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November 17, 2017

Abacus Group Celebrating 20 Years


December 1st marks the 20th anniversary of Abacus Group’s founding. Co-founding partners Len Frankel and Brian Bereck began the firm aspiring to create an environment that had a family feel that translates to a truly personal experience for staff, and clients and candidates alike.

Co-Founding Partner, Brian Bereck, “Len and I wanted to take our skills and expertise acquired from our past experience in recruiting, and apply it to creating a niche boutique firm that provided a high level of quality, service.”

Abacus Group indeed prides itself on yielding the best experience possible not just for the people to whom service is provided but also to the staff who consider Abacus Group family.

“It’s important to me that the office and the work are something the staff is proud of and happy to come into every day. It’s incredible seeing an office of people who truly get along and bolster each other to achieve success and build careers. It’s very rare a find in the recruitment industry but is self-evident in our staff, where close to a quarter hold a tenure of 10 years or more.”

Twenty years of Abacus Group would not be possible without its ever loyal clients, some of whom have been there since the firm’s inception. And of course, the candidates who place their trust and career’s future in Abacus Groups’ hands.

“Reputation is paramount in this industry. The work you put in should go to build and protect your reputation. That’s why we approach every candidate and client with the same desire to provide the best quality experience possible. We listen to their goals, interests, and concerns and strive to meet their needs. In the service industry, you are only as good as your reputation so it’s imperative to preserve it.”

Calling 14 Penn Plaza home for 19 years, Abacus Group’s NYC office has withstood the volatility of the hiring market and various influential markets of the City. Expanding to an LA office almost two years ago with Chris Cook at its helm, the firm’s growth is no doubt promising.

“I have loved seeing my staff grow over the past 20 years. Gennaro Vitale was a staff accountant when I met him now he is a partner, with a family of his own. It’s not just about the growth of our office but also celebrating milestones with them individually.”

“What makes Abacus the firm it is, is that every member of the staff from partners to administration is integral to our office and therefore supported and provided with what is required to be successful.”

Partner, Accounting and Finance Division, Laurie Kotton, “Working alongside clients and candidates for the past 17 years, you almost can’t help but forge friendships outside of business. These friendships have led to referrals for new job searches or of candidates seeking new career opportunities. My Abacus peers are truly family and I am reminded when I attend their weddings, their children’s bar mitzvahs and holiday parties, how lucky I am to be a part of this team. They say that if you love your job, you never work a day in your life and I can attest to that!”