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2020 February Career Management: Contingent and Retained Recruiters Panel
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2020 February Career Management: Contingent and Retained Recruiters Panel

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Stony Brook Office Park
130 Turner St, Building #3
Lower Level Cafe
Waltham, MA  02451
United States
Contact: Makenzie Howard

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Contingent and Retained Recruiters Panel 

Please join us for our next program on Recruiters.  Our panel includes veteran contingent and retained firm recruiters (John Bresnahan from Robert Half, Paul Brennan from Stone Staffing, Cathy Whitehouse from Ridgeway Partners, and Kimball Demers from The Addison Group).  They will discuss their industry, the 2020 market outlook in the Boston area, where recruiters should fit into an FEI member’s search strategy, how and when FEI members can and should establish relationships with recruiters, skills that clients are asking for, how best to work with recruiters, tips on resumes and interviewing, tricks that recruiters use to learn from, etc.  This evening will benefit not only those in-transition, but also keeping your knowledge and contacts fresh in regards to recruiters as a key for those of you “in-between” searches.  It’s a perfect time to establish relationships, learn about the market and think about your next career steps.


Panel Moderator: 

Larry Kramer, Managing Partner, Foundation Management Associates, LLC

Larry Kramer is a Managing Partner of Foundation Management Associates (“FMA”).  FMA provides outsourced bookkeeping to CFO services to small to mid-sized businesses, primarily non-profits but also several for profits, venture firms and venture backed portfolio companies.  Larry, who joined the firm in 2012, brought to FMA nearly 30 years’ experience in various public and private organizations. He has held key senior financial roles in public companies such as GE and NewsEdge/Thomson, privately owned technology firms, Boston area top tier venture capital firm North Bridge, and Boston money management firm Pioneer Investments in leveraging his accounting, finance, and operations experiences. His GE Financial Management program experience, along with his Boston University MBA, followed his Rutgers University Economics and Finance education.







Paul Brennan, Manager of Recruiting, Stone Staffing, Inc.

Paul Brennan has 20 years with Burlington’s Stone Staffing, Inc., one of New England's leading recruiting firms.  Stone Staffing is a specialist in the permanent and temporary placement of accounting and finance professionals.   Founded in 1994, we have completed over one thousand professional searches for our client companies. We have earned the respect of companies throughout New England by solving their staffing needs with the matching of skilled professionals on a permanent and temporary basis.  Stone Staffing, Inc. is a specialist. We work exclusively with accounting and financial professionals. Each consultant at Stone Staffing, Inc. has a background in accounting or finance, which enable them to provide expert advice in assessing our client companies needs and in furthering the career goals of our candidates.


John Bresnahan, Vice President - Perm Placement, Robert Half

John Bresnahan has 20 years with Robert Half International servicing the Eastern Mass / Greater Boston Marketplace for all levels of accounting and finance talent. John has extensive experience assisting both the individual financial professional transition to better employment opportunity while also helping our client companies scope their needs, identify and hire the best financial talent in the marketplace.  John’s specialties are in contingency and retained Search for all areas of finance and accounting, including general accounting, tax, audit, compliance, financial planning and analysis, research, cost/manufacturing, systems, consulting, A/P, A/R, and payroll.  His client companies range from start-ups to Fortune 500, and positions from staff level through executive / officer level.



Kimball Demers, Business Development Manager, Addison Group

Kimball Demershas over 6 years of experience in both agency and corporate recruiting.  Kimball started her career in 2013 where she was hired as an Administrative Staffing Manager for a recruiting agency in Houston, TX, and was promoted to a Senior Staffing Manager in 2014.  Kimball was then asked to transfer to the San Antonio office to take over as the Manager of their Administrative staffing practice in 2016 where she remained for a year.  Kimball left staffing to join Hearst Media’s internal recruiting team in 2017 where she was responsible for corporate hiring for multiple markets.  During this time, Kimball obtained her SHRM-CP certification.  Kimball was approached by an SVP of Addison Group in 2018 who was looking to open an office in San Antonio, and decided to move her career back to staffing. After helping the San Antonio build a presence in the marketplace, she transferred to the Boston office where she transitioned to a Business Development Manager role.  Kimball is constantly striving to stay abreast of the latest regulations and advancements within the Finance & Accounting industry in order to recognize trends, read the market, and identify opportunities.


Cathy Whitehouse, Partner, Ridgeway Partners

Cathy Whitehouse is a partner at boutique retained search firm Ridgeway Partners.  Cathy has 25 years of business and executive search experience. She joined Ridgeway Partners at its inception and is a core member of the firm’s board practice.  Cathy has led the successful completion of board and senior level assignments, and has a long track record of placing diverse candidates in senior leadership positions. She is also a member of various industry organizations devoted to advancing women and ethnically diverse candidates.  In Ridgeway’s executive practice, Cathy has been engaged on searches for chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief information officers, chief operating officers, general counsels, and other senior officers across markets and industry sectors, from international public companies, to emerging pre-IPO firms, to private equity leaders and not-for-profits.  She also works closely with boards and companies to strategize and develop chief executive succession plans and advisory boards. Prior to moving into the search industry, she held roles in high tech and information publishing.  Cathy has a BA in English Literature from Boston College.

CPE Information


 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits:  1.5 Credits in Personnel/Human Resources

 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None


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