Summary of Vaco Team
Professional Profiles by Lines
Background - Vaco was founded in Nashville, TN in September 2002 by a group of
former Big Four CPAs with project consulting leadership experience. Vaco’s goal is
to provide flexible solutions for our clients’ project, consulting, and recruiting
needs. Vaco Raleigh, LLC was formed in September of 2004. Dave Rhode, Sid
Mitchener and Crystal Hughes are the local partners. Vaco Raleigh was the fifth
Vaco office formed.
Experience - Our Raleigh team has over 300 years of combined experience in
accounting, finance, information technology, operations/supply chain, and
executive search which enables us to truly understand our clients’ needs. Each
Vaco practice area is led by an experienced associate with years of industry -
Growth - Vaco’s commitment to client satisfaction has allowed the company to
expand from a single office in Nashville to 24 offices nationwide:
Raleigh, Charlotte, Richmond, Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Orlando, Tampa, Melbourne FL, New Jersey, Detroit, Dallas,
Austin, Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, San Francisco, Los Angeles – LAX, Los Angeles – Valley, Orange County, San Diego, Seattle
The Inc. 500
Vaco has been awarded the Inc. 500 Award two years in a
row, ranking #33 in 2007 and #330 in 2008. The Inc./Inc.
5,000 Conference and Awards Ceremony is an annual event
produced by Inc. magazine. It was created in 1982 to
celebrate the fastest growing private companies in America.
In 1982, Inc. magazine published the Inc. 100; the following
year, the list expanded to the Inc. 500, and in 2007, Inc.
magazine, in conjunction with Inc.com, released the Inc.
Vaco was awarded the Pinnacle Award in 2008. The
Pinnacle Business Awards Celebration is one of the Greater
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious events. It
allows the Chamber to recognize both emerging companies
as well as companies that have exhibited a substantial
history as an established business.
Triangle Business Journal Fast 50
Vaco has been awarded the Fast 50 two years in a row,
ranking #5 in 2007 and #12 in 2008. Triangle Business
Journal annually recognizes the 50 fastest growing private
companies in the Triangle.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Congratulations to Jerry Bostelman, Vaco Founder and winner
of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the
Southeast Region 2007.
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most
prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award
makes a difference through the unique way it encourages
entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and
recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with
their vision, leadership and achievement.
As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building
and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses,
recognizing them through regional, national and global awards
programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
Women in Business
The Woman in Business Award was given to Vaco partner,
Crystal Hughes in 2008. Presented annually, the Women In
Business award honors 25 Triangle female executives who have
displayed exemplary leadership within their industry profession
and remained active in supporting the Triangle community at
Vaco Team Summary
Vaco Resources Vaco Operations
David Rhode, CPA Gary Rosia
Crystal Hughes, CPA Paul Neville
Vaco Executive Search
Bob Reuss - CPA Minnesota June 1967
to May 1994
Rupa Patel - A+
Contract, Project and Interim Solutions
Interim CFOs and Controllers
Financial Reporting/SEC Reporting
System Conversion Projects (Project Leads, Super-Users and Conversion
Support in SAP, Oracle, JDE, PeopleSoft, etc.)
(IFRS) conversion Support, International Financial Reporting Standards
Treasury and Cash Management, Budgeting and Forecasting
General Accounting (Payables, Receivables, Fixed Assets, Inventory)
Systems Accountants, MS Access and other Report Writing Projects
Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance (Project Leads, Internal Documentation, and
Tax Planning and Compliance Projects and Loan Staff
Business Process Reengineering
Year End/Audit Assistance
Due Diligence and Integration Assistance for Mergers and Acquisitions
David Rhode, CPA
David began his career as an auditor spending four years with a regional
David spent 12 years with a $10 billion Fortune 100 environmental
company and, during his tenure, served as the Senior Division Controller,
Division VP and Controller, and Region Sales Manager.
Before joining Vaco, David was the Division Director of a multi-billion dollar
national consulting and recruiting firm.
David is a CPA and holds a BS degree in Accounting from St. Norbert
College (Cum Laude).
David is one of the founders and serves as the anchor partner of Vaco
Crystal Hughes, CPA
Crystal relocated from Texas in 1995, where she began her accounting
career in manufacturing focusing on cost accounting and inventory
Crystal then spent six years in public accounting assisting clients with tax
compliance, and serving as an audit lead in a variety of industries. She
also utilized her second degree in Trust Management providing Trust and
Estate Planning Services.
