Private Equity and Venture Capital
Over the last decade, the proliferation of Private Equity and Venture Capital firms has changed the competitive landscape in the Executive Search and Interim Resources industry. The demand for talent with proven experience in investor-backed businesses that know how create value and transform business into high-performance and highly accountable organizations is at an all-time high. It is no longer enough to find candidates with appropriate industry experience, but strong operational leaders that can manage the expectations of the financial sponsors and the Board of Directors while guiding the business to success.
Our Private Equity and Venture Capital experts have a proven track record for delivering sought-after talent to help our clients build their executive and upper middle management teams through our search division. What makes us a unique human capital partner to our clients is that we can also augment their teams by parachuting in interim resources to take on challenges and opportunities of newly acquired portfolio companies as well as existing platforms expanding rapidly, organically and through acquisitions. We are also called upon at the end of the lifecycle of the investment when our clients are pursuing strategic alternatives.
Areas of Specialization:
- Technology, Media and Telecom
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure
- Life Sciences
- Financial Services
- Industrial and Mining
- Real Estate and Construction
- Executive Leadership (CXO)
- Finance & Accounting
- Sales and Marketing
- Information Technology
- Human Resources
- Engineering and Technical
Matt Shore joined StevenDouglas in 2006, playing an integral role in the company’s significant growth with a focus on maintaining the company’s great culture and boutique approach. Under Matt’s leadership, StevenDouglas has garnered various honors, most notably achieving five consecutive years of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.
Matt continues to be an industry leader in the area of senior-level financial search, managing the firm’s highly-successful CFO search practice. He has a strong reputation for delivering exceptional talent, and his broad-based experience in business enables him to collaborate with his clients in all phases of the corporate lifecycle. Matt has a track record of successfully partnering with growing enterprises and private equity firms, building deep-rooted relationships with companies and corporate leaders throughout Florida and around the country.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Matt spent 10 years in progressive leadership roles for a national recruiting firm working in the Professional Services division. Matt received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Florida, and initially was a Florida CPA that worked in the Audit practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
An active community member, Matt currently serves on the Board of YPO of Palm Beach and is a former Board Chair for United Way of Broward County. In addition, he has made a significant impact on many civic organizations including the Jason Taylor Foundation, LifeNet4Families and Cystic Fibrosis.
Sales, Marketing and Operations Search
Matthew Beck is responsible for the overall leadership of the Baltimore office and additionally leads the Sales, Marketing and Operations Executive Search practice nationally for StevenDouglas. Matthew has a proven track record of delivering mid management to executive level talent to various organizations including small to Fortune 500 companies. He focuses on building long term relationships with clients and candidates alike which allows him to successfully deliver quality individuals within the client’s specific guidelines.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Matthew spent over 6 years with a Fortune 1000 recruiting firm in South Florida holding progressive roles in both sales and management. Most recently, Matthew was Managing Director of the Miami office and responsible for the day to day operations of the division in addition to client service. He was charged with leading the division’s new hire training program and the “Leaders of Tomorrow” program in which the top 1% of the company’s performers are chosen annually. Matthew has always set himself apart through tireless work ethic, great communication skills, and unquestioned business ethics.
Matthew earned his BA in Economics from Eastern Illinois University. He has been actively involved in various charitable organizations, currently serving as Chairman of the United Way of Central Maryland's Leader's United Executive Council. He is also an active member of United Way's Tocqueville Society. Previously, Matt served two terms as Chairman of the Young Leader’s Society (YLS) with United Way of Broward County. In 2014, Matt was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Honoree, which identifies the most dynamic individuals in South Florida under the age of 40 who work diligently to contribute to their company’s growth and to improve the local community.
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
Mr. Kalisher, who manages StevenDouglas' corporate Information Technology Search practice, has an impressive track record of successfully completing search assignments with many of the mid-market and Fortune 500 companies in South Florida, as well as with his national accounts.
Steve began his career in executive search in 1982 in New York City where he placed IT professionals with Fortune 500 clients, including Wall Street companies such as J.P. Morgan and Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1987, Steve founded Galaxy Management Group, a New York-based executive search firm specializing in corporate IT search for the greater New York-area marketplace.
