Consumer, Retail, and Hospitality
Consumer focused businesses face ever-increasing challenges to win customer loyalty in a crowded and competitive landscape with new entrants to the market attempting to change the game. For more than 35 years, StevenDouglas has supported consumer focused business in assessing and recruiting executive and middle management talent that can take their businesses to the next level and stay relevant. Whether a company is public, private, private equity or venture capital backed, their success is driven by their ability to attract and retain top talent.
Our clients turn to us for our extensive industry experience and deep understanding of the marketplace. We partner with our clients to help them find sought after talent to help build their leadership and middle management teams through our search division and augment their teams by offering interim resources to take on challenges and opportunities as they arise. The combination of these two practices together make us a unique human capital partner to leading companies across this competitive sector.
Areas of Specialization:
- Cruise Lines and Hotels
- Retail and Restaurants
- Entertainment and Sports
- Consumer Packaged Goods
- Multi-Unit Service Businesses
- Franchisors and Franchisees
- Executive Leadership (CXO)
- Finance & Accounting
- Sales and Marketing
- Information Technology
- Human Resources
Don Zinn serves as Senior Vice President – Executive Search at StevenDouglas, and is based out of the firm’s
Westchester County (NY) office. He is a member of the firm’s Operations (Leadership, Sales & Marketing, Supply
Chain, Finance and HR) practice, and is focused on middle market and fast growing early stage companies where his
prior operating experience can add significant value to the searches he runs.
A CEO and entrepreneur with over 35 years sales, management and hiring experience, Don is focused on helping organizations
grow through people-focused management. He is a frequent speaker and author of many articles about turnover, employee
selection and satisfaction, and entrepreneurship. He has founded 7 companies, raised over $25 million in private and venture equity,
sold 3 companies and has been an Inc. 500 winner and a finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In the world of search, Don is functionally focused on operational leadership that includes;
• Succession planning – CEO, COO and President roles that require strategic definition prior to starting the search
• CFO, VP Finance searches in both the private and public sector, with a focus on family businesses and PE/VC funded companies.
• HR leadership – CHRO, CPO, VP HR, Director Labor Relations, Director Compensation searches, tapping into his alumni network
from Cornell while applying his real-life experience leading the people part of organizations he has founded and run.
• The “go-to-market” side: sales and marketing leadership roles that bring discipline/process and create long term growth.
• The entire supply chain management side of operations up to the COO role.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Don was a top producing Partner at Jobplex, A DHR International Company. Don also previously
served as co-founder and Managing Partner of Exigent Search Partners, a boutique search firm based in Tarrytown, NY. Don has
over 15 years of executive, management and sales search experience with clients ranging from early stage entrepreneurial ventures,
PE funded high growth companies, family business and Fortune 100 giants.
Don focuses on helping client companies to scale to the next level and successfully fill out their management teams with optimal
talent and fit. His experience as CEO and COO, with a focus on building both the operational management (COO, CFO, CHRO etc.)
and the go-to-market (sales and marketing) teams of several venture funded tech companies has aided in the development and
success of his executive search career.
Don holds a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University. Don serves as
VP/Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Cornell ILR Alumni Association, is a Board Member of the Mt Vernon Boys & Girls Club
and is a volunteer and former long-term board member for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, New York.
With over 20 years of experience in Executive Search, Elizabeth Jacobs, is a recognized expert in Chief Financial Officer search and leads the Finance & Accounting search division as Executive Vice President at StevenDouglas. Elizabeth started with the firm in 2002, and since that time has substantially grown the Finance and Accounting Search practice first throughout Florida, and then expanded the practice nationally.
Elizabeth has been honored as one of South Florida’s top 25 Most Influential Business Women by the South Florida Business Journal. She enjoys working closely with clients, helping them explore their current and future hiring needs, as well as identifying individuals that will thrive within their culture. Her practice is focused on providing financial executives for emerging middle market to Fortune 500 companies. The Finance & Accounting practice specialties include general 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 for 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 active with a number of non-profit organizations. Most notably, she has helped raise over $2 million for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital chairing the Diamond Angel’s Gala. 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.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, became a CPA in NY, and then completed her MBA from Fordham University.
South Florida - 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 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.
Vivian has been an executive search professional since 2003, with specialization in accounting and finance search. Her ability to evaluate both client and candidate needs, via a consultative approach, provides a more in-depth targeted search with a consistently successful outcome. Vivian focuses on providing search services for mid-market to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, treasury, and finance searches from mid-level management to “C” level executives.
