Biz Briefcase, Thursday, Jan. 30

Michael Pietrack, an executive recruiter at Management Recruiters of Grand Junction, was the 2013 top performer in the MRINetwork, a worldwide organization of more than 600 offices and 3,000 recruiters, considered the world’s largest recruitment organization. 

Pietrack and his team, including project manager Ken Wesolowski and researcher LeeAnn Flowers, finished the year 15 percent ahead of the next closest team, based on sales volume. 

Now in his seventh year in the search industry, Pietrack has also achieved the status of certified senior account manager at MRI due to his tireless training of new hires and his mentoring of colleagues across the network. 

As in most industries, the majority of recruiting offices are located in major metropolitan areas where client companies are clustered.

However, with clever planning and the leveraging of social networking and online capabilities, Pietrack and his team have been able to match and exceed the production of his competitors while operating in Grand Junction, far removed from the biotech and pharmaceutical industry he serves.

Horace Mann has appointed Jessica Cohen as an exclusive agent for Horace Mann Educators Corporation. Cohen’s insurance agency, Monument Insurance, serves school employees from School District 51.

Cohen is an alumnus of Colorado Mesa University and is a licensed Colorado insurance agent.

“I joined Horace Mann because I want to provide lifelong financial well-being for educators and their families through personalized service, advice and a full range of tailored insurance and financial products,” Cohen said in a news release.

Cohen’s office is located at 1048 Independent Ave., Suite 204. She can be reached at (970) 242-9686.

Grand Mesa CPAs announced Tuesday that Alan Watkins received his license as a certified public accountant. Watkins serves in a public accounting role servicing clients and managing client relationships in all areas served by the firm.

“I’m excited by Alan’s continued growth within the field as well as within our firm,” managing partner Ed Branson said in a news release. “Alan’s background and experience in finance and lending brings a whole new perspective to the advice we can provide our clients.”

With a bachelor’s of science in business administration and a master’s of science in accounting, Watkins has worked in the banking industry for more than 15 years. Most recently, he served as a senior vice president of a community bank.

In his role as a certified public accountant with Grand Mesa CPAs, Watkins will focus on growing the practice and providing accounting service to existing clients.


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