Our Team
Joe Goldsmith

A native of “Hard Hittin” New Britain, CT, Joe grew up in an entrepreneurial family as the youngest of four boys.  As a result, he developed a fierce independent streak and an irreverent sense of humor, both of which have characterized much of his career.  Joe attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Russian, before joining Fischer, Francis, Trees & Watts (FFTW) as an Investment Professional in Emerging Market Debt and Local Currency.

Joe has continued his non-traditional career path, having founded two executive search firms over the past 18 years, one of which became one of the 10 largest search firms in the U.S.  Joe lives in the West Village with his family, who continue to indulge his interest in real estate as a frustrated architect.

Cliff Dank

Cliff has spent most of his professional life in and around financial markets, initially as an equity trader and then largely focused on human capital. Before joining Goldsmith & Co., he served most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of Recruiting for Bridgewater Associates and the President of a boutique search firm.

Cliff grew up in Briarcliff, NY, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, and his MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  He lives in CT with his wife Elizabeth and their three children. Cliff played college baseball (briefly), dabbled in stand-up comedy, and continues to perfect his flop shot as an amateur golfer.