Meet The Team

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Brian Gabay


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Taylor Riordan

Senior Associate Recruiter

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Joalan Melendez

Associate Recruiter

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So what does a vibrant and gregarious individual do with their life these days?  Well if you have lived abroad, are a fanatical New York Knicks fan, impersonated Elvis as a toddler on Maury Povich, are Bilingual and known to do voice-overs; then you ever so clearly build a Recruiting Firm!


I am not the quintessential prototype of the head honcho, but rather an honest, aggressive, in tune with current times, realistic human being who knows how to treat others. I have walked the recruitment circuit, working for top firms, which has led me to establishing Brian Simon Associates. I have coupled my unique style with unbreakable relations and connections; creating the perfect ingredients to the complete recruitment cocktail. My end goal is to help others and secure careers that will last a life time.

I have been in the shoes of a candidate and I have helped others in those same shoes as a recruiter – understanding is key.


As owner and CEO, I vow to play a significant role through the entire process, fulfilling your destiny and guiding you to the place you were meant to be.  As a result of my robust relations and partnerships, vendors have left their fate in my hands, confident I will make the perfect connection. Throughout my career, I have had the luxury of creating a niche category for PR Recruitment, while establishing divisions as such. 


Hi, i’m Taylor.


A little bit about me… I am the youngest of five kids , I was born and raised in Morristown,NJ.  I have a black lab named Otis and he’s pretty awesome.


From an early age, I was interested in people.  I wanted to talk to  everyone, to hear their story, to build connections.


After graduation, I began my career in public relations where I spent 4 years working with clients in the luxury lifestyle and hospitality space.  


It was after building media list and sourcing the appropriate journalist to represent our clients, that I knew I wanted to do recruiting. But, not just any recruiting. I wanted to recruit for an industry that I had first hand exposure to, and interest in, which was PR. 


I have experiencing recruiting internally and most recently externally. I enjoy getting the opportunity to find talent for a variety of companies. It keeps me entertained and challenged which is why I love what I do!


When I’m not working, I can be found with my friends and family, traveling, trying out new restaurants, snapping photos and spreading positive vibes!  Oh and a fun fact, I’m a Sagittarius and share the same birthday as T.Swift!



My name is Joalan. After earning my MBA from Hult International Business School, I entered the recruitment world to explore my passion for helping people.

Prior to my MBA, I was working in a substance abuse rehab where I was a Program Director. Part of my role was there was to hire new counselors. This is where I found my love for recruiting. I was involved in all aspects of the hiring process, such as the sourcing, initial interview and onboarding. At the time, I noticed that I enjoyed helping someone land their dream job and working with them through the entire process.

When I am not recruiting, I enjoy doing random/spontaneous activities. I am lucky to able to live in NYC where you can always find a random activity to do. Also, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Milo.