We solve HR problems with solutions that move your business forward by building on your organizational strengths.
Whatever the project or industry, we aim to align and optimize staff performance with your organization’s goals.
Clients benefit from our insightful, collaborative, results-driven and often fun approach. We focus on the real instead of the hypothetical, knowing that counsel provided today may be applied tomorrow, or even sooner.
At B+B, you won’t find any team members named Benton or Bradford. Founder Richard Smith selected the names of two influential family members whose philosophy – “Life is about people, not plans.” – is rooted in the firm’s mission and vision. Today, B+B continues this legacy by partnering with clients who feel successful in their own contributions to meaningful people and places.
At Benton+Bradford, Richard combines his extensive executive coaching, human resources, and talent acquisition background with the instinctive ability to translate customer needs into high-impact solutions. Working with clients ranging from small, entrepreneurial non-profits to large Fortune 500 organizations, Smith understands how to align individuals and teams for business goal achievement and long-term success.
Whether working on finding the right talent for strategic program execution, consulting on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies or succession planning, aligning HR operations with business targets, or coaching emerging and current leaders, Smith serves clients as a perceptive listener and creative problem-solver. His commitment to action and positive results has enabled B+B to forge successful partnerships with Comcast, Cox, Serta Simmons Bedding, Georgia Power, and Truist, among others.
Before founding B+B, Smith led diversity, equity, and inclusion, talent acquisition, executive search, leadership coaching, HR consulting, and training initiatives across a host of roles with Terex Corporation, Wal-Mart, Roosevelt Thomas Consulting and Training, and Bell Oaks Executive Search.
Visit LinkedIn for more about Richard Smith’s background and expertise: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardasmith06/
Richard ensured that our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative would lead toward making our company more inclusive, transparent and welcoming of feedback. He did all of those things and generated positive energy that our team can harness to make decisions that improve our company as we grow.
Richard did a wonderful job finding a highly qualified GM for my landscape services company. He acted quickly and professionally, communicating beautifully through every step of the process. I highly recommend his services.
Richard is a versatile partner who is able to manage large-scale projects, as well as a skilled coach who gives actionable feedback that leads to observable results.
I have used a number of recruitment services over the years and would rank B+B right at the top. We received an impressive slate of candidates quickly, and the eventual selection has earned high praise within our organization. I have no hesitation in recommending B+B and would hire the firm again in the future.
We look forward to continued engagements with B+B. Richard is an ‘above and beyond Coach’ who takes the time to customize a plan to meet the needs of an individual or entire team.
Richard was able to quickly learn our business, identify talent and bring us candidates that we hired, who continue to perform well for our company. His approach is relationship-oriented and grounded in authentic connections.
Richard is a skilled listener who delivers feedback that is direct, yet easily digestible and tailored to my situation. He has helped me to navigate uncertain, political waters, and has provided insight into complicated team structures.
B+B helped us explore and develop a definition of diversity and inclusion that stemmed from our view that every individual brings unique and valuable strengths to the enterprise. From this perspective, we recruited, developed and retained team members that shared our values and contributed their very best work — resulting in the exceptional performance of the company.