About Licari & Vitanza Associates, Inc.

Founded in 1984, Licari & Vitanza Associates has successfully assisted leading companies located in Fairfield County CT, Westchester County NY, Manhattan and Northern NJ attract and hire over 2,000 talented accounting and finance professionals.

We are driven to develop long term relationships. Our partnerships have been established over many years and, as a result, we have an in-depth understanding of the different operational aspects and cultures existing within the companies we represent. These organizations consist of Fortune 500, mid-size and emerging businesses in several industries including; financial services, consumer products, publishing, entertainment, manufacturing, media, technology and public accounting firms. In addition, our team of consultants has recruited the experienced professionals necessary to launch many corporate initiatives including mergers & acquisitions, financial systems implementations and initial public offerings.

Our contacts extend to over 10,000 professionals in the business community. This candidate network is represented by diverse backgrounds including: CPAs and MBAs as well as those who have completed their Undergraduate degrees. As a contingency search firm, our objective is to service the needs of all parties we represent with the highest level of professionalism and attentiveness.

The cornerstone of our success is the trusted relationships LV has cultivated over the years with candidates and hiring managers. We appreciate those who have contributed to our growth and look forward to developing new relationships in the years ahead.

Vin Licari, CPC

Vin focuses on middle and senior management talent acquisition in diverse industry segments throughout the Tri-State area. Utilizing national affiliations, he has also assisted clients with staffing at subsidiary and field locations across the country.

Applying an attention to detail, unparalleled accessibility and a consultative approach, Vin has successfully assisted many leading area companies build high caliber financial teams. He places an emphasis on understanding the business needs and dynamics of his clients and introducing candidates who are well suited to make long term contributions to an organization. This commitment has earned Vin a reputation as a valuable business partner, trusted friend and supportive career advisor.

Vin began his career with a large executive recruiting firm based in Connecticut. As top producers, he and his future business partner, Bob Vitanza, helped the firm establish a presence in middle management staffing. Vin's prior experience was in accounting with a division of Merrill Lynch & Co. He is a graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and co-founded Licari & Vitanza Associates, Inc. in 1984.

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Bob Vitanza, CPC (1955 - 2008)

Remembered with Warmth and Appreciation

In recognition of over 25 years of outstanding service to clients and candidates. Bob's superior work ethic and dedication to the highest standards of integrity, distinguished him as one of the most respected consultants in the recruiting field.

Bob co-founded Licari & Vitanza Associates, Inc. in 1984 and played an integral role in establishing the firm's reputation and growth in the marketplace. His commitment to providing quality service was easily recognized and led to an exceptional track record of success throughout his career.

Bob's prior experience included five years as a Financial Recruiter with a large executive recruiting firm based in Connecticut. He served as Executive Committee Chair for the American Association of Finance and Accountants (a group comprising 35 financial recruiting firms throughout the US). Bob was actively involved in community service and was formerly President of the Redding Historical Society. He was a graduate of Niagara University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Testimonials

"I have had the honor of working with Vin Licari as a client in my consultative Human Resources role with three organizations, in different industries, over a fifteen year period of time. His expertise on the technical side of accounting/finance paired with his ability to forge strong relationships quickly and an agile and intuitive mind, set him apart from most recruiters. In addition, he is ethical and centered with candidates and clients alike. Vin can adapt to any company's process and is able to "hone into" the nuances of the job requirements and culture of the organization seamlessly. When he submits a candidate for review, you know they will be viable; well prepared and thoroughly screened. Vin is a pleasure to do business with and I especially appreciate his customer service "headset" and quick wit. I am pleased to refer him to potential clients as his network is one of the deepest and most valuable in the Tri-State area."

Joy Conlin
Corporate Recruitment Consultant

"I have worked with Vin as both a resource to finding a new opportunity for myself as well as providing me with candidates to fill some key positions. His professionalism and attention to detail is extraordinary. He also has a great personal touch; nothing is a transaction, it is more about the person and the cultural fit that helps make his work a success"

John Fahey
Vice President Controller, United Rentals Inc

"I met Vin Licari over 15 years ago when my career was just starting. I was ready to recruit with the big audit firms after having received my MBA in Accounting from Pace University. Pace has an on campus program with the audit firms to recruit directly out of college so, I was not in need of a professional recruiter (or so I thought). To my shock, Vin continued to follow up with me as I went through the recruiting process with Pace. He called and prepared me for each interview I had with the audit firms, and then debriefed with me after each interview. Vin was there to guide me through my first important career decision. Anyone could understand how surprised I was at the personal attention and interaction I received from a recruiter that would not earn a dime for helping me land that job. That is the essence of Vin Licari and he has not changed one bit in all the years I've known him. Vin has always put my best interests first and has talked me through more than one interview over the years that did not involve one of his clients (also assisted me secure two positions). He has never wasted my time on any position that did not meet my exact criteria. As I have moved into management through the years, Vin has also helped me recruit for open positions from the employer side. He only delivers resumes that make sense and are on point for the position. Vin Licari is the first person I call when there is a position to be filled. If you haven't worked with him, you have not yet worked with the best in the business"

Geri McShane
Assistant Controller, Xylem Inc.

"I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Vin Licari for more than a decade. I greatly value my business relationship with Vin, both in his expertise in placing me in two positions and in staffing my own positions. Vin has cultivated deep relationships throughout the finance and accounting community and exhibits exceptional integrity. He takes great pride in getting to know both staffing managers and candidates, dedicating his time and care throughout the entire placement process. Vin's professional acumen, discretion and responsiveness are some of his greatest attributes. He has my highest recommendation."

Tracy Liberatore
Vice President Controller, The Reader's Digest Association

"When I need to fill an important position, the first person I call is Vin Licari. Why? - because he listens to my needs and presents me with very qualified candidates who also fit the corporate culture. Vin has assisted me with staffing at Diageo, Sara Lee and L'Oreal Paris over the past 20 years. He is a trusted advisor and always has my best interests in mind. Vin does not shower you with scores of resumes hoping "one sticks". He carefully evaluates your needs and delivers candidates who meet those requirements. When I reflect on the top people who have worked for me over the years, most were introduced to me by Vin Licari."

José A. Carvalho
Chief Financial Officer, All Market Inc. (Vita Coco)