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Our Origins

The Beginning

Stuart A. Trautenberg founded S.A. Traut Associates in Kenmore Square across from beloved Fenway Park in Boston, MA in 1993. For the record, he is a loyal Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan. After graduating from Boston University and not having a clue what to do with his life, Stuart was hired by a professional classical executive search firm where he worked for 2 years. He was hired into a newly created position tailored to him because he could instantly connect with people and earn trust. His grandfather would have said that “Stuart is a mensch who can schmooze” (yiddish). To define, he is a man of high integrity and honor who can talk an honest game. Stuart became the protoge of the three Founders and learned vicariously through them. He called the Founders his three mentors and learned the good, the bad and the ugly about headhunting. He adopted his own style to match his New Jersey, dry sense of humor, principled and loyal personality. Stuart is all about Str8 Talk, which is being honest and candid with clients and candidates. At the advanced and omniscient mature age of 23, the conceptual idea of S.A.Traut Associates became a reality. Twenty-five years later, S.A. Traut Associates is a trend setting global technical/executive search & management consulting firm recognized for its out of the box thinking, resourcefulness, integrity and bottom-line results.

What Clients said

  • Stuart is doing a great job as Gaikai's in-house acting VP, HR and Chief Talent Officer reporting to me. He has recruited the best of the best talent from Australia, the Netherlands, the UK, Russia, Germany, South Korea, France and the US. Gaikai has developed new cloud streaming IP requiring Rock Star quality employees....currently hiring over 90 in just 1.5 years thanks to Stuart. He is the Rolls Royce of recruiting, a terrific negotiator, a Rock Star himself with high integrity and loyalty.

    David Perry, CEO & Founder Gaikai Inc
    David Perry, CEO & Founder
  • Stuart is an amazing talent finder. Much more than "just recruiting", he possesses that rare ability to spot in less than five minutes when a candidate is a good fit for the company - not just in terms of skills, but more importantly, in culture fit. Truly a great guy to work with - can't recommend him enough.

    Rui Pereira, Co-Founder & CTO Gaikai Inc
    Rui Pereira, Co-Founder & CTO
  • S.A. Traut Associates specializes in critical-need, hard to fill senior to C level openings.  Several of Stuart's hires at Terracon are now Principals of the company and have been here for many years.  We have enjoyed a 17 year relationship and I highly recommend Stuart and S.A. Traut Associates.  I will continue to use his services as Terracon continues to grow toward a $1 Billion consulting engineering leader.

    David R. Gaboury, P.E., CEO Terracon
    David R. Gaboury, P.E., CEO
  • Stu's an amazing recruiter: he has an uncanny ability to fish great talent out of a very tough pool; he understands what makes a candidate tick; he's unbeatable at closing strong candidates even when it seems impossible; and he gives them the white glove treatment until and after they join. Stuart just plain "gets" what it takes to bring on great talent over and over again -- a very rare talent. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat.

    Uri Sarid, CTO MuleSoft
    Uri Sarid, CTO