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Clients hire us to help them "Find Greatness" and deliver peace of mind when hiring a new executive.

37 Days

Our “Time to Candidate” metric tracks both quality and speed. On average, within 37 days we will present the candidate to you who is ultimately hired for the position.


While we know the NW culture and backyard talent well, we have a track record of sourcing great talent nationally. We can sell relocation much better when we live here.


Since 2001, top NW companies have trusted us for their key executive hires.  It means a lot to us that over 90% of our search work comes from repeat business or referral.


As the Northwest's leading retained executive search firm, 200+ clients have trusted us with their key hires. We can help you too.

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Meet the team

The people you talk with actually do the work and represent your brand. We have all worked in-house and get it.

Our Process

Here's how we do the work that we do.


We listen to understand your story and role key outcomes to help target the ideal candidate. There is also no keyword search for culture fit.  We look beyond the resume to find the right match.


We take responsibility to represent your brand well in the marketplace. We help you stand out from the pack and ensure a great candidate experience.


We quickly deliver executive talent to help you win. As our talent delivers great results, we hope to earn the right to be your long-term, trusted recruiting partner.

Art of Recruiting

Recruit Faster. Let us empower your executive team with the strategy and tools to speed up your recruiting results on all roles.

Job Description Assessment – START HERE

Job Description Assessment – START HERE

Welcome! As a follow-up to receiving your free job description assessment, here is your detailed overview of each of the 8 job description components. This practical checklist will guide you in how to upgrade your own job descriptions.
The goal is to stand out from the pack and inspire more talent to join your company.

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1 – Inspiring

1 – Inspiring

Your company story needs to make candidates lean in with excitement and inspire their heart. This is the “sizzle”. Talk about your exciting mission and why people love working at your company. Job Description Overview (1 of 8)

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2 – Different

2 – Different

Proactively explain what you do, the key facts and details about your company (“steak”). This helpful insight will answer common candidate questions. Job Description Overview (2 of 8)

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Hook job candidates with your “company sizzle”

(By Karen Bertiger – 2/18/17 published in The Seattle Times) Most company pitches to job candidates tend to start out the same way: either with an innocuous question (Do you want to make a difference by working for an exciting company?) or a dry statement (Company X is a $100M company in the aerospace industry). Does […]

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Meet the CEO: Janis Avery – Treehouse

Janis Avery is the CEO of Treehouse, a top non-profit, supporting the needs of foster kids in Washington State.  In 2016, Janis worked with Fred Pabst of Herd Freed Hartz to place their Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. We recently caught up with Janis to learn more about her philosophy as a leader, and hear more about […]

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Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Names Vincent New CEO thanks to Herd Freed Hartz

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board of Directors has named Chad Vincent its new Chief Executive Officer after an extensive national search. Vincent is a seasoned executive with experience successfully taking startups, turnarounds, family owned brands and Fortune 50 divisions to record levels of sales and profitability. He brings […]

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