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About Us

Marco’s History

Marco was founded in 2010 by Michael Garelli, who possesses more than 25 years of extensive corporate accounting and financial staffing/recruiting experience and remarkable knowledge of the Chicago area employment market.

 

Following a corporate finance career, he entered into the recruitment industry at one of the world’s largest staffing and recruitment firms. While there, Michael spearheaded the successful launch of the salaried professional consulting service in two branch offices and achieved Chairman’s Club status.

 

Prior to founding and leading Marco & Associates, Mike co-founded and led Garelli Wong and Jackson Wabash, Chicago’s largest independently owned finance and accounting staffing company with annual sales of over 15 million. In addition to leading Garelli Wong and Jackson Wabash he recruited key senior management and spearheaded the launch of multiple branch offices prior to negotiating the sale of the firm to an NYSE staffing company in 2007.

Michael Garelli

Michael Garelli has more than 20 years of industry experience. Michael possesses extensive corporate accounting and financial staffing experience and remarkable knowledge of the Chicago area employment market. He co-founded Marco & Associates, LLC and now leads the firm as Managing Partner.
 
Michael has a broad knowledge of accounting and finance from his early roles at Household International and Royal Sun Alliance Insurance. As a finance professional, his responsibilities included financial reporting, statutory reporting, financial analysis, actuarial analysis, auditing, credit underwriting and collections.
 
Following his corporate finance career, Michael launched into the recruitment industry at one of the world’s largest staffing and recruitment firms. While there, Michael spearheaded the successful launch of a consulting division for two different branches and earned numerous awards for his revenue production and leadership achievements. After several years with the global firm, he left to launch Garelli Wong and Jackson Wabash, which was eventually acquired in 2007 by an international recruiting firm after five successful years of growth.
 
At Marco, Michael is at the forefront of client and candidate relations. Overseeing the daily operations of the firm, Michael ensures that the Marco team upholds its mission: unquestionable quality and remarkable service. Through his tireless commitment to the people he serves- clients, candidates and employees alike, Michael sets the tone and inspires those with whom he works.
 
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Northeastern Illinois University. He is the former president of the Northwest Suburban Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Michael remains an active member of the IMA, and regularly speaks at their events on topics such as trends in accounting and fluctuations in the accounting job market. He has been an active sponsor of Financial Executives International, Chicago Chapter (FEI).
 
Mike’s passion is people – their stories, their motivations, their aspirations. In his free time he can be found spending time outdoors, riding his Harley, traveling, and enjoying time with his wife and three children. Mike is a proud supporter of Coalition to Cure Calpain 3, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Schaumburg Athletic Association. Contact Michael at: mgarelli@marcofinancial.com or at 312.546.9799