Our Team Leadership

Richard Wastrom, Financial Strategies

Richard Wastrom, Senior Managing Director, is a founding partner of Smith Hanley Associates.  As the co-manager of the Financial Strategies Group (FSG), he directs searches in both the Institutional Investment and Alternative Investment Management communities.  His work encompasses a broad range of directives including chief investment officers, chief financial officers, chief information officers, as well as roles within single and multifamily offices. Additional mandates involve investment research strategists, risk managers, and quantitative portfolio managers (as noted by Emanuel Derman in his memoir, My Life As A Quant). Mr. Wastrom’s depth of experience and long-term relationships in the dynamic financial markets field have yielded proven expertise, respect and success. He received his BA in business administration from the University of Vermont.

Jud Smith, Financial Strategies

A partner at Smith Hanley Associates, Jud has been with the firm since 1995. Having more than eighteen years of experience in the field of portfolio management and technology recruitment for the financial industry, he fulfills both contingent and retained searches. Jud has worked in all facets of quantitative research and trading recruitment from individual portfolio managers to the establishment of several new systematic global hedge funds, managing billions in client capital. He has also filled a plethora of quantitative and technical roles. From the chief technology officer of a $10BB hedge fund, to the lead developers and quantitative analysts of countless trading desks at the world’s leading investment banks and hedge funds, Jud’s vast network of connections offers both clients and applicants an experienced and informed resource in the global market. A 1993 graduate of Hobart College, Jud has a Bachelor of Science in political science.

Jacque Paige, Quantitative Marketing

Leading, growing and managing the business analytic side of Smith Hanley since 1989, Jacque joined our team after a five-year stint with General Mills.  She loves the entrepreneurial aspect of recruiting, and the energy and enthusiasm generated from working with her associates, clients and candidates.  The explosion of data and its use in marketing and business applications has grown her staff to 17 including recruiters specializing in data science, market research, biostatistics, consumer credit, actuarial science and pharmaceutical sales and medical science liaisons.  Jacque enjoys attending schools with unusual mascot names.  She is a Boilermaker and a Tarheel having received a BS from Purdue and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tom Hanley, President & CEO

Tom, President and CEO, co-founded Smith Hanley in 1980 with a fellow graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He has overseen the firm’s growth to 100 employees in five offices and their work with many of the top corporations and financial institutions in the United States.  He graduated cum laude with a JD in 1983 from the New York Law School. Tom looks forward to the continued success of Smith Hanley and his role in providing great companies with great candidates.

Our Team

Nihar Parikh, Biostatistics & Medical Affairs

Nihar joined Smith Hanley Associates in 2013 and works in Biostatistics, Clinical Research, Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs), and Medical Affairs. He works with diverse clients from global Pharma’s to Biotech, CRO and Medical Device companies. Smith Hanley Associates has a rich history biostatistics, and Nihar hopes to carry the torch for many years to come. He believes the keys to success in this industry are the ability to build long lasting relationships, a strong work ethic, and above all having integrity. Nihar is an advocate for his candidates, and will go beyond their resume and accomplishments to help them reach their full potential. In his free time some of Nihar’s interests include travel, golf, yoga, and financial markets.

Areas of Expertise: Jobs in Biostatistics, CDISC Standards, Clinical Development, Clinical Data Management, Clinical Research, Clinical Trials, Drug Discovery and Development, Drug Safety, Epidemiology, Health Economics Outcomes Research, Medical Affairs/MSL, Medical Director, Real World Evidence, Scientific Director, SAS Programming, Statistical Design, and Statistical Modeling. Biostatistics Agency, Biostatistics Contractors, Biostatistician Jobs, Biostatistics Recruiter, Contract SAS Programmers, Medical Affairs Recruiter, and MSL Jobs.

