“The Network!” Newsletter Issue # 162

The Headhunters Edge

Good Morning,

Just finished reading a great book called “The Headhunters Edge” by Jeffrey Christian. Christian as you may know, is the headhunter that recruited Carly Fiorina to be Hewlett Packard’s CEO. Having been a headhunter for the last 17 years I’ve made it a point to read all of the, “Headhunter” books as well as all the “Recruiting”, “How to Interview” and the “Career Development” books that I could ever find over the years and this is one of the best books I have ever read. Let me know what you think.

If you want to curl up with a good book, at your desk, you might want to look into one of these; A German engineer named Matthias Knigge invented a new desk that converts into a giant pillow at the push of a button. Like Batman’s car, the walnut desk looks ordinary enough until the weary worker presses a small button, activating a fan that inflates a bright orange airbag which unfolds through an opened panel on the desktop allowing for the perfect Batnap.

Speaking almost apologetically about his “airbag table”. Knigge said he hopes it doesn’t inspire people to work longer hours. He thinks it’s good for people to get out of the office after a while and “get a life”.

The Answer to All of Our Worries

Along those lines, this was sent to me by a “Network!” subscriber who wrote:

Joe, I think this is the answer to all of our worries,

1923: Business vs Golf

In 1923 do you know who was:

  1. President of the largest steel company?
  2. President of the largest gas company?
  3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?
  4. Great wheat speculator?
  5. President of the Bank International Settlement?
  6. Great Bear of Wall Street?

Now, these men should have been considered some of the world’s most successful men. At least, they found the secret of making bundles of money.

Almost 80 years later, the history book asks us, do we know what actually became of these men?

  1. The president of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper.
  2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.
  3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.
  4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad, penniless.
  5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, shot himself.
  6. The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Livemore, committed suicide.

However, in that same year, 1923, the winner of the most important golf championship, Gene Sarazan, won both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

What became of him, you ask?

Well, he played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95, and was extremely financially secure at the time of his death.


It sounds good to me. Hopefully we’ll be getting good golf weather soon.

Networking Events

Insitute of Management Accountants Presents:
The World of Biotech Featuring: Steve Lombardi, Vice President, Corporate Development
Affymetrix, Inc. Tuesday, May 13, 2003 – 6:00 P.M.
Girasole, 3180 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566
(Tortelloni Calabrese, Vegetarian, or Bricked Chicken – $29.00)

May 15th, 2003
Financial Executives International Meeting:
The CEO/CFO Relationship – Cornerstone of Executive Leadership Rob Burgess, Chairman & CEO and Betsey Nelson, EVP/CFO, Macromedia, Inc.
For more information goto: http://www.theassociationoffice.org/feisf/schedule.htm

May 20th, 2003
Financial Executives International Meeting: Speaker Tom Campbell, Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, former US Congressman
For more information goto: http://www.feiscv.org

May 24th, 2003
Financial Executives Networking Breakfast: For unemployed and under-employed Financial Executives @ the City Club 9:15am to 10:30am.
Speaker: Joe Pelayo

June 5th, 2003
BAYCFO’s golf outing at Crystal Springs. 12:05 Board meeting. 1:35 tee time.
CFO’s, Email jpelayo@josephmichaels.com with “BayCFO” in the subject line for more information.

July 21th, 2003
In Conversation with Carly Fiorina, Chairman and CEO, Hewlett Packard
Speaker: Carly Fiorina, Chairman and CEO, Hewlett Packard
Moderator: Louise Kehoe, Veteran Silicon Valley journalist
Co-hosted by Churchill Club and The Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley
Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Info: http://www.churchillclub.org

Positions Available

Family Office CFO $200K San Mateo
Chief Financial Officer for high net worth individual. Candidate will have direct responsibility for financial reporting as well as tax planning and compliance. The candidate must be capable of performing both the transactional day-to-day activities as well as tax and financial planning. 5+ years experience in public accounting. CPA In-depth background and experience in accounting and tax matters for closely-held businesses. 5+ years experience in public accounting Family office experience is a plus

Senior Financial Executive $100-$200K San Mateo
Senior level financial position for a $1.5 billion private equity firm. The candidate will have direct responsibility for the company’s financial reporting and tax compliance. Candidate must be capable of performing both the transactional day to day activities as well as tax and financial planning. Candidate should have 5+ years of public accounting experience. Experience with private equity firms is a plus, but not required. Track 40 companies and reporting for 40 partnerships

Senior Director of Technical Accounting – $160K.
Take charge of SEC reporting and M&A for large east bay company.

Controller $150K Palo Alto 12+ years in public and private. 5+ Years in Big 5

Senior Financial Analyst Manufacturing North Bay $85K

Senior Cost Accountant Manufacturing North Bay $85K

Cost Accountant/General Accounting Manager Mexico $Market

Cost Accountant/Plant Accounting Manager Portland, Oregon Market

Top Talent for Hire

1. CFO
Joined 70 employee company and grew to 360 employees, successfully raised $100 million in venture capital and successful sale. $200K+

2. Audit Senior Manager PWC Accounting and Business Advisory Services
Ready to look at opportunity in Private industry. SEC. Sarbanes Oxley. M&A. $125K

3. A+ Senior Payroll Manager
Managed semi-monthly payroll totaling $2.1B annually, representing 48 states, 2 territories and 106 local tax agencies. Peak employee level 26,000+. $Market.

4. Director of Credit and Accounts Receivable
Results-oriented credit administrator with over 20 years progressive management experience in the high tech, distribution, construction, and transportation industries. Responsible for revenues ranging from $40 million to over $2 billion. $100K+

5. General Accounting Manager
5+ years Big 4 and industry experience. Manage internal and external financial reporting, including month-end and year-end close process. Involved in various SEC filings, including: 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and S-11 filings. $90K

6. Senior Staff Accountant
Very driven degreed senior accountant. 5 years experience. Will make a great hands-on supervisor/manager. $75K

For an immediate full resume call or email jpelayo@josephmichaels.com with the number of the candidate(s) you are interested in. Don’t see what you
need? Call us @800-786-1099. Joseph Michaels International.

Warm Regards,
Joe Pelayo

Joe Pelayo, C.P.C.
Joseph Michaels International
Global Recruiting Solutions
Email: jpelayo@josephmichaels.com
Website: josephmichaels.com
One of the top 75 Recruiters in the United States ~ Recruiter Life Magazine