Meet Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

Meet Our Team of Innovators & Experts in the Recruitment Technology Industry 
LJ Morris
President & CTO

As the President of SmartSearch, LJ leads the organization by acknowledging the intersection between technology and the end-user. LJ oversees the day-to-day operations along with the advancements of the company's software product and is a staunch advocate of agile development and adaptable technology. Using his 20+ years' experience in the technology space, LJ is excited to bring SmartSearch to new heights and markets and is committed to driving revenue along with nurturing the client and vendor partnerships he and his staff have developed over the past 33 years. LJ holds an MBA in Finance, a BS in General Business, and Computer Science.

Farshad Farhand
VP, Software Development

Farshad has over 22 years of cross-industry expertise in application development, information technology, and business flow automation. He is in charge of SmartSearch’s next-generation software development. He is an avid skier, outdoorsman and enjoys woodworking.

Debbie Sims
Client Success Director

With 20+ years at SmartSearch, Debbie has earned a ‘celebrity’ status according to many SmartSearch users. She oversees all aspects of new client implementations, including data migrations, training, candidate experience, and client-system configuration. Debbie loves delivering excellent client service, for every client, every time. For Debbie, it's about making sure clients get the most out of SmartSearch by helping them streamline existing processes or create new ones to meet their needs so they can be more productive and efficient – her record speaks for itself. Notably, Debbie is the proud mother of three children.

Tom Pietryga
Sales Director

Tom has an extensive background in business development that spans over 30 years. His management experience ranges from developing new sales teams to working with established teams in Fortune 500 companies giving them the coaching and tools they need to succeed. Using a collaborative management style, Tom brings his passion and enthusiasm to help sales managers achieve their goals by focusing on defined and monitored sales processes. When not working, Tom enjoys golfing, traveling, and building furniture in his woodworking shop.

Jess Jebrail
Professional Services Director

Jess works with SmartSearch clients large and small to develop custom solutions that keep their work rising to the top water. When Jess isn’t writing code, he enjoys the outdoors and volunteer work at the California GSP Rescue.

Colin Craig
IT Director

Colin is responsible for the management, strategy, and execution of IT infrastructure for the organization. He oversees technical projects in alignment with organizational goals and directs the effective delivery of networks, development, and disaster recovery systems and processes. He, also, develops, manages, and tracks the IT department's annual budget, and consults with senior-level stakeholders across the organization to identify business and technology needs to optimize the use of information technology. Ensuring the smooth delivery and operation of IT services by monitoring systems performance and providing direction, guidance, and training to IT staff are part of his role at SmartSearch.

Brian Paez
Technical Support Manager

Brian enjoys taking complex problems and turning them into simple solutions. He has a passion for writing code and studying the logic and structure of technology, and always strives to learn new material and systems. He has a background in technology infrastructure, including workstations, networks, servers, and software, as well as developing new and improved solutions that align with business strategies. When he’s not coding or working with technology, Brian can be found traveling the world or on the court shooting some hoops.

  • WSP Parsons
  • VCG Corp
  • Two Roads Professional Resources
  • The Stepping Stone Group
  • TAD PGS
  • SynerfacSynerfac
  • SuperbTech IncSuperbTech Inc
  • StefaniniStefanini
  • Staff Matters
  • SIS
  • Simply Biotech
  • Search Staffing Group
  • RecruiterGuy.com
  • Rail Personnel
  • PrimeStaff
  • PDW – Performance Driven Workforce
  • NACM
  • MMC Group
  • L.J. Gonzer Associates
  • Kleinfelder
  • Kineticom
  • ImpactImpact
  • Geologics
  • eStaff, LLC
  • Datrose
  • CRSgroup
  • CPIM Group
  • Belcan
  • Amtec Engineering
  • Alphanumeric
  • Adecco
  • Accurate Placement