Lindsey Bartlett, Market Research & Consumer Insights

Lindsey specializes in the recruitment of primary and secondary market research professionals in the areas of consumer and shopper insights, category management, new product development, and competitive intelligence. Her clients include Fortune 500 corporations, suppliers and consulting firms across all industries (financial services, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, CPG, retail, technology, multimedia, hospitality, retail and food service). Lindsey’s ambitious character and personable demeanor make her a valuable resource for her clients, as well as a reliable point of contact for her candidates. Prior to joining our team at Smith Hanley, Lindsey recruited in the realty space; placing positions from Leasing Agent through Finance and Acquisitions.

Areas of Expertise: Survey Market Research, Secondary Research, Survey Methodology, User Experience, UX, Usability, Competitive Intelligence, Digital and Social Media Research, Consumer Insights, Shopper Insights, Category Management, Syndicated Research, Custom Research, Primary Research, Product Development, Data Analysis, Sensory Research, Pharmaceutical Primary and Secondary Market Research, New Product Development, Prelaunch and Go-to Market Strategy, Most Frequent Therapeutic Areas Include: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Metabolic Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Biosimilars/Generics, Oncology, HCV, HIV, Hepatitis, Neurology.

Paul Chatlos, Data Science and Analytics

Paul specializes in the recruitment of quantitative marketing and data science professionals. He prides himself in building excellent relationships with both clients and candidates in order to best address their hiring needs and career goals. Paul has spent the majority of his professional career in the recruitment industry. He has recruited sales and marketing professionals in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries as well has worked in physician recruitment. He holds a BS in psychology from James Madison University.

Areas of Expertise: Analyst, Analytics, Analysis, Big Data, Business Analysis, Business Analyst, Data Analysis, Data Analyst Digital Analytics, Database Management, Data Mining, Data Scientist, Decision Science, Digital Analytics, Econometrician, Econometric Modeling, Forecasting, Machine Learning, Marketing Analytics, Market Research, Market Mix Modeling, Media Mix Modeling, Modeling, Pricing, Programming, Promotion Response, Sampling, Statistics, Statistical Analysis, Statistician, Survey Methodology, Web Analytics, R, SAS, Python, SQL,: Classification Methods including Neural Net, Logistic Regression, Decision Trees, KNN, SVM, Random Forest; Regression methods including Linear, Nonlinear, Boosted Regression Trees; Clustering methods such as K-means, Fuzzy C-means, Hierarchical Clustering, Mixture Modeling; Time-series Modeling using AR, ARMA, GARCH, Exponential Smoothing, also, Hypothesis Testing, Experiment Design, Hierarchical Modeling, Bayesian Inference, Java, Matlab, Octave, R, VBA, Linux, Shell Scripting, Map-Reduce, Hadoop, Hive, NoSQL ,: cognos, Informatica, OLAP, Oracle, Qlikview, Sybase, Spotfire, Teradata, MS-Access, Relational Databases, XML, JSON, PLSQL, NOSQL, Oracle 11g, MongoDB, Omniture, Google Analytics, and Spring Metrics.

Nancy Darian, Data Science and Analytics

One of Nancy’s favorite hobbies is cooking for family and friends. And when she’s at the office, she does soup to nuts recruiting as team leader and executive recruiter for the marketing analytics and data science practice in the Midwest and South regions. She believes that the recipe for success involves working closely with both clients and candidates. Nancy knows that her clients have a lot on their plates and need recruiting assistance from a professional, so she focuses on serving up a menu of qualified candidates that fit her clients’ technical, industry and soft skill requirements. In her broad recruiting area, she hunts down cream of the crop candidates at all levels, from small potatoes to big enchiladas. Her overall assessment of being a part of our team at Smith Hanley? It’s been a fun way to bring home the bacon. If you want to know what Nancy has been cooking up lately at Smith Hanley, send her a message at ndarian@smithhanley.com