Before joining StevenDouglas, Vivian focused on the Accounting and Finance needs of clients for a boutique recruiting firm in the Central Florida area. Prior to finding her passion for providing search services, Vivian worked for The Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw the human resource and recruiting functions within her division.
Vivian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University and her MBA from the University of Central Florida. When not hard at work, Vivian enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Kirk Bukowski brings more than 25 years of experience in executive search and talent acquisition consulting. Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Kirk led the North American Search practice for a professional services firm and was a partner and founder of the retained search practices at several nationally prominent search firms.
A results-oriented executive search consultant, Kirk has built a reputation for tireless commitment to client service and superior execution. He has partnered with some of the nation’s most prominent private equity firms and their deal teams through all stages of the investment lifecycle, assessing and hiring impactful leaders.
In addition to his work with private equity firms, Kirk has significant experience with public and private firms, with a focus on C-Suite and CFO search. Serving a broad range of global clients, his expertise spans industry sectors and functional disciplines, with an emphasis on general management and financial officers. Kirk is frequently called upon to recruit senior leaders in Financial Services, Professional Services, FinTech, Digital Health and Consumer Products.
Kirk is passionate about supporting the underprivileged in his community. He currently volunteers at Father Bill’s Place, and previously worked with Junior Achievement.
Finance & Accounting Search
Laurie Canepa began her career in Finance and Accounting in 1997, and transitioned into recruiting in Texas in 2006, earning notable accomplishments throughout her career. Her expertise of the Texas market and her network of top Finance and Accounting talent are key attributes Laurie brings to the Vice President of Finance and Accounting Search role at StevenDouglas. Laurie is known by clients and candidates alike for her dedication to excellence in the recruiting process, and her unique ability to connect with the people she works and supports. These qualities have made her a “Recruiting Professional of Choice” in the Texas market.
Laurie excels at placing positions from mid and senior-level F&A professionals to C-Suite roles in organizations ranging from non-profits to global, publicly-traded corporations. Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Laurie spent over 15 years as a Partner and Division Director for one of the top boutique Accounting and Finance Search firms in Texas. As a top producer there, she played a critical role in bringing the firm to its pinnacle, creating major growth opportunities and an array of successful placements. The first 10 years of Laurie’s career were spent getting hands-on experience in the world of public accounting, as well as executing industry accounting as a Corporate Controller.
Laurie has been featured in Austin Woman Magazine and is an ongoing panelist for multiple organizations. She is active with non-profit organizations, such as Impact Austin, the Professional Women of Williamson County, Dress for Success Austin, the Job Seekers Network, and the Buccaneer Bridge Mentoring Program. Laurie earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Charleston Southern University, in South Carolina, with a minor in Spanish and has attended the Masters of Science in Taxation program at San Jose State University.
Finance & Accounting Search
Since 2010, Stacy Kelly has been a finance and accounting recruiter in the upper Midwest, focusing on long-term relationship building. She has a track-record of success accessing key talent, and in referral-based recruiting for manager to executive positions. Stacy very much enjoys, and is an expert at mapping and assisting in department build-outs after key business transitions such as growth, downsizing and acquisitions.
Stacy’s career began with seven years of experience working in a business operations role for a global macro hedge fund, and asset management in the real estate industry. During that time, she worked on the other side of the table as a consumer of staffing and search services and understands the challenges of building a team and working with a search partner to be effective. She then joined a mid-tier public accounting firm’s agency search firm where she was promoted from staff to senior manager leading a team in under four years.
Stacy is known for her integrity, trust, and being a true partner with deep roots in the accounting and finance community, delivering white glove service to both clients and candidates. She has a genuine interest in understanding people’s motivation, identifying quality candidates, and the ability to connect with top talent in the region through the network she has built for over 17 years.
Stacy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Step-Up Luminary Member, helping young women in underserved areas of Chicago gain access to professional mentors. Stacy also splits her time as a Park Ridge Cheer Coach, a Roosevelt Elementary PTO member, and Niles Ranger Hockey volunteer.
Finance & Accounting Search
Steven is a Director in the Finance & Accounting Search division at StevenDouglas. He has been in the search industry since 2000, expanding on his expertise in executive search and delivering top-quality service to an extensive list of clients. He is a passionate professional who has led and managed teams focused on local and national search and recruiting efforts. His unique operational knowledge allows him to partner with clients to develop and implement talent acquisition strategies on an enterprise basis.
