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Your Manufacturing Executive Search Firm Partner

Quality manufacturing is the backbone of America’s industry