The Team

John A. Breault – Founder, President & CEO

John founded Breault & Smith LLC ("BSLLC") in 2003. His firm specializes in human capital consulting and recruiting for hedge funds, private equity firms and their family offices. He has trusted-advisor relationships with about ten repeat clients. BSLLC’s specialty is ensuring culture fit between the employing client and the candidate client. Since culture fit predicts 60 to 80 percent of the success of a placement, John is able to use his culture fit knowledge across all positions that an employing client may need.

Before founding BSLLC, John served as the Chief Operating Officer of Heidrick & Struggles' Financial Services Practice (CY 2000 revenues $152m, 1,900 placements globally). Prior to that, John was Director/Chief of Staff for the Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal. Before Dow Jones, John spent seven years at Goldman Sachs/Commodities Corporation ("CC"), where he was responsible for Human Resources.

John graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he played football and lacrosse, with a B.S. in Psychology/Science. He also holds a Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Rutgers University and he attended New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he pursued a Masters in Computer Science.

John has been a member of the Managed Funds Association, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences including those sponsored by the MFA, GAIM, IMN and Financial Research Associates. He will be writing a book about Hedge Funds using an approach similar to these books: Hedgehogging by Barton Biggs (Wiley; 2006), House by Tracy Kidder (Mariner Books; 1999), The Big Short by Michael Lewis (Norton,2010) and More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby (Penguin, 2010).

John can be contacted at at 908.630.9090 Monday through Sunday from 7 am to 11 pm EST. Use 908.256.9367 for txts.

Jane Han, Recruiting Consultant

Jane Han joined Breault & Smith from Tatum, a Randstad Company, where she was a Talent Management Partner specializing in CFO, Controller, CIO and COO candidates for the East Region. In her prior role with Randstad, Jane achieved the highest Gross Profit in Staffing in 2013.

Prior to her recruiting carrier, Jane spent 14 years as a financial analyst for firms such as Solutions Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co., Inc., Loral Space and Communications and NCR Corporation.

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master’s of Business Administration in Marketing/International Business from Indiana University Graduate School of Business.

Jane can be contacted at, 917.679.4843 or 
(347) 696.1877.

Kelly S. Smith - Head of Administration & Business Strategy

Kelly is a co-founder of Breault & Smith LLC and is the creative spirit behind the firm.

Before Breault & Smith, Kelly was head of metro-NY sales for Katherine Gibbs, was an assistant in the Office of the President of Princeton, William G. Bowen, and was a program coordinator for General Electric's executive development program.

Kelly is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross.
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