February 2024 Sponsor Spotlight - Kimberly Wacaser


Title: Managing Partner
Company:  Vaco
Email: [email protected]
Phone number: (813) 749-2050
Length of time you/your company has been an FEI sponsor: 15 years
What is the most rewarding part of being involved in FEI Tampa Bay? 
Being involved in FEI Tampa Bay is incredibly rewarding. It's a chance to connect and collaborate with influential business leaders and gain insight into their strategies and practices. The discussions and programs are thought-provoking and carefully crafted, leading to personal and professional growth. This network keeps members updated on business trends and empowers them to contribute to important discussions. FEI creates a supportive environment where knowledge is shared, connections are made, and success is achieved together, making every interaction fulfilling.
How does your company provide value to finance executives in the Tampa Bay area?
Vaco is dedicated to supporting finance executives in the Tampa Bay area by providing a comprehensive platform for networking and career advancement. We specialize in building strong networks that serve as valuable resources for connecting with prospective employers and peers alike. Through our initiatives, members gain access to a diverse range of career opportunities and receive expert guidance as they navigate the job market.
We pride ourselves on being trusted advisors to both employers and finance professionals, offering mentorship and support to ensure mutual success. By fostering a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing, we empower our members to excel in their roles and make significant contributions to the finance community. Our mission is to facilitate meaningful connections, provide valuable insights, and drive professional growth for finance executives across Tampa Bay and beyond.
Tell us a little bit about your career, educational/professional background and how you got to where you are today.
After completing my master's degree in accounting, I made the decision to relocate to the Tampa Bay area to start my career with PwC. My time there provided me with invaluable experience and insights into the accounting and finance industry, laying a solid foundation for my future endeavors. As I transitioned from public accounting, I turned to Vaco for job opportunities, and through Vaco, I not only secured a rewarding position but also embarked on an exciting professional journey.
I began as a recruiter and have advanced to assume leadership of the Vaco Tampa office. In this capacity, I prioritize the cultivation of client and candidate relationships while guiding the growth of our operations.
What is your best networking tip?
My top networking tip is to always stay open to meeting new people and building connections wherever you go. Whether you're at the store, in your neighborhood, playing sports, at work, or volunteering in your community, be open to striking up conversations. You never know who you might meet or how they could help you in the future. Keep networking consistently by being present in different social and professional settings. It's not just about collecting contacts—it's about building genuine relationships that can benefit everyone involved. So, never underestimate the power of networking and keep being open to new opportunities.
What are some of your personal hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors. My hobbies include boating with my family, or really anything that allows us to spend a day in the sun. Cooking is another passion of mine—I love trying out new recipes and sharing them with friends and family. Above all, spending time with my children is my top priority. Whether we're exploring outdoors, cooking together, or relaxing at home, their happiness is my happiness.