Areas of Recruiting Expertise: A/B testing, acquisition and loyalty analytics, ANOVA, Bayesian, big data, Business Objects, campaign analysis, CHAID, CART, churn analysis, cluster analysis, CPG analytics, credit and risk analytics, CRM analytics, customer lifetime value, data mining, data science, decision trees, demand planning, design of experiments, digital (web) analysis, discrete choice, DOE, factor analysis, forecasting, fraud detection analysis, Google Analytics, Hadoop, Hive, JMP, linear regression, logistic regression, machine learning, MANOVA, market mix modeling, marketing analytics, model validation, multivariate analysis, neural networks, Omniture, optimization, Pig, pricing analysis, predictive modeling, predictive analytics, POS data, promotion response analysis, propensity analysis, Python, R, ROI analysis, regression analysis, retention analysis, SAS, SPSS, SQL, segmentation analysis, scoring, site selection, statistical modeling, statistical analysis, survey analysis, time series analysis

Rory Hauser, Actuarial Science

After finishing his MBA at the John Welch College of Business, Rory joined our team at Smith Hanley to recruit in actuarial science. Rory brings his six years of business experience in both recruiting and operations to the professional service he provides his clients and his candidates.

Areas of Expertise: Actuary, Pricing, Property and Casualty, Health & Benefits, Life, Annuities & Investments, Pension, Actuarial Science, Insurance, Health Care, Society of Actuaries, Associate Society of Actuaries, Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, Casualty Actuarial Society, Fellowship of Casualty Actuarial Society, Validation by Educational Experience, Linear Models, Mathematics, Statistics, Financial Theory, Economics, Probability, Life Contingencies, Evaluation Models.

Deirdre Kiniry, Financial Strategies

With Smith Hanley Associates since 2000, Deirdre has over 20 years of recruitment experience covering a diverse range of searches in the financial services sector for institutional asset managers, investment banks and hedge funds. Recently she completed senior-level marketing and client service searches for alternative asset management clients. Other successful mandates have included sector-specific portfolio managers and distressed credit analysts. Deirdre is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

David Matz, Financial Strategies

David is a Group Partner at Smith Hanley Associates LLC. Specializing in the field of technology and quantitative research, he is a Partner in the firm’s Financial Strategies Group. David’s understanding of the financial services industry enables him to identify and communicate with top information technology and quantitative research professionals with a proven record of impactful performance. David’s client portfolio focuses on technology and quantitative research within hedge funds, investment management, and investment banking. He has fulfilled successful searches for managing directors, executive directors, directors, group heads, and other essential leadership positions responsible for major strategic initiatives focused on information technology. Before David joined Smith Hanley Associates in September of 2010, he worked at The Mergis Group, where he was an executive recruiter in the accounting and finance divisions, and CT Partners, where he entered the financial services technology field. A graduate of The University of Maryland with a degree in marketing, David is based in Smith Hanley’s Manhattan office at the Met Life Building, New York, NY.

Nancy Ragonese, Pharmaceutical

Nancy Ragonese joined our team at Smith Hanley Associates in 2014 and now leads the Pharmaceutical Sales and Medical Affairs practice areas. Her relationships with her clients and candidates is one of personalized, knowledgeable service, helping companies acquire the top talent in the industry, and working with candidates throughout their careers, are the trademarks of her recruiting practice. Nancy’s expertise is in the recruitment of pharmaceutical sales and operations leaders nationwide, including sales training, sales operations, zone and area managers, clinical nurse educators and medical science liaison’s. Nancy also has a strong track record of success in sales force expansions and build-outs requiring attainment of top talent in a tight time frame. Whether you have one specialized hire, ten hires for a small expansion, or 100+ hires, Nancy and her experienced team will be there every step of the way. Before joining Smith Hanley Associates, Nancy spent over seven years at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the HR business partner function where she provided comprehensive HR support to over 500 employees and business leaders in prescription medicines on complex situations brought to HR including; workforce expansions, recruiting, performance management, leaves of absence, reductions in force, compensation management and policy interpretation.

