May 24, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale-based executive search firm Steven Douglas Associates has named Vivian Gonzalez-Padilla as managing director, search division, for central Florida.
Ms. Gonzalez-Padilla brings over 13 years of experience in executive search with a specialty in accounting and finance recruiting. She focuses on providing search services for mid-market to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, treasury, and finance from mid-level management to C-level executives.
Prior to joining Steven Douglas, Ms. Gonzalez-Padilla managed boutique search firm Tews Company. She was located in central Florida where she focused on finance & accounting hiring needs. Earlier in her career, Ms. Gonzalez-Padilla worked for The Walt Disney Company, where she was responsible for the human resource and recruiting functions for her division.
“While we have been providing project-based services to the central Florida market for over 10 years, our clients have continually asked us for greater support in the area of permanent placement,” said Steven Douglas Associates’ division president Mark Viner. “Vivian’s expertise in this area will allow us to meet the growing demand for these services and build upon our existing market presence.”
Much of central Florida’s economy is driven from the rapid growth of the Orlando area, a major industrial and hi-tech center. The area is a nationally recognized cluster of innovation in digital media, agricultural technology, aviation, aerospace, and software design. More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in metro Orlando.
“The pace of growth in central Florida will be faster than what we see statewide,” said Sean Snaith, an economist at the University of Central Florida. “The Orlando metro area is, by our forecast, the fastest-growing metro area in the state for jobs.”
Steven Douglas Associates is a boutique search and project-based professional services firm serving emerging and middle-market to Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. The firm is composed of two divisions: a search group focused on placing senior executive level management in accounting / finance, information technology, wealth management, sales, marketing & operations and human resources; and a project resources group that provides clients with senior level professionals on an interim or project basis. Areas of expertise include finance & accounting, information technology, internal audit & compliance, and human resources.
Just recently, Steven Douglas Associates opened a new office in Baltimore. Managing director Matthew Beck transferred from the firm’s Florida office and is now leading the new location.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media