Executive Recruiters’ Smith Hanley Associates History


March 1, 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.

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.

Jacque Paige joins Smith Hanley Associates to build the Data Science and Analytics recruiting practice. She adds pharmaceutical sales and medical science liaisons, biostatisticians, market research, consumer credit and actuarial science recruiting to her group.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.”

Happy 39th Birthday, Smith Hanley!

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Contact Partner, Jacque Paige, at jpaige@smithhanley.com or 203.319-4310.