Lucas Group Strengthens Accounting and Finance Practice

January 16, 2019 – Atlanta, GA-headquartered executive search firm Lucas Group has expanded with the addition of Madison Berney as managing partner for its accounting and finance practice in Denver, CO. She will lead a team of accounting and finance recruiters as they look to meet the evolving demand of clients and candidates in the booming Denver job market.

According to Forbes’ 2018 list of the best cities for jobs, Denver ranked No. 12 nationally with 2.3 percent job growth in 2017. Another study from Ladders, a career site for high-wage positions, reported employers across metro Denver recently listed nearly 6,000 jobs with salaries of $100,000 or more, with a concentration in accounting and finance roles.

“We are excited to have Madison lead the division’s Denver branch with her expertise in the complete lifecycle of the recruitment process and a proven dedication to clients,” said Bob Prather, general manager of Lucas Group’s accounting and finance division. “As Colorado’s leading executive search firm assisting companies and job seekers to find ideal talent matches, Madison and her team will play a vital, consultative role in helping our partners reach their business needs and candidates achieve their career goals.”

Ms. Berney brings more than six years of sales and executive recruiting experience, including partnerships with companies ranging in size from $10 million to $46 billion in annual revenue. Previously, she served as managing director of executive recruiting for Creative Financial Staffing and was a key player in securing more than $1.5 million for placements.

“Lucas Group’s strength is in combining a deep understanding of the local market with the resources of a national search agency,” Mr. Prather said. “As the Denver workforce continues to thrive and attract top talent, including the recent influx of Millennials to the region, Lucas Group will seek new avenues for growth and success as well.”

Versatile Recruiters 

Lucas Group works with mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients in consumer products, energy (oil, gas, chemicals and alternatives), aerospace and defense, call center and customer services, global supply chain management, industrial products, food and beverage, and biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device services. In addition to serving the legal sector the firm’s practice groups includes accounting & finance, human resources, IT, manufacturing, legal, sales and marketing, and military transition. It has more than 300 affiliate recruiters in offices throughout the U.S.

Lucas Group recently opened a military transition branch in Denver. It is led by managing partner Jeff Moyer. Lucas Group has won a reputation for placing highly skilled military leaders in civilian careers. Led by Bryan Zawikowski, vice president and general manager of the military transition practice group, the division has placed over 25,000 military candidates – including more than 3,000 in the last four years – in a wide variety of positions in fields such as manufacturing, sales, engineering, maintenance, field services and distribution.

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This past October, Lucas Group named Carolina King as the firm’s first people officer. “Carolina understands the ever-growing strategic role that HR, and talent development in particular, plays in our business,” said Andi Jennings, CEO. “Her vision has transformed our corporate HR department into a vital partner in the associate development process. Carolina’s promotion to CPO reflects our commitment to ensuring Lucas Group is a leader in nurturing and attracting top talent.”

Earlier this year, Lucas Group opened a new Mid-Atlantic contract legal division based in Baltimore. It is led by senior partner Karissa Hayko and serves the growing needs of U.S. corporations and law firms for temporary legal talent in the Washington, D.C. and surrounding region. The new division provides law firms and corporate in-house legal departments with attorneys, paralegals, legal support and compliance professionals on a temporary contract, temporary-to-hire and long-term basis. The practice serves mid-tier to Fortune 500 companies ranging from boutique to global 100 law firms.

Ms. Hayko, who joined Lucas Group last year, has 15 years experience in the legal field, including a decade providing outside support to corporate legal departments and law firms. She was previously senior manager of business development for Deloitte Services in Washington, D.C.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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