Meet our team

At Vaco, we are as unique as our Tampa locale. We are top recruiters in the business who are in touch with the latest innovations. We’re marketing and business professionals who don’t give into ‘just the norm’. We are recruiters and consultants who’ll go at all lengths to find the best and the brightest. But we’re more than that – we’re the kind of players you need to hit the ground running. Come meet us, pick our brains, and explore the diverse background and expertise that make up Vaco Tampa.

I am the Managing Partner of the Tampa office and have over 20 years of recruiting experience.  I began my recruiting career as a physician recruiter, specializing in retained and contingency searches for nationwide healthcare clients.  In 1998, I moved to a national accounting/finance placement firm where I was consistently one of their top 5 producers. I joined Vaco’s Nashville office in 2003, building and leading the Financial and Staffing…

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Jim Parker

My 20+ years in Accounting gives me a perspective that’s right in line with my clients’ needs. Working in Recruiting and Placement for over 10 years, I see both sides of the job picture and help both parties find the right fit.

In my Financial  career, I worked in roles from Staff Accountant through Controller/Director at publicly traded manufacturing firms. I’ve been involved in Accounting, Reporting & Analysis, Cost Management, and Systems Design & Implementation.  In my last accounting role, I was the Division Controller…

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Like most Brits in Florida, I will tell you that I love Great Britain, that it’s a wonderful country.  And then I’ll tell you about how great things are there, and how I miss the food and the countryside.  But I will NEVER move back there.  Tampa Bay became my family’s home in 2004 and we love it…

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Born and raised in Small Town (Americus), GA, I have been branded the “southern belle” of the office. I moved to Florida in early December 2018 and have not looked back. I received my BBA in Marketing at Georgia Southwestern State University, and since then, my professional experience has been in the college/university system. When my husband and I decided to move to Florida, I knew I wanted to try something different, but just didn’t know what. After my friend introduced me to Vaco, I felt right at home. After being here for a few weeks, I knew I couldn’t have made a better choice.

 

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Originally from Long Island, NY, moving down to the “south” (Florida doesn’t really count) at 16 was quite the culture shock.  After receiving my Bachelor’s in Business Management from Florida State University (Go Noles!), I moved to Tampa and made it my home for about 7 years now.

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Chris Nelson

Coming from the ever-changing wireless industry, flexibility and adaptability have become part of my professional DNA. Combine that with 10 years of Financial Planning and Analysis, where I progressed to the role of Senior Manager of Revenue Analysis, I found myself uniquely positioned to transition into the role of Accounting & Finance Recruiter.

My philosophy of always trying to do what is right for my customers and clients aligns perfectly with the beliefs and culture of Vaco in Tampa. Here at Vaco…

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Cory grew up in the Midwest. He believes in a strong work ethic and positive attitude, which guided him through his education at the University of Wisconsin  and his athletic career in Wrestling.  Cory has been fitness professional for 15 years and has experienced working with nearly every population.

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Well, if it isn’t your old pal Dan – your resident starched white shirt wearing, country music listening, bourbon drinking, technology aficionado. I grew up in Coral Springs, Fla., where, surprisingly, there is no coral and there are no springs. An eighth generation Floridian, I am a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I studied Economics and Political Science.

I help lead Vaco’s Information Technology endeavors in both business development and recruitment.

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Born and (proudly) raised in the dirty South, I flew the nest from my small town in North Carolina to Boston University for college and ended up transferring to West Virginia University where I completed my education. My recent move to Tampa was inspired by the thought that you should be able to live & work where you vacation..

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A native of Manchester, England and prior to moving to Tampa, I lived in Chicago for the last 7 years and during that time, I established myself as a “roll up your sleeves” professional who takes personal responsibility for the satisfaction of my clients. I believes that the trust my clients place in me is my most valuable professional asset and I treat each relationship with great care.

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A native Floridian, I grew up in Gulf Breeze in the Florida Panhandle.

I graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Quinnipiac University and then went on to obtain her M.B.A. from the University of South Alabama. After several years’ experience in the outplacement and talent management arena, I joined the Vaco Tampa team as a Technical Recruiter in early 2012.

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Having grown up near the Tampa Bay area, Katie is excited to have landed in Tampa after graduating from Florida Southern College. She loves the sunshine and the beach and can’t imagine ever living in a place where shoveling snow is an annual occurrence.

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Kevin Masrejian

Buongiorno!

No I’m not Italian, but I do enjoy a good Italian meal while watching my all-time favorite movie, “The Godfather”.  So, what am I doing when I’m not stuffing my face with pasta and watching mob flicks? Well… helping the great citizens of greater Tampa Bay find…

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Kimberly Wacaser

I’m a proud born n’ raised Florida girl!  I grew up in Orlando and attended Stetson University in Deland, Fl. I worked full time while completing a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance (double-major) and went on to get my Master’s in Accounting while taking on a Graduate Assistant position in the Career Services office.

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Yes, it’s pronounced Lee-la.

I’m an Italian-Canadian who relocated to sunny old St. Petersburg, FL in attempts to trade snow days for sunny days. I graduated from USF with a Bachelor’s in Psychology (don’t worry I’m only trying to read you 80% of the time) and am currently pursuing my Master’s in Behavioral Health Science.

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I’m Laura, a born and raised Floridian! I love everything about the Sunshine State and plan on sticking around. I’m a staffing recruiter here at Vaco and really love meeting new people and helping them find their perfect job!

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After growing up in St. Petersburg, FL , I decided to attend Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy), then the next thing I knew I was living in Texas and California until I finally settled back down in the St. Petersburg area.

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Hey, y’all! The name is Paul Sammons but my family calls me P.A. I’m a small town kid from just outside of L.A. (Lower Alabama, not Los Angeles) in the Panhandle of the Sunshine state. After living in North, Northeast, and South Florida, I planted my flag in the Sunshine City, where I am currently completing my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg…

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Hey, its Sabrina! I am originally from Queens, New York and moved to the Tampa area about 15 years ago. I loved the beautiful Florida weather so much I decided to stay long term, and pursue my Bachelors and Masters in Accounting at Saint Leo University…

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One of Vaco’s very own recruiters is an accomplished artist and we are big fans. You’ll see Sandra Shugart’s spectacular artwork sprinkled around our website, gracing the walls of our office, and even on our business cards.  We just can’t get enough of this amazing artist’s work!

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