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September 29, 2017

Robert Pickus Celebrates 17 Years at Abacus Group

Robert Pickus, CPA and Director, Accounting & Finance Division, is celebrating 17 years at Abacus Group this month.

Since joining Abacus Group in September of 2000 when the office was a mere 16-person operation, Robert has been an active part of the firm’s growth since its formative years.

As Abacus Group approaches its 20th anniversary in December, recognizing the individuals who work tirelessly to sustain the quality of service for which the firm is renowned, is paramount for a company built on the strength of relationships between recruiter and client, and recruiter and candidate.

Before joining Abacus Group, Robert worked in Audit with McGladrey. A proud New Yorker and active member of various boards for local accountants, Robert, armed with his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Albany and his CPA in the State of New York, involved himself with both the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He played a pivotal role in the development of the Nassau Chapter’s Young CPA’s Committee, where he served as Chairperson for two years.

Robert’s expertise and professional insight continues to be a tremendous asset to his clients, candidates and indeed colleagues.

Robert shares his thoughts on his journey thus far:

Recruiting was the last thing that I ever thought I would do.  When I graduated from SUNY Albany, I thought I was either going to be a Partner in Public Accounting or a CFO somewhere in private.  However, I always enjoyed the sales part of the business.  Even as an Audit Senior, I always strived to bring in new business.  I was constantly at networking events – helping establish the Young CPA’s Committee in Nassau County in the mid-to-late 90’s.  In mid-2000, I realized that public accounting wasn’t for me.  I was approached about recruiting because I discussed my entrepreneurial side with a recruiter.  Unfortunately, my prior experiences with recruiters weren’t very positive.  So I saw this as an opportunity to combine different aspects of my life – sales in an industry that I knew very well and the ability to help others. 

The next question is where would I do that?  I did my due diligence like any other CPA would do.  I met with Abacus and a couple of other places.  I loved Abacus because, at the time, it was a new firm (less than 3 years old).  I met with the founding Partners – Brian Bereck and Len Frankel – and thought, “wow these guys are really awesome!”  They just got it.  It seemed like a great environment (still is) and I could make money helping people better themselves.  Abacus gave me all the training and tools.  The rest was up to me.

Co-Founding Partner, Brian Bereck, “Robert has been one of our most loyal longstanding employees and I’m proud to say has become one of my very good friends”.

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