Who We Are

Ellen Marcus


In 1991, after several years in the recruiting business, Ellen Marcus started her own firm, Marcus & Associates, to satisfy what she perceived to be the integrity and relationship-building void in the accounting recruitment space. Through perseverance and a commitment to excellence, she has met that goal, with relationships on both the candidate and client side spanning over a 30-year period.

Before establishing Marcus & Associates, Ellen worked as a “Big 8” recruiter, placing candidates predominately in CPA-oriented jobs. Over the years as her firm and network grew, she has helped her clients fill roles in their Controller, CFO, Accounting Policy, Internal Audit, Compliance, Regulatory, and Risk departments, while continuing to help Big 4 Accountants and Consultants make their entre into the corporate world.

As former candidates evolved into executive-level hiring managers and candidates, Ellen has enjoyed re-engaging with those contacts when working on retained searches across industries, especially at start-ups, as her recruiting practice continued to evolve.

Ellen has a passion for music (still loves going to all types of concerts), nature and the outdoors, skiing, tennis, fitness and her Lagotto Romagnolo, Bowie.

Ellen received her BA in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and believes that her passion for helping people and understanding what drives and motivates them, both studied in college and carried out throughout her career, has enabled her to successfully guide her candidates and clients through the most complicated of job markets and career decisions.