About Us

Marco’s History

Michael Garelli and Kevin Kaye worked together over 15 years ago in a well-known international firm. Garelli left the firm to launch Garelli Wong and Jackson Wabash, one of the largest independently owned financial staffing firms in the Chicagoland marketplace. The firm was ultimately acquired by an international company. Armed with notable accounting, finance, and recruiting experience, and a mission to become Chicago’s best specialized staffing services, Michael and Kevin reunited to establish Marco & Associates, LLC.

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

 


Kevin Kaye

Kevin Kaye began his post-collegiate career by joining Bidwell & Company as a staff accountant and started establishing himself in the accounting community. Understanding his strengths in networking and problem solving, Kevin sought a way to leverage these skills with his accounting knowledge and experience. This brought him to join one of the world’s largest staffing and recruitment firms. Over the course of eight years Kevin helped to develop and drive the growth of offices in Vancouver, Chicago and Portland where he quickly became a key player in successfully training and mentoring high performance teams.
 
After experiencing success in the staffing industry, Kevin joined a start-up business consulting firm, Percipio Consulting Group, where he led the business development and recruiting efforts. During his tenure with Percipio, the firm was recognized on the Portland Business Journal’s annual list of Oregon’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies for four consecutive years.
 
After a successful run in consulting, Kevin turned his attention to an overseas business venture. While still in the planning stages of this business, Kevin was contacted by former colleague Mike Garelli to join him in launching the firms consulting arm, Marco Management Solutions.
Kevin’s unique blend of technical accounting, recruiting, consulting and leadership experience allow him to provide a breadth of project and consulting based solutions tailored to fit the needs of Fortune 100, public and privately held organizations.
 
Kevin has been an active sponsor of Financial Executives International, Portland and Chicago Chapters (FEI), and has served on the boards of the Portland Chapters of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
 
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Finance, emphasis in Accounting.
 
When Kevin is not in the office or networking with local entrepreneurs he can often be found riding his bike down the lakefront, scaling rock walls, slapping the hockey puck around the ice rink, and traveling the globe with his wife. Contact Kevin at kkaye@marcofinancial.com or at 312.546.9798