Mike has more than 20 years’ experience in providing accounting, advisory, human capital, ERP system design/integration and human capital solutions. He is a Partner at Conexus, an Interim Solutions and Executive Search firm specialized in the areas of Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, and Information Technology. Mike was a Founding Partner of Irvine based Citadel CFO. In 2020, Citadel merged with Conexus, an Executive Search firm based in Los Angeles. The merger has turned Conexus into one of the largest and fastest growing recruitment firms in Southern California. With offices in Irvine, El Segundo, and Pasadena, Conexus provides human capital solutions to clients in a multitude of industries located throughout the SoCal region.
Prior to Citadel and Conexus, Mike founded, scaled, and sold multiple professional services firms:
He founded Spinnaker Financial Resources, which provided public and private companies with interim CFO, Controller, and direct hire accounting resources. The company was acquired by Tatum LLC, a national consultancy firm, and he played a lead role in growing their California presence to include offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Next, Mike was a co-founder of Beacon Resources, which was named by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the fastest growing consulting companies in Orange County for four years in a row. Beacon was acquired by Gryphon Investors/DLC.
After Beacon was acquired, Mike co-founded Tactical Cloud, which grew to the fastest growing cloud ERP NetSuite partner in Southern California. Tactical Cloud was acquired by Eide Bailly, a top 20 CPA firm and the largest NetSuite provider in the company.
Mike is a former CPA who began his professional career in the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Ernst & Young, assisting an array of businesses from start-ups to mature public companies in audits and SEC reporting.
Mike received his BS degree with a concentration in accounting from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. He serves on the Ernst & Young alumni board of directors and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Prior to merging with Conexus, Matt served as co-founder and partner for Citadel, helping clients and candidates find the right match for their strategic business hiring needs and career path objectives. With over 16 years of accounting and finance recruitment and business development experience, as well as long-standing relations within Orange County and surrounding communities, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and hiring expertise to his approach. Having started his career placing interim and interim-to-hire CPAs and MBAs and degreed accounting and finance professionals, Matt then shifted to placing direct hire finance and accounting professionals and passive candidates at the Manager, Controller, Director, VP, and C-Levels.
Prior to joining Citadel, Matt managed both direct hire and interim practices for large human capital companies. In addition, Matt spent the past eight years as Director of Business Development for Beacon Resources, serving as a key member in helping the company grow from a start-up to one of Orange County’s fastest-growing companies according to the Orange County Business Journal.
Matt graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.
Sean began his career as a CPA in the Audit practice at Deloitte, working in Detroit and Moscow before moving to Los Angeles to work for the Walt Disney Company. He transitioned into Executive Recruiting in 1999, originally working for a national firm where he became the Regional Manager for Southern California, leading search practices in Los Angeles and Orange County. He spent nearly 10 years as a Founding Partner of a Los Angeles based Finance and Accounting search firm. Sean built a successful practice, trusted by clients in a multitude of industries throughout Southern California. He founded Conexus in January 2012 with the vision of building a new firm whose model is ideally suited to meet the variety of challenges faced by his clients.
Since 1999, Sean has completed more than 1,000 searches within Finance, Accounting, Audit, and Tax, as well as Executive level roles in Banking and a variety of corporate functions (such as HR, Compliance, and Legal). Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-cap public companies, private equity portfolio companies, and emerging middle-market organizations have called upon Sean to find talent ranging from experienced staff to C-level executives. Sean’s industry experience includes Asset Management, Banking, Consumer Products, Healthcare Manufacturing and Distribution, Media and Entertainment, Professional Services, Real Estate, Retail, Software and Technology, and more.
Known for his energetic work style, a passion for client service, and an ability to solve complex problems, Sean has consistently been a top producer while maintaining a reputation for quality results. As a former CPA, Sean performs a thorough assessment of each candidate’s technical and soft skills to match them to the appropriate roles and environments. As a result, nearly 100% of Sean’s clients have used him for multiple assignments.
Sean holds a B.A. in Economics and Management from Albion College. He resides in San Marino, CA with his wife and three sons.
Brian spent the first 5 years of his career at a global recruiting firm where he led their Los Angeles team and he was also one of the firm’s top producers. While partnering with a broad range of companies, from Fortune 500 to start-ups and across industries, Brian specialized in placing VP to Staff level Finance and Accounting professionals on an interim and interim-to-hire basis. Brian’s time leading a team of seven in Los Angeles has given him a strong understanding of the local accounting and finance market, as well as a strong and growing network of top tier accounting and finance professionals.
