Automatic External Defibrillator’s (AED’s) in parks and athletic fields throughout South Florida).

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Kerin Mickenberg

    Director - Finance & Accounting Search

    Kerin Mickenberg has spent more than 20 years in professional recruiting as a Corporate Recruiter and as an Executive Search Consultant for a national search firm where she was recognized consistently as a top producer in the country. Kerin’s ability to find and identify valuable talent through deep market penetration has allowed her to provide a level of excellence that clients can rely on. Her reputation for honesty and integrity has become an invaluable asset to her clients and candidates.

    Kerin returned to StevenDouglas after spending 8 years as part of the Talent Management team in a Fortune 100 company where she has supported Corporate Accounting, Finance, Tax and Audit with professional staffing needs. She has actively participated in company sponsored college campus events leading discussions on techniques for job seekers in career path mapping and interviewing. Kerin is recognized as an AIRS Professional Recruiter and holds a certificate in Advanced Internet Recruiting. She is an active member of the National Association for Female Executives and has been involved in corporate diversity recruiting initiatives for the last couple of years.

    Kerin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is a dedicated volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the Susan G Komen Foundation.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Paul Smith

    Director - Finance & Accounting Search

    Mr. Smith has been an executive search professional since 1998, with specialization in financial search. His practice has been primarily focused on South Florida and he has had a particular specialty in the emerging to mid-size company sector. He has built a reputation for helping growth companies identify talent to get to the next level.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Paul worked for 6 years as a Sr. Recruiting Manager for a Fortune 500 recruiting firm and also spent a couple of years in a corporate recruiting role with a large local CPA firm. Over his 12 years in the recruiting industry, Paul has built long-lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike who appreciate his high ethical standards and superior customer service skills.

    Paul graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Management and has his MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Paul currently volunteers with Share-A-Pet Organization, Inc and Cooperative Feeding LifeNet4 Families.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Jennifer Cobaugh

    Director of Client Service - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    Jennifer Cobaugh has spent over fifteen years providing senior level IT talent to the South Florida marketplace. Her commitment to building strong business relationships and pairing clients with high caliber candidates have been key to her success in the IT staffing industry. As a senior member of the IT Consulting Practice, Jennifer focuses on providing her clients with top level IT talent on a contract and contract to hire basis.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Jennifer spent fourteen years of high growth and achievement with a premier IT staff augmentation firm. Commencing her career on the recruiting side of the business, she rapidly progressed into business development and full lifecycle client management. In doing so she created, developed and optimized the business potential of high value, strategic relationships and partnerships with CIO’s, VP’s and Senior IT Client Management in the delivery, fulfillment, service and support of complex IT resource needs. She has excelled throughout her career at exceeding her clients’ expectations in delivering the highest level of service and support, backed by unmatched integrity and professionalism.

    Jennifer has been active in local networking groups as a board member of itSMF – South Florida chapter and participant in groups such as PMI, SFTA, and WITI. Throughout the years she has been involved in various local charitable organizations and most recently generously donates her time to the Broward Partnership for the Homeless.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Lisa Hammer

    Director - Sales, Marketing & Operations Search

    Since beginning her search career in 2000, Lisa Hammer has specialized in recruiting Sales, Marketing and Operations professionals nationwide in a variety of industries. She has worked with high-level executives from middle market to Fortune 500 companies in fulfilling their hiring needs. Lisa works at a very timely pace for her clients and produces a diverse slate of candidates who have been thoroughly assessed and verified.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Lisa was the Director of the Sales and Marketing Practice for a Fortune 500 recruiting firm for 8 years where she was recognized consistently as a top producer in the country. Lisa’s experience prior to executive search consisted of leadership roles in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, most notably with L’Oreal.

    Lisa graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Matt Johnson

    Director - Information Technology Search

    Matt Johnson has been in the Information Technology Staff Augmentation and Permanent Placement industry since 1997. Matt takes great pride in his effective capability to manage both the clients and candidates expectations through the employment placement lifecycle. Throughout the tenure of his career, Matt has been responsible for recruiting tier one IT professionals and has married their skills to technical requirements with Fortune 500 and mid size corporations throughout the state of Florida and on a national level.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Matt had progressive leadership roles within a couple of dynamic technology consulting and staffing firms in the local south Florida market. It was during this time that Matt honed his skills and commitment to connecting quality technical talent with superior employment opportunities.

    Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management from Northwood University. Matt is involved with local and international ministries, nonprofit organizations and charities including 4Kids of South Florida, Sheridan House Family Ministries, Juna Amagara Ministries, LifeNet4Families, and The United Way.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Scott Platoff

    Director - Life Sciences Search

    Since 1999, Scott has focused on mid-management and executive level searches with a specialization in the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. More specifically, he has developed an expertise recruiting top talent in the areas of sales, marketing, operations, quality and regulatory affairs. Scott’s client base ranges from emerging and pre-IPO firms building out their initial commercial teams to mid-sized public and private companies through to the Fortune 50.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Scott focused on national searches and will continue to do so while supporting Florida-based businesses in identifying and attracting talent within the state and as they expand their national footprint.

    Scott holds a Bachelors and Masters from the University of Florida and enjoys living in Parkland, FL with his wife, daughter and son. He also enjoys spending as much time as possible practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Michael Cappiello

    Director of Client Services - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    Michael Cappiello is a Director of Client Services specializing in technology staffing and consulting. He brings over 8 years of industry experience having worked on both sides of the business including a very accomplished recruiting career which transitioned into a successful business development career servicing clients all over South Florida.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Michael worked for two of the largest staffing and consulting firms in the country and most recently helped launch a startup boutique firm establishing them in the local market. He was responsible for building the recruitment team there as well as distinguishing the company presence through delivering top resources to clients in the region. Michael has developed a great reputation and deep relationships with his clients through his ability to truly recognize a clients’ needs from a 360 degree approach which includes understanding not only their technology footprint but also the company roadmap and group culture which can sometimes be equally important.

    Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Florida State University. He is very involved in the local technology community including the South Florida PMI Chapter where he is on the board as VP of Marketing. He is also an active participant with TDWI, IIBA and the CIO Council to name a few.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Jamie Javorsky

    Director of Client Service - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    Jamie Javorsky brings over 15 years of client development, recruiting and executive management experience in the South Florida market. He began his career working with a billion dollar international recruiting firm where he quickly grew into the role of recruiting manager and managed a large team. After that, Jamie became Managing Partner of a boutique recruiting firm for ten years before joining StevenDouglas in his current role.

    Jamie’s clients range from small/mid-size companies and emerging/Pre-IPO firms to Fortune 100 companies. He believes that the key to success in recruiting is developing long term relationships and providing his clients and candidates with first class service. Furthermore, he prides himself in customizing solutions to meet his clients’ varying needs while delivering best-in-class candidates. He has placed IT professionals ranging from desktop technicians to Chief Information Officers.

    He has spent the last twenty years coaching and mentoring children in both baseball and football.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • John Sabo

    Director of Recruiting - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    John Sabo combines over 12 years of technology staffing experience in addition to a decade of actual hands-on technology management. This unique background has provided profound insight into the IT staffing industry as he has been both an IT hiring manager and a technology candidate.

    Prior to StevenDouglas, John was Division leader for a national IT staffing firm where he was highly successful at developing effective staffing solutions for local markets, national/long-line operations, and high-volume VMS/MSP-based contracting models with Fortune 500 corporations.

    John’s strong technical background and a comprehensive expertise with the entire enterprise technology architecture model enables him to truly understand the details & complexities of a client’s individual needs within the technical landscape of an organization. The results of his work have fostered deep relationships with candidates and clients not just locally in South Florida, but also on a national level.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Leigh Flanders

    Manager - Finance & Accounting Search

    Leigh Flanders joined the Finance & Accounting Search Division of StevenDouglas in the beginning of 2012. She joined us from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Miami, and is a licensed CPA in the State of Florida. As she is a Big 4 alumni, her primary focus is recruiting candidates in public accounting as she can easily relate to, and assist, those looking to make a transition into the private sector. She also assists those with public-private and financial planning & analysis backgrounds find their next opportunity in the ever-changing job market. Leigh’s enthusiasm and understanding nature contribute to her keen identification of both candidate and client needs, and her familiarity with the accounting field helps her to easily match skill-sets with positions.

