Get ready for a new year with CCN’s Compliance Calendar CCN welcomes Kim Horkavy, Strategic HR Consultant

We’re excited to welcome Kim Horkavy as our newest strategic HR consultant. As a true HR subject matter expert, she will work closely with Tammy McCarty to tackle big picture HR issues and help companies navigate through key stages of organizational growth.

A specialized background in scaling and growing companies

Kim launched her career in marketing before earning her MBA in London, England, where much of her studies focused on organizational behavior.

Back in Texas, she went on the hunt for an opportunity to put her specialized knowledge to work growing and scaling a business. She landed at a local publishing company called Community Impact which had just hit 50 employees and was ready for someone to start their HR program on the right foot.

“She’s got the background and the track record that shows she’s able to help scale an organization.”

Tammy McCarty

Under 13 years of Kim’s HR leadership, the company grew from 50 to over 200 employees. She built the HR organization from the ground up and launched 29 new newspapers, including expansion into Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Nashville. During her time there, she helped open and oversee human resources for the Community Impact Printing Plant and also facilitated a key merger/acquisition in Tennessee.

“There’s proof in the pudding,” says Tammy McCarty, CCN’s president of strategic HR. “The organization grew under her leadership, and she progressed from HR manager to a C-suite executive with a seat at the table … she’s got the background and the track record that shows she’s able to help scale an organization, even in a difficult industry.”

Kim’s HR consultant roles at CCN

After her success at Community Impact, Kim could have accepted any number of executive jobs around Austin. Instead, she’s chosen to expand her career as an HR consultant, sharing her skills with as many companies as she can.

“You see a lot of growing companies get to a point where things have become so duct-taped together —before you know it, everything is breaking,” Kim explains. “I want to help organizations streamline their HR function to focus on what’s important. You shouldn’t be worried about HR systems getting in the way of doing business.”

“I love getting in and fixing problems, and that’s exactly what CCN’s consultants are hired for. I’m excited by the variety of projects and people we serve, and I get to learn from one of the best.”

Kim Horkavy

Kim goes on to explain that a love of learning continues to play a key role in her success: “I love a challenge, and I’m a big learner as well. Yes, we have proven strategies and frameworks, but every new relationship requires a deep dive into a new organization and culture … I customize all my approaches to those specific companies and situations. I’m excited to be able to lean into that natural talent and put all of my skills to good use at CCN.”

“That’s exactly what we’re looking for,” agrees Tammy. “When you hire CCN, you’re not getting a cookie cutter approach. We’re invested in understanding clients’ needs and providing highly customized, effective services.”

As she begins her time at CCN, Kim is excited about a consultant lifestyle in a culture where she will be engaged and challenged according to her unique skills.

“She’s a great example of the kind of subject matter experts who can really make an impact for our clients. She’s exceptional talent — the best of the best.”

Tammy McCarty

Let’s get to work

If you find your business caught against the unique challenges that come with rapid growth, don’t hesitate to contact CCN. We’re happy to connect you with top strategic HR consultants like Kim who can help you find answers and chart a path forward. Send us a message or call 512-900-2152 to get the conversation started.

In the meantime, you can also connect with Kim on LinkedIn or shoot her a message to welcome her onboard.

CCN welcomes Lesa Theurer to the finance & accounting team

We’re glad to welcome Lesa Theurer as the newest addition to our finance and accounting team. Lesa is responsible for managing the expansion of our growing consulting team in new markets, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and beyond.

With an MBA in accounting, Lesa has over 10 years of direct industry experience. She started her career as an accountant and business consultant, spending the last eight years recruiting and managing consulting teams.  

Serving clients with a consultant-first approach

First and foremost, Lesa is already bringing huge value to the Cox Consulting Network because of her ability to attract and connect with talented consultants.

“I love connecting talented professionals with companies where they are going to be engaged and add value.”

With Lesa’s industry experience, she enjoys communicating with clarity and transparency to her clients and consultants as opposed to selling to the market. She can build trust and confidence within her business relationships to serve them best.

“You don’t have to be a salesperson to win over a great consultant, and as a matter of fact, they’d prefer that you don’t,” explains Andy Cox, who built his consultant-first network from the ground up since 2018. “You just have to communicate with clarity.”

Combining big company experience with small business boutique service

Lesa’s latest experience includes almost 8 years with Robert Half, specifically within their global consulting arm, where she managed a team of consultants.

At Cox Consulting Network, Lesa is looking forward to applying her big company systems and organization to a smaller, more personal environment.

“She brings the rigor of big company experience to our network, which is going to be great,” says Andy.

Big picture perspective and industry expertise

For Lesa, consulting isn’t just about putting out fires and filling temp roles; she approaches every project with big-picture perspective that only comes with experience.

Lesa has partnered with all types of clients to meet and support their needs by taking a proactive and transparent approach.

“We are helping our clients solve problems, not prolong them. We love to see our companies back on track and growing.”

Ready to get started?

You can help us welcome Lesa to the network by shooting her a message or connecting with her on Linkedin.

Whether you’re looking for interim or project-based finance and accounting support, systems integration support, or want to uplevel your team long-term, we’re ready to provide the support you need for success.

CCN’s expert consultants are poised to solve your business’ most complex, high-level challenges with our people-centered approach and tools and processes designed to solve any issue. Contact us to get started right away.

Save with CCN’s Hourly Search Recruiting Model

Our hourly model delivers exceptional talent at a fraction of the cost, saving clients thousands of dollars on every search.