Brian’s colleagues, clients, and consultants know him as a trusted business partner who puts relationships and people first. He takes a hardworking and solutions-oriented approach, which has resulted in his clients and consultants choosing to partner with him on multiple engagements.
Brian graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Brian was a member of the Fresno State football team and started at Quarterback in 2014.
Becky has dedicated her career of 20+ years to developing effective solutions for Talent Development and Recruiting. She served as a strategic business partner in Corporate Talent Acquisition roles in the entertainment industry, as well as gaining valuable experience across multiple industries with a national staffing firm. Her passion lies with ensuring that people find the right role to make the most meaningful impact on their organization.
Prior to joining Conexus, Becky spent 11 years running DreamWorks Animation’s Corporate Recruiting team, where she was regarded as a consultative partner offering a customer focused approach to bringing top-tier talent to her clients. Her largest client groups included Human Resources, Business Affairs, Facilities, Finance, Accounting, and Marketing. During her tenure at DreamWorks Animation, she gained experience developing systems, reporting, and analytics to build best practices and support business success and growth. She worked closely with her HR Business Partners, Compensation, HRIS and Benefits teams, building a strong understanding of the power of a well-defined Human Resources Organization.
Becky’s experience at DreamWorks coupled with 10 years in the contingent staffing industry fueled her desire to build the Human Resources Practice with Conexus.
Becky holds a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Meredith has over 14 years’ experience in Information Technology specializing in providing customized IT talent development and recruiting solutions for medium-to-Fortune 500 companies. As a strategic business partner that truly knows her clients, Meredith specializes in placing executive level IT leaders as well as consultants in the areas of: Data Engineering, Cloud Applications, Application Programming, Network Infrastructure, Cloud Security, Cloud Services, and Information Security.
Meredith’s process provides value to her clients by first discovering their goals/needs and then, leveraging her extensive network and relationships, to deliver the individuals that are both a technical and cultural fit to their organizations. Her clients always know that she will be fair and transparent in her support of their initiatives and will bring all resources to bear to ensure they have the talent they need.
Prior to joining Conexus, Meredith spent most of her career at a global IT recruiting firm where she led their Orange County, CA team and was consistently within the firms top 5% producers, year over year. While being a leader in both production and team development, she earned numerous awards and recognitions including the company’s Top Sales Producers and Resiliency Award. It was during her time there that she learned that relationships are based on trust and follow-through, that listening and understanding the client’s objectives are paramount, and how to utilize market data analytics to proactively help solve her client’s needs.
Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from The University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies with emphasis in Conflict Dispute Resolution & Negotiation.
After beginning his career in Audit and Consulting with Deloitte’s Minneapolis and Orange County offices, Mike entered the Executive Recruiting industry in 2000. Prior to joining Conexus, he worked for more than 10 years in one of Los Angeles’ leading Executive Search firms. As a Director, Mike focused on both retained and contingent search. Mike’s industry experience includes Media and Entertainment, Technology, Retail, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Real Estate, and Financial Services. Mike has successfully completed hundreds of searches that commonly include: SVP and VP Finance, Controller, Assistant Controller, Finance Director, Finance Manager, Accounting Manager, Senior Financial Analyst, Senior Accountant, and leadership roles in Human Resources and other corporate functions.
Known as a trusted business partner for companies from mature start-up to Fortune 500, Mike brings a common sense approach and insightful business acumen. Mike has an exceptional ability to assess client hiring needs and then identify and attract relevant candidates. His reputation for dedicated effort and high ethical standards has earned him a loyal following from both clients and candidates.
Mike holds a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Finance from the University of Minnesota. He resides in South Pasadena, CA with his wife and two children.
Priya oversees the Accounting, Finance & HR department at Conexus. She has 12 years of experience in Accounting and Finance, beginning her career in the Assurance Practice at Ernst & Young.
From there, she has spent her career as Controller in the Technology, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Professional Services Industries. She has built the Accounting and Finance teams from the ground up for start-ups, early-stage, and $200M+ companies. Priya has supported several start-up companies as a Fractional CFO. She has been involved in Seed and Series fundraising, Acquisitions, and Post-Acquisition transitions.
Priya holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance and a Master of Science in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University - Bloomington. She's an inactive Certified Public Accountant. Priya is also the Founder & CEO of You Again, a Superfood products company sold nationally online and in retail stores.
