Ryan Buell, CEO
Ryan started his career in public accounting with Ernst & Young, LLP, eventually becoming part of the national advisory services practice. His areas of specialization were merger compliance, revenue assurance, FCC and SEC compliance, operational audits, and process improvement. After leaving E&Y in 2003, Ryan joined a multi-billion dollar S&P 500 consulting and placement firm where he specialized in providing senior-level accounting and finance consulting solutions. In 2005, Ryan co-founded the San Diego office for a national consulting and placement firm. In 2007, the local business was recognized as the 3rd Fastest Growing Company in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. Ryan has spent the past 11 years in the San Diego market assisting public and private companies with identifying senior-level accounting, finance, audit, tax, and IT consulting and direct-hire placement solutions.
Lauren Olen, Director of Operations
Lauren began her career as a CPA with Ernst & Young’s audit practice in Birmingham, Alabama. After leaving public accounting, she gained industry experience in SEC reporting and then as an accounting consultant. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics and her Masters in Accounting. She relocated to San Diego in 2009 and spent several years recruiting accounting and finance professionals before moving into the operations role at Sayva.
Kat Zorko, Director of Business Development
Kat passed the CPA exam and started her career in public accounting with KPMG as part of the Chicago audit practice. She performed quarterly and annual audits focusing on 10Q and 10K filings, Sarbanes-Oxley, and account testing. After participating in campus recruiting, she decided to join a boutique recruiting firm focusing on senior level accounting and finance positions. Since entering the San Diego marketplace in 2010, she has specialized in permanent placement and consulting positions for senior-level accounting and finance professionals. She has experience working with both public and private companies across a variety of industries in the local San Diego market. Kat leads the Sayva Financial, Direct Hire practice.
Hailey Eklund, Executive Recruiter
Hailey is a local San Diegan and grew up in Rancho Bernardo, CA. She went on to pursue her undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach. After traveling throughout Europe, Hailey moved back to San Diego and began her career in hospitality, where she learned the importance of delivering quality service. She later joined a multi-billion dollar global recruitment firm where she specialized in placing accounting and finance talent in the San Diego marketplace. Hailey has experience working with both private and public companies and specializes in recruiting accounting and finance professionals for the Sayva Financial practice.
Alex Henline, Executive Recruiter
Alex is a native San Diegan and grew up locally in Encinitas. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, he discovered his passion and love for finance and accounting recruiting. He now enjoys focusing on building strong, selfless, and prosperous relationships with others. With years of recruitment experience and a track record of success recruiting for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, Alex brings a wide range of high-level recruiting experience to Sayva Financial.
Josh Walker, Executive Recruiter
Josh grew up in Orange County and moved to San Diego to pursue his undergraduate degree at SDSU. When he is not spending time with his English Bulldog or surfing, Josh can be found connecting with local finance and accounting professionals. His major focus areas include GL Accounting, Finance, Internal Audit, and SEC Reporting. Josh has experience working with Accounting & Finance departments within high-growth private, pre-IPO, and publicly traded companies. He understands what it takes to bring the top candidates to the table for the Sayva Financial practice.
Wendy Wildt, Executive Recruiter
Wendy started her career in audit at the Big 4 and then worked for a Fortune 500 pipeline company. After several years in accounting she transitioned into a start up company with a staffing firm based in Phoenix, AZ. Wendy focused on placing auditors, tax accountants, SEC reporting managers and consultants. She spent 6+ years in recruiting at EY within various lines of business including Securities and Technology Services (STS) practice, Technology and Security Risk Solutions (TSRS), Healthcare, Life Sciences and most recently within the Financial Service Office (FSO).
Her industry background in finance, technology, healthcare, life sciences brought her to Sayva Solutions to focus on placing consultants on short and long term contracts. Wendy is a transplant to San Diego from the MidWest and enjoys all of the outdoor activities our great city has to offer!
