Crystal Suazo Receives 40 Under 40 Leadership Award

Top Quote Vaco Raleigh CPA And Partner Honored By Triangle Business Journal. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) May 23, 2012 - David R. Rhode, managing partner of Vaco Raleigh, LLC (, an executive placement and consulting firm, has announced that Crystal Suazo, CPA and partner of the firm, has received the Triangle Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Leadership Award, which recognizes up-and-coming leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the community. Award recipients are selected based on business accomplishments, community involvement and significant career milestones. Suazo received the award at a luncheon on May 17 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C.

    At Vaco Raleigh, Suazo is a part of the core management team that oversees the organization's day-to-day business operations in addition to playing an integral role in business development and strategic planning for the firm.

    Suazo serves as co-chair of the Annual Gingerbread Benefit. Under her leadership in 2010, the 8th annual Gingerbread Benefit event nearly doubled in funds raised, increasing from $52,000 in 2009 to $100,000 in 2010. Attendance for the event also increased from 127 in 2009 to 476 in 2010.

    Suazo's professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's EDGE4 campaign and the Triangle chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA). Suazo is also a part of the Leadership Circle for the United Way of the Triangle and was recognized as one of the Triangle's top 25 businesswomen in 2008 with Triangle Business Journal's prestigious Women in Business Award for her exemplary leadership skills in the mentoring category.

    "Crystal has been instrumental to the success of Vaco Raleigh, and she plays an important role in the firm's day-today business operations, business development and strategic planning," said Rhode. "Her leadership and willingness to share her expertise with the community will help create more opportunities for economic growth in North Carolina. We at Vaco Raleigh congratulate her on this well-deserved honor."

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    - Suazo earned her Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) with a major in accounting and minor in trust management from Campbell University. She began her career working in the manufacturing industry focusing on cost accounting and inventory control. In 1999, she entered the field of public accounting and worked for a local firm handling tax, trust and estate compliance and business development. Her public accounting experience also included performing the audit function for nonprofit clients, as well as tax compliance and financial planning.

    - A native of Amarillo, Texas, Suazo resides in Cary with her husband, Greg.

    Vaco specializes in contract, special project and direct hire services in the fields of accounting and finance, information technology, eLearning and design, operations, and human resources as well as executive search. The staff at Vaco Raleigh has more than 350 combined years of industry experience, with local knowledge and connections as well as access to geographically diverse resources through 24 Vaco offices nationwide. Vaco was selected as an Inc. 500 company in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Committed to hiring top performers from corporate life that now serve their profession instead of performing within it, Vaco has a team of seasoned experts with the industry experience to understand their clients' needs and candidates' skills. This rare combination of experience and expertise allows Vaco to make superior matches between employers and qualified candidates. Established in 2004, Vaco Raleigh was named as one of the 50 fastest growing private companies in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Vaco Raleigh also received the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's 2008 Pinnacle Award for Steady Growth and Profitability. For more information, please call (919) 719-6500 or visit the website at

    Erin Smith
    MMI Public Relations
    (919) 233-6600
    erin ( @ ) mmipublicrelations dot com

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