Robert began his recruiting career in 2014 after a career as an audio engineer for music, film & TV. In his first role at a global staffing firm, Robert built out a startup accounting & finance division from scratch, growing the practice across Los Angeles. He later joined a regional accounting & finance recruiting firm, where he was the top producer in Los Angeles for consulting, more than tripling his output year-over-year.
Supporting middle-market to Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries, Robert has built a reputation for identifying elite talent at a moment’s notice. His clients depend on him for critical projects, including financial reporting, software implementations, staff augmentation, mergers & acquisitions support, employee leaves of absence, resignation backfills, and more. His consultant network spans from CFOs to Senior and Management-level accounting & finance professionals, ensuring he has a resource with the right technical expertise and soft skills to suit any hiring need. Robert’s detail-oriented approach has resulted in hundreds of successful placements, with many consultants converting to permanent employees at the conclusion of their projects.
Robert holds a B.S. in Recording Arts from the Jacobs School of Music and a Certificate in Business Foundations from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He and his wife reside in Los Angeles, CA.
David has more than eight years of accounting & finance focused search experience in the Greater Los Angeles market. In addition to his success in executive search, David possesses extensive experience in recruiting candidates for Interim Solutions and Consulting projects. His keen ability to identify skilled financial talent, coupled with his extensive network of accounting & finance professionals, have benefited his clients who range from startups to Fortune 500 companies across a multitude of industries in Southern California.
David started his accounting and finance recruiting career with one of the largest privately-held staffing firms in the nation. He left there as the most tenured Southern California team member to launch the Los Angeles division of the successful boutique firm, Beacon Resources. David partnered with clients for both interim and permanent placements and led his division in consulting-generated revenue for four consecutive years. His efforts grew the Los Angeles office to become the highest producing operation at Beacon Resources, and he was selected to open their 2nd Los Angeles office in early 2018. David’s contributions greatly bolstered the organization’s market presence, resulting in its sale to Addison Group in 2019.
David graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He and his wife recently welcomed their second child in Fall of 2020.
Kristy has spent the past 18+ years providing IT Talent Solutions to her clients across Southern California. She has worked closely with Executives and CIO’s to help attract and retain top IT Talent. Previously at the largest IT Staffing Provider, she brings a solid history of expertise to help lead the Information Technology Team at Conexus, now one of the fastest growing recruitment teams in Southern CA.
Kristy is an accomplished IT Recruiting Leader with a history of driving revenue growth, expanding market share, and delivering exceptional customer experiences across a variety of industries. A Transformational Leader with a background in Infrastructure, Security, Cloud, Data Analytics and Application Development with a proven reputation for helping customers build high performance teams. She is an innovator with expertise in all sales disciplines, including strategic planning, C-level selling, product/service development, and sales enablement. She is characterized as a relationship builder who establishes rapport with C-Suite clients, works cross-functionally to achieve results, and influences at all levels. She is a dynamic leader who guides teams empathetically, builds employee capabilities, and creates high-performance cultures.
Kristy received her BA degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an active AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification. She resides in South Orange County.
With over 14 years of experience in Information Technology talent search in the Southern California area, Hazel is a valuable asset to our team. Her extensive network in the IT industry has enabled her to successfully connect middle market to Fortune 500 companies with top IT talent. Hazel's passion lies in building strong relationships with both candidates and clients, allowing her to understand their needs and objectives and deliver high-quality candidates for open positions. She has a proven track record of identifying and matching cutting-edge technology talent with life-changing career opportunities at all levels.
Hazel's journey began in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, where she developed a strong sense of community. She later moved to Orange County to pursue her education at UC Irvine, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Her early career in customer service within the hospitality industry ignited her passion for helping people, which she continued to fulfill throughout her decade-long tenure in IT staffing. Over the past six years, Hazel has also demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills, providing guidance, training, mentoring, and structure to recruiting teams.
As a dedicated career coach, Hazel offers comprehensive recruiting services, including resume reviews and interview preparation. Her genuine passion for networking, fostering professional relationships, and unwavering work ethic ensures that the perfect candidate is matched with the right opportunity. Her commitment to going above and beyond, coupled with her strong work ethic, has been instrumental in her ongoing success in serving both her clients and candidates.
With over 17 years of dedicated expertise in the field of technical recruitment, Erin is a seasoned professional known for her competitive spirit and unwavering drive to connect top-tier talent with leading organizations. Based in Orange County, she has built a reputation for delivering exceptional results in the ever-evolving landscape of technology and innovation.
