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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.

Management

Chris Machata, CPC
Manager/Senior Information Technology Recruiter/Partner

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

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

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.

Urvi Bhatt
Pharmaceutical Recruiter

Urvi joins RJS with 10 years of experience in Human Resources, Employee Relations and Global HR Operations. She specializes in pharmaceutical recruitment, her experience working across geographies and global multinationals will serve her well as a new team member at RJS.

She is passionate about travel, music and cuisine. In her spare time, she follows travel intel and likes to read about international art and culture.

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.

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.

Shelley Haslett
Healthcare Technology Recruiter

Shelley Haslett joins RJS Associates with over 15 years of recruiting experience. Her focus at RJS Associates is Healthcare Technology. Shelley graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a Business degree. She is a longtime volunteer for Crayons 4 Cancer which raises funds for children who are battling cancer. Shelley is also the proud mother of two awesome boys, has been a lifelong resident of Connecticut and currently resides with her family in Manchester, CT.

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.

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.

Patrick Leonard
Information Technology Recruiter

After attending Mitchell College and Southern Connecticut State University, Patrick moved to Indianapolis, IN and spent 5 years as owner/operator of an event marketing company benefiting national charities that included Toys for Tots, CPEA for Missing Children and DARE America. Patrick played baseball, hockey and soccer all through college and still enjoys playing softball and golfing. Patrick currently resides in East Hampton CT.

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.

Loel Nelson
Engineering Recruiter

Loel joins RJS from a career in manufacturing and engineering with a focus on the placement of talent for the manufacturing industry. He has a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Loel and his family reside in Bristol, CT. In his free time he can be found fishing or hiking.

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.

Michael Pleet
Information Technology Recruiter

Mike graduated from Johnson and Wales University after having traveled extensively, living abroad in Spain and the Middle East. He sustained a successful career in Hospitality, and subsequently started his own Hospitality Recruiting business. Mike recently transitioned his recruiting skills and expertise to the field of Information Technology with RJS Associates. Mike enjoys quality time with his two children, surfing, golf, and attending sports and live music events.

John Ricciardone
Civil Engineering Recruiter

John Ricciardone is a member of our Civil Engineering group . He received a BS in Operations Management from Johnson & Wales University Honor’s Program. John is from Southington CT and has a lifelong passion for sports, such as soccer and baseball. Before RJS, John helped his family with the day-to-day operations at their restaurant and worked in logistics with Amazon.

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.

CJ Schmitt
Civil Engineering Recruiter

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.

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. An avid motorcycle racer, he and his family reside in Glastonbury, CT.

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.

Abby Trifone
Civil Engineering Recruiter

Abby joined RJS in 2017 with a focus on placing top Civil Engineering talent. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Connecticut and an extensive background in administration and sales, she adds great value to the team with her enthusiasm and dedication to helping others. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, cooking and traveling.