CareerTrack; FACE TO FACE: JENNY COOK as President, She Helps CSI Uncover Qualified Employees

By Abel, Christina | The Florida Times Union, June 20, 2005 | Go to article overview

CareerTrack; FACE TO FACE: JENNY COOK as President, She Helps CSI Uncover Qualified Employees


Abel, Christina, The Florida Times Union


Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL

In choosing the new president to head up $20 million Custom Staffing Inc., the company followed the motto set out by CEO Eric Stevens: "The vision of the company is to promote growth and reward accomplishments."

Jenny Cook, 29, who became president of the permanent placement services company in May, started with the company just six years ago after graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Florida, and quickly moved up the ranks, from recruiter, to a sales representative, sales manager, then vice president of sales. In fact, every member of the eight-person leadership team began as a recruiter.

"Every step of the way you're given a chance to prove yourself," Cook said. Citing her own upward mobility, Cook added, "I know what it takes to be successful every step of the way. It shows people who work for us that there is opportunity for growth."

Part of that success was helping the company grow revenues from $8 million to $20 million from 2000 to 2004. Cook was part of a three-person team that initiated this increase by adapting quickly to market changes and placing qualified employees in growing industries, such as healthcare, mortgage and accounting, and then specializing in executive-level searches. …

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