In 1992, Steve moved to South Florida to join StevenDouglas and help build the firm’s corporate information technology practice. His extensive experience in information technology search has enabled him to successfully complete key search assignments for such positions as CIO/CTO, director, middle management, system analysts, programmer analysts, and engineer level positions.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York, Queens College in 1980.
Elizabeth has more than 15 years in executive search and has been with StevenDouglas since 2002. In her current role as Executive Vice President – Finance and Accounting Search, she oversees the Finance and Accounting recruiting teams and shares her knowledge and enthusiasm with new recruiters throughout the company. Her practice is focused on providing executive search services in the financial arena for mid-market to Fortune 500 companies. The scope of her services includes 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 of 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 currently active with a number of non-profit organizations. Most notably, she has helped raise over $1 million over the last three years for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as chair of the Diamond Angel’s Gala, their largest annual fund raiser. 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.
In 2013, Elizabeth was honored by the South Florida Business Journal as one of South Florida’s top 25 Most Influential Business Women who have provided remarkable service to their communities, as well as their employers.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her MBA from Fordham University. When not in the office, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her family including her husband, two children and their two dogs.
Industrial & Latin America
Juan Moreno leads our Latin American Executive Search practice, providing clients with access to in-country talent in Latin America across different industries including manufacturing, natural resources/mining, banking and wealth management, and power/alternative energy.
Juan brings significant experience in recruiting and executive search in Latin America and Europe where he built successful management teams in IT, Operations, Finance, Marketing and Government Relations. Many of these roles were based in remote locations where finding an ideal candidate was a challenge, but Juan’s proven process and diligence consistently delivered great results.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Juan spent 7 years as Principal and Latin America practice leader for one of Canada’s largest executive search firms, where he developed in-depth knowledge of the issues affecting Latin America and established strong community ties. He also learned the vital role that culture plays in building successful organizations in different countries. This experience, and his focus on the region, gives him a competitive advantage when recruiting management teams for a wide variety of companies.
Juan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance and is currently working on his MBA.
Leveraging over 10 years of retained search experience, Navinder Binning leads the Canadian market for StevenDouglas. Navinder specializes in Board, C-suite, operational and technical search mandates and has successfully completed engagements globally.
Having worked for one of Canada’s largest privately held search firms, Navinder has had the opportunity to work with clients in industries such as Mining and Metals, Manufacturing, Power & Utilities, Construction, EPC/EPCM, Private Equity, Technology and Not-For-Profit.
Navinder’s unique perspective to retained search is highly-valued by clients. Her ability to understand the needs of both the client and the candidate, the challenges of the role, and most importantly, the ability to represent her clients’ philosophies are the keys to her continued success.
Originally from the UK and graduating with a Diploma in Business Administration, Navinder made Canada home in 2001.
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.
Eamon C. Reilly
Eamon Reilly comes to StevenDouglas with 10+ years of project resource experience with clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 businesses.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Eamon was a National Account Director in a technology consulting firm where he focused specifically in User Experience and Design. While in this role, he worked with clients in several business verticals such as Advertising, Insurance, Technology, Finance and Entertainment. Eamon also has international experience servicing clients in Europe and South America. He has been able to build a reputation 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. Since moving to New York 10 years ago, Eamon has been running marathons, half-marathons and participating in triathlete competitions. In addition he volunteers with New York Cares and iMentor where he is paired with at-risk youth to help increase High School graduation rates within the 5 boroughs of New York City.
Jon Bolton leads the New York office by providing clients access to talent in the areas of Finance & Accounting and Information Technology. Since joining the search industry in 1999, Jon has provided recruiting and client service support to sophisticated clients throughout the country.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Jon was National Director in a global recruiting firm for 10 years. While in this role, he ran the firm’s Investment banking vertical and grew the practice to over $40 million in revenue. Over the years, Jon has built a reputation for his sense of urgency and his ability to assemble and rapidly deploy highly specialized resources for critical projects with world class companies. His consistency and professionalism has allowed him to build a tremendously loyal associate and client base.