Areas of Expertise: Pharmaceutical Sales Leaders; Sales Reps; District Managers; Regional Managers; Regional Directors; Account Managers; Account Executives; Vice Presidents; Zone Directors; Nurse Educators; Medical Science Liaisons; MSL; Specialty; Primary; Respiratory; Cardiovascular; Diabetes; Metabolic; Rheumatology; Gastroenterology; Pulmonology; Biosimilars; Oncology; HCV; Institutional; HIV, Hepatitis; Hospital; Long-Term Care; Orphan Diseases

Rory O’Neill, Financial Services

Rory O’Neill is a Director at Smith Hanley Associates within the Financial Services Practice.  She focuses on asset management and hedge fund clients across all strategies, with particular expertise in fundamental long/short equities.

Rory brings more than 20 years of experience in finance to Smith Hanley’s Financial Services Practice.  Prior to joining Smith Hanley, Rory worked at SAC (now Point72) in Equities Management as the Director of Broker Relations, at Lehman Brothers for 8 years in Equity Research and Equity Sales Marketing, and at Intel Corporation’s Treasury Department.

Rory holds an MBA with concentrations in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Eda Zullo, Pharmaceutical

Eda joined our team at Smith Hanley Associates in 2000. Her relationships with her clients and candidates is one of personalized, knowledgeable service. Helping companies develop and build groups, and working with candidates throughout their careers, are the hallmarks of her recruiting practice.Eda’s expertise is in the recruitment of life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotech healthcare professionals in the quantitative and statistical area.  Her practice is within the marketing analytics space that concentrates in marketing science, sales analytics, forecasting and promotion response.

Before joining Smith Hanley Associates, Eda spent more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). She had regional sales and marketing responsibilities in metropolitan New York. With expertise in membership development, special events and promotions, Eda fostered strong business relationships with corporations through strategic alliances and partnerships throughout her tenure. She holds a BA in sociology from Rosemont College.

Areas of Expertise: Pharma, Biotech, BioPharma, Life Science, Healthcare, Medical Device, Management Science, Marketing Science, Data Science, Sales and Marketing Analytics, Forecasting, Call Planning and Targeting, Sales and Commercial Effectiveness, Promotion Response Analysis, Territory Alignment, Sales Force Size and Structure, Marketing Mix Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Big Data, SAS, R, Python, Hadoop, SQL, SPSS, Tableau, Spotfire, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Office.

Sandy DeChello, Support Staff

Sandy has been part of our team at Smith Hanley since 1998. Her twenty years of experience in assisting a variety of recruiters keeps our services accurate, quick and efficient. Her loyalty to Smith Hanley, her calm demeanor and her genuine effort to do the right thing make Sandy a tip-top employee.

Jen Fekete, Support Staff

Jen has been part of our team at Smith Hanley in 2002. She currently supports our Capital Markets group, but has also actively worked with all of the Quantitative Marketing recruiters. Jen is a native of Connecticut but currently works remotely from Texas. This move has been a seamless transition for Jen and Smith Hanley. She is as efficient and reliable as she always has been in person. You know when you give a project to Jen it will come back even better than expected.

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Daniel Wilberschied, Market Research & Consumer Insights

Daniel specializes in the recruitment of primary and secondary market research professionals across a variety of fields. Daniels personable and driven personality makes him a great asset and resource for his clients. Prior to joining our team at Smith Hanley, Daniel was a Financial Advisor in the personal planning space allowing him to work directly with his clients and creating connections that were more than just business. Daniel believes the key to success is to be diligent in your work and build relationships that bridge the gap between our clients and candidates.

Areas of Expertise:
Survey Market Research, Secondary Research, Survey Methodology, User Experience, UX, Usability, Competitive Intelligence, Digital and Social Media Research, Consumer Insights, Shopper Insights, Category Management, Syndicated Research, Custom Research, Primary Research, Product Development, Data Analysis, Sensory Research, Pharmaceutical Primary and Secondary Market Research, New Product Development, Prelaunch and Go-to Market Strategy, Most Frequent Therapeutic Areas Include: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Metabolic Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Biosimilars/Generics, Oncology, HCV, HIV, Hepatitis, Neurology.