Meet Our Team

When we talk about Xceeding eXpectations, we mean it.

Our Story

Maybe you’ve worked with large, generalist firms that don’t understand your needs, or with opportunists looking to make a quick connection for a quick buck. That’s not us. We’re a boutique firm that specializes in placing accounting and finance professionals. Our principals have decades of combined work experience in this field. We support all kinds of companies, from startups to Fortune 1000 organizations. And we’ll search at any level, from finance executives to top-notch consultants to contract clerks needed to fill temporary openings. We work on contingency: no placement, no pay. That keeps your risk low and our motivation high. But it’s not just about the hunt. Our ultimate goal is to make a difference in your business. We’re here for you now and for all your placements down the road. It’s our job—and our privilege—to present you with talent that will Xceed your eXpectations.

Meet Our Team

Vince Gatto,
Partner
Vince is an Executive Recruiter with 20 years of experience in the recruiting and accounting fields. He specializes in search at all levels of accounting and finance and excels at contract and salary negotiation. His corporate background is invaluable to larger firms while his strong business development skills give him a deep understanding of the needs of start-ups.

Vince began his career at Hood & Strong, LLP, working in audit and tax. From there, he moved into corporate finance with a Fortune 500 company. Vince then combined his direct experience in the field with his talent for connecting people to begin a career in recruiting, focusing on the direct hire placement of accounting and finance professionals.

vince@xceedstaffing.com
408.533.8850 x404

Tuan Dinh,
Partner
Tuan is a Financial Recruiter with 10+ years of professional experience in the recruiting and financial industries. He has worked for local and national consulting and recruiting firms and has developed a wide network of contacts in the Bay Area and beyond. Tuan began his career at Bank of America, where he worked in management, sales, and audit. He then moved to a recruiting position with a Fortune 1000 company specializing in placing finance and accounting professionals. He co-founded Xceed Staffing in 2010. Tuan has a B.S. in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.

tuan@xceedstaffing.com
408.533.8850 x402

Erikah Trejo,
Director of Staffing Services
Erikah’s career in recruiting began in 1998 as a Staffing Manager at an international accounting and finance staffing firm where she quickly became a top producer.  In addition to her recruiting background, Erikah spent 5 years as an  Account Manager with CenterBeam where she was successful in maintaining a high level of client satisfaction with “C” level executives.   This blend of experience and success has given Erikahthe innate ability to identify and understand the needs of both candidates and hiring managers alike. The relationships she has developed and maintained over the years is a true testament to her ability to make solid and lasting placements. Having previously worked with Vince and Tuan, Erikah was excited to reunite with the team in 2013.

erikah@xceedstaffing.com
408.533.8850 x403

Dawn Hawkins,
Director of Recruiting
Dawn is an Executive Recruiter with over 10 years of experience placing mid to senior level finance professionals for Bay Area hi-tech and manufacturing organizations. She enjoys working with small to mid-sized public, private and pre-IPO organizations. Her specialties include Controller, Assistant Controller, Accounting Manager, Finance Manager, Sr. Financial Analyst, Revenue Recognition Manager and SEC Manager positions. Dawn has shaped her successful recruiting career through coaching and relationship building, responsive account management, strategic sourcing and strong negotiation skills. Prior to her career in recruiting, Dawn owned and operated several successful Italian restaurants in the East Bay.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from California State University East Bay. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in the East Bay with her husband, three dogs and three goats.

dawn@xceedstaffing.com
408.533.8850 x405

Ken Shepard,
Recruiting Manager
Before beginning his career as a Financial Recruiter in 2006, Ken spent 30 years as a mid and upper level financial executive with Silicon Valley hi-tech companies. Concurrently Ken volunteers his time as a Co-Chair of two job search and career guidance groups. He also is an Audit Chair and takes part as an Audit Committee member of several non-profit organizations. Ken is presently on the Board of Directors and VP of Young Professionals of the East Bay-Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Ken graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting Emphasis from California State University East Bay.
Check out our list of available positions and send us your resume. We look forward to working with you.
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