Jon earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College. Throughout his career, he has been a strong supporter of the Special Olympics and is an involved member of FAAN (Food & Allergy Network).
Financial Services Search
Chris brings over 10 years in executive search and twenty years in commercial real estate, corporate finance, operations and general management to StevenDouglas.
Prior to StevenDouglas, Chris was a Principal in a top 20 retained search firm, then founded a boutique executive search firm, where he provided banking/finance company clients with retained search in the areas of Wealth Management & Private Banking, Wholesale Banking & Lending, Credit & Risk, Capital Markets, Marketing/Originations, Finance & Accounting/Operations and Community Development Finance.
Before transitioning to executive search, Chris was Senior Vice President of Ocwen Financial Corporation, a multi-billion dollar, publicly traded financial services holding company. He was a co-founder of the company’s commercial real estate finance division, where he was instrumental in taking a start-up from 3 to 125 employees and a net income of $55 million within five years. At Ocwen, his responsibilities included loan acquisitions, servicing, asset management, Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) issue/management, and real estate management and dispositions. Through his efforts and leadership, Mr. Bezick’s division not only became the nation’s largest purchaser of distressed real estate mortgage assets, but was also rated by all agencies as Special Servicer for CMBS transactions. His division received the highest Special Servicer rating awarded by Standard & Poor’s.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Bezick was a real estate asset manager at Jones Lang Lasalle (LaSalle Partners), a financial analyst at Kraft and an officer in the US Army, where he was the logistics officer for a rapid deployment force brigade. Mr. Bezick holds an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in Engineering, with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point.
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.
Finance & Accounting Search
Kerin Mickenberg has spent more than 20 years in professional recruiting as a Corporate Recruiter and as an Executive Search Consultant for a national search firm where she was recognized consistently as a top producer in the country. Kerin’s ability to find and identify valuable talent through deep market penetration has allowed her to provide a level of excellence that clients can rely on. Her reputation for honesty and integrity has become an invaluable asset to her clients and candidates.
Kerin returned to StevenDouglas after spending 8 years as part of the Talent Management team in a Fortune 100 company where she has supported Corporate Accounting, Finance, Tax and Audit with professional staffing needs. She has actively participated in company sponsored college campus events leading discussions on techniques for job seekers in career path mapping and interviewing. Kerin is recognized as an AIRS Professional Recruiter and holds a certificate in Advanced Internet Recruiting. She is an active member of the National Association for Female Executives and has been involved in corporate diversity recruiting initiatives for the last couple of years.
Kerin is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is a dedicated volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the Susan G Komen Foundation.
Mr. Smith has been an executive search professional since 1998, with specialization in financial search. His practice has been primarily focused on South Florida and he has had a particular specialty in the emerging to mid-size company sector. He has built a reputation for helping growth companies identify talent to get to the next level.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Paul worked for 6 years as a Sr. Recruiting Manager for a Fortune 500 recruiting firm and also spent a couple of years in a corporate recruiting role with a large local CPA firm. Over his 12 years in the recruiting industry, Paul has built long-lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike who appreciate his high ethical standards and superior customer service skills.
Paul graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Management and has his MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Paul currently volunteers with Share-A-Pet Organization, Inc and Cooperative Feeding LifeNet4 Families.
Finance & Accounting Search
Dario Furman joined the Finance & Accounting Search division of StevenDouglas in the summer of 2014. He began his career as an executive search professional in 2008 with a national search firm where he was consistently recognized as a top producer in the country. Mr. Furman’s approach is very thorough, confidential and professional. He integrates the use of the new modern recruiting techniques along with the proven “old fashioned method” of relationship building through face to face meetings with clients and candidates.
