As is the case with many of their professional connections, Lissette and Jessica met through a referral, an EY Senior who was working with Jessica on an audit who had utilized Lissette as a professional resource. Lissette and Jessica met Terin in 2013 when Terin and Jessica were participants in Tampa Connection and Lissette was on the Board of Directors.
Lissette Penrod & Jessica Stravino
Lissette graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelors and Masters in Accounting, passed all four sections of the CPA exam, and immediately went into public accounting with Ernst & Young. After several years in public accounting and in industry working at privately held and publicly-traded companies, Lissette was ready for a change from the world of debits and credits. During the worst economy of our time, Lissette pursued a career in recruiting. Needless to say, recruiting was a fit and she was very successful. So successful, in fact, that she was looking to grow her team after being promoted…
It was around this time that Jessica, who had been working in business risk consulting with Protiviti since also graduating from the University of Florida with her Bachelors and Masters in Accounting, was considering a change. When she and Lissette were introduced, they hit it off right away. Lissette quickly saw Jessica’s intelligence and how professionally she presented herself. Six months and several meetings later, Jessica and Lissette began working together in recruiting.
Lissette and Jessica were fortunate that as a result of their exceptional ability to work together successfully, they were able to become trusted friends and now business partners. Their team-based approach to recruiting, like-minded ability to identify strong talent and fit, shared ethical values, and efficiency allow them to accomplish more, to utilize each other’s strengths, and to never leave clients or candidates without a contact who provides the same level of service and attention.
In 2017, as a result of clients asking Stravino Penrod to assist with Human Resource and In-House Legal positions, we expanded our service offerings. As is the case in all aspects of our business, we met Terin Cremer in Tampa Connection and a relationship formed that would develop into her joining our team four years later.
Prior to partnering with Stravino Penrod Search Partners, Terin was the Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate General Counsel of a St. Petersburg financial services company employing over 20,000 employees and generating over $4 million in annual revenue. While at that company, Terin joined the C-suite at the age of 29. There Cremer led HR strategies and operations. She also managed a variety of legal matters including litigation, transactional, governance, and employment matters. Some notable accomplishments included implementing a companywide HRIS system, overhauling the company’s benefits programs, and contracting with a telecommunications company resulting in millions of dollars in savings for the company’s clients.
Cremer has also worked at a boutique labor and employment firm. Prior to that, she worked under Governors Crist and Scott for the State of Florida coordinating a statewide legal team defending legislation she helped draft for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities as a Gubernatorial Fellow.
Cremer is a mayoral appointee to the City of Tampa’s Civil Service Board where she serves as an administrative judge resolving City of Tampa employment disputes. She is involved with Leadership Florida, and the Junior League of Tampa. Terin has been recognized the Alumni of the Year by the FSU College of Business, Legal Elite by Florida Trend, a Thirty Under 30 FSU alum, and by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as an Up and Comer Hall of Famer (highest award given), Top in House Counsel at a Private Company Finalist, and HR Person of the Year finalist.
Terin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with her B.B.A., and received her J.D. and M.B.A. from Florida State University. While at Notre Dame, Terin was a Division 1 NCAA athlete and a team captain.
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