Message from our Founder


"When I decided to leave a successful accounting career to start The CSP Group, my vision was to offer our clients a level of service that not only saved them time, but produced better and more consistent results than the competition. Having worked with recruiters in my own career as both a candidate and hiring manager, I knew that the vast majority of them had no first-hand experience in finance or accounting, which hindered their ability to locate and recruit qualified candidates. As a result, I spent more of my valuable time dealing with their misunderstandings than I did going through the interviewing process.

When you hire with The CSP Group, you will be working with a team of finance and accounting professionals who understand exactly what goes on in your department because we have been there ourselves. But our value doesn't stop there. We know how to locate, recruit, and lead your ideal candidate through the interview and offer process in the most effective and efficient way possible, thereby protecting your most valuable asset: your time.

I encourage you to look through our website and learn more about our process and the services we offer. We look forward to partnering with you.

- James Cairns, CPA, Founder & Executive Recruiter


James Cairns, CPA

Founder | President | Executive Recruiter
Direct: 314-520-0305

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Federal Taxation from Florida State University, James began his diverse accounting career as an audit associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers San Diego, working on clients Sony Electronics, Samsung, and General Atomics. He went on from public accounting to lead the finance department of a privately-held international franchisor generating system-wide annual revenue of $100 million before founding The CSP Group.  James works with hiring managers (CEOs, CFOs, and Controllers, etc) to find, recruit, and hire the right employees for their team and company, as well as with job seekers looking for their next right career move.  

When not working, James enjoys hiking, camping, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.


Sarah Cairns

Office Manager
Direct: 314-488-4294

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & Government from Saint Louis University, Sarah began her career in the hotel industry. Having served in lead sales and event management positions for landmark St. Louis hotels such as the Moonrise Hotel and The Chase Park Plaza, Sarah brings to the table exceptional customer service and organizational skills that are instrumental in the success of The CSP Group.

When not working, Sarah enjoys improv, dancing, and spending time with her family.

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Marc Godbold

Head of Recruitment Strategy
Direct: 858-212-9420

Marc is a former United States Marine with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and over 14 years of progressive, professional communications experience in high risk, high pressure situations.  He is focused on recruitment strategy and working with corporate finance & accounting professionals to help them take the next step in their careers.

Marc is an avid baseball fan that enjoys coaching youth sports and playing golf.

Core Values

Integrity. We believe in being open and honest in all that we do, and that doing the right thing for our clients and candidates is always the best long-term business decision for us.

Business is Mutually Beneficial. We don’t believe we can win unless our business partners win too. We will only place a candidate with a client if it is in the best interests of both the client and the candidate.

Focus on Quality. We believe that our success comes not from the number of placements we make, but from the trusting partnerships we develop and the continual high level of service we provide to our clients.

Community. We believe that we are all in this together, and that we must do our part to support the people and businesses that make up the St. Louis community.

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