Erin’s journey in the world of recruitment began with a solid foundation in athletics, as she played Division 1 softball at the University of Minnesota. This experience instilled in her the values of teamwork, discipline, and determination, qualities that she seamlessly transferred to her professional career. Erin completed her degree at the University of Southern California, where she honed her strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
Throughout Erin’s extensive career, she has successfully navigated the dynamic tech industry, staying at the forefront of emerging trends and technologies. Her ability to understand the intricacies of various technical domains allows her to identify and match candidates with roles that perfectly align with their skills and aspirations.
Andre's professional journey began in finance and strategy, working with esteemed organizations such as GE Capital, Dreamworks, and Sony. He began executive recruiting in 2000, specializing in retained search within one of Los Angeles' prominent executive search firms. With a focus on media, entertainment, and financial services, Andre excelled in connecting top talent with executive-level opportunities.
In 2008, he founded a startup healthcare company, which he successfully exited after 15 years. In 2023, Andre joined Conexus, where he continues to leverage his expertise in executive-level searches within media, entertainment, and financial services.
Holding a BS in Finance from Howard University, Andre currently resides in Atlanta, where he indulges in his passions for golf, podcasting, and writing.
After graduating from University of Connecticut with a double major in Economics and Psychology, Thomas became an Investment Advisor and served MetLife’s Institutional clients in a fiduciary capacity. While there he dove into company valuations which drove his desire to gain more real world experience building a company, and joined a Series A SaaS start-up called FloQast as the 30th employee.
At FloQast, Thomas partnered with over 1,000 CFOs, Corporate Controllers, and VPs of Accounting and Finance of Public, Pre-IPO, and PE/VC backed organizations to improve the speed and accuracy of the month-end close and audit by leveraging their close management and compliance software. He went on to build FloQast’s Alliances with Oracle NetSuite, Sage Intacct, and Microsoft ecosystems where he created a large network made up of the top independent accounting, finance, and ERP consultants across the country.
After FloQast’s received a $1.2billion valuation during their Series D round, Thomas realized it was time for his next challenge. He now serves as a leader in our Interim Accounting and Finance team where he is once again partnering with CFOs and accounting and finance leaders to provide real time consulting solutions.
He enjoys spending time with his family, surfing Southern California beaches, traveling the world, and meeting new people.
Nolan kick-started his professional career at Conexus after graduating from The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He swiftly developed the essential skills for building strong relationships, maintaining an extensive network, and employing innovative sourcing strategies to uncover hidden talent pools. Nolan's efforts in the field have consistently supported Conexus in establishing partnerships with a diverse range of industries, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. His expertise extends to full-cycle recruitment, encompassing candidate sourcing, screening, interviewing, and negotiation, ensuring the perfect match between talent and organizational culture.
Nolan takes pride in delivering a positive candidate experience at every stage of the recruitment process. He provides valuable guidance and support, assisting candidates in navigating career decisions and offering insights to help them maximize their potential. With an unwavering commitment to staying ahead of industry trends, Nolan continually hones his knowledge and skills through professional development and networking opportunities. As a result, he consistently contributes to the growth and success of both candidates and companies.
Kathy brings over 25 years of experience in Accounting & Finance to the team at Conexus. She has held positions with private and public companies in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Having worked as an Accounting Consultant herself in Southern California, she has an in-depth understanding of our industry and best practices. She joined Conexus in March 2022 and manages all General Accounting, A/R, A/P, and Reporting.
Her expertise in general accounting, complex reconciliations, corporate restructurings, and financial software applications has proven to be a great asset. She also has extensive experience with ERP software conversion and systems implementations. With a focus on efficiency and customer service, she has proven herself an invaluable resource to our Clients, Candidates, and internal team.
Kathy enjoys spending time with her family including her 2 adult sons and 2 grandchildren. Her favorite hobby is teaching mixed media art journaling at a local outreach center.
Vanessa is an exceptional professional who brings a perfect blend of warmth and expertise to her work. With a diverse background in Fitness and Recruiting, she possesses a deep passion for what she does. Before joining Conexus, Vanessa dedicated five years to the Fitness Industry, where she thrived as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Manager.
