Partners in Success

Frank Yocca

Frank Yocca, Founder & Principal

Frank retired as an engineering manager from U.S.Steel Corporation once it divested the American Bridge Division in 1986. Wanting to stay in the Pittsburgh area, he founded the A.C.Coy Company.

Started The A.C.Coy Company: 1986

Education: B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Manhattan College

Experience: Project Management and Process Control Technologies

Outside of Work: Frank enjoys spending time with family, traveling, gardening, cooking and wine.

"I wanted to create win – win scenarios for clients needing assistance to complete projects and professionals looking for new and interesting assignments."

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John Yocca

John Yocca, Owner & Principal

Initially an asset backed securities financial analyst in New York, John has worn many hats in the IT and finance recruiting and consulting industry.  Some of these included business owner, sales manager, account manager, recruiter, operations manager and financial administrator. In this space, he has more than 28 years of experience and still is learning on the job.

Joined The A.C.Coy Company: 1991

Education: B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Experience: John was working on Wall Street for Bear Stearns, at the time, one of the biggest investment banks in the world. The Persian Gulf War triggered layoffs, John moved back to his hometown and joined his father’s company.

Outside of Work: John enjoys travel, sports, and working on his hold ‘em game.

“We get people better jobs, for better pay, and move people incrementally up. It’s a ‘triple win’: candidates get a great job, clients get a great candidate, and we win when everyone is happy.”

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Joe Adams

Joe Adams, Senior Account Manager

Joe was John's first hire at The A.C.Coy Company. He brings nearly 40 years in the computer and information technology field to work every day, and is integral in establishing relationships with clients and prospects, developing internal champions with other companies and working diligently on the company's strategic positioning.

Joined The A.C.Coy Company: 1991

Education: State University of New York, both Brockport and Potsdam

Experience: Joe has worked with thousands of professionals since joining the consulting industry in the 1980s.  He enjoys very long term relationships with key decision makers.  

Outside of Work: Joe is a Rochester, NY native and avid Buffalo Bills fan and ham radio enthusiast.

"It's not just business. It’s helping people help themselves.”

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Joe Falascino

Joe Falascino, Controller

Joined the A.C.Coy Company: 2000

Education: B.A. in Accounting, Washington & Jefferson College

Experience: Financial Controller for DBE Aggregate Construction Company; Assistant Controller for privately-held $20M lumber company

Outside of Work:  Enjoys camping, outside activities, and volunteering for church.

"I love using my abilities to guide our company to financial success, and also in assisting my co-workers with the information they need to reach their full potential in our industry."

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Suzie Zinger

Suzie Zinger, Assistant Controller

Joined The A.C.Coy Company: 2004

Education: Business Administration, Robert Morris University

Experience: 30+ years of accounting experience, including  PrintCafe, Stargate, CISCORP

Outside of Work: Suzie enjoys spending time on her family farm with her children and grandchildren.

"My favorite part of working at A.C.Coy is interacting with a diverse group of employees while assisting them with payroll and personnel situations, as well as my interaction with the customers regarding invoicing."

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Liz Piotrowski-Gump

Liz Piotrowski-Gump, Senior Account Manager

Joined the A.C.Coy Company: 2011

Education: B.S. in Human Resource Management, Michigan State University

Experience: More than 20 years in the IT staffing industry

Outside of Work: The majority of my time is spent with my husband and school-age daughters. When I do have free time, I enjoy reading, trying out new recipes on Pinterest and crafting.

"What could be more rewarding than changing someone's life by helping them find a job?"

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Darren Williams

Darren Williams, Senior Recruiter

Joined The A.C.Coy Company: 2011

Education: B.A. in Psychology, West Virginia University

Experience: Development Dimensions International; UPMC; SAP (formerly Ariba)

Outside of Work: Family is everything...everything else is just that!

“After 17 years of IT staffing and corporate recruiting, I still find joy in putting good people to work! I love working for A.C.Coy, because leadership here is always accessible with their open door policy.”

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Thomas Schmitz

Thomas Schmitz, Director of Recruiting

Joined the A.C. Coy Company: 2016

Experience: 14 years within the IT Staffing Industry

Outside of Work: Majority of my time is spent golfing, playing with my two-year-old Chocolate Lab - Brooklyn, enjoy live music and comedy shows, and enjoying dining out with close friends.

“I literally LOVE what I do and being able to make friendships along the way.  Whether it’s helping a candidate with their career or helping a client with their day-to-day challenges”

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Greg Alioto

Greg Alioto, Client/Resource Development Manager

Joined the A.C. Coy Company: 2012

Education: Saint Vincent College

Experience: I have spent the last eight years working for A.C.Coy and have been in the I.T Staffing industry for more than ten years.

