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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Brady Diggs

As Partner in the Vaco Tampa office, I am responsible for the development and management of the Vaco Technology line of business. I have over 10 years of experience in the IT staffing and consulting industry, and have previously held roles as Technical Recruiter, Business Development Manager, and…

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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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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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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, Jeremy lived in Chicago for the last 7 years and during that time, he established himself as a “roll up your sleeves” professional who takes personal responsibility for the satisfaction of his clients. Jeremy believes that the trust his clients place in him is his most valuable professional asset and treats 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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Katie Bakaj

I’m Katie, recent New Jersey transplant.  After years putting up with harsh winters, Superstorm Sandy was the last blow (get it?), so my family moved down to Florida to get away from those pesky hurricanes.

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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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Originally from the Pocono Mountains in PA, now living in the flatlands of Tampa, FL. While growing up I was a book worm,  international winter-guard champion, dancer, and spent the rest of my time playing every sport I could get my hands (or feet) on…

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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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Marie Porter

Do you love what you do?? I do!! I specialize in talent attraction, collaboration, and process streamlining through recruiting, relationship building, and developing sourcing strategies!

A day in my world consists of connecting with folks who have a knack for all things number-related. So, if you dream about spreadsheets…

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Mary Carmichael

Originally from a tiny town in New Hampshire (is that redundant?), I moved to Florida to receive my B.A in International Business at Eckerd College. Upon graduation, I spent a few years working in the hospitality industry, which was great fun and prepared me for the unpredictable. When a friend introduced me to Vaco, I immediately felt a kinship…

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Hola! I’m a Tampa native with Latin roots. Oh, and I’m also a proud Florida Gator.

In my free time, I like to do anything that will get me closest to becoming the female version of James Bond: sky diving, scuba diving, sailing, drinking martinis (shaken, not stirred), you name it.

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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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Samantha Bevis here (yes it’s pronounced like Beavis and Butthead) I am a military brat who has been living in FL since I was 3 years old. Since arriving from Bitburg, Germany I have only lived in Florida but have moved around within the state living in Brandon, Ocala, Cocoa Beach…

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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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