Driven by her desire to empower others, Vanessa made the decision to pursue a Master's in Organizational Leadership, paving the way for a transition into the dynamic field of Human Resources. Since joining Conexus in 2021, Vanessa has been an invaluable asset to the Human Resources Practice, focusing her efforts on recruiting top-tier HR and TA talent in Southern California. Vanessa's unique combination of Fitness expertise and educational background equips her with the remarkable ability to motivate and coach her candidates. She understands the importance of guiding individuals towards making the right career decisions. In her interactions, Vanessa upholds values such as transparency, honesty, and kindness, as she genuinely aims to make a positive impact on the lives of her candidates.
Dana's career journey began in the realms of retail and finance, but it was her discovery of a passion for technology and helping individuals achieve their career aspirations that truly set her on her path. With over 20 years of experience in technology recruiting, Dana has established herself as a trusted professional, forging strong relationships at all levels and delivering an exceptional candidate experience. Her contributions have played a pivotal role in the growth and success of renowned staffing leaders in Southern California.
Dana's expertise lies in the art of sourcing, evaluating, and hiring top-tier talent. She has partnered with a diverse range of companies, spanning from Fortune 500 giants to dynamic startups, and across various industries, consistently delivering strategic recruitment solutions tailored to their unique hiring needs. Her focus extends to supporting both retained and contingent search efforts, ensuring comprehensive support for her clients.
Throughout her accomplished career, Dana has successfully filled positions across the entire spectrum, from entry-level roles to executive-level openings, including coveted positions like CIO and CTO. Her extensive knowledge encompasses a wide array of technology domains, including software development, data analytics, ERP, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
Recognized as a trusted advisor, coach, and mentor, Dana leverages her vast network and industry insights to source exceptional candidates from various channels. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she fearlessly embraces opportunities and thrives in the face of challenges. Dana's wealth of experience, coupled with her strong network and unwavering passion for connecting exceptional talent with exciting opportunities, has earned her a loyal following within the industry.
Sara Madden is a dynamic individual who has been an integral part of our Conexus team for three years, contributing her profound expertise in Accounting, Finance, and Executive Search. She is a cherished member of our workforce and a significant driving force behind our success.
Sara's responsibilities at Conexus extend beyond the usual realm, encompassing both identifying and recruiting unique talent as well as spearheading business development initiatives to secure new clientele. She has a remarkable ability to spot exceptional Accounting and Finance professionals, a skill that has resulted in successful placements in Managerial positions and higher across a wide range of industries. Her performance consistently surpasses our client's expectations.
Before her journey with Conexus, Sara served at Moss Adams, a well-respected public accounting firm, where she acquired valuable knowledge and insights. As part of the Business Risk department, Sara honed her auditing skills, focusing on internal audits and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) for a varied clientele, both public and private.
Sara is a proud alumna of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, specializing in Accounting. This robust academic background has equipped her with a thorough understanding of the domain and a deep knowledge of accounting principles.
After achieving success as a Big Ten Division I athlete, Garrett began his career as an Investment Advisor, working for firms in New York and Los Angeles. In 2009, he transitioned into recruiting and spent 11 years with a Santa Monica-based search firm that primarily focused on Finance and Accounting searches for companies throughout Southern California. Garrett played a key role in the firm’s growth and longevity. During his tenure, he was promoted several times, ultimately serving as an Associate Partner for five years.
Garrett is a well-rounded, full-cycle recruiter with a proven background in client building and retention, candidate sourcing and identification, salary negotiation, and closing. He has extensive experience partnering with both clients and candidates within the Accounting and Finance, HR, IT, and Marketing verticals from both Fortune 500 and regional companies in a variety of industries.
Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. Garrett was also an All-American and four-time letter winner on the U of M Men's Swimming team.
Hope is a driven and accomplished professional with a diverse background in audit, recruiting, and finance. She kick-started her career in the Audit practice at EY in Irvine, CA, where she honed her skills and obtained her CPA license in December 2021, which she actively maintains. With a focus on the Real Estate and Healthcare industries, Hope's time in public accounting equipped her with valuable expertise and a keen eye for detail.
Throughout her tenure as a member of various audit teams, Hope had the privilege of collaborating with top executives, conducting meticulous financial analysis, and ensuring strict compliance with accounting standards. Her commitment to excellence led her to continuously study and stay up-to-date with industry trends, embracing new accounting and finance policies. This hands-on experience proved invaluable as she transitioned into her role as a Recruiter for Accounting and Finance Professionals at Conexus in 2022.
Hope's dedication to her craft extends beyond her professional pursuits. Armed with a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance from The University of San Diego, she possesses a strong academic foundation. Her qualifications, combined with her passion for forging meaningful connections between talented professionals and their ideal career opportunities, make her a true asset to both individuals and organizations within the finance and accounting sector.
