Accounting and Finance Services is firstPRO’s largest area of specialization, with over 50 experienced Associates focused within the greater Atlanta and Philadelphia markets. Our Accounting & Finance divisions service clients with direct-hire/permanent placement recruiting as well as contract and contract-to-hire solutions. In addition to over 150 years of combined staff experience in each market, many of our A&F Recruiters also have direct experience working in corporate and public accounting, allowing for a comprehensive understanding of the marketplace. Our intimate knowledge of the Accounting & Finance fields and the geographic regions we service has allowed firstPRO to build the largest recruiting offices in both the Atlanta and Philadelphia markets.
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Serina Cochran joined firstPRO in 2004 in the Traditional Services Division as an Account Executive and was later promoted to Sr. Account Executive. In 2010, she joined firstPRO’s Accounting and Finance team as a Sr. Account Executive and was promoted to Sales Team Lead in 2015 and again to Division Director in 2017. Throughout her tenure at firstPRO, Serina has been a valued team player and an integral part of firstPRO’s success through continuous business development, account management, and mentorship. Serina values her client partnerships and is passionate about providing excellent candidates and service to her clients.
Serina began her recruiting career in 2002 and has worked with both global and boutique recruitment firms. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Recruiting, Sales, and Operations.
“I have been working with FirstPro for the past 8 years and not only have I had an amazing experience with them personally, but now my team has been able to build strong relationships with the talented staff as well. As a large company, we get inundated with requests from new vendors but we never need additional resources because of how well FirstPro takes care of us! The FirstPro recruiters take time to understand our business and the culture of our teams. They don’t blindly send resumes to us, they take the time to screen and really evaluate whether that candidate will fit in our fast paced environment. The quality of resumes they present to us is always a close match to our needs!
I’ve had the privilege of working with Serina Cochran over the last few years. She is a joy to work with and the kind of person that absolutely makes my life and job easier. I would recommend FirstPro and Serina without any hesitation. Thank you for assisting us throughout the years!”
Chris joined firstPRO in 2012 as a Senior Account Executive for our Accounting and Finance Division. He has over 20 years of high volume B2B sales experience, 14 of those in the staffing industry. Chris proved to be not only a great Account Executive but also a great leader and mentor. In 2017, Chris was promoted to Sales Manager and asked to lead the Accounting and Finance sales team.
Bill joined firstPRO in January of 2016 as Senior Vice President of firstPRO’s Accounting and Finance Direct Hire Group in Philadelphia. He is responsible for overall management and development of a team of Direct Hire Accounting and Finance recruiters as well as running his own recruiting desk. Bill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from La Salle University. He began his recruiting career a decade ago with a large Philadelphia area search firm progressing to the role of Managing Director. Bill was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently lives in Center City. He’s an active supporter and organizer for the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program.
Patty has been working at firstPRO since 2013 and has been in the accounting and finance staffing/placement industry for 25 years. She began her career in audit in Big 4 Accounting as a CPA at Arthur Anderson, but soon learned that she wanted work more with people. In 1990, Patty began working as a full desk recruiter for an international staffing firm, with a focus on temporary placement. Since then, she has done permanent placement, high level contract placement, contract recruiting, and have come full circle back to a temporary recruiting role at firstPRO. In 2017, Patty was promoted to Recruiting Manager of the Accounting and Finance Division. She has recruited in Atlanta since 2009, as well as Detroit. She is a Michigan State graduate, a CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant), and feels her accounting background gives her an edge as a recruiter in the A&F field!
Cheryl Perez –
“I want to say that I have enjoyed working with you so far; you are by far the best recruiter that I have had the opportunity to relate with thus far in the Atlanta area. This long-term temp position is scheduled to last through the end of the year and I hope that we can continue to network.”
Ragat Abraha –
“Thank you for taking the time to see me this afternoon. I enjoyed very much our meeting . I told Anthony how well you received me and that you made me feel welcome. He said “she is very professional and knows her stuff”
Lisa joined firstPRO in January of 2018, tasked with building and scaling the first Accounting & Finance practice in Boston! She comes with 12 years’ Accounting & Finance staffing experience and has built, developed and led teams across both contract and direct-hire verticals.
Prior to firstPRO, Lisa spent 7 years with AP Staffing, where she successfully built and developed the company’s Accounting & Finance contract practice from the ground up. Leading her team to become the organization’s highest-performing group, Lisa was twice-promoted in her tenure with AP. Most recently as the Managing Director, she oversaw and managed Accounting & Finance (direct hire and contract), Business Services and Sales & Marketing; Lisa drove consistent business development, insightful go-to-market efforts and continued process improvement across AP’s various divisions.
Lisa plans to draw from her deeply-rooted network in the Accounting & Finance space, leadership abilities and overall passion for the staffing industry to expand the firstPRO Accounting & Finance brand. She will continue to nurture and develop valuable, meaningful relationships/partnerships throughout the Greater Boston area. Lisa is excited to build a team of professionals that share not only in her ethics and beliefs, but in her true passion and commitment to the staffing industry, and to the candidates and clients she is grateful to work with.
A transplant from Poland, Ohio, Lisa has been in Boston since 2004, living and working in the city. She graduated from the University of Toledo in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Communications, and in her free time, enjoys being with her family, traveling the globe, working out and cooking.
Curtis Kiser joined FirstPRO in 1998 as a Staff Recruiter in the Accounting and Finance division. He was promoted to Senior Recruiter in 2000 and then a Team Lead in 2002 where managing a group of 4 recruiters. In 2005, he became the Senior Vice President of the Accounting and Finance division and oversees all of FirstPRO’s Accounting and Finance services in the Atlanta market. During Curtis’ tenure as Senior Vice President, he has more than doubled the divisions revenues and built one of the most successful and respected Accounting and Finance teams in the city. His passion and understanding of the industry uniquely enables him to assist his clients in building high-performance leadership teams.
He earned his degree in 1995 from Georgia Southern University. Between College and FirstPRO, Mr. Kiser was a Commodities Broker with one of the largest Introductory Brokerage houses in the state of Georgia.
Bobby joined firstPRO in 2005, where he spent 5 years building and eventually managing a branch location in Atlanta, GA. He now is the Managing Partner of FirstPRO Philadelphia and oversees both Philadelphia’s Information Technology and Accounting & Finance divisions. Bobby has worked in the Staffing and Recruiting Industry for more than 10 years. In 2010, Bobby co-founded PeopleNET Search, a successful startup executive search firm. In 2013, Bobby rejoined FirstPRO and was tasked with accelerating the Philadelphia business, where he has played an instrumental role in the rapid organic growth and market share expansion of FirstPRO Philadelphia. Read more…
Sarah joined FirstPRO Inc. in 2011 as a Senior Recruiter specializing in Contract Accounting and Finance recruitment. She received 3 promotions prior to landing her current role as Executive Vice President of the Accounting and Finance Division in 2013. Sarah has been responsible for growing and managing the sales and recruitment process for the division. She has extensive experience in both direct-hire executive recruitment and temporary staffing within the Philadelphia market. Sarah has assisted in growing the team from 5 to 23 staff members as well as increasing division revenue over 50% since taking control of the division.
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Temple University. Prior to joining FirstPRO, Sarah worked internally as a Human Resource Generalist for a local engineering firm, Pennoni Associates as well as recruiting for a small traditional staffing firm, J&K Professional Services.