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President and Founder

Mr. Smith is a highly respected leader in executive search in the engineering and construction industry. With over 40 years of experience, Brian has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to recruit the best candidates for our clients. His client and candidate relationships span decades, and he is sought out for the strategic, critical searches.

Mr. Smith began his recruiting career in 1997 with the international firm, Ray & Berndtson. Realizing that few recruiters understood and served the engineering and construction industries, and that the demand for talent was growing, he founded CareerSMITH to specifically serve this set of clients. Brian directs the strategy and business development activities of CareerSMITH, nurturing his existing client relationships while developing new clients. He also is rigorously involved in the candidate interviews, appraisals, and the presentation of the candidates to our clients.

Mr. Smith began his corporate career with Fluor Daniel in 1972. At Fluor Daniel, he had increasing responsibilities, including President of Venture Capital, Group Senior Vice President in charge of Middle East & Africa, Vice President of Infrastructure, Project Manager of Mining and Metals, and Manager of Cost, Scheduling and Estimating. Brian joined Fluor Daniel when they purchased Utah Engineering and Construction where he was Chief Engineer in charge of building military bases in Thailand.

In 1986 Mr. Smith joined International Technology Corporation, a publicly-traded environmental and hazardous waste management services company. He earned the position of President and Chief Operating Officer, helping to establish the company as the nation's largest hazardous waste engineering company.

In 1992 Mr. Smith founded Smith Technology, a firm focused on providing engineering consulting and remediation services to commercial and government clients. As President and CEO, it grew to be the tenth largest company of its kind in the United States with 1100 employees. He sold the company in 1997.

Brian spent six years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a MS in Financial Management from George Washington University.

Partner & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Bolliger joined CareerSMITH, Inc. in 2003 after having spent 10 years in the environmental and construction industries. Prior to joining CareerSMITH, he was employed as a Senior Project Manager for a billion-dollar environmental engineering and remediation firm headquartered in Northern California. Projects included managing large-scale remediation programs for the Department of Defense, environmental consulting, technical assistance with hazardous waste management, and management of solid waste construction projects for commercial and governmental clients.

Tony is a Partner and currently the Chief Operations Officer of CareerSMITH. He provides oversight and leadership throughout the entire search process including directing research, candidate identification and development, and interviewing, appraising, and presenting qualified candidates. He is intimately involved in the interview process of prospective candidates and in integrating the successful candidate into the client organization. This results in the highest quality candidates for the specific search.

Having established a respected reputation, Mr. Bolliger is often asked to speak about talent and staffing trends and issues at industry forums and executive conferences. He earned a BS in Chemistry from Villanova University in Villanova, PA.


Ms. Napheys joined CareerSMITH in 2007 after a twenty-four year career in sales, business development, and marketing in the information technology and financial services industries.

Susan is responsible for managing relationships with existing clients and for developing search opportunities with new clients. She also executes select searches as a candidate developer, focusing on executive business development, seller-doer, or general management recruiting assignments.

In 1983 Ms. Napheys began her twenty-year career at IBM Corporation as a Systems Engineer. A few moves later, she transitioned her focus to managing the Financial Services Sector territory in the Rocky Mountain region. Susan then accepted an international position as an Alliance Executive leading the strategy, marketing and business development efforts with strategic alliance partners in the Insurance and Capital markets segments.

After her IBM career, Susan joined the Young American's Center for Financial Education, where she had previously been a board member, to lead the corporate development efforts. The Young American's Center for Financial Education is a non-profit whose mission is financial literacy for youth, and who offers the only bank in the country just for young people 21 years of age or younger.

Ms. Napheys earned a BS in Finance and Marketing from Purdue University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado. Susan is based in Denver, Colorado.


Pam brings broad-based industry experience and more than 18 years of professional search expertise. Earlier in her career she was with two leading international executive recruiting firms. Since joining CareerSMITH in 2001 she has been based in Austin, Texas and specializes in the engineering and construction industry both domestically and internationally. She has also executed a wide variety of senior-level searches in the telecommunications, high technology, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, financial services, utilities, and retail industries. Areas of functional expertise include operations, sales, marketing, business development, manufacturing, human resources, finance, engineering, information technology, general management, purchasing and logistics.

Ms. Golightly graduated with honors and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising/public relations from Texas Christian University. She is also a founding member of the Northwest Recruiters Association.


Ms. Watson's more than fifteen years in the executive search field has afforded her the opportunity to service virtually all functional areas and industries, although she has in-depth experience in the engineering, construction, entertainment, healthcare, biotechnology, high technology, and defense/aerospace industries. At CareerSMITH, Suzanne directs the back office operations and is responsible for coordinating all research, candidate development and administrative activities.

Ms. Watson gained much of her experience while she was a Partner at The Simonds Group, a retained research and executive search firm. Prior to this, she served as Director of Research at Houze, Shourds & Montgomery, Inc., a leading retained, boutique search firm in Los Angeles.

Ms. Watson has shared her expertise with the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (IACPR) - developing and organizing seminars on pertinent subjects. She furthers her dedication to the field as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Employment Management Association and the Southern California Roundtable, an organization of research professionals.

Ms. Watson was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal's prestigious "Women in Business Award" and has been a guest speaker at Long Beach City College discussing such topics as "Preparing Yourself for an Interview" and "How to Write a Resume". In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for Senior Meals and Services, a non-profit organization in Orange County. Her tremendous enthusiasm and industry knowledge led her to found SWR Resource Network.

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