With Hope's expertise and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact, she is eager to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships that drive success and growth in the finance and accounting industry.
Megan is an accomplished professional with a proven track record in accounting and finance recruitment, business development, and strategic hiring solutions. With over 9 years of experience in the field, Megan brings extensive expertise to every client and candidate interaction.
Megan's journey in the world of recruiting began in 2014, following her return home from studying abroad in Australia. During the first seven years of her career, she excelled at a global recruiting firm, where she took charge of the Orange County Finance and Accounting team, establishing herself as one of the firm's top producers. As a finance and accounting recruiter, Megan consistently showcased her talent for identifying top-notch professionals and forging successful connections between candidates and organizations. Her exceptional track record in recruitment, complemented by her strong interpersonal skills, laid a solid foundation for her ongoing success in client services.
Driven by her commitment to professional growth and continuous learning, Megan has always kept herself updated with industry trends and best practices. By staying abreast of the latest knowledge and insights, she ensures she is equipped to provide strategic value to her clients. Megan's dedication to excellence and her passion for delivering exceptional client experiences have earned her the reputation of a trusted advisor and a valuable asset to the Conexus team. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University, Fullerton. Currently residing in Orange County with her husband and two children, she finds joy and fulfillment in both her personal and professional pursuits
Danny began his career in public accounting at EY, initially in the Johannesburg office for 3 years, followed by 6 years in the Los Angeles office, where he reached the rank of Audit Manager. In 2018, Danny moved to a CPG company to be the Controller, building out the accounting department from the ground up. He remained in that position for 4 years before joining Conexus in 2022.
Danny brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience in accounting, giving him an excellent understanding of clients’ and candidates’ needs. In his time at Conexus, Danny has leveraged his technical expertise and unique perspective to become a highly trusted resource.
Danny holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science as well as a Higher Diploma in Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and an active CPA in California.
Natalie Arnolde, Executive Recruiter at Logis, brings an extensive background in Finance and Accounting Consulting and Direct Hire services. With an Associate’s Degree in Corporate Finance, she had been serving the hiring needs of the Chicago market since 2016 before recently relocating to the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Natalie started her career in real estate and account management, working with companies in the Chicago market, leading business development initiatives through high growth into sustainable, long-term relationships. She was recruited to manage the Finance & Accounting Consulting practice at Robert Half, where she set a higher standard in interim services and was a driving force in building the practice as a top producer and change agent. Her passion for building lasting relationships and connecting exceptional talent with rewarding assignments led Natalie to a growing firm in Chicago, where she operated as a business partner to companies seeking highly sought-after talent, carving out hiring plans and high-growth initiatives across a variety of industries. Natalie enjoys serving as a trusted advisor to both candidates and clients, and prides herself in her ability to listen, understand and guide career paths from operational accounting level to executive leadership across Finance and Accounting.
In her free time, Natalie enjoys hiking, yoga, painting, hosting local art shows, and spending quality time with her son.
Taylor Burgess, Director of Business Development at Logis, brings several years of client service and recruiting experience to the role. He’s helped countless Accounting & Finance candidates advance their professional careers and has partnered with clients from a variety of industries to help them identify the skills and resources they need to lead and support their finance departments.
Starting his career in 2016 at a PE-backed firm, Taylor worked as Client Services Manager, managing a team of inside sales associates. Following his success in that position, he transitioned into recruiting with a focus on accounting and finance. During his tenure, Taylor developed strong and long-lasting relationships with his candidates that continue to this day. Taylor has a proven social quality that allows him to connect with anyone in front of him. His hands-on approach, coupled with his passion for building candidate and client relationships, makes Taylor a top associate in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Taylor earned his bachelor’s from Cal State Northridge where he majored in Consumer Affairs and Minored in Marketing. In his free time, Taylor enjoys traveling and spending time with his girlfriend and their two Boston Terriers.
PJ Canterbury, Director of Client Services at Logis, supports the Southern California market with offices in Irvine and Los Angeles. He specializes in working with clients to uncover their talent needs and serves as an advisor helping businesses plan and execute search and talent strategies to identify and acquire key accounting and finance professionals. PJ has proven expertise in successfully placing C-level executives in public, private, and PE-backed companies and is adept at working with executive management teams, boards of directors, and partnering with internal talent acquisition.