Outside of Work: Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family.

“A.C.Coy is a great organization.  You aren’t just part of a company, you are part of a family.”

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Sam Herstine

Sam Herstine, Technical Recruiter

Joined the A.C. Coy Company: 2019

Education: Bachelor's in Science (B.S) in Business and Psychology (Minor), Duquesne University.

Experience: Samuel has over five years of progressive experience in talent acquisition, and client relations. Recruiting experience includes strategy development and implementation of the recruiting process (full life cycle), sourcing candidates, and ATS implementation. He brings with him a self-motivated attitude, urgency and a determined work ethic. He has a true passion for recruiting and is devoted to seeking the perfect fit, and ensuring the process is smooth every step of the way. He spends a large chunk of his time canvassing the market for hard to find talent who fit the unique hiring requirements our clients possess.

Outside of Work: In his downtime, he enjoys volunteering for the Cystic Fibrous Foundation, playing ice hockey, and traveling.

“Recruiting should be viewed as business partner, someone who is critical to the success of the business."

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Taylor DiPerna

Taylor DiPerna, Business Development Manager

Joined the A.C. Coy Company: February 2016

Education: M.S. Mass Media Arts, Journalism and Communication, Clarion University

Experience: Upon graduating from Clarion University, I obtained my first recruiting role with the A.C. Coy Company. Since then, I have sat in roles such as Talent Acquisition, Vendor Management Recruiter, Technical Recruiter and now a Business Development Manager role. Along with my position at the A.C. Coy Company, I am currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Communication Department at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Outside of Work: Outside of work I like to spend time trying new restaurants, traveling and baking.

“From a young age, I always knew I wanted to help people. Working at A.C. Coy Company allows me to help candidates better themselves by finding them a new position, help clients better their companies with the right candidate, and this company helps me grow as a professional”

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Dave Cavenaugh

Dave Cavenaugh, Senior Account Manager

Started with A.C. Coy: 2015

Education: University of Pittsburgh, B.A. Communications

Experience: 20 years of Staffing Industry experience, both Recruiting and Sales; 5 years of HR consulting

Outside of Work: I spend the majority of my non-work time with my Wife and Middle School-aged twins. I am active in my Church and also enjoy coaching my kid’s teams for South Fayette youth football, basketball, softball, and baseball. When I’m not watching my kids play, I do my best to support the Steelers, Pens, Buccos, and Panthers. H2P!

“I’m proud to work for a company that puts a premium on integrity and doing right by their customers.  My goals here are simple: Helping my clients hire great people and making it a positive experience both the manager and candidate."

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Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall, VMS Program Manager

Joined the A.C. Coy Company: 2019

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education with a Concentration in Dance from Bowling Green State University 2010

Experience: After graduation, I spent 5-6 years in Digital Marketing for two different companies in Pittsburgh. Then, I decided to transition careers into recruiting starting in 2017.

Outside of Work: When I am not working, you can find me at home with my boyfriend and our three cats Gatsby, Feathers, and Chance. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I have always been an avid sports fan. This includes cheering for the Steelers, Penguins and Pitt Panthers. I also play in an adult softball league throughout the year with friends. I have been involved in the Pittsburgh arts community for years, and I enjoy choreographing for local dance studios, taking in a musical or play, and going to concerts.

“I am a recruiter because I enjoy using the skills I’ve built in my previous marketing roles to help others find their dream jobs. Recruiting offers me the opportunity to discover a candidate’s skill set and goals, and then frame the hiring conversation with clients around those skills to help build successful teams."

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Jordan Bankert

Jordan Bankert, Technical Recruiter

Joined The A.C.Coy Company: 2015

Education: Journalism, Kent State University

Experience: More than 4 years of experience within the IT staffing industry.

Outside of Work: If I’m with the ones that I love, I can find joy in just about anything. Most of my time is spent with my fiancé (we’ll be married October 2020!) and our 3 cats who we love to spoil.

“I have a passion for connecting and interacting with people from all walks of life, and strive to make a meaningful impact on their professional lives by learning their stories and understanding their aspirations.”

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Jason Blackhurst

Jason Blackhurst, Senior IT Talent Acquisition Specialist/Resource Development Manager

Joined the A.C. Coy Company: 1998
Education: BA Business Administration from Washington and Jefferson College
Experience: 20 Years with A.C. Coy Company, 3 Years with Coca-Cola, 8 year business owner of Oogles-n-Googles
Outside of Work: Enjoy spending time with my wife, 4 children, our families and friends, playing golf, watching various sports (I have a love for the sport of boxing), and enjoying a non-commercial beer.
“My greatest pleasure is helping a candidate find the ideal job with the ideal company and following their career progression.”
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