DeWinter Consulting Expands Their East Bay Presence Announcing Newest Team Member, Casan O’Connell
Q&A WITH CASAN O’CONNELL
How long have you worked in accounting, finance, and/or tech? Recruiting?
I have worked in tech and finance for over 11 years, 3 of those years I specifically worked in recruitment.
How were you introduced to the recruiting industry?
In college, I interned for an executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles, through an Alumni program. Years later an internal recruiter reached out to discuss an opportunity at a Creative Consulting Firm.
Why do you look forward to working in accounting, finance or tech talent acquisition?
The Bay Area is a unique place where the smartest & most successful individuals are working for the world’s most innovative companies. I look forward to working with those accounting & finance professionals who run the divisions that help these companies run smoothly, as their work is the main contributor to the company’s growth. Providing them with the resources they need to keep the company operating is not only integral to their business but a rewarding opportunity that I am excited to be a part of every day.
If you were to provide advice to peers in accounting, finance, or tech seeking to develop their careers, what would it be?
Never stop learning. Education is the one thing no one can take away from you.
How did you first learn about the DeWinter Group?
I heard of the DeWinter Group from working in the consulting industry. But I learned the most about the company through their amazing internal recruiter-Sarah Sachs.
What are 3 words to describe the DeWinter Group (or your impression thus far)?
How do you plan on developing the DeWinter Group? What are your goals for the coming year?
I look forward to expanding the Dewinter Group’s presence in the East Bay. I am excited to be with a team that has already established a great reputation in the industry and continue to grow the client portfolio in a new territory within the Bay Area. I can’t wait to bring in new business and continue the company’s successful track record on the other side of the Bay.
How do you plan on practicing the DeWinter Group’s Mission Statement: ‘We Build Our Network One Relationship at a Time’?
Relationships are the key to developing any business, as every deal needs at least two people to say yes! I pride myself on the connections I’ve fostered, not just from doing business, but from taking the time to listen. I enjoy meeting with new people, continuously educating myself, and making sure to stay connected to each relationship I’ve formed. Whether it’s a new idea, a problem that needs to be solved or just needing life advice – I will always make myself available. There is never an idea too small or too big – any lead can turn into business!
How do you plan on balancing your career at the DeWinter Group and free time?
I am fortunate to have found a company that respects time with family. Each person I met with reiterated that family comes first, and DeWinter will support an effective work-life balance. After having my son, I realized he is not only my first priority but also my biggest motivator. I make sure to make the most of my time in the office-working efficiently and effectively- to provide for my family and make me a successful working mom! I love setting a strong example for him by working hard, while also having quality time with him at the end of each day.
Where are you originally from?
San Diego, CA
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley?
Exploring – whether it be by hiking, biking, running or skiing
What did you originally want to be when you grew up?
What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
God, so many. I’d probably say “Time” – Hootie & the Blowfish – my Dad had Hootie on repeat on our family house boating trips (only had 1 CD for 10 days!)