Crystal is active in the NCACPA, having served on the Young CPA Cabinet
as chairperson for the Social Committee. She is also involved with PLM
Families Together, a non-profit organization focused on assisting the
homeless with a variety of housing needs.
Crystal is a CPA and holds a BS degree in Accounting and a BS degree in
Trust Management from Campbell University (Cum Laude). She is a
partner of Vaco Raleigh.
Nick has over ten years experience in finance and financial systems.
His career has included positions as both a senior financial analyst and
Nick’s expertise includes financial system migrations and conversions,
including Hyperion and SAP.
Nick graduated with honors with a BS in Finance from Liberty University.
Beth spent 20+ years working in Big Four public accounting and
Accounting Manager and Controller positions in various public and
Beth spent over three years in financial and accounting placement as
a Recruiting Manager and Division Director for a large, publicly traded
Beth is active in the community and is a member of TSHRM, CED, and
Triangle Business Builders in the Raleigh/Durham area where she has
lived for over 20 years.
Beth holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State
Chris began his career in Public Accounting where he spent six years
working extensively in the tax and estate planning area, including tax
implications of mergers/acquisitions, corporate reorganization, multi-
state tax planning, S corporations, partnerships and LLC consulting.
Chris relocated from Florida in 2003. Before joining Vaco, he spent five
years with the world’s largest staffing firm in their specialty staffing
division for accounting and finance.
Chris holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of South
Chris volunteers at Duke Children's Hospital in the Pediatric Blood and
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit as a Best Buddy.
IT Project Professionals & Permanent Placement
Interim and Permanent CIOs/IT Management
Project Management/Business Analysts
Development Management and Programmers
Infrastructure Support and Management
Business Intelligence/Data Warehouse
Security/Disaster Recovery/IT SOX
Prior to joining Vaco, Sid worked as a producing Branch Manager with a
S&P 500 recruiting firm in Raleigh focusing on developing the IT staffing
and accounting / finance consulting divisions.
Sid has 13 years of recruiting, sales, and sales management experience
in the engineering, IT staffing and consulting industries.
Sid is a founder and partner of Vaco Raleigh, LLC.
Sid holds a BS degree in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute.
He is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
Vern is an experienced business consultant with over 12 years in the IT
During this time he served on a leadership committee to develop
recruiting best practices and search engines for a multi-billion dollar
agency that are still in use today.
For the past 7 years, his experience has been focused on account
management, new business development of application, infrastructure,
and telecommunication specific projects.
His portfolio of customers served as a list of quot;who’s whoquot; in the fortune
500, as well as smaller to mid-size companies in banking,
manufacturing, government services, and technology markets.
Vern also served 8 years in the United States Marine Corp.
Rupa brings 10+ years of hands-on IT experience, the vast majority
with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms.
Rupa led teams of 30 IT professionals providing infrastructure and
telecom support, designed and implemented training programs, and
identified and selected technical talent.
Rupa holds a BS degree in Psychology from East Carolina University
Beth has spent her entire career as a recruiter in the Information
Technology discipline where her ability to build strong relationships,
and a drive to always respect and put her candidates and customers
first has earned her high regards and respect in the marketplace.
Her training and experience enables her to develop trust, respect and
strong communication avenues with internal and external customers in
the process of sourcing, screening and recruitment of top-tier
Beth earned her degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill where she was a scholar athlete on the women’s golf team.
Tommy has 15 years experience in IT focused primarily in product
implementation, administration, support and executive management. His
background in software development, manufacturing, retail and
healthcare IT enables him to clearly understand client needs and provide
For the past 8 years, his experience in healthcare software solutions
allowed Tommy to lead teams of up to 25 employees and multiple
consultants in project management, field service and sales engineering to
increase revenue year over year.
Tommy holds BS degree in Business Administration from Campbell
University and served 11 years in the US Army, National Guard and
Adam has six years of consulting and recruitment experience in the areas
of technology, leadership, and niche’ placement in capacities of talent
acquisition, business development and overall account management.
Working with clientele ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies, he
has worked in the nation’s top three technology-driven markets of Silicon
Valley, Research Triangle Park and Austin, TX.
One of Adam’s crowning achievements includes the launch of a startup IT
Consulting branch from scratch for a national Technology service provider
that took first-place national awards in its first year of inception within a
Fortune 500 organization.
