Women Who Move the City 2016
Meet some of the business, civic and educational leaders who work to bring about positive change and enhance the quality of life in our community.
“I believe we have one of the best marketplaces in the country. I can’t imagine why you would have your corporate office anywhere else, ” says Denise Bennett-Walls. Denise loves Central Florida and founded Vaco in Florida in 2005, with a presence now in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville. Denise saw an opportunity to add value to Central Florida, ensuring the business community had exceptional talent and that professionals had a staffing firm they could trust to provide career guidance and placement. “We brag amongst our partners that Vaco Orlando can attract talent from anywhere—this is a great place to live and raise a family.”
Denise launched Vaco Florida eleven years ago with a de novo start that flourished into a thriving professional staffing and business consulting firm specializing in matching the strongest accounting, financial, IT, operations, sales, human resources, and administrative professionals with the unique project and permanent needs of its clients. She built a company that supports startups, growth, corporate moves, and M&A for small, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies. She is passionate about companies becoming great and being here long term. Denise also focuses and leads the Vaco consulting practice, which she believes is critical to evolving the expertise within a business.
“Companies have to run fast and hard to compete for talent. We’re prepared to run the race with them. Vaco provides subject matter experts, project professionals, and interim solutions when companies need it. Often Central Florida businesses feel they need to go outside the area to hire consulting and/or executive search firms to attract talent. Vaco Orlando has the experience and success stories to prove otherwise,” says Denise.
Denise also empowers employees, clients, and candidates to support over 100 charity non-profits and over 50 community organizations locally. Personally, she invests time with Shepherd’s Hope, serving on the Board of Directors and the Development Committee. This year, she is committed to He Got Up on March 27 at the Citrus Bowl. It is the country’s largest-ever service event for the underserved. “It’s difficult knowing our community has individuals that need jobs, medical, and legal care. People sometimes need guidance so they can land jobs,” says Denise. She feels honored to lead the Job Services Committee, welcoming all Central Florida companies to attend and present job offers, training, and internships.
From the office in the day to the athletic fields and ballet at night, Denise spends her evenings with her husband, three sons and daughter. She encourages them to discover their journey with passion. Denise Bennett-Walls is an Orlando leader, innovator and entrepreneur who challenges people to think big and pursue their dreams.