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Jackson Wabash

As Chicago’s premier boutique staffing firm, we attract the accounting and finance industry’s most qualified professionals for temporary and project assignments. Our staffing consultants have over 100 years of experience in accounting, finance, and recruiting. Many have held positions in industry as well as public accounting, including Big 4 firms. Our collective experience allows us to gain an insight into the intangible elements of our clients' staffing needs. We offer hands-on solutions based on our staffing consultants' real-world experience, which has made them familiar with the difficulties and demands that define our clients' business today.

Providing Staffing Solutions Just in Time

Knowing our client's needs, we scan our expansive talent registry to identify potential candidates, all of whom we have previously screened, interviewed (face to face) and tested. We narrow the field, verify the match and confidently present the best and the brightest.

Instant access to pre-qualified talent saves time. Thus, we are able to meet the start-date goals of most staffing assignments. At Jackson Wabash, we see client goals and deadlines as ours. Client satisfaction is our mission.

We don't simply fill jobs. Fully vested in our clients' success, we make post-placement checks to make sure a job is being performed satisfactorily. We're not satisfied until our client is satisfied. Each placement is backed with our guarantee.

We continue to monitor client satisfaction well beyond the trial period. Staying in touch is how we uncover changing expectations, providing an early alert to concerns and impending needs.

Our client service and commitment truly reflects our firm's mission. With each client and every assignment, we serve to earn the satisfaction of hiring managers and candidates through trust, respect and exceptional service. This is how we continuously advance the firm's reputation among the Chicago-area's accounting and finance professionals.

Partnership is Key

We partner with every hiring manager. We work together to articulate and achieve the client's desired outcome. If we see problems, we recommend solutions. If we know of alternative processes, we share them. Our approach is consultative.

We also partner with each candidate. We are the career coach for every job seeker we represent, providing counsel and feedback constructive to career advancement and development.

Service, experience and marketplace leadership are critical to our firm's success. Yet, we distinguish ourselves with the one-on-one relationship we build with each hiring company and candidate we serve.

Our Added Value

Hiring companies appreciate our intimate knowledge of the employment market. We have a mainstream view of trends and issues affecting employment, overall and specifically in the Chicago-area. Our insights go beyond the sources and availability of talent.

We advance our marketplace intelligence through active participation in numerous associations, some of which include:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Payroll Association
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Institute of Management Accountants/Chicago Northwest Chapter
  • International Accounts Payable Professionals
  • Northern Illinois University - Department of Accountancy Board of Advisors
  • Purdue University -Business Advisory Board

    Our knowledge of the latest trends helps us provide excellent counsel to our clients. We share our opinions and observations as clients develop staffing plans, human capital strategies, compensation systems and budget projections.
  • Career Opportunities
    For Immediate Release
    James F. Wong
    Michael Garelli

    Impressive Growth Fuels Expansion of Niche Staffing Firm

    CHICAGO – A young and dynamic staffing service is growing in size and reputation,
    unencumbered by an uncertain economy or entrenched competitors. Specializing in the
    placement of accounting and finance professionals, Garelli Wong & Associates, Inc., a
    search firm, and its division Jackson Wabash & Associates, a temporary and contract
    staffing company, report substantial growth since their 2001 inception and ongoing plans
    for expansion.

    Michael S. Garelli and James F. Wong launched their businesses in February, 2001,
    armed with notable accounting, finance and recruiting experience and a mission to
    become Chicago’s best boutique staffing service. Recently, the company moved to a new
    3,500 square foot office at 200 South Michigan Avenue. They now employ a staff of 14,
    representing more than 100 years of accounting, finance and recruiting experience
    combined. The number of Chicago-area client companies and candidates has grown from
    hundreds to thousands, respectively.
    “Revenue and net income nearly quadrupled between year-ends one and two. And we
    expect to end year three with revenue growth of 100% or more,” co-president Garelli

    “ We’ve benefited from a sound strategy and factors favorable to our business despite a
    sluggish economy,” explains co-president Wong. “Job one for us is to sustain ongoing
    relationships with hiring managers and candidates. Our first clients are among our current
    clients. This strategy rewards us daily with new candidate referrals and placement
    opportunities. Concurrently, demand for staffing services is increasing. The talent pool is
    dwindling with the year-after-year decline in accounting graduates and CPA candidates.
    We provide access to available yet highly qualified talent.”