Adam holds a BA degree in Communication from East Carolina University,
and enjoys staying abreast of new developments within bleeding-edge
Vaco Design & Media
Design . Learning . Gaming . Media
Graphic Designer Video Editors
Illustrator Conceptual Artist
Art Director 3D Artist
Creative Director Animator
Instructional Design SFX Artist
Trainers Environmental Artist
Technical Writer Character Modeler
Project Managers Programmers
Multimedia Developer A.I. Engineer
Production Artist Engine / Tools Engineer
Web Design and Development Game Tester
Photographers Sound Engineers
Marketing Voice Talent
PR Quality Assurance
Troy brings 15 years of experience within the design, eLearning,
gaming, and media industries. His focus has primarily been in design
and development, project management, division and team
management and establishing and maintaining client relations.
Troy has established and managed global production departments in
the US, Canada, London, Italy and India.
He has 8 years of experience in setting up company organizations,
business development, optimizing operation efficiencies, and
developing branding/marketing strategies.
Troy has managed multiple 1+ million dollar developmental projects
and acted as liaison with global vendor management.
Before joining Vaco Troy managed global production teams in the US
and Europe of 100+ Designers, Developers, Instructional Designers
and Project Managers that produced eLearning and training
applications for fortune 500 companies.
He currently holds board positions on the Contemporary Art
Foundation and the North Carolina Advanced Learning Technologies
Association and an active member in the ASTD, IGDA, and AIGA
groups. He is also an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
Troy has degrees in Architecture, Mechanical and Civil Engineering.
Project Professionals & Permanent Placement
TPS by Six Sigma
Supply Chain Management
Logistics and Transportation
Quality, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma
Human Resources Management
Gary has 15+ years of human resources and operations experience.
Before joining Vaco, Gary served eight years as the VP of Corporate
Services for a software company focused on the transportation sector.
His responsibilities included finance, accounting, human resources
management, facilities, network administration, internal audit,
purchasing, risk management and contracts.
Gary holds a BS degree in Psychology (with an Industrial/Organizational
focus) from Radford University.
Paul brings over 25 years of experience in Operations, Logistics, Asset
Management and Import/Export Compliance plus a wealth of Marketing
and Sales experience to Vaco.
While working for a Fortune 500 transportation firm, Paul was responsible
for equipment management operations of a $3 billion business unit. The
key performance indicator was to meet customer requirements while
increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
Prior to joining Vaco, Paul served as the Chief Marketing Officer and the
Chief Operating Officer for a transportation-related IT software company
with responsibility for developing corporate business strategy while
overseeing Customer Service and Data Center Operations.
Paul holds a BS degree in Management from Rhode Island College and
attended graduate school at Drexel University.
Vaco Executive Search
Interim C-Level Executives and Permanent Placement
Confidential Retained Search for “C” Level Executives
Confidential Search for Directors With Specific Backgrounds
Beginning to End Process Management
Interim C-Level Executives
Special Project Executives
Dan is the founder and 20-year publisher of Business Leader magazine. As
president of Business to Business Inc., he also founded several specialty
magazines and conferences.
Dan is also the creator of two of the region's most popular networking
events for executives: the Business Leaders' Breakfast and Breakfast in
The Park. In this role, he has presented over 100 of the region's top CEOs.
He has served on the board of the Council for Entrepreneurial
Development, the Triangle United Way, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of
Commerce and Raleigh Sales and Marketing Executives where he also
served as president. He has also headed up work groups for the Emerging
Issues Institute and served on the Business Committee for Higher
Education. He is currently president of the Fifty Group.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Miami. Prior to founding Business
Leader, he held various management positions with Gillette, Six Flags and
North Hills corporations.
Bob Reuss - Vice President Business Development
CPA Minnesota June 1967 to May 1994
Bob works with Vaco in the Triangle as the Vice President of Business
Development and is also available as a high level financial project
consultant for Vaco clients.
Bob has been a CEO, CFO, Investment Banker and private investor. He has
extensive M&A experience as a seller, buyer and intermediary in
transactions involving both public and private companies. He has been a
CFO in two IPO’s.
He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Industrial
Management from Purdue University. He worked with Deloitte and Touche
and held a CPA in Minnesota from June of 67 to May of 94.
He has also attended the advanced management program at the Wharton
School and been a licensed financial principal with the SEC.
Success Built on Relationships
Selected Key Customers
Ernst & Young
Martin Marietta Materials
The Body Shop
The Cheesecake Factory
The Pantry Inc.
Waste Industries USA