CareerSMITH - Recruiting Business Group


Tony Bolliger joined CareerSMITH, Inc. in 2003 after having spent ten 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 located 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.

As President of CareerSMITH, Tony develops strong relationships and partners with clients to fulfill a broad range of position levels across multiple market sectors including Energy, Power, Infrastructure, Transportation, Government, and Environmental. He works closely with clients to fully understand their needs and provides oversight and leadership throughout the entire search execution process including directing research, candidate development, and interviewing and presenting qualified candidates. Tony is intimately involved throughout search execution to ensure successful integration of candidates into client organizations. This results in high quality candidates and long-term placements that make a strategic impact.

Tony is a national speaker at multiple engineering & construction industry conferences held throughout the year in which he shares his strong E&C industry knowledge, recruiting guidance, and industry trends in recruiting and retention. In addition, he leads CareerSMITH's participation and sponsorship activities for multiple industry associations and organizations including SAME, ECC, EFCG, FMI, IEHRA, and Farkas Berkowitz.

Tony is a Board Member of the AESC Americas Council and was elected in 2019 as the Council Secretary and Treasurer. The AESC Americas Council consists of elected officers from AESC Member firms from North America and Latin America to provide market insights and ensure that the AESC represents the very best in the profession and a rigorous commitment to quality standards.

Tony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

Chairman Emeritus

Brian Smith has over forty years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. He has been in the recruiting industry for over twenty years, first with an internationally known firm, Ray & Berndtson, and then as President and Founder of CareerSMITH, a recruiting firm serving the engineering and construction industry. Previously, Brian served as President and CEO of Smith Technology, a company he founded in 1992 to provide engineering consulting and remediation services to commercial and government clients. It grew to be the tenth largest company of its kind in the United States with 1,100 employees. He sold the company in 1997.

Prior to that, Brian worked for International Technology Corporation, a publicly held environmental and hazardous waste management services company. He joined the company in 1986 and later became the President and Chief Operating Officer, helping to establish the company as the nation's largest hazardous waste engineering company. Previous experience includes twelve years with Fluor Daniel, in which he was 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 the firm purchased Utah Engineering and Construction in 1972. With Utah, he was Chief Engineer in charge of building military bases in Thailand.

Brian spent six years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master's degree in Financial Management from George Washington University.

Vice President, Operations

Angela Smith brings over twenty years of domestic and international experience in executive search. She has represented multiple industries throughout her career including manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment, and professional services. Her primary focus has centered around the engineering, construction and environmental industries, recruiting at all levels of an organization and across all functions.

As Vice President of Operations at CareerSMITH, Angela is responsible for operations and managing full search execution, from the design and implementation of sourcing and recruitment strategies to guiding a candidate through the recruitment lifecycle. She takes tremendous pride in effectively evaluating client needs and utilizes professional interviewing strategies to accurately assess candidates based on established criteria. She is also involved in coordinating client relationship development, spearheading compensation negotiations, and transitioning candidates.

A consummate professional, Angela regularly attends engineering and construction industry conferences as well as those specific to the executive search industry. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and former Board Member of the Staffing Management Association of Southern California, a special interest chapter of SHRM. Angela earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Vice President, Research

Alicia Flintzer joined CareerSMITH in 2007 after a 14 year career in research consulting. She brings a wealth of experience from providing research and strategic business consulting services across multiple industries including engineering and construction, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, and professional service industries.

As Vice President of Research at CareerSMITH, Alicia is responsible for managing and executing all primary research functions and leading an experienced research team. She obtains a strong understanding of each client and search engagement to develop position descriptions, identify target companies, direct and manage name generation, and develop sourcing approaches. Prior to the launch of each search, she conducts a detailed and thorough client analysis and market sector evaluation to develop a customized and strategic research strategy which results in identifying, targeting and recruiting the most qualified talent. Alicia also manages business development initiatives and maintains CareerSMITH's extensive contact database.

Prior to her position at CareerSMITH, Alicia was Research Director at a boutique executive search firm based in Southern California providing retained executive search services in on a national basis. In this capacity, she managed all research functions for global clients in the engineering, aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, and information technology market sectors.

Alicia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is based in Newport Beach, California.

Director, Assessment Services

Over her thirty-five year career, Gail Fulwider has worked with a variety of firms in the Engineering and Construction industry to help them formulate and implement human resource strategies that support their annual and long-term business objectives.

As a certified management and leadership assessment provider, Gail has extensive experience administering multiple industry-leading assessment tools. She is responsible for administering CareerSMITH's assessment tools including: MBTI, CPI 260 Leadership Assessment, Hogan Assessments, Devine Inventory, The Birkman Method, and Disc Styles.

Prior to her consulting career, Gail held senior management positions with several leading firms in the engineering and construction industry including Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Ms. Fulwider earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. She has also completed Counseling Psychology postgraduate work from the University of Tennessee and is a Certified Leadership Trainer.

Candidate Development Consultant

Stephanie MacDonald has provided executive recruitment and candidate development expertise to retained executive search firms for over thirty years. With a professional yet personal style, she quickly develops rapport and trust with potential sources and candidates.

In 1991, Stephanie became an independent executive search consultant and has been an integral resource for CareerSMITH. She has conducted domestic and international searches in the engineering and construction industry in commercial, industrial, heavy civil, power, oil and gas, infrastructure, environmental remediation, architectural design, consulting, energy storage, and energy services market sectors.

Stephanie has also conducted executive level searches for non-profits, associations, foundations, agencies, life science, biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, bio IT, clean technology, media & entertainment, social media, retail, interactive & direct marketing, consumer products, hospitality & leisure, high tech, telecommunications, and hardware & software industries.

Earlier in her career, Stephanie worked with an international retained executive search firm in Los Angeles and for two retained executive search firms in Northern California.

Stephanie graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from The University of California, Los Angeles.

Candidate Development Consultant

Pam Golightly brings broad-based industry experience and more than thirty years of professional search expertise. Pam specializes in the engineering and construction industry both domestically and internationally. Areas of functional expertise include operations, sales, marketing, business development, manufacturing, human resources, finance, engineering, information technology, general management, purchasing and logistics.

Earlier in her career she was with two leading international executive recruiting firms engaged with executing a wide variety of senior-level searches in the telecommunications, high technology, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, financial services, utilities, and retail industries.

Pam graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising/Public Relations from Texas Christian University. She is a founding member of the Northwest Recruiters Association and based in Austin, Texas.