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Your Finance Executive Search Firm Partner

If you are looking for your next Chief Financial Officer (CFO), VP Finance, VP Accounting, FP&A, Head of Tax or Controller – we understand this profile well and bring a proven executive search track record filling this function.

Our methodology enables us to quickly recruit the executive talent you are looking for to give you peace of mind about your financial team leadership.

Clients partner with Herd Freed Hartz for a few key reasons:

Proven Track Record – Since 2001, our firm has successfully worked with 400+ Northwest clients on nationwide, executive-level searches. Forbes also recognized us as the “Top Executive Search Firm in the Northwest” for 3 years in a row.

Results That Matter – We deliver the candidate quality and speed you are looking for. Our “Time to Candidate” average over the last 3 years is 37 days. 95% of candidates we place are still in the role 18 months later. We deliver a high ROI and peace of mind by ensuring you are surrounded by an “A-player” executive leadership team, giving you a competitive advantage.

Recruiting Partnership – Clients enjoy our trusted, long-term partnership that goes beyond just filling the role. We provide customized strategic recruiting insights, methodologies, and best practices, which can be used across all your hiring needs. We believe in the “art of recruiting” by crafting your story in a compelling way, helping you stand out from the pack and attract top-talent you would not find on your own. Our goal is to make working with our team a professional and fun experience.


SVP of Technology (CIO)

VP of Accounting & Finance

Chief Financial Officer
Medical Director (2)
SVP of Provider Strategy
SVP Provider Relations
VP Medical Management
VP Infrastructure
VP of HR
VP Customer Experience
Dir of Talent Acquisition
Dir of Clinical Programs
Dir of Strategic Development
Dir of Business Intelligence
Strategic Programs Dir - Integrated Health
Laird Norton Company

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Les Schwab

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of Accounting

Dir of IT

Dir of Marketing

(Meritage Group)
Delta Dental

President & CEO (WA subsidiary)

President (VA subsidiary)

Chief Information Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of Strategy
Kemper Development Company

Chief Financial Officer
Peter Pan Seafood

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)


Chief Operations Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Columbia Pacific

SVP Loan Origination

VP Asset Management
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


CFO, US Program

VP Finance

Sr. Finance Mgr

Sr Mgr, Global Finance & Acct

Asst Controller

Global Payroll

Accounting Manager

Executive Director (Seattle)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Umbra Group


VP Manufacturing

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting Mgr
Plum Creek

Sr. Manager of Corporate Audit

Volunteers of America

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

VP of Sales

Chief Financial Officer

Oakmont Management Group

Chief Financial Officer

VP Accounting & Finance
LEAP Enterprises

Chief Financial Officer

SVP Sales

SVP Customer Success

Recruiting Consulting
Ponzi Vineyards

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Dir of Marketing

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

(HIG Capital)

Chief Financial Officer
GM of IT
SVP of Digital Strategy
SVP of Consumer
VP of Sales
VP of Marketing
General Counsel
VP of Game House

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Financial Officer

SVP of Marketing

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

VP Sales

Recruiting Consulting

(Long Ridge Equity Partners)
Rain City Capital

Chief Financial Officer
Digital Fortress

VP Finance
Cascadia Capital

Chief Financial Officer
Therapeutics Associates

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

(Union Capital)

Chief Financial Officer

VP Builder Services

Dairy West

Chief Executive Officer

VP Sustainability

Dir of Corp Communications

VP of Finance



Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Medical Officer

Head of Human Resources

Head of Manufacturing Operations

Dir of Regulatory Affairs
Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

Finance & Operations Manager

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

(Vector Capital)
Patriot Erectors

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

(Ranch Creek Partners)
True Blue

Director of Financial Systems Innovation

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Reliable Parts

Chief Financial Officer

(Svoboda Capital Partners)
Pilchuck School of Glass

Executive Director

Director of Finance

Director of Development

VP of Finance
Anderson Hay & Grain

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of HR

Sales Mgr (Japan)
Sono Bello

VP Center Development

VP Finance

(Alaris Equity Partners)
(Garrison Capital)

Chief Financial Officer
Corr Cronin

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer


Dir of Marketing

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

VP Operations

VP Finance
Kwik Lok

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Revenue Officer

Chief People Officer


Regional Manager

Chief Info Security Officer
SVP Retail Lending Sales
SVP Internal Communications
First VP of Info Security
First VP of Employee Communications
Division Finance Officer
Alaska Aerospace