    Leigh graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Masters of Accounting from the University of Florida. In addition, she has been actively involved in various charitable organizations including the United Way’s Reading Pals and Camillus House.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Jaime B. Milner

    Manager - Wealth Management Search

    Jaime joined StevenDouglas as a Project Manager in June of 2012. She is responsible for supporting various facets of the search process including company identification, name generation, candidate assessment and candidate development. Focusing primarily in the Wealth Management Industry, she generally works on retained searches aimed at finding Executive level candidates in Business Development, Portfolio Management, Trust Officers, Chief Investment Officers, Presidents of local offices as well as CEO’s of firms. Long standing clients include Bessemer Trust, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Neuberger Berman. Jaime also manages several projects within the company involving social media and marketing.

    Throughout the years Jaime has been involved in various local charitable organizations including Family Central, SOS Children’s Village, and the City of Margate’s Shop with a Cop program.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Amanda Gisler

    Manager - Marketing & Operations Search

    Amanda began her career in corporate recruiting in 2008, when she worked for a Top 100 Experiential Agency where she specialized in the national recruitment of sales, marketing and operations professionals across multiple clients and industries. She takes pride in providing a best-in-class candidate and client experience through attention to detail, consistent and open communication, and strong business principles.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Amanda built and managed the Talent Acquisition department for a national sales outsourcing organization that contracted with Fortune 500 clients.

    Amanda is a freelance writer for multiple online publications and is actively involved in various charitable organizations across South Florida. She is in the process of earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Phoenix.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Shaunna Kelley

    National Manager of Recruiting

    Shaunna Kelley joined the Project Resources Division of StevenDouglas as a Recruiting Manager to complement our local and national teams by expanding the firm’s network of high quality professionals to help clients manage change.

    Shaunna brings broad experience in the professional services industry serving as an Account Manager for a publicly-held staffing company and Recruiting Manager for a publicly-held project services firm with a Big 4 heritage. She provided specialized recruitment and relationship management in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Risk & Compliance, Information Management, Supply Chain, and Human Capital throughout the South Region of Florida, Caribbean and Latin America.

    Shaunna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Michael Beaton

    Manager - Information Technology Search

    Michael Beaton is a Senior Technical Recruiter in the Information Technology Search Division of StevenDouglas.

    He began his recruiting career with a large national recruiting firm in Orlando, FL, where he became the number one recruiter in the company. In this role, he specialized in the successful recruitment of application development, infrastructure, security engineering and C level executives within the IT Industry. Michael has successfully placed individuals in small, medium and Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. He offers a transparent and consultative approach and acts as a trusted advisor to both candidates and clients alike.

    Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University and enjoys golf, fishing and snowboarding in his free time.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Dario Furman

    Manager - Finance & Accounting Search

    Dario Furman joined the Finance & Accounting Search division of StevenDouglas in the summer of 2014. He began his career as an executive search professional in 2008 with a national search firm where he was consistently recognized as a top producer in the country. Mr. Furman’s approach is very thorough, confidential and professional. He integrates the use of the new modern recruiting techniques along with the proven “old fashioned method” of relationship building through face to face meetings with clients and candidates.

    Dario’s practice spans from staff-level accounting and finance professionals to controllers and CFO’S across all industries and sizes of companies. His passion for recruiting, coupled with his tireless work ethic and desire to come through for his clients, has fueled his success. Dario is recognized as an AIRS Professional Recruiter and holds a Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) designation. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

    Dario graduated from the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Erin Cohen

    Manager, Operations Support - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    Erin joined StevenDouglas as part of our Human Resources team and was quickly promoted to a Manager of Operations Support for our Technology Staffing & Consulting team. In this capacity she manages consultant operations including but not limited to onboarding, training, and contract review, to make their partnership with StevenDouglas as seamless and successful as possible.