Bashana Ditty, Executive Recruiter
Bashana is a Southern California native who graduated from the University of San Diego with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She began her career with RSM’s audit practice where she gained experience with multiple industries and business lines throughout San Diego and the California area. She then transitioned into a recruiting career where she partners with Accounting and Finance Professionals specializing in short-term and long-term consulting engagements. Throughout her years in recruiting, Bashana has been committed to developing and sustaining long-term relationships in addition to working towards a common goal for candidates’ and consultants’ careers.
Derek Van Noy, Director of Business Development
Derek began his consulting career as a Manager in the Audit & Risk Advisory Practice of Big 4 public accounting firm KPMG in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for serving clients in a range of industries, including real estate, consumer goods and higher education. After 6 years with KPMG, Derek transitioned into business development and client services, joining a Global Fortune 500 consulting resource firm, where he eventually took over as Managing Director of the number one ranked Los Angeles Consulting Practice. After almost 10 years in LA, Derek relocated to his hometown of San Diego and joined Sayva Consulting to help expand the practice and support valued clients across the Southern California region. Derek earned his BA degree in Business Economics & Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a CPA license. When he’s able to find free time, Derek enjoys sailing, guitar, golf and surfing.
Jared Sanderson, Director of Business Development
Jared has over a decade of recruiting and consulting services experience. He began his career working with a multi-billion dollar S&P 500 consulting and placement firm in Canada and later relocated to San Diego in 2009.
Jared is active in the San Diego community and is currently the Program Chair for the AITP (Association of IT Professionals). He also volunteers with the Jewish Family Service (JFS) providing LinkedIn trainings and career coaching. Jared leads the Sayva Technology consulting and recruitment practice.
Jorge Malfavon, Recruiting Manager
Jorge was born and raised in San Diego. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a major in Global International Relations and Spanish Literature and History. Due to his passion for cutting edge technology, Jorge began his career recruiting senior level engineers and consultants for Fortune 500 companies in the Silicon Valley. Jorge relocated back to San Diego looking to employ his experience with both enterprise and SMB San Diego clients specializing in desktop, mobile, web, and software engineering.
Shane Dippold, Manager of Business Development
Shane grew up in Seattle, where he graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He moved down to San Diego to start his IT recruiting and consulting career in 2014 where he successfully recruited high level IT professionals across all IT verticals with a strong focus on .NET platform, Software Engineers, Architects, Web Developers and Managers. Shane is committed to building and maintaining strong relationships in the local IT community. He will play an integral role in driving new opportunities for local Technical Professionals by always putting people first.
Corey White, Manager of Business Development
Corey, a California native, attended the University of Southern California where he holds the school record for the javelin throw. After travelling the world competing, he began his professional career as an IT Recruiter in Los Angeles with a specialized focus in open source technologies and quality assurance positions. He has partnered with well-known startups and Fortune 500 companies to find top technology talent and has a passion for the ever-evolving world of technology and innovation in sunny San Diego!
Shannon Ward, MBA, Recruiting Manager
Shannon is a native San Diegan and grew up in Poway. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in the evenings, she joined a local healthcare technology company and worked closely with IT Systems and Development staff.
Now with an MBA from Point Loma Nazarene University and experience with technology consulting and direct hire recruitment in the San Diego market, Shannon specializes in building lasting relationships with candidates for the Sayva Technology team.
Sierra Flores, Recruiting Manager
Sierra is a San Diego native and grew up in the Scripps Ranch area. She began her career in business development and direct sales where she discovered her drive to create valuable results and passion for building sincere relationships. She was exposed to recruiting in 2012 during her time with Cutco Cutlery and immediately fell in love. She has been recruiting full-time since 2013 with her main focus being technology roles. She sits on the leadership board for the San Diego chapter of WITI (Women in Technology International). In her spare time, you can find Sierra taking or teaching yoga classes, enjoying live music and participating in local tech events!
Steve Connell, Recruiting Manager
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Steve was introduced to San Diego when he was stationed here as a United States Marine. He completed his Bachelors’ degree at Western Illinois University, with an emphasis in Computer Sciences and Business Management. He returned to San Diego in 2014 to begin his IT recruiting career. Showing a lot of success and promise, Steve is always excited to help you find your next career opportunity.