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Jacobson Employee Spotlight - Q4 2023

Posted by The Jacobson Group on Dec 14, 2023 10:42:14 AM

At Jacobson, we know our team members are the driving force behind our company’s ongoing success year after year. As 2023 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to appreciate the dedicated individuals committed to helping our clients reach their talent goals. Below, we highlight just a few of our Jacobson team members and their roles.

Learn about more of our Jacobson colleagues by viewing past editions of our Employee Spotlight here. For monthly Employee Spotlights, follow our Facebook page.

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Employee Spotlight - PIrvingPAM IRVING
Marketing Communications Assistant, 29 years at Jacobson

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Alma Mater: Robert Morris University

Describe Your Role: I work with the marketing team as the marketing communications assistant. I'm responsible for assisting with conference coordination, mass email prep and various other duties. 

Favorite Dessert: Apple pie and vanilla ice cream

Jacobson in Three Words: Professional, Loving, Dedicated

Random Fact: I have four sons, two of whom are identical twins. 

One Thing That Recently Made You Smile: Making someone else smile

Last Song You Listened To: "In da Club" by 50 Cent


Employee Spotlight - SCallozzoSUSAN CALLOZZO
Senior Vice President, Director of Finance, 5 years 10 months at Jacobson

Hometown: Herscher, Illinois

Alma Mater: DePaul University - Go Blue Demons!

Describe Your Role: I am in charge of the accounting department and all that entails. I am also a member of the executive leadership Team.

Jacobson in Three Words: People, people, people

Career Advice You Would Give to Your Younger Self: I would not. I received excellent career advice from others and learned so much from just living the experience, I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Last Song You Listened To: "Roll with the Changes" by REO Speedwagon

Favorite Thing About Working at Jacobson: I love working with Rick and Greg and all the Jacobson employees.  What a great bunch of smart people who are a pleasure to collaborate with.

Favorite Movie: "Iron Giant"

How You Balance Your Career and Family: I have a very supportive husband and we are a team.

What You are Most Proud of in Your Career: I am most proud of the relationships I have made during my career with colleagues and employees. One of my most enduring friendships is with a former co-worker.

Weirdest Job You Have Ever Had: In the 1980’s I was a gas jockey. I pumped gas, washed windshields, and checked fluids and tire pressure at a full-service gas station.


Employee Spotlight - MAbateMIKE ABATE
Client Advisor, 1 year 7 months at Jacobson

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio AKA "The Land"

Alma Mater: I am a Cincinnati Bearcat and a lifetime fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes!

Describe Your Role: I am a managing director within our Executive Search practice. My area of focus is the property and casualty industry and I'm responsible for business development and sales production for C-suite level searches. 

Favorite Sports Team: All Cleveland sports: Browns, Indians and Cavs, and of course The Ohio State Buckeyes!

Jacobson in Three Words: Respected Insurance Organization

What You Are Most Proud of in Your Career: Running distribution for a top 15 insurance carrier was pretty good for a kid that couldn’t spell insurance straight out of college. Along with that, paying it forward, I’ve been blessed to have many incredibly talented mentors in my career. I hope I was able to play the same role for some along the way.

Favorite Thing About Working at Jacobson: The incredible and genuinely supportive executive search team

Random Fact: I was a pretty decent singer growing up. I got that from my dad. 

Weirdest Job You Have Ever Had: I’m not sure it would fall under the weirdest job category; however, I grew up in a family-owned Italian restaurant. I started washing dishes at the age of 7 and moved up to waiting tables at 11. We lived in a two-bedroom apartment above the restaurant.

Last Song You Listened to: "Light My Love" by Greta Van Fleet

One Thing That Recently Made You Smile: Friends golf trip, always a great time filled with legendary stories and jokes

Career Advice You Would Give to Your Younger Self: I would be much more balanced with my career and focus on family. Early on, I missed too many events when the kids were younger. If I had to do it all over again, I would have been much more balanced AND committed to making both a priority.  


View previous editions of our Employee Spotlight here. For monthly Employee Spotlights, follow our Facebook page.


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