Founded in 2003, Breault & Smith is a consulting firm specializing in executive search for hedge funds, private equity and broker dealer. We also provide thought-leadership and compensation services to our clients.


When recruiting at Commodities Corporation, a legendary hedge fund acquired by Goldman Sachs in 1997, John Breault, the founder, wanted to build deep partnering-like relationships with a few boutique search firms who were both broad and deep in the positions in which they specialized.


John took this philosophy to Breault & Smith where the firm specializes in all hedge fund and private equity positions.  Clients often ask us to fill esoteric and hard-to-fill positions. We "do the right thing" and what is in our clients' best interests are in our best interests. 



John founded Breault & Smith LLC in 2003, specializing in human capital consulting and recruiting for hedge funds, private equity firms and their family offices. As a trusted-advisor our specialty is ensuring culture fit between the employing client and the candidate client.


John previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Heidrick & Struggles' Financial Services Practice). Prior to that, John was Chief of Staff for the Vice President of Human Resources at Dow Jones.. Before Dow Jones, John spent seven years at Commodities Corporation, part of Goldman Sachs, as Head of 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 A. Breault


co-founder | ceo

Kelly is a co-founder of Breault & Smith LLC and is the creative spirit behind the firm since its inception in 2003. 


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 an Art History graduate of the College of Holy Cross and a proud mother of three children and three former seeing eye dogs.

Kelly S. Smith


co-founder | business operations

Marlon W. O’Brien is the President and Managing Director of The Bernards Group, Inc. He began his career as the Senior Manager from 1987 and has held his current role since 1992.

His background as a Division 1 basketball player has brought a healthy competitive attitude and a winning edge mindset to the office. As a leader, Marlon’s plays a crucial role in ensuring the success of all operational and sales initiatives and serves as the main go to person for the Account Executives with a knowledge base that spans over 25 years in the recruiting business. Marlon has led some of the nation’s largest diversified recruiting efforts within the Pharmaceutical/ Healthcare and Banking & Leasing industry. He also heads up the company’s consulting practice. Marlon holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Upsala College and Texas AM Commerce.

Marlon W. O'Brien


strategic alliance partner

With over 10 years of international recruiting experience Helger brings a wealth of staffing knowledge to Breaul & Smith. Having previously worked at SThree and Oliver James Associates he knows the headhunting world inside out from both an internal as well as external perspective providing our candidates and clients with the best possible experience.

Helger I. Wiese


Esteban Perez is freshman at Union College and is currently  interning with Breault & Smith. At Union Esteban is studying for his Bachelor degree in Economics.

Besides being a student Esteban also has keen interest in sports of which baseball is his favorite and everything related to Wall Street.

Esteban Perez