The Taylor White Story

Our firm was created in May, 2001 when Tony Linguanti and Jim Bassil joined forces. Tony Linguanti had previously spent 10 years with an international search firm that specialized in placing accounting and finance professionals throughout Tampa Bay. Prior to taking on Area Manager responsibilities, his primary focus was on temporary and consulting practices. In contrast, Jim Bassil had spent four years with a large domestic search firm that specialized in accounting and finance, before leaving to create his own successful practice focused on the permanent search side of the profession.

Both men started their careers in public accounting and attributed their success in recruiting to that accounting foundation. In 2000, both were approached by clients who suggested that they would be natural complements to each other. Given Tony’s expertise in temporary and consulting, and Jim’s passion for permanent placement services, they saw opportunities to collaborate. Equally as important, they both shared the same belief regarding prioritizing an ethical approach to the business – treat everyone like you would want to be treated.

With a business model focused on those two key business strategies – leveraging accounting professionals to build a team and putting ethics first – Taylor White was formed. Since that day, we have been blessed to serve the Tampa Bay area’s best clients and candidates for almost two decades.

Our Mission:

Apply our subject matter expertise and unwavering ethics to drive excellence for our candidates, our clients and our team.

Our Core Values:

Our corporate core values reflect the set of guiding principles and fundamental beliefs that drive us towards our common business goals. These goals are focused on excellence in our business relationships, candidates, clients and networking partners alike, as well as promoting an environment of collaboration, teamwork and positivity for our employees.

  • Integrity in our words and actions
  • Passion for what we do and who we serve
  • Subject matter experts and counsel
  • Respect & trust in all our dealings
  • Collaboration with our partners and team
  • Compassion and consideration for everyone
  • Transparent and timely communication
  • Innovation in everything that we do
  • Service to our community

How our team represents our values:

  • Integrity in our words and actions:

“Some might say it’s a curse, but I’ve NEVER been good at stretching the truth (just ask my mom!). Throughout my personal and work life, I’ve found telling the truth and doing the right thing can sometimes come with short term pain, but in the long run, people respect you for it. I feel being transparent and honest will serve you in the business world, as well as life in general.”       -Rachel Gaines Newmyer

  • Passion for what we do and who we serve:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  -Harriet Tubman”For me, the difference between working a job and doing what you love is passion. I am known for my passion, and I believe it contributes immensely to my success. I love to help people and be a resource for them. I could talk about accounting and the market all day; it never feels like I’m working!” -Stacie Everhart

  • Subject matter experts and counsel: 

“As Taylor White recruiters, we began our careers as accounting/finance professionals before becoming recruiters.  We all know firsthand what our client companies and client candidates do and need.  We are dealing with people’s lives and livelihoods. Career coaching is an important part of what we provide given our team’s collective knowledge and pulse on the market.” -Tracy Tringali

  • Respect & trust in all our dealings: 

“I am trustworthy, transparent, and respectful in all of my dealings. I pride myself on doing what’s best for people even when nobody is looking. Changing careers is such a big decision; I firmly believe in being the person I would want to help me in my search, so I can best position my candidates (or clients) for success.” -Kristina Marrero

  • Collaboration with our partners and team: 

“Collaboration is about coming together to understand different perspectives to achieve the best outcome. As a company that is working predominantly remotely, collaboration internally and externally is a major component to being successful. We value working together with our clients, candidates, and team members to determine the best solutions to achieve shared goals.” -Jamie Parker

  • Compassion and consideration for everyone: 

“One of the first life lessons I learned as a child was to ‘treat others how you want to be treated,’ the Golden Rule. I feel that before you can receive respect, you must provide it first. I am an advocate for compassion and consideration as I feel every single human being deserves to be treated with kindness and care; they should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.” Sean Samish

  • Transparent and timely communication: 

“I think this core value is imperative in the ‘people business.’ We understand the value of your time; and let’s face it, waiting is hard when you are excited about something!  To us, transparency is key through the entire process. We focus on building relationships that result in candid conversation and honesty.” -Blair Greene

  • Innovation in everything that we do: 

“We always strive to be innovative and are continuously soliciting ideas and feedback from our team on how we can improve our processes to set us apart from others. This resonates with me because I love being a part of a team where ideas are heard and also followed through!”-Sarah Phillips

  • Service to our community: 

“Service in the community has always been an integral part of my life.  Volunteering allows us to connect within our community, develop as individuals, and even build upon our leadership skills.  Taylor White hosts an annual TW Day of Service supporting various organizations within Tampa Bay, allowing us to put our professional skills to use as we come together to make our city a better place to live and work.” -Desire Sheils Nelson

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