Dario’s practice spans from staff-level accounting and finance professionals to controllers and CFO’S across all industries and sizes of companies. His passion for recruiting, coupled with his tireless work ethic and desire to come through for his clients, has fueled his success. Dario is recognized as an AIRS Professional Recruiter and holds a Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) designation. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Dario graduated from the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Sales, Marketing & Operations Search
Ms. Rabinowitz has been an executive search professional since 1998. A CPA by background, Dana is an organizational expert who is adept at research and digging for details that become obvious for her but are hidden from most. She is focused on providing clients with top talent. Deep in scope, her searches extend from executive management to key individual performers. Her client base is broad as well from start-up companies and middle-market growth clients to major corporations.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Dana managed branch offices for a Fortune 500 recruiting firm and then a boutique search firm. Prior to search, she began her career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and also held various accounting roles – from financial analyst to controller – in private industry.
Dana is a CPA, graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Barry University, and earning her Master’s Degree in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University.
Over the years, Dana has been actively involved in the American Society of Women CPAs, the South Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and several other professional organizations.
Finance & Accounting Search
Mr. Synkowicz has been in the recruiting industry since 1999, with a focus on finance and accounting search in the South Florida region. His practice spans from staff-level accounting and finance professionals to controllers and CFOs across all industries.
Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Alan worked for 10 years as a Sr. Recruiting Manager for a Fortune 500 recruiting firm. Before entering executive search, Alan worked in Corporate Accounting for 3 large publicly-traded corporations in the Manufacturing/Distribution, Construction, and Hospitality industries. Alan graduated from University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting with his B.S. in Accounting.
Alan is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Brian Piccolo Chapter. Additionally, Alan has been a very active public speaker for the AICPA, FICPA, FAU (Accounting Students Association), Northwood University (Accounting Student Association), ASWA, and IMA. He has sat on the Advisory Board of both Northwood University and Palm Beach Community College’s Accounting and Business programs, and he regularly volunteers with the Broward Partnership for the Homeless and the Frankie Foundation (a NFP that is committed to providing Automatic External Defibrillator’s (AED’s) in parks and athletic fields throughout South Florida).
Finance & Accounting Search
Leigh Flanders-Cassett joined the Finance & Accounting Search Division of StevenDouglas in the beginning of 2012. She joined us from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Miami, and is a licensed CPA in the State of Florida. As she is a Big 4 alumni, her primary focus is recruiting candidates in public accounting as she can easily relate to, and assist, those looking to make a transition into the private sector. She also assists those with public-private and financial planning & analysis backgrounds find their next opportunity in the ever-changing job market. Leigh’s enthusiasm and understanding nature contribute to her keen identification of both candidate and client needs, and her familiarity with the accounting field helps her to easily match skill-sets with positions.
Leigh graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Masters of Accounting from the University of Florida. In addition, she has been actively involved in various charitable organizations including the United Way’s Reading Pals and Camillus House.
Information Technology Search
Michael Beaton joined the Information Technology Search Division of StevenDouglas in early 2015.
Prior to StevenDouglas, Michael began his career with a large national recruiting firm in Orlando, FL where he specialized in the recruitment of application developers, infrastructure engineers, information security professionals and C level executives within the IT Industry. His national client base ranged from start-ups to small, medium and Fortune 500 companies. In this role, Michael became the number one producing recruiter in the nation.
Michael began volunteering at an early age for local organizations such as Kids In Distress as well as Jack and Jill. He currently serves as a Committee Member for the Jason Taylor Foundation and is a member of the United Way’s Young Leadership Society.
Michael is a native of South Florida and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University.
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.
HR & Executive Assistant Search
Amanda joined StevenDouglas in 2013 and has played an integral role in developing the Human Resources Search Division. In addition, Amanda runs our Executive Assistant Search Practice where she works with highly experienced, top-caliber executive assistants who have chosen the administrative career as their profession. Amanda takes pride in providing a best-in-class candidate and client experience through attention to detail, consistent and open communication, and strong business principles.
Amanda began her career in corporate recruiting in 2008, where she worked for a Top 100 Experiential Agency and specialized in the national recruitment of sales, marketing and operations professionals across multiple clients and industries. Prior to joining StevenDouglas, Amanda built and managed the Talent Acquisition department for a national sales outsourcing organization that contracted with Fortune 500 clients.
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
Human Resources Search
Ken Heinrich joined StevenDouglas in the Human Resources Search division in 2017 as a Senior Recruiter. 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.