I am a teaching style manager who enjoys building, motivating, developing and creating value for clients, candidates and our team. One of my deepest drives is to see people grow and succeed.
What’s your role in the firm, and how do you make a difference?
I am Managing Director of Creative Financial Staffing – Los Angeles, a division of GHJ. We specialize in the placement of accounting and finance professionals on a temporary and permanent basis – from entry level accounting staff to CFO across a broad range of industries.
Who is/was the biggest influence in your business life and how did s/he shape who you’ve become?
Brenda Heard, she was Chief Operating Officer at TBG Financial (a Prudential Financial Company). I admired the way she could inspire, motivate and uplift others. Brenda was very instrumental in shaping me professionally.
What makes you get up in the morning, and how does it impact your work style?
My daughter, Hailey! I want her to see my daily routine – work ethic, drive, passion, and my positive mindset. I am a teaching style manager who enjoys building, motivating, developing and creating value for clients, candidates and our team.
What is your proudest professional moment, and why?
Watching my team members grow, develop and become recognized for their individual contributions. As the practice leader, I am ultimately responsible for their success. To have them recognized on a national basis with 40 CFS offices makes me very proud!
What is your favorite quote that best describes your professional philosophy?
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Albert Einstein
Derrick Coleman has more than 20 years of experience and works as a managing director for Creative Financial Staffing of Los Angeles (CFS), an affiliate of GHJ, and serves as the practice leader of GHJ’s recruiting division. CFS specializes in the placement of accounting and finance professionals on a temporary and permanent basis across a broad range of industries.
His responsibilities include managing a fast-paced, successful accounting and finance recruiting branch, developing new business, supporting existing clients and managing the inside staffing and recruitment teams.
Clients and candidates appreciate Derrick’s ability to effectively communicate the needs of both parties and recommend creative staffing solutions. He is known for his dedication to customer service, ability to build beneficial relationships and experience in establishing effective business partnerships.
In 2015 Derrick was recognized as the Chairman Club Inductee, Executive Recruiter, Top Perm Biller for six consecutive months and Sales Incentive Winner. In 2017, he was awarded again for the Sales Incentive Winner.
Derrick’s personal interests include family, cooking and travel.
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Favorite movie or book of all time:
The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
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When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:
Cooking, golfing, and spending time with my wife and daughter – making them laugh.