Our Mission

At Smith Hanley, we take a focused view of recruiting. Since opening our doors in 1980, we’ve concentrated on just a few specific functional areas. We’ve dedicated ourselves to knowing these areas inside and out. We’ve focused on finding the perfect fit between clients and candidates for highly specialized positions within those highly specialized functions.

From the inception of a search to its successful outcome, we strive to make the recruiting process seamless.

For Our Clients

We are committed to knowing you, our client. Because we’re established experts in your field, we focus all our efforts on learning more about your specific business, your company’s culture and your position requirements. It’s how we find the perfect fit for the highly specialized positions within your highly specialized industry. Your niche is our niche.

For Our Candidates

We’re equally committed to knowing our candidates. We become coaches in your success. A resume doesn’t tell the whole story. That’s why we take the time to discover your capabilities, strengths, goals, and interests. It is only through understanding your long-term career path that we can confidently find you the right fit with the right employer. And when the fit is right, everyone succeeds.

Our History

1980
Two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads, Brant Smith and Tom Hanley, partner to form Smith Hanley Associates.  They open their first office in New York City.

1984
Rick Wastrom joins Smith Hanley Associates to assist in the development of a Quantitative Analyst recruiting practice and lays the groundwork for Smith Hanley’s Financial Strategies Group.

1989
Jacque Paige joins Smith Hanley Associates to build the Marketing Analytics recruiting practice. She adds market research, consumer credit, actuarial science and information technology recruiting to her group.

1990
The Midwest office of Smith Hanley opens in Chicago in response to the demands of the rapidly growing Data Science and Consumer Credit recruiting practices.

1995
Jud Smith joins the burgeoning Financial Strategies Group, specializing in portfolio management and technology recruitment.

1997
Smith Hanley Associates initiates a new biostatistics contract business. The purchase of MedFocus that same year exponentially furthers this enterprise.

2004
InVentiv Health, a billion-dollar pharmaceutical services company, purchases Smith Hanley to integrate our industry-leading biostatistics contract business with their other contract practices.

2005
Smith Hanley marks its 25th year anniversary, celebrating enduring success in maintaining long-term, effective client partnerships in a variety of significant industry markets.

2012
Tom Hanley, Rick Wastrom, Jacque Paige and Jud Smith purchase Smith Hanley Associates from inVentiv Health retaining the well-known brand, extensive database, and seasoned and successful staff.

Present
With Tom, Rick, Jacque and Jud at the helm, and 30 employees between offices in Chicago, NYC and Connecticut, Smith Hanley maintains and builds on its honored reputation as a “leader in the executive search field.”