Meet J2T


j2t+flex-lockup-bigEach of our Executive Recruiters has over 15 years of experience specific to Finance and Accounting roles across all industries. Our People are the reason J2T is one of the most buzzed-about, award-winning executive search firms in the area. We maintain a high standard of excellence for ourselves. Whether it’s a search assignment, a large recruitment program, or a strategy session for a client, there is no group of people who better embody the meaning of teamwork and collaboration.


Julie Scates – President

Julie directs her expertise in the areas of leadership, business development and overall company health and prosperity. A native of Denver and graduate of Colorado State University, Julie began her career as an executive recruiter in 1995 with a global Fortune 500 staffing firm. After 5 years of successfully climbing the corporate ladder and establishing a solid reputation for her recruiting abilities and business acumen, Julie took a leap of faith. She and her J2T co-founders (J.C. Tim Scates and Jll Scates McLain) were frustrated with the traditional corporate grind and interminable commute. They had a vision for a better kind of Recruiting Firm – founded on a unique business model with 100% telecommuting for all its employees. In 2000, Scates opened the doors of J2T with the promise of telecommuting while hiring only senior-level professionals who work as peers and offer the highest level results and integrity for contingency search and contract/project recruiting to clients nationwide. 12 years later, that promise stands strong, and the firm’s unique model in the industry is a proven winner.

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Stephanie Seybold – Director of Business Development

Stephanie brings over 15 years of experience to the recruiting practice and she has been a part of J2T’s Denver team since January of 2002. As Director of Business Development, she specifically impacts J2T Recruiting in the areas of client business development, strategic candidate recruitment and career coaching and has a significant network of professionals within the accounting and finance professionals in numerous industries. Stephanie’s focus is in mid-to-high level recruitment as well as contract business. Stephanie takes special pride in her commitment to really understand and support the needs of her clients and candidates and she has relationships spanning more than a decade. She has been an integral part of the growth and success of J2T Recruiting and has helped to build the company in Denver and Dallas.

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Charlene Landers-Rinker – Director of Recruiting

The secret to Charlene’s success is her consultative approach with clients and candidates, knowing and finding what it takes to make a perfect fit for the candidate and the employer. She began her career with one of Denver’s larger local CPA firms in 1996 where she played an intricate role in launching their accounting and finance executive recruiting division. Prior to Charlene jumping head first into the recruiting industry, she was a Division Controller of a software company, assisting them through an IPO. With her thorough, hands-on experience, Charlene possesses great insight on the technical skills needed in accounting and finance positions, and has a true understanding of clients’ unique employment needs.

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Emily Merrill is the Executive Recruiter for IT

Emily Merrill – Engagement Manager, Finance & Accounting

Emily brings more than 14 years of award winning sales and recruiting expertise to JT2.  She began her career in IT recruiting in 1999. In that first year she won her company’s Pinnacle Award as the top first year recruiter in the nation. Emily followed this by earning her company’s President’s Award two years in a row as one of the company’s top performing recruiters.

Emily’s professionalism, energy, enthusiasm and responsiveness with both candidates and hiring managers are the keys to her success. Nothing excites her more than placing people in just the right opportunities for both the candidate and the business need.  She thrives on the entire recruiting process, whether it is the consultative engagement with clients outlining their ideal employee’s mix of experience and cultural fit, or the excitement in advising a candidate that a job offer is on the table.

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Bloyer-0009_BWLeah Bloyer – Executive Recruiter, J2T Flex

Leah has been placing accounting and finance professionals in Denver since 2000.   She joined the recruiting world after two years in public accounting, enabling her to quickly identify with her candidates and become their trusted career advisor.  Her clients find her knowledgeable and genuinely interested in finding them the right person for their openings, which has led to her strong network of repeat clients and industry advocates.  Leah’s experience includes staff through director level searches, C-level and VP-level searches, as well as placing high level consultants at various companies in a wide variety of industries.  Leah helped build the retained search practice of a boutique firm and was solely responsible for creating a geoscience recruiting division for an oil and gas company.

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Melissa Benavidez Van Deventer – J2T Flex Business Development Manager

The energy that radiates from Melissa is genuine, contagious and constant.  This, along with a thorough commitment to her customers and passion for what she believes in, is the reason she has consistently been a top-ranked recruiter wherever she works.  Melissa has an innate understanding of personality and culture and always finds the right person for the right contract role.

Everyone needs more hands on the deck at some point, and Melissa’s expertise is in filling the gap for employers with short and long term finance and accounting needs: special projects, interim executives, family leave coverage, busy season, there isn’t any finance and accounting contract role she can’t fill.  Because of this, Melissa’s clients keep coming back to her, whether the client is a 3 person office or is a multi-national corporation.

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Monica Kennedy – Senior Recruiter, J2T Flex

Contagious positivity spelled another way is M-o-n-i-c-a Kennedy.  If she is in the room you know it; she radiates pure enthusiasm and friendliness.  Following a degree in journalism, Monica soon discovered recruiting and quickly realized she’d found her passion.  She knows how to get to know people, and is an expert at the who, what, where and why of recruiting the exact right person for any role, from contract to direct hire.  She is generous to see others – her clients and candidates – succeed and this is why she is trusted and respected by everyone she works with.

Prior to joining J2T Flex, Monica worked for a recruiting firm with locations all over the US, and where she first met and worked with our (now) Business Development Manager, Melissa Van Deventer.  She consistently ranked in the top 6% of all recruiters, and garnered numerous accolades and awards for her recruiting skills.  She was the first American recruited to kick off the “Make a Move” campaign for a highly respected Australian recruiting firm.

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Heather Price – Communications & Marketing Manager

With over 17 years of experience successfully navigating the corporate world, in companies large and small, Heather brings a wealth of operational experience to J2T. She has worked in various industries and knows that successful companies – and people – know how to expertly communicate. Stellar communication is dependent on many things, including: accurate and timely information; an understanding of all viewpoints whether they are based on cultural norms or established procedures; technical acumen; and a genuine desire to make a positive difference on a relationship. Heather’s work in J2T communications runs the gamut from database and website management to social media networking to providing the unified voice of J2T to our clients and candidates.

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Melissa Cikara, JD – Research and Communications Coordinator

With over 12 years of experience in the corporate world at successful companies both large and small, Melissa brings her hard-hitting legal training and expertise in writing, research, organization and communication skills to enhance J2T’s mission of providing unparalleled and exemplary customer service.

After graduating from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Melissa moved from to Denver to attend law school at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was also member of the Preventive Law Journal and the student Mediation Clinic. Subsequent to earning her law degree and successfully passing the bar, Melissa practiced litigation in areas covering construction defect, insurance defense law, and employment discrimination at both the State and Federal level.

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Jll Megan Scates McLain – Director of Operations and Co-Founder

A Denver native, Jll graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  This was the launching pad for a varied career in finance, mergers and acquisitions, non-profit program management, and contract administration which have all positioned her for success at J2T.  With more than 20 years of experience in operations and contract administration, Jll manages the business side of the company so the recruiters can focus on doing what they do best. Jll handles the day to day asset management and accounting responsibilities for J2T and ensures that the company continues to thrive.

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