Our Management Team

In dealing with our network of recruiters, our employer clients appreciate that we actually come from an accounting and consulting background also. Our team has decades of experience in recruiting and staffing as well as tenures at major national brand names such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Robert Half International and more.

Thomas Goar – CFP, RIA, Managing Partner

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Thomas Goar is the founder and managing partner of Matrix Finance and Accounting and Viri Technology.  He has 15 years of recruiting experience in the fields of finance and accounting.  Prior to founding Matrix, Tom spent six years as the top regional producer for a publicly traded, international recruiting firm.  He started his professional career with Price Waterhouse Coopers (Tampa and Atlanta offices) where he worked in accounting and consulting. He also worked for the prestigious consulting firm Index based out of their Cambridge office.  Tom’s consulting experience was focused on Fortune 500 clients in the public utility industry. Additionally, Tom has experience as a registered investment advisor, financial planner and money manager.

Tom attended both the University of Florida and Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  He and his wife Emma have three children.  He is an avid Florida Gator fan and enjoys boating with his family.

Elbe Tsuchimoto – Partner & Senior Recruiting Manager

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Elbe Tsuchimoto, partner, joined the field of recruiting in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since!  He started his career with a large international recruiting firm where he won multiple awards for production and client service.  He was honored as a top producer for three consecutive years and achieved Chairman’s Club status.  He has placed hundreds of accounting and finance professionals in both contract and direct hire roles and does so by providing outstanding service to both his clients and candidates.  He works tirelessly to match the right talent with the right opportunity and can be counted on to consistently deliver results.  Elbe graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Organizational Psychology.  Elbe and his wife, Jill, are natives of Hawaii and have two beautiful girls, Kenzie and Paittyn.

Erik Johnson – Partner & Senior Recruiting Manager

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Erik Johnson, partner, brings 15+ years of experience in the management and recruitment of finance &accounting professionals in the Pacific Northwest. He collaborates with clients to recruit talent that aligns with their core business values. His vast experience helps client shape their search with detailed market information.  Erik strongly believes in developing lasting relationships with his candidates and is committed to providing opportunities that align with their long-term career goals.  Erik hails from the Midwest and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University.  He enjoys being active in the great outdoors and cheering for his beloved Packers.

Emma Goar – MBA, Senior Account Manager

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Emma Goar, MBA, is Matrix’s senior account manager, with nearly 15 years of recruiting experience in the fields of finance, accounting and technology. Emma started her career with a publicly traded, international recruiting firm where she won awards for production and customer service. She was also the recruiting manager for a well-respected, Seattle-based management consulting firm. In that role, Emma built and managed the recruiting department. Emma has an MBA in finance from California Lutheran University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine. She is a former Miss Seattle and Miss Washington Teen USA. She and her husband have three children, Hunter, Savannah and Sophia (identical twins).

Bret Handy – Senior Staffing Manager

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Bret Handy, Senior Staffing Manager, brings a decade of recruiting and sales experience to the table!  He started his career with a global recruiting firm where he was a three-time, President’s Club award winner. In 2018, Bret decided to bring his competitive nature and experience to Matrix to lead the finance & accounting contract team.

Bret is a native of Washington, having come from the last street across from the Canadian border in a small town called Sumas!  He played basketball and basketball in High School and took his lefty pitching talents to PLU where he received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. 2021 has brought multiple life changes for Bret as he bought a new house in Bothell, proposed to his girlfriend, Maren, and became a first time, father to a beautiful baby girl named Brynlee. We hear good things come in threes!

Ariel Janikowski – Senior Recruiting Manager

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Ariel Janikowski joined Matrix Finance and Accounting as a Senior Recruiting Manager in October 2020. She was born and raised in Orange County, CA and made the move to Seattle, WA to start her journey in recruiting in 2017. Ariel started her career in the sales and event industry working with different corporations across the board to facilitate their company’s event needs. Her ability to quickly learn the needs of different companies and industries made a great transition to recruiting. She started her recruiting career in finance and accounting at a large international recruiting firm. She quickly rose to the top and was a top performer year after year for finance and accounting in the greater Seattle area. Her passion for being a “corporate matchmaker” and helping great companies find solid candidates has given her the ability to help find numerous people employment. She knows the industry and prides herself on making that perfect match. Ariel is marrying a Seattle firefighter/paramedic and just bought a house in North Seattle, so are excited to plant their roots in the community they love!

Cassie Erickson  – Recruiter

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Cassie joined the Matrix team in May of 2021 after previously working in outside sales. Graduating from Washington State University in 2019 with a BA in Business Management and a minor in Sports Management, Cassie has always had a passion for helping people and organizations achieve their goals. Cassie is always looking for an adventure. Whether it’s exploring a new destination in the PNW, or playing volleyball with her friends, you won’t often find her sitting still. She’s excited to take this energy and enthusiasm to the Matrix Finance & Accounting Team!

Scott Mertens – Senior Recruiting Manager

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Scott Mertens joined Matrix Finance & Accounting as a Sr. Recruiting Manager in May of 2020. He is an active CPA and spent the first four years of his career in accounting here in the Seattle area. Scott started his career at Deloitte in the Seattle audit practice. After two busy seasons, he transitioned to GL accounting where he spent time at software companies Apptio and Avalara. In both cases, he assisted with the pre-IPO ramp up as both successfully transitioned from private to publicly traded companies. After realizing accounting was not a long-term passion, Scott transitioned into accounting/finance recruiting at a large international recruiting firm where he spent about three years in the permanent placement group based in the Seattle office. Scott performed full-cycle recruiting as he assisted candidates/clients with over fifty successful candidate placements and was promoted to Division Director after two years. Scott graduated from Washington State University with an MAcc and BA in Accounting. He is a native of the Seattle area and is a big Coug/Seahawks fan.