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Her Talent Is Finding Same
by G. R. Meyers, reprinted from LocalBusiness.com

Accountants, auditors and potential chief financial officers looking for positions in Colorado might want to call Colorado Corporate Search LLC. This boutique firm looks for candidates only in those specialties.

Just be prepared. Job applicants who visit its office will find an audience that contains more than just people.

Four dogs and a cat share the Cherry Creek offices with their master recruiters. George, Gracie, Jasper and Lefty are the dogs. Herbie is the cat.

The first two canines belong to Amy Duclos, founder and president. They have official pillows on the floor and offer a thorough sniff of all new entrants.

"The dogs, and how people react to them, have more than a little to do with how we perceive a candidate," Duclos said in an interview with LocalBusiness.com.

Duclos started her company in 1996 after spending two years with a Denver search firm. This year, her four-person firm will tally almost $1 million in revenue by placing financial talent in the $50,000-to-$200,000 salary range with local corporations.

The company has placed 40 individuals as of this writing. This total includes some noteworthy placements, including the CFOs at SCC Communications, ProSavvy.com and LAN Tech.

AT&T Broadband, On Command Corp. and Match Logic Corp. are other clients of note who have hired financial talent through Colorado Corporate Search.

"I saw that there was a need for the type of service the company offers," Duclos said. "There really wasn't anybody strong in the middle area. All we do is 50 to 200 (thousand) accounting and finance in Colorado."

Duclos came to Denver after spending time with an accounting and financial search firm in Los Angeles. Due to "fires, floods, earthquakes and civil unrest," she decided to search for the promise of ground that didn't move.

She also was looking for a place where she could wear shorts to work. "I wanted to create my own culture," she said.

In the executive recruiting field, the majority of search contracts are exclusive. Also, the fee is paid by the hiring company and is based on a percentage of the recruit's starting salary.

It seems to be working well. After an intensive two weeks, Colorado Corporate Search just placed the president and chief operating officer at SafeRent.

Duclos' well-defined niche helps her company make placements in less than four weeks -- eye-opening fast, by industry standards. "We're that targeted," she said.

The average candidate it places has between five and 20 years of experience in the accounting and financial fields. Identification of candidates is usually done through referrals from people the company has worked with in the past.

Duclos has enjoyed her company's growth, but wants to set a limit.

"I want to be a really, really good local boutique search firm," she said. "I don't want 17 offices all over the country."

COMPANY: Colorado Corporate Search LLC
INDUSTRY: Executive search
YEAR FOUNDED: 1996
MANAGEMENT: Amy Duclos, president; previously served as an employee recruiter at executive search firms in Los Angeles and Denver; graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA.

Keith Miller, senior recruiter; was officer in charge of SEC reporting at an insurance company, Life Partners Group; previously served at the Birmingham, Ala., office of Coopers & Lybrand; holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee.

EMPLOYEES: 4
INVESTOR: Amy Duclos
REVENUE: Projected at slightly under $1 million this year.
CUSTOMERS: AT&T Broadband, On Command Corp., Match Logic, SafeRent, NetFamilies.com.
COMPETITORS: Corporate search firms in the Denver and national market.
WHAT KEEPS THEM AWAKE AT NIGHT: "My 'to-do' list. I have so much to do all of the time." -- Amy Duclos
CONTACT: Colorado Corporate Search LLC, 570 Detroit St., Denver CO 80206; phone 303-333-6464; fax 303-333-2880; Website www.coloradosearch.com

G.R. Meyers covers the Denver area for LocalBusiness.com. E-mail him with story ideas or comments.

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