    “However, not all firms like ours are growing,” Garelli points out. “Many local
    competitors saw little or no growth during the last 24 months. Some have specialized in
    industry sectors that have not fared well. Some are Goliath publicly traded firms. We’re
    not distracted by the hot, new sector or quarterly shareholder reports. By focusing on our
    relationships, we maintain an insider’s view of Chicago’s employment market and its
    short and long-term talent requirements.”

    Plans for staff and facility expansion

    Looking forward, the Garelli Wong companies plan to add staff and open a suburban
    location. Company founders are now searching for four to six recruiters and staffing
    consultants to join the firm by year-end 2003. The stringent hiring process aligns with the
    firms’ mission to be the best. Recruiters and staffing consultants must possess
    accounting, finance and recruiting experience and demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit.
    “We hire business partners, not employees,” Wong emphasizes. By the end of 2004, the
    firms will establish a suburban location for the convenience of suburban-based
    companies and candidates. Plans for location, staff, and space requirements are under

    The Garelli Wong companies

    Founders and co-presidents Michael S. Garelli and James F. Wong established Garelli
    Wong & Associates in February 2001and its division Jackson Wabash & Associates in
    October 2001 with the aspiration to become Chicago’s leading and best accounting and
    finance staffing service. Experts in financial recruiting, Garelli Wong & Associates is a
    search firm, identifying and placing professionals in permanent positions at hiring
    companies. Jackson Wabash & Associates specializes in the placement of candidates in
    temporary, contract and temporary-to-hire positions.

    Client companies range in size from small start-ups and not-for-profits to large, publicly
    traded corporations and represent a broad and diverse group of industries including
    banking, distribution, financial services, manufacturing, media, professional services,
    retail and telecommunications.

    Garelli Wong firms place accounting and finance professionals at all experience levels –
    from accounting clerk to chief financial officer. Both skillfully match professional talent
    to the unique needs of hiring companies. Garelli Wong recruiters and staffing consultants
    assess each hiring company’s culture, career track and job requirements, as well as each
    candidate’s career aspirations, skills, and experience to determine the best possible
    With a Growing Registry of Thousands...

    Our work keeps us connected to Chicagoland's top talent. We seek new candidates and follow-up on a countless number of resumes and several referrals we receive daily. Following a thorough screening and testing process, only the qualified are invited to join our candidate registry.

    Today, we track and help advance the careers of thousands. We're pleased to be considered the staffing firm of choice among many of the Chicago-area's accounting and finance professionals.

    Assisting Hundred of Clients...

    We have partnered with hundreds of employers across metropolitan Chicago. From Fortune 500 corporations to small, privately held companies our clients represent a broad spectrum of businesses, including:

  • Banking
  • Consumer products
  • Distribution
  • Financial services
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Not-for-profit
  • Professional services
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

    Filling Thousands of Jobs...

    Jackson Wabash has filled thousands of temporary and temporary-to-hire positions across all accounting and finance functions and levels, including:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Controllers
  • Assistant Controllers
  • Accounting Managers
  • Senior Accountants
  • Staff Accountants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Tax Professionals (All Levels)
  • Payroll Professionals (All Levels)
  • Auditors (All Levels)
  • Bookkeepers
  • Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable Professionals
  • Credit & Collections Specialists
  • Accounting Clerks
  • Contact
    Jackson Wabash

    Chicago office

    200 S. Michigan Ave.
    Suite 1220
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Phone: (312) 583-0508
    Fax: (312) 583-9268

    Schaumburg office

    1821 Walden Office Square #100
    Schaumburg, IL. 60173
    Phone: (847) 397-9800
    Fax: (847) 397-3931

    Oakbrook Office

    One Oakbrook Terrace
    Suite 708
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
    Phone: (630) 268-0343
    Fax: (630) 268-0530


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