Prior to Logis, PJ performed business development for a Forbes Top 10 Retained Executive Search Firm focused on delivering complex retained executive search assignments across a wide range of industries and senior leadership functions (CEO, CFO, CHRO). Before working in retained search, PJ was responsible for both recruiting and business development for a globally ranked staffing firm as well as a Los Angeles-based accounting and finance executive search firm. He has led teams as a top producer and managed assignments for nearly 150 consultants across the US for early-stage companies and Fortune 500 companies.
PJ earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Economy and Industry. While at UofA, PJ captained the rugby team to the Elite 8. PJ enjoys rugby and surfing on the weekends and spending time with his wife, daughter, son, and two dogs. PJ is an active volunteer and serves on the Board of Directors for Pasadena Rugby Club, overseeing both youth and adult programs.
Dan Chait, Director of Business Development and Recruiting in our San Diego office, brings years of experience to the role, with a laser focus on expanding Logis’ presence in the San Diego market. Dan has been instrumental in building accounting and finance teams since 2019, forging strong partnerships with a diverse array of public, private, and PE-backed companies across various industries.
Dan’s career began in IT Advisory at KPMG, where he primarily served the healthcare and consumer services industries. He later joined Deloitte, working in their Strategy practice, supporting clients through large-scale transformations. Before joining Logis, Dan held a leadership position with a prominent PE-backed recruiting and professional services firm in San Diego, where he excelled in connecting organizations with top-tier accounting and finance talent for interim and permanent roles.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In his free time, Dan enjoys fitness, exploring San Diego’s food scene, and sharing adventures with his girlfriend and their chocolate lab.
Oona Eddleman, Marketing Associate Manager at Logis, brings a wealth of experience in sales, recruiting, and business development support. By identifying and building relationships with buyers and decision makers at key target companies, she has helped organizations successfully grow their businesses throughout her career.
Oona began her sales career at ADP where she excelled at closing deals through the entire sales process. Yet, she found her true passion in the initial stages of client engagement – those first critical steps of getting in the door. She then moved into a business development support role at a PE-backed firm where she worked alongside a team of Managing Directors throughout California and Chicago helping build lasting relationships. Following her success in that position, she transitioned into a recruiting associate role with a focus on accounting and finance. During the 2020 Pandemic, Oona returned to a business development position at a global software company to support the sudden demand for accounting automation given the new remote work trends. She has a proven passion for facilitating company growth and an enthusiasm for team collaboration. We’re glad to have her on the Logis team!
Oona earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In her free time, Oona enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.
Kimberly Gibson, Operations and Finance Specialist, brings a long-standing career of executive support, back-office systems reinforcement, as well as organizational process improvement skills. Kim has 15+ years in the Finance Consulting and Executive Search industry and her dedication and passion for efficiency refinement allows her to play an important role in Logis’ growth.
In her free time, Kimberly enjoys playing with her rescue dogs, practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with family.
Hayley Haedrich brings a wealth of experience to her role as Executive Recruiter at Logis. Having worked in both an agency and corporate setting to help technical candidates find the perfect job, her prior recruiting experience has a meaningful impact here at Logis. Her passion, intellect, attention to detail, and infectious personality come together in perfect harmony to make her an Accounting & Finance recruiting force to be reckoned with.
Hayley graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been applying her expertise across the finance and technical space ever since.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring her new Southern California surroundings, going to spin classes, listening to live music, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Sarah Hand Director of Business Development at Logis brings robust executive leadership experience. Sarah has led and built strategic executive functions, with a focus on C-Suite and Board Advisory.
Sarah has over a decade of diverse experience in global executive search, consulting, leadership advisory & assessment, transformation & strategy, business development and talent acquisition across multiple sectors: Luxury Goods & Retail, Consumer, Hospitality, Tech/Media and FinTech. Sarah brings a customer-centric focus and strategy to market-leading brands and organizations.
Through her success, she has developed deep industry relationships and is frequently sought-out to provide thought-leadership.
Sarah is active in the philanthropic and investment communities in Texas, where she currently resides. Sarah studied at Notre Dame University and holds a dual degree in Finance and Marketing from Saint Mary’s College.
Marty McKeever, co-founder and partner of Logis, has been serving clients in the Southern California marketplace with top accounting and finance resources since 2003.
Prior to co-founding Logis, Marty spent 17 years as the Managing Director for the Orange County practice of the DLC Group while also supporting the LA and San Francisco practices. It was there that he developed a passion for effectively matching the challenging needs of his clients with qualified consulting and direct hire resources. His ability to substantially grow the business allowed the company to be recapitalized twice with private equity sponsors during his tenure.
