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Jay Zanone

What they are saying

Alan R. Stewart, Chief Financial Officer at Vistronix

"I have had the pleasure of working with Teresa these past several years, both in hiring staff at ICF International and for Oceus Networks Inc. (the former Ericsson Federal Inc.) as well as placing me at Oceus Networks. She is truly competent, hardworking and honest in her approach and dedication in finding the right person for the job. I would highly recommend Teresa for your search efforts."

Greg Dunn, Chief Financial Officer at SICPA North America

"Jay is a seasoned accounting and finance recruiting professional. I’ve worked with him as both a candidate and employer and he’s always focused on finding the right fit from both a skill set and cultural perspective.”

Kevin P. Belli, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at AARP

“I've worked closely with Teresa for the better part of the last ten years on Search assignments ranging from Analyst to the Director level. She is a tremendous business partner with a great knack for understanding both Client and Candidate requirements. Her knowledge of the Accounting/Finance profession coupled with her breadth of experience in the D.C. Metro marketplace make her an invaluable resource. Teresa's enthusiasm, wit and degree of follow-up is extremely rare (but welcome) in today's highly competitive Recruiting environment.”

Diane L. Kaplon, Chief Financial Officer at Gates, Hudson & Associates, Inc.

“Jay has been my “go to” resource for recruiting needs for the past ten years. Jay and his Partner have the highest of professional and ethical standards. What I like best is that they don’t waste my time with under or over qualified candidates. They put in the extra effort to really understand our business and environment to be a true business partner. Their candidates not only look good on paper, they have the whole package! If they don’t have a candidate that fits, they are up front about it which I truly appreciate. I would recommend Essential Search Partners to any firm looking to hire quality professionals!”

Eric Hamann, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at ICF International

“Teresa is phenomenal and just completed a very difficult search for me after four months of tirelessly canvasing the entire country. Her in-depth understanding of my needs and unwavering personal commitment is second to none; I highly recommend Teresa!!!”

Iver Kessler, VP of Finance at Independent Benefit Services

“I first hired Jay as an Accounting Manager. Jay worked in a high pressure, growing company and I believe it was this experience that helps set him apart as a recruiter today. Jay left DBP to join Spherion and has remained throughout the up and down times over the past decade. I have used Jay both to assist me in finding a position as well as recruiting staff for me. Jay has a keen knowledge of the talent, the needs of the client and is persistent in insuring that the right fit is made.”

C. Denise Henderson, PHR, GPHR, Technology Director at Virginia SHRM State Council

“Teresa is a gifted recruiter, dedicated colleague, and an overall genuinely good person to be around. I have had the pleasure of serving with her on the Dulles SHRM Board of Directors for several years. She is always ready to lend a hand to any effort. She contributes solid and strategic ideas to the team. Teresa is also an excellent recruiter and manager. She has the ability to “one-touch” her to-do list. You will not find the word procrastination in her vocabulary. She is also able to provide a “hands on” approach that shows her attention to detail and expertise in her field in representing hiring managers and candidates in an effective manner. Along with the variety of talent she brings to the table, she also has a terrific sense of humor, and seemingly endless amounts of energy. If you want a star player, Teresa is it.”

John Singsank, Director of Administration at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, LLP

“I worked with Jay in the Accounting Department of Shaw Pittman (currently Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman) and during that time I found Jay to be hard working and a pleasure to work with. I learned a great deal from Jay and found him to be extremely helpful. To this day I still ask Jay for help and 15 years later the customer service is as good as ever. I highly recommend and think Jay is top notch.”