Based in Chicago with a Midwest focus and national reach, Steven’s experience is both varied and robust. His client base includes boutique, regional, and international organizations with private equity, privately-held, and publicly-traded ownership structures. His specialization includes the disciplines of finance and accounting, human resources, and information technology.
Steven holds a BS degree in Finance and a BS degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University. He is on the Board of Directors for UnCorked Adventures, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. On the weekends you can find Steven playing tennis or sailing on Chicago’s north shore with family and friends.
Finance & Accounting Search
Chad Miyamoto has been a top-performing recruiter in his market since 2006, and previous to that time, spent 11 years as an Accounting and Finance professional. This diverse experience gives him extensive, hands-on knowledge in the expertise, providing insight and a comprehensive understanding of the placements he makes.
Chad specializes in Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, and Operations spanning Fortune 500 companies, Private Equity and VC-backed companies, as well as small to mid-sized private businesses and non-profits. He’s known for his unique skill set in Accounting and Finance, and the many, successful placements he makes in that area, including a focus in Human Resources, Senior leadership (C-Suite, VP, Director) and Operations.
With his experience as both a hiring manager and candidate, he truly recognizes the need to become a trusted partner and advisor to be able to make a difference in the process. He prides himself on the many, long-term connections he’s build throughout his career. Chad believes this approach is the reason clients continue to reach out to him directly for over 16 years, and why he has many candidates he’s placed several times over the course of their career path.
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
Private Equity - 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.
Midwest Region - Interim Resources
With 30 plus years of professional services industry background, Karen provides leadership for the Interim Resources practice in the Midwest in addition to managing the day to day operations of the Minneapolis office of StevenDouglas. In this position, Karen develops new business and hires experienced professionals in the areas of finance & accounting, internal audit/compliance, and human resources. StevenDouglas provides high caliber individuals to assist a wide variety of clients in solving their business issues. Our clients include CFOs, Controllers, VPs of Finance and Internal Audit, VPs of HR, Directors and Managers, CIOs and Directors of IT.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Karen led the Minneapolis office of a global professional services firm to an all-time high for revenue growth, profitability and employee headcount. She developed new client business in the areas of finance and accounting, internal audit and human resources. Karen spent over 17 years at various consulting firms including PwC, Deloitte, and Towers Perrin (now WillisTowersWatson). Karen has a proven ability to scope and collaborate with her clients and truly understand their needs. She has a proven track record of success in developing and maintaining excellent client relationships and delivering the highest level of service.
Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, is involved with several professional organizations, and serves on the Board of CornerHouse, an interagency child abuse evaluation and training center.
Central & North Florida - Interim Resources
Tammy has led our Central Florida Project practice since 2009, and in 2020 added North Florida to her team. She offers a specialized focus in accounting & finance, internal audit and human resources and believes in investing herself in each new relationship and maintaining credibility through performance.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Tammy started the Florida practice of a publicly held global professional services firm where she was consistently one of their top national producers. Tammy’s focus and commitment to client service helped to gain her trusted advisor status with a Fortune 50 client where she led an internal global team, including three sister organizations, in providing consulting, project and staffing services.
Tammy has received several honors from professional and civic organizations such as winning the Business Woman of the Year award from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Board Member of the year from Florida Coalition for Children and Big Sister of the Year award from Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay.
Additionally, she is very active in many local professional organizations such as the Women’s Executive Leadership (WEL) and the Orlando chapter of the fiCFO. Tammy currently serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay and is the chair and founder of the annual Battle of the Bass Tournament in Polk County. She is the Vice Chair of the Camelot Community Care Board and is a member of the Tocqueville Society with United Way Suncoast where she has served on multiple committees, including as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet in 2019 and 2020.
When not busy with work or in the community, Tammy loves to spend time with her Husband Darrell, son RD and their dog Rocky at the lakehouse, on the boat, or exploring the country on a road trip.
Eamon C. Reilly
Technology Search and Staffing
Eamon Reilly leads the Seattle office bringing extensive experience in technology staffing, consulting and talent acquisition with clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 businesses since 2005.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Eamon was a National Account Director in a technology staffing and consulting firm where he focused specifically in User Experience Design and Product Development. In that role he worked with clients in several business verticals including e-Commerce, Health/Wellness, Advertising, Finance and Entertainment.