Preceding his career in consulting and recruiting, Marty worked in accounting and finance for some of Orange County’s largest companies including, Capital Group, Disney, and Fluor Corporation. Marty’s industry experience allows him to clearly understand the needs of his clients and to provide the best fit resources.
Marty holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, and Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly Pomona, where he double majored in accounting and finance.
In his free time, Marty, and his wife Susan, love to ski and spend time in Mammoth with their three kids.
Senior staffing professional with over 12 years of experience providing staffing support to a variety of organizations. I am in the business of linking companies with the best finance and accounting professionals and facilitating candidates in finding the best fit based on their skills, experience and personal goals.
I am passionate about partnering with great leadership teams to find the best solutions for their finance and accounting needs. My approach is both strategic and consultative based on gaining a true understanding of my clients’ long term goals.
Sales experience includes successfully working in both start-up and territory expansion situations. I have successfully achieved top ranks in sales performance by understanding my customers core needs and building relationships that add value to their team. My strengths are in establishing positive working relationships with internal & external clients, providing support, training, coaching and mentoring. Additionally, I have effectively provided team orientation, with the ability to offer leadership and direction toward group goals.
Human Resources experience includes recruiting, performance management, hiring, training and termination, Safety & OSHA Compliance, benefits, E-verify, background checks, payroll processing, and team building.
Ryan Milne, co-founder and partner of Logis, has been committed to the enhancement of careers of CPA’s and MBA’s since 2006.
Most recently Ryan was the Managing Director Beacon Resources Orange County office and created a powerhouse recruiting team while focusing on developing business as their top producer from 2011 to 2020. During his tenure he was a focal point of the interim services build out growing the practice from 5 to 70 active consultants. During this near decade long run, Beacon was sold twice, once to the Private Equity firm Gryphon Investors in 2014 and again in 2019 to Odyssey Investment Partners.
Ryan started his financial staffing career with Accounting Principals of MPS Group for five years, where he helped grow the internal team from 3 to 13, while navigating a successful merger with Ajilon. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University Fullerton and practiced as a CPA for 2 years while serving in the public accounting ranks.
Heather Staudenbaur, Executive Director of Recruiting at Logis, has been committed to the career enhancement of accounting and finance professionals since 2013.
Most recently Heather was part of a private equity backed accounting and finance recruiting firm, and was a driving force in helping to build the practice as a top producer. During her tenure her focal point was on interim services and building out a book of business. Her passion for helping both clients and candidates has kept her in the recruiting field for all these years.
Heather started her career as an Executive Assistant to a CEO of a publicly-traded medical device company in San Francisco. She was recruited from the Bay Area down to Southern California by a global fortune 500 recruiting firm to help build out a larger book of business for their Orange County practice. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University.
In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, as well as surf trips down to Baja.
Charlie Tarone has been serving the Southern California accounting and finance market since 2015. He currently leads business development and recruiting efforts for Logis’ Los Angeles office. Prior to joining Logis, Charlie ran recruiting and business development for Beacon Resources, where he led its Los Angeles practice in revenue generation and new client development.
Prior to his career in placing CPAs and MBAs, Charlie was the Director of Finance for a VC-funded startup that he helped sell to a major media conglomerate. Charlie also worked in finance on the east coast for Cambridge Associates and The Hanover Group. Charlie’s hands-on finance experience and desk-level understanding of accounting and finance allows him to clearly understand the diverse needs of his clients and to identify the best resource for each of their unique needs.
Charlie earned his MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and his Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University, where he majored in business. Before joining the corporate ranks, Charlie coached Division I college basketball at Loyola University.
Matt Umbarger, Executive Recruiter at Logis has been serving the Southern California accounting and finance market since 2005. He specializes in uncovering top interim talent up to the CFO level and has an established track record placing executives at start-up, private equity-owned and Fortune 1000 companies in industries such as Healthcare, Technology, Real Estate, and Manufacturing, among others.
Outside of Accounting & Finance recruitment in Southern California, Matt has also performed national retained searches for top level executives/physicians in the healthcare industry. He has a passion for locating hard-to-find, passive talent who will provide immediate value to his clients upon hire.
Matt earned a B.A. from Chaminade University of Honolulu where he was a full-scholarship athlete in basketball. He lives in Newport Beach. In his free time, Matt enjoys all things ocean-related and reading about innovative technology.