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Why Choose RJS?

Your decision to engage a recruiting firm should not be random – You want to work with a reliable partner who knows the best way to reach your objectives quickly and cost effectively.

RJS Associates can readily identify skilled technical and managerial professionals who will meet your company’s needs. We listen carefully to you in order to fully assess and understand your hiring goals. We screen candidates thoroughly in order to determine their abilities and career plans.

  • With an average associate tenure of 12 years, RJS Associates is here to stay in a world of ever changing recruiting experts.
  • Over 200 placements annually. Resulting in $ 16M in salaries. We provide value!
  • You talk. We listen. We’ll surround you with meaningful attention that fosters a long term relationship
  • We strive to solve problems and look for creative solutions that will drive your business bottom line

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What We Do Best

Identify, Assess, and Deliver top talent on difficult searches.

Maintain an open dialogue from initial contact through on-boarding.

Build long term relationships, solving hiring needs in multiple departments.

Strive to understand the needs of our clients and offer custom solutions.

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Our Leadership

Brad Earnest, CPC

Managing Partner / Engineering Recruiter

Since joining the firm in 1993, Brad has developed an outstanding Engineering/Manufacturing practice. His tenacious and honest approach has earned Brad countless company awards, most notably 8 Consultant of the Year designations. He has managed the Engineering team to outstanding results over his tenure. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Brad now applies his sports background to coaching youth sports. He resides with his family in Columbia, CT.

John Reever, CPC

Managing Partner / Pharmaceutical Recruiter

John joined RJS Associates in 1991, and developed his reputation as an outstanding recruiter nationwide. He specializes in all aspects of Pharmaceutical R&D and operations and has earned numerous awards while managing the Pharmaceutical team and the Sales Recruitment team. John graduated from the University of Connecticut and over the years, has represented this firm as a speaker, trainer, and board member. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Education and is active in youth sports where he resides with his family in Colchester, CT.


Chris Machata, CPC
Manager, National Healthcare Technology Practice

Chris brought 3 years of recruiting experience to RJS when he joined the firm in 2002. A graduate of Syracuse University, he manages the Healthcare Technology team and specializes in the placement of professionals throughout the Country. He has been awarded numerous Department and Client Development awards for his achievements. Chris and his family reside in Berlin, CT.

CJ Schmitt
Assistant Manager - Civil Engineering

CJ is originally from Dalton Massachusetts and now resides in Hartford CT. He has an extensive successful sales background in Home and Facilities Improvement industry. CJ works on our Civil/Environmental team placing professionals with clients throughout the Northeast.

Heather Stoddard
Operations & Finance Manager

Since joining the firm in 2005, Heather has excelled at every support function within RJS. In 2015 Heather was promoted to the Operations and Finance Manager becoming an integral part of the leadership team at RJS.

Drew Symes, CPC
Manager / Senior Engineering Recruiter/Partner

Drew joined RJS Associates in 2001 and specializes in Engineering/Manufacturing. His strong client relationships have earned him numerous Client Development awards and Department honors. Educated at Seton Hall University, Drew is active in coaching Youth Sports. He resides with his family in Bristol, CT.


Jay Arcand
Sales Recruiter

Jay joined RJS Associates with two years of previous recruiting experience. Specializing in Industrial Sales, he was educated at Central Connecticut State University. Active in numerous sports, he excels at competitive skeet shooting. He resides in East Hartford, CT.

Joe Aronne, CPC
Senior Pharmaceutical Recruiter/Partner

Specializing in all aspects of Pharmaceutical R&D, Joe has worked for RJS since 1989. During his time, he has received numerous department and client development awards, including the Consultant of the Year award. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and maintains a passion for golf and racquetball. He and his family reside in Wethersfield, CT.

Joe Bernacki
Information Technology Recruiter

Joe joins RJS Associates with over 30 years of Information Technology and Management experience.  He specializes in the placement of IT Professionals. Joe enjoys spending time with his family and is a lifelong CT resident.

Josue Charles
Civil Engineering Recruiter

Josh joined RJS in 2018 with a focus on placing top civil and environmental engineering talent. With an MBA at Utica College and BA at Central Connecticut State, Josh has brought relevant academic experience to the department. In his free time, josh can be found volunteering at local food banks and fundraising drives for his native country, Haiti. Josh lives in Hartford, CT with his family.

Rich Dunn, CPC
Senior Civil Engineering Recruiter

Rich brings over 20 years of recruiting experience to RJS.  He started at RJS in 1993 and he has excelled in various areas such as IT, Engineering and Scientific in the past; and is now one of the senior members of the Civil Engineering group.  Rich has been awarded numerous Department and Client Development awards for his achievements over the years and is a proud graduate of Providence College.  Rich and his family currently reside in Berlin, CT.

Keye Frank
Civil / Environmental Recruiter

Keye joined RJS in 2018 with a focus on placing top civil and environmental engineering talent. A graduate of the Union College, Keye spends his time outside of work as an assistant football coach at Hall High School and working on political campaigns. He is also actively involved in several philanthropies, whether he is running 5Ks to raise money for cancer research or spending his Thanksgivings delivering meals through Meals on Wheels.

