Our Team

Trademark has over thirty years of combined executive recruiting experience in the Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, and Human Resources industries. The Partners have worked together for over 10 years together and understand the necessary techniques and requisite philosophy involved in producing a successful executive recruitment business.

Mr. Tagg has been an important part of the executive placement industry in the Central Florida area since 1988. First, as the Key Account Manager with the national recruiting firm Leahy and Co. out of Boston, and today with the Tampa based national search organization of Trademark Recruiting. Through these opportunities, Jim has perfected his skills in the placement of top accounting and financial professionals. His numerous placements make him a unique center of influence among the area’s financial community. In 2000, Jim began Trademark Recruiting with Mike Carideo while working with the finest companies throughout Florida, and the Southeast. Jim Tagg is a graduate of Rollins College in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Carideo has been recruiting Information Technologies professionals in Florida for more than 20 years. His experience and understanding of the recruiting industry and his extensive network of technology professionals has allowed him to develop one of the most successful Information Technology recruiting practices in Central Florida. Mr. Carideo successfully managed an IT recruiting practice before starting Trademark Recruiting, Inc. in the spring of 2000. Currently, he directs both the Information Technology permanent placement practice and the consulting practice at Trademark. Mike has a M.S. from St. Thomas University in Miami and a B.S. in Business Administration from North Carolina State University.
Mr. Rafferty’s experience in the professional placement industry began in 1999. His diverse experience ranging from generalist staffing to high level IT, Engineering, and Sales and Marketing professionals has allowed him to gain a strong understanding of the needs of the individual as well as the client. Prior to joining Trademark Recruiting Mr. Rafferty successfully built a professional recruiting office within a Fortune 500 placement firm that oversaw the state of Florida and supported several Fortune 500 clients. As a part of Trademark Recruiting he has established himself as a valued resource in the area’s Information Technology market, providing industry and market knowledge to candidates and clients. Mr. Rafferty holds a B.S. in Business Management from Purdue University and is a graduate of the prestigious Culver Military Academy.
Scot Morrison is a West Florida native. After pursuing an All American Collegiate football career and subsequent coaching opportunity, Mr. Morrison started and managed a private service company in Colorado. After selling this enterprise in 2000, Mr. Morrison began a very successful career in the financial services industry and information technologies. With Bear Stearns, Scott was responsible for a team of sales analysts marketing a variety of investment instruments to Fortune 500 clients. With Idearc Media, Scott became an SEO/ SEM expert focused on B2B solutions in the fast growing internet services sector. In 2011, Scott returned to Florida to join Trademark Recruiting. Today Mr. Morrison provides services in the field direct search and placement of financial professionals in a variety of industries with a focus in Central Florida. In addition, Mr. Morrison’s geographic network reaches national and international markets.
Jason Toledo is a Tampa native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Florida State University. He has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and business management. In 2002, he began a career in wholesale banking with a nationally recognized World Savings and Loan Bank. In 2006, Jason left the banking industry to successfully launch a successful internet business specializing in information technology asset recovery and redistribution. In 2010, Mr Toledo helped launch a joint venture of a second successful internet business. Mr. Toledo has since joined Trademark Recruiting, bringing along his experience in both banking and e-commerce. Jason brings a first hand understanding that quality people propel the success of a business. As a result, he takes great pride in placing quality professionals with clients, within the finance and accounting fields.

Mr. Germano is a Carolina native and a graduate of the College of Charleston where he completed a Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Finance. Upon graduation, Justin pivoted directions into the IT staffing industry by joining one of the largest IT staffing firms before joining Trademark. In his previous role, Justin held both recruiter and account management positions that allowed him to further his depth of knowledge within different verticals of technology and software. Justin focuses on bringing reputable, valuable IT professionals to the attention of his clients in order to solve resolve their technical headaches and improve the effectiveness in how they leverage technology.

Jeff Melendi
Mr. Melendi is a Tampa native who attended Jesuit High School before completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida and additional work towards his Juris Doctorate. In 2014, Jeff began his technology recruiting career and joined the Trademark Recruiting team in 2016. Over Jeff’s several years of experience, he has specialized in identifying and recruiting accomplished IT professionals. Mr. Melendi’s technical client focus is on emerging as well as well-established organizations who value outstanding service, a deep understanding of the technology sector and a thorough attention to detail.