Eamon also has international experience servicing clients in Europe and South America. He has been able to build a list of clients by adding value through human capital and creative resource solutions. Eamon’s client relationships and work ethic have led to several high-profile resource projects that were completed on-time and on-budget.
Eamon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and when he’s not spending time with his wife and two children he likes to train for marathons and triathlete competitions.
Michael Cappiello is a Director of Client Service specializing in technology staffing. 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.
Amanda Grimm, Director of Client Services at StevenDouglas, has worked in the Technology industry, supporting the South Florida Market since 2012. Five of those years, Amanda gained experience in IT Staffing, successfully holding both account management and recruiting roles, accomplishing impressive milestones in both areas.
Amanda is admittedly “customer-obsessed” and understands the importance of matching candidates with ideal opportunities. She has steadily exceeded her recruiting goals throughout her career. Additionally, she acquired a range of skills that make her a premier advisor and consultant, such as constantly building her network, infrastructure staffing services, as well as sales and account management.
Amanda is passionate about helping others and is known for building long-term relationships by her clients and colleagues. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University.
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.
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Sharon McEnroe is the Director of Finance and Accounting in the Search Division at StevenDouglas, based out of the West Palm Beach office. She has over 20 years of experience in sourcing excellent talent in her referral network, and brings a tremendous scope of market knowledge to her clients. Her ability to understand expectations through the on-boarding process allows her to successfully manage the search process for her clients and candidates. Her candidate contacts are confident in her expertise when making important career decisions, resulting in successful long-term talent acquisition.
Before joining StevenDouglas, Sharon led a successful practice focusing on Accounting, Finance, Tax, Treasury and Audit for a large regional search firm. She was also a Recruiting Manager for seven years supporting a leading Accounting and Finance search firm handling Corporate Accounting, Finance, Tax, Treasury and Audit search. She has been recognized as a top producer for the Region amongst her peers several times.
Sharon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology at Methodist University. She is the Co-Founder of the CouTOURe Club, which is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and supporting the Children’s charities supported by the Honda Classic. She is proud to be part of this effort which has raised over $50 million for charities throughout Palm Beach County. Sharon is also an active board member of Special Spaces Palm Beach, an organization that provides a dream bedroom makeover for terminally ill children.
HR & Administrative Search
Amanda joined StevenDouglas in 2013 and has played an integral role in developing the Human Resources Search Division. Amanda has first-hand experience as an HR Professional as she began her career as an HR Generalist working for a Top 100 Experiential Agency. She specialized in HR operations including high-volume national recruitment. She further pursued a recruiting specialty and prior to joining StevenDouglas, Amanda built and managed the Talent Acquisition department for a national outsourcing organization that contracted with Fortune 500 clients.
In addition, Amanda founded our Executive Assistant Search Practice in 2016. She partners with CEOs, C-Suite Executives, and High-Net-Worth Individuals; who are in need of an experienced, business savvy executive assistant partner. Amanda takes pride in providing best-in-class candidates to her clients through attention to detail, consistent communication, and strong business principles.
An active community member, Amanda has made an impact on many different charitable organizations including the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale and IMPACT Young Ambassadors for Memorial Healthcare. Most recently, Amanda served as the Chair of the Diamond Angels for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation where she led the 13th annual Fairy Tale Ball to great success and helped to raise over $320,000 for the hospital.
Amanda was selected as a finalist in the “Difference Maker“ category for the 2017 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce HYPE Awards, acknowledging innovation and achievement among Young Professionals.
Ken Heinrich IV
Ken Heinrich joined StevenDouglas in the Human Resources Search Division in 2017. Ken focuses solely on Human Resources recruitment from staff-level to executives across all industries and company sizes.
Among his accomplishments, Ken has earned his SHRM-CP certification and currently serves as the Foundation Chair on the SHRM Jacksonville Board of Directors. His sales and recruiting experience make him an important part of the continued success and growth of this practice.
Prior to joining the StevenDouglas team, Ken worked for one of the largest staffing and consulting firms in the country, out of both the Fort Lauderdale and Miami offices. Here he honed his candidate identification and attraction skills while building lasting, personal partnerships with clients. Ken believes that continuing to refine these two significant attributes are the keys to his success.
Ken was born in New Jersey but relocated to South Florida and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida International University. He currently lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida and supports the Southeast market for StevenDouglas.