Sherrine Garland
Sales Recruiter

Sherrine Garland joins RJS Associates with 17 years of experience within the Staffing Industry.  Her focus at RJS Associates is in Sales Recruiting.  Sherrine served in the Air Force as a Medical Administrative Specialist. Sherrine was born and raised in CT and currently lives in Manchester, CT.  She enjoys cooking and spending quality time with her family.

Alan Gravelle
Manager of Network Operations

Alan has supervised the computer operations and systems of RJS Associates since 1999. His extensive technical education and experience has been invaluable to the growth of the company. Residing in Bristol, CT, Alan is an avid photographer, camper and is a motorcycle enthusiast.

Kerri Hall
Engineering Recruiter

Kerri joined RJS Associates in 2018 with over 10 years recruiting experience and specializes in Engineering/Manufacturing. She tutors foreign students in Math and English. From the quiet corner, Kerri enjoys lake life, trivia and spending time with her fiancé Collin and her dog Millie.

Joan Hansen, CPC
Senior Accounting/Finance Recruiter/Partner

Educated at UMass, Joan has recruited all levels of Accountants, Auditors and Financial professionals since 2003. Over the years, she has received numerous Department awards and Client development awards. She and her family reside in Windsor, CT.

Krista Heffernan
Engineering Recruiter

Krista Heffernan joined the Engineering Team  at RJS in 2018. She completed her education at Susquehanna University in 2017. She studied abroad in London, England and ran varsity track while at school. Krista was born and raised in Simsbury, CT and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and most importantly her two dogs.

Paul Jagielski, CPC
Engineering Recruiter

Paul has specialized in placing manufacturing, engineering and technicians at RJS since 1995. He has earned Client Development awards. A lifelong Greater Hartford resident, Paul and his family now reside in West Hartford, CT.

Christine Johnson-Alexander
Civil Engineering Recruiter

Christine joined RJS in 2018 with a focus on placing the top civil/ environmental engineering talent. A graduate from Wells College with a BA in Sociology & Anthropology, Christine continues academic research in her field. Christine was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and spends time outside of work playing tennis.

Ted Kucharski
Civil Engineering Recruiter

Ted joins RJS Associates with over 25 years of sales and management experience. He  specializes in the placement of Environmental and Civil Engineers nationwide. Ted is a lifelong resident of Connecticut.

Dawn Mayfield
Purchasing Manager / Sales Support

Dawn joined RJS Sales Support team in 2011, and immediately became a valued asset to the firm. Her efficiency and accuracy speeds the process for the recruiting staff in many ways, while she wear many hats being our marketing and purchasing manager. Dawn holds a English degree from Dominican College.

Thomas Moreno, CPC
Senior Engineering Recruiter/Partner

Our senior member, Tom joined the firm in 1984 and continues to provide long standing service to his Engineering clients. He has been awarded numerous Client Development awards over the years. Active in community affairs, bicycling and swimming, Tom is a graduate of Villanova University. He and his family reside in Colchester, CT.

Jason Oliver, CPC
Senior Engineering Recruiter

Since joining the firm in 2004, Jason has managed a very active Engineering recruiting desk. Bachelor’s from the University of Rhode Island, Masters from Springfield College, he has earned several Client Development awards during his time. Jason and his active family live in Glastonbury, CT.

Robin Richmond
Sales Recruiter

Robin joins RJS with over 20 years of Hospitality Management experience where her primary function was bringing  top talent to the company. At RJS, she specializes in Engineering and Sales Recruiting. She received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing & Management at Coastal Carolina University, her interests include boating, traveling and attending sporting events. Robin resides in Newington, CT.

Laura Roberts, CPC
Senior Scientific/Pharmaceutical Recruiter/Partner

Joining the firm in 1988, Laura has established her practice in the placement of Pharmaceutical R&D and operations. Winner of numerous client development awards and accolades for her work, Laura resides in Holyoke, MA.

Chris Sidavong, CPC
Senior Scientific/Pharmaceutical Recruiter

Chris, specializing in Pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing, joined the firm in 2006. Educated at Central Connecticut State University, he has received Client Development awards and praise from his clients. When not recruiting, Chris is an avid motorcycle racer and continues playing hockey in his spare time.

Tony Spak
Senior Pharmaceutical / Scientific Recruiter

Tony Spak has been successfully recruiting professionals for over two decades, focused on mid-management to C-Suite executives in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech/Life Sciences sectors. A proven problem solver, he has maintained a successful track record meeting client recruiting needs and adapting to market demands. Outside of recruiting Tony actively supports his family’s arts endeavors and local charities, while managing to play a bit of golf as well.

Kara Stuart
Sales Support

Kara joined the RJS Sales Support team in 2012 as a Receptionist. Since then she has successfully taken on many other responsibilities and has become an essential part of the RJS team. She has her BA in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and enjoys encouraging others about the importance of health and wellness.

Adam Wilder
Senior Engineering Recruiter

Adam joins the RJS family with extensive experience recruiting and placing  professionals at all levels. Adam graduated Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts with a BS in Finance and currently resides in East Hartford, CT with his wife Paula and their dog Samson.