Issues Forum: Career Survival Strategies in a Downturn
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  Danette McGilvray   Danette McGilvray
President and Principal
Granite Falls
    Denise Bennett-Walls
Managing Partner
    Stephen Smith
Division Director of Finance and Accounting
    Phil Surgala
Division Director of Technology
    Beau McGlamery
Director of Technology Recruiting


Wednesday, April 8, 2009
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Level:  Business

Location:  18

The economy colors everything these days. And the knowledge that the next job to be cut could be yours makes everyone a little nervous. Are you well-positioned to land on your feet? What are the trends in hiring and recruiting? What skills are in-demand? And what about short-term or long-term consulting work—is that the answer? Whether you are looking, or just want to be sure you are prepared, this panel, featuring recruiting and consulting placement experts, will answer your questions.

We'll cover:

  • Overview of the Current Marketplace
  • What is Your Brand and Subject Matter Expertise?
  • Market Yourself to the Decision Maker
  • Develop Your Network
  • Managing Your Recruiter

  • Danette McGilvray is President and Principal of Granite Falls Consulting, Inc., a firm specializing in data quality management to support key business processes around customer satisfaction, decision support, and operational excellence. Her focus includes enterprise data quality programs and data quality, governance and stewardship for large-scale Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), data integration programs, and data warehousing. An accomplished program manager and facilitator, she is a respected expert on data profiling, metrics, quality, benchmarking, and tool acquisition. Danette is a popular invited speaker at conferences throughout the US and in Europe. She has been profiled in PC Week and HP Measure Magazine and was an invited delegate to the People’s Republic of China to discuss roles and opportunities for women in the computer field. Her upcoming book, "Executing Data Quality Projects" Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information™" is being published by Morgan Kaufmann and will be available Summer 2008.

    Denise began her career with Vaco in 2005 when she opened the Vaco Tampa office. In 2006, she grew Vaco Orlando from three employees to eighteen. She has over fifteen years of experience as a senior finance and accounting professional. Prior to joining Vaco, Denise led financial consulting operations in the Orlando, Florida market for a multi-billion dollar global staffing and consulting firm. There she was responsible for managing the consulting practice, which placed and managed CFO and controller level consultants on special projects and interim assignments. In this position, Denise grew her practice, and in the 2004 Fiscal Year, her personal contribution to the business ranked third worldwide. Denise has worked on two successful business ventures and start-ups for the Walt Disney Company and Hilton Hotels. In addition, she spent time teaching accounting and finance internationally and worked as an independent finance consultant domestically. She began her career with Coopers and Lybrand in the audit division and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in finance. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She loves adventure and the study of Tae Kwon Do, meeting new people and learning about their passion in life.

    Stephen F. Smith joined Vaco in June 2006 and serves as director of financial recruiting for our Central Florida offices. He has over a decade of experience in the permanent placement and recruitment of accounting and finance professionals. A former recruiting manager and top producer for an S&P 500 publicly traded company. Stephen placed professionals in full-time opportunities and consistently ranked among the top sales professionals in the organization earning Chairman’s Club Sales and President Club Awards. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey and his master’s degree from the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lives in Central Florida with his wife and three children.

    Phil has over 8 years of recruiting, sales, operations, and business management experience in the IT staffing industry. Prior to joining the Vaco team, he started his career in Atlanta with a $400 million, privately held technical staffing firm, where he was an established recruiter, lead account executive, and Managing Director. Phil successfully managed operations in Houston Texas and Jacksonville Florida. Phil has a proven ability to attract, hire, develop, and lead highly motivated sales professionals. His team approach and “winning” attitude has continuously exceeded shareholder expectations. Phil is a graduate of Elon University with a Bachelor's degree in Business. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

    Beau McGlamery began his career in technology by selling some of the leading recruiting software packages. This was his segway into the consulting and staffing industry. He brings significant talent acquisition experience to the technology team in Orlando, including ERP, Data Warehousing, Application Development, and C-level sourcing and placement. Beau graduated from Life University in Atlanta, with a bachelor of business degree.

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