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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. Previously, he served as a member of both the Board of Education and the Board of Selectmen where he resides with his family in Colchester, CT

Management

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.

Staff

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.

Nicholas Brenchak
Engineering Recruiter

Nick, specializing in engineering, joined the firm in 2021. Educated at The University of Connecticut where he obtained a B.S. in Resource Economics. Aside from a strong sales background, Nick enjoys attending UConn basketball games as well as coaching a local youth baseball team in his hometown of Middletown, CT.

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.

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.

Kelly Hernandez
Engineering Recruiter

Kelly specializes in Engineering at RJS. Kelly was Educated at Central Connecticut State University and brings a strong sales and customer service background to her team. Outside of the office, her passions are mentoring the next generation of women and enjoying music, sports, and theatre.

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.

Michael Merrow
Civil / Environmental Recruiter

Michael is our newest addition to our Civil Engineering department. He completed his under graduate at Eastern Connecticut State University and brings a strong background in sales and customer service. Outside of the office Michael enjoys personal fitness and socializing.

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.

Gabriela Paxi
Pharmaceutical Recruiter

Gaby specializes in pharmaceutical recruiting, joining the firm in 2022. Educated at Eastern Connecticut State University where she obtained a B.A.  in English minoring in Political Science. She brings with her a strong background in client relations and sales. Outside of the office Gaby enjoys playing rugby, and volunteering with her team.

Olivia Randazzo
Engineering Recruiter

Olivia specializes in Engineering at RJS. She comes to us from the hospitality and vinting industry. Olivia has wonderful background in product services and client development. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.

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.

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.

Matthew Stroiney
Civil / Environmental Recruiter

Matthew is joining the Civil Engineering Department. He completed his undergraduate at Eastern Connecticut State University. He brings a strong sales and customer service background.

Outside of the office, Matthew enjoys an active lifestyle which includes volunteering and coaching youth sports.

Robin Tooker
Pharmaceutical Recruiter

Robin, specializing in pharmaceutical R&D, joined the firm in 2021. Educated at Central Connecticut State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. Robin brings a strong background in sales and customer service to the team. Outside the office she enjoys horseback riding, upholstering antique furniture, and spending time with her family and dogs. She and her family reside in Granby CT.

Michael Valliere
Engineering Recruiter

Michael specializes in Engineering Recruiting, bringing with him a strong sales background.  Mike lives in Meriden with his girlfriend while working towards his Bachelor’s degree in History & Economics from Central Connecticut State University.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and attending live sporting events in the tri state area.

Deral Wallace
Civil Engineering Recruiter

Deral is joining our Civil Engineering department with a well rounded background in sales. Deral was educated at Central Connecticut State University where he earned a BA in communications. In his spare time, he enjoys post-production, travel, and exercise.