Who We Are

Ted Elliott & Associates is the premier recruitment firm specialized in placing accounting and finance professionals on a full-time, contract and contract-to-hire basis. Since 2001, we’ve helped companies find professionals with the ideal background for the role taking into consideration current and past experience, compensation, and corporate culture fit. Our success is based on the relationships we have built and the high level of service we have provided to our client, candidates and consultants. We are able to offer our clients a unique approach of truly understanding their needs and use this information while evaluating top talent of candidates that are well qualified for the role. Our clients range from start-up or venture backed companies to large publicly-traded companies with complex accounting and finance matters in a variety of industries.

Our search professionals bring the background, experience and established relationships to locate and attract top talent for clients with accounting and finance needs.

Ted Elliott
Principal

Ted is Principal and founder of Ted Elliott & Associates, Inc. and has over 15 years combined experience in both financial recruiting and public accounting in the San Diego marketplace. Ted specializes in providing top talent to his clients in need of recruitment services for accounting and finance professionals. His clients vary in size from start-up to large publicly traded companies with complex accounting issues in a variety of industries, including biotech, medical device, technology, financial services, manufacturing, consumer products and retail/distribution.

Ted started his career at Ernst & Young, where he spent 4 years with their audit practice. His clients consisted of emerging to mid-sized companies in a variety of industries. Ted left Ernst & Young as an Audit Senior. Ted is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California (inactive status). Ted is a native of San Diego and received a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of San Diego in 1994.

Austin Kakar
Director

Austin has significant experience in recruiting top quality candidates and has approximately seven years combined experience in public accounting and private industry accounting. Austin has held various accounting and SEC reporting roles with Sempra and Sony Online Entertainment. He previously worked with KPMG serving audit clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, ranging in size from pre-IPO to Fortune 500 companies. Austin earned a Bachelor of Science, Accounting degree from the University of the Pacific. While he attended University of the Pacific, he competed on the men’s tennis team (NCAA Intercollegiate). Austin is actively involved in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego and has been part of the organization since 2012.