    Also, she has become an integral piece in managing the day to day operations of the sales and recruiting team. Erin prides herself on giving world class customer service to whomever she supports, whether it be external clients or her StevenDouglas team.

    Prior to StevenDouglas, Erin worked for MSC Cruise USA as their Sales Service Coordinator and provided assistance to different levels of administration and management in numerous tasks and projects. Managed all of the company’s websites inquiries, the website service line and provided online support for clients and travel agents.

    Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University. She is active in her community as a participant as a Diamond Angel for the Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Brett Kohli

    Senior Recruiter - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    Brett Kohli’s recruiting career began in 2004, working for a Fortune 500 company as an internal recruiter hiring at the corporate headquarter level. In 2008, he took his expertise to a national staffing firm specializing in IT recruiting.

    Brett has recruited talent across various industries and sizes of companies including difficult to fill positions at Office Depot, Assurant, Burger King, Citrix, and AutoNation. The key to his success has been his focus on maintaining relationships with top talent in key positions including Software Developers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Infrastructure Engineers, Managers and Directors. Prior to becoming a recruiter, he worked for Raymond James and Associates and Prudential Securities as a Financial Advisor.

    Brett holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Nick Yezzo

    Senior Recruiter - Information Technology Search

    Nick Yezzo is a Sr. Technical Recruiter in the Technology Staffing and Consulting division of StevenDouglas. He brings over 9 years of industry experience working in the areas of business development, managing well-known Enterprise level accounts, and recruiting in a specialized technology niche.

    Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Nick worked for a boutique firm specializing in ERP consulting as a Technical Recruiter and Recruiting Manager; and for the 2nd largest national technology staffing firm developing a deep pipeline of local South Florida IT talent from their Fort Lauderdale office.

    Nick’s strength is his candid approach in dealing with candidates and his focus on learning the technology environment and culture of his clients to provide the best matches for both parties. He has placed hundreds of professionals mainly in the areas of application development, business intelligence, and infrastructure.

    He has been actively involved with multiple local technology organizations including the South Florida CIO Council, PMI Institute, and the South Florida SQL Server User Group.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Michael Norsoph

    Senior Recruiter - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    Michael brings over 4 years of recruitment experience with a primary focus on IT staffing, working on a wide range of positions in the technology sector. Michael’s success comes from his emphasis on fully understanding candidates’ technical backgrounds as well as what truly motivates them in order to match them to the right opportunity. Whether they be contract or direct hire positions, he is able to identify candidates’ short and long term needs to ensure a successful placement in line with the needs of our clients.
     
    Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tampa before returning to South Florida to start his career in IT staffing.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Daniel Long

    Senior Recruiter - Technology Staffing & Consulting

    Daniel began his recruiting career with a national firm specializing in information technology. His expertise lies in identifying and recruiting hard to find talent with niche skill sets. Over his career, Daniel has placed Network Engineers, Network Architects, .Net Developers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, System Administrators, Oracle DBAs, Helpdesk/Desktop Support Engineers and many others.  
     
    Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Penn State in 2011. A Pennsylvania native, Daniel relocated to Florida in 2014.  

    South Florida
    954-385-8595
  • Steven Sadaka

    Chairman & CEO

    Since founding StevenDouglas in 1984, Mr. Sadaka has built the firm into one of the largest boutique search and project-based professional services firms in the country.

    Mr. Sadaka has a reputation in the industry for delivering top quality service to his clients. Steve heads up the Wealth Management practice that serves clients in Investment Private Banking, Management, Multi-Family Offices, Family Offices & Foundations and Endowments.

    A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Accounting, Steve began his career in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Miami. He is a non-practicing CPA.

    Mr. Sadaka is involved with numerous charities in South Florida. He was on the board of Kids In Distress for 7 years. He led the initiative and raised over $500,000 over the last few years for the Jason Taylor Foundation Reading Room. He and his wife have endowed a lifetime scholarship for the University of Florida, is a contributor to Broward Partnership for the Homeless and a major donor to his religious organization.

    He and his wife Lori have two beautiful daughters, Megan and Jordan, both who have attended the University of Florida.

    South Florida
    954-385-8595

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