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Operations Manager

The Neiders Company

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Yakima Chief Hops

Chief Financial Officer

VP Digital
Center for Infectious Disease Research

VP Institutional Advancement

Director of Finance
Builders Capital

Sr Risk Analyst, Valuation

Sr Risk Analyst, Borrower Performance
Newpath Networks (Crown Castle)

Chief Financial Officer
Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Development Officer
Village Life

Chief Executive Officer

Sunshine Retirement Living


Tax Manager
Bellmont Cabinet


Dir of Supply Chain
Jones Soda

Chief Financial Officer

VP of Sales

VP of Marketing

PSC Consulting

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Raven Biotech


VP Business Development
Howell Munitions

Director of Supply Chain


VP of Sales
Lakeside Industries

Director of Safety

Finance Director

Chief Technology Officer

VP of Sales

Chief Financial Officer
Stafford Health

CFO & Dir Development

Recent Finance retained executive search wins:

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Les Schwab (Bend, OR)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Laird Norton Corporation (Seattle, WA)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Milliman (Seattle, WA)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – AuthenticID (Kirkland, WA)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & VP Finance – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Patriot Erectors (Austin, TX)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Ponzi Vineyards (Sherwood, OR)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Drive Shop (Redmond, WA)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Kwik Lok (Yakima, WA)
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Alaska Aerospace (Anchorage, AK)


Who We Are

Herd Freed Hartz is the leading retained executive search firm based in the Pacific Northwest. We have a proven 20+ year track record in matching firms with the right candidates for C-level and VP-level positions and recruiting talent nationwide.  

We enjoy the unique puzzle to solve with each client and role. We listen and learn what has made you great and the specific challenges you are facing that this new hire can solve. 

As your guide and recruiting strategic partner, we can then make you look like a hero for hiring us as we find you a new amazing leader that delivers. We also provide recruiting insights and best practice tips to help you hire faster and smarter when hiring future roles.

We believe our success is when you are winning and have a renewed peace of mind knowing you have an A-list executive leadership team in place.


We believe upfront executive recruiting STRATEGY saves you time.

Discovery Intake Meetings – We meet with key stakeholders to learn about your unique organization & culture.

Outcomes vs. Activities – We identify on the role’s key outcomes within the first year to provide focus and clarity.

Assessment – We offer behavioral assessment options and an interview question strategy.

Mutual Expectations – We align our process and communication flow to ensure a smooth partnership.


We help you STAND OUT from the pack.

Storytelling – We craft your unique story to inspire and engage the talent you really want.

Candidate Experience – We ensure all candidates leave with a great impression of your company and a positive experience.

Experienced Recruiter Search Team – We are proud to represent your brand in the marketplace and the recruiters you meet are the ones who will tell your story. As your trusted recruiting partner, we offer recruiting insight and best practices.


Executive Search DIVERSITY

We strive to promote a workforce (especially executive leadership roles) which reflect the diversity of our communities. Over the last 18 months:  

100% of our searches included a diverse range of candidates

28% of our clients ultimately hired a person of color

43% of our clients ultimately hired a female executive


Our Proven 6-Step Retained Executive Search Process

1) Intake Conversations – Listen and learn from key stakeholders about your organization, ideal profile, success metrics and culture fit

2) Job Description – Craft a compelling job description to inspire the right talent and proactively answer candidate questions

3) Initial Calibration – Review target bios to ensure early alignment and provide additional insight for added focus

4) Candidate Sourcing – Contact, interview and assess top-tier talent, most of whom are not actively looking and wouldn’t be accessible otherwise

5) Weekly Updates – Conduct regular search updates to review new candidates and provide interview feedback and strategize next steps until the role is filled

6) Offer & Onboarding – Close the finalist and provide onboarding best practices to set up your new executive for success


Where have we had success filling roles?

We source talent nationwide for our Pacfic Northwest clients, as we love living here and selling the area. While our recruiting headquarters is in Seattle, our we have team members living in Bend, OR to Wenatchee, WA and even Colorado.
Specifically, we have filled roles with for clients in:  

WASHINGTON: Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland, Tacoma, Bremerton, Olympia, Vancouver, Everett, Bellingham, Wenatchee, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla.

OREGON: Portland, Salem, Eugene, Springfield, Medford, Redmond and Bend.

IDAHO: Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

ALASKA: Anchorage, Juneau and Ketchikan.

While our focus is on the Northwest, we have also filled roles nationally in cities such as New York, Austin, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Green Bay.


Curious to learn more to see if we can help you too?

Let’s connect to schedule an initial video chat to get to know you and answer your initial questions.  


Talent Wins.