At Cox Consulting Network, you can choose from two different pricing models. The first is the traditional retained or contingent search model. The second, unique to us, is our hourly pricing model.

The traditional contingent search model

Contingent fees are expensive! The industry standard is 25% of a salaried role.

That means to you that if a senior accountant is paid $75,000 per year, you are going to pay $19,000 up front for that candidate search. And you pay the same amount regardless of how long it takes to find the candidate.

CCN's hourly search model

With our hourly search model, we find high quality talent and simply bill you for our time.

Our fees on the hourly search model are limited by either 12% minimum to 20% maximum. And keep in mind that that 20% maximum is still 5% less than the 25% industry standard for a contingent search.

Most of our clients only pay half of a traditional contingent fee. Why would you do it any other way?

You're going to get transparent invoices along the way, with reasonable fees that reflect our effort. You are making an investment in finding exceptional talent, and the ROI in our expertise and our pricing model is exceptional.

Start your search today

Regardless of which pricing model you choose,  we are aligned with you. We work with you and for you, and we want to see you be successful.

Call 512-900-2152 or get started online today.

CCN’s collaborative recruiting process

If you've used a recruiter before, have you ever felt in the dark? Have you wondered what they were up to or how they're finding the talent?

At CCN, we work as your outsourced recruiting department. We pride ourselves in our proactive communication and our collaborative recuing process.

Throughout the process, you will receive dashboard reports, which are going to show you who we've
looked at, who we have interviewed, and who we're recommending to you.

Recruiting shouldn't be a mystery! We're on the same team and we're working toward the same goal.

Start your search today

We invite you to experience our recruiting process for yourself. Call 512-900-2152 or get started online today.

The art and science of recruiting for finance, accounting, and HR

Recruiting for finance, accounting, and HR is really a combination of science and art.

The science of recruiting qualified talent

The science is the ability to discern whether a candidate has the technical skills to succeed in a job.

You really can only assess whether the candidate has those technical skills if you have the subject matter expertise and have done the job yourself.

The art of assessing fit

The art of recruiting is figuring out whether this candidate is the right fit for your company culture, as well as for your team.

We work as your outsourced recruiting department. We're the experts in recruiting for finance, accounting, and HR. When you work with us, you can be confident that you are getting the best and most qualified person for that job. We're not simply selling your position to anyone who comes along.

Our process

Our process is collaborative and fun, and our recruiters are all great people. We are here to take the pressure off recruiting. We want you to be able to relax and get back to your other responsibilities.

Start your search today

Call 512-900-2152 or get started online today.

Quality over Quantity: CCN’s Recruiting Philosophy

Sometimes with a traditional recruiting firm, you will find that they'll get your results quickly, but the candidates that they are putting forward aren't really what you are looking for. They are really just spinning candidates at you hoping that one of them fits.

At CCN, our recruiting department does things a bit differently. We take the most qualified leads, interview them, and put them through a stringent vetting process based on our industry expertise. Then we work and collaborate directly with you in this process before we put forward anyone for a job.

We focus on quality over quantity, which means that we actually vet all of the candidates, instead of simply flooding your inbox. When we review candidates, we're looking for the best fit for your company and for the role. We're not simply selling your  position to any candidate that comes along.

We want to deliver great results to our clients, and you can see that in our high fill rates.

Start your search today

Call 512-900-2152 or get started online today.

Get exceptional results with CCN’s specialized recruiters

Most recruiters are generalists, which means that they hire for a variety of roles, everything from finance to operations, administrative support, and more.

The problem is that those generalists may not have the technical background to really assess whether candidates are going to be able to succeed in a finance, accounting, or HR job.

That's the difference with CCN's specialized recruiters — that's all we do, and we have the industry experience to back it up.

When you work with us, a recruiter who has decades of industry experience will be talking with candidates and selecting them.

We've been in your shoes, which means that we know what you're looking for and how to find it.

We're here to help

We would love to help you find incredible new talent for your finance, accounting, or HR team. Call us at 512-900-2152 or get started online today.

Save Time and Money with CCN Direct Hire

At CCN, our recruiting services are a little bit different. We've put together a great team and a great model to get great results and save clients time and money.

We're specialized

We only provide recruiting for finance, accounting, and HR roles. Our recruiters have deep industry knowledge and are experts in their field. We've been in your shoes. We know what kind of talent you need and where to find it.

You can see this experience in action in our high fill ratio and our fast turnaround until we get someone in the seat at your company.

Our unique pricing model

We've also put together a unique new recruiting pricing model in which we simply bill clients for our efforts. Our fees are limited by a reasonable 12% minimum and 20% maximum.

We're happy to still offer contingent searches, but on average, our clients are paying half of what they would using the traditional 25% contingent fee. That translates to thousands of dollars saved on every search.

Our collaborative process

We conduct proactive check-ins throughout your search process. We show you details on the candidates we've sourced and where we are sourcing them from. We show you which ones we've interviewed and which ones we've submitted.

Transparency is one of our founding principles at CCN, and you're simply not going to get that level of transparency anywhere else.

We're here to help

We would love to help you find incredible new talent for your finance, accounting, or HR team. Call us at 512-900-2152 or get started online today.

Why do we give our consultants such a great pay rate?

“Why do we give our consultants such a great pay rate?” This question comes up all the time, and it’s core to what we do at Cox Consulting Network. It’s one of the main ways we advocate for freelancers, and it helps ensure QUALITY and CONSISTENCY for our clients. If that’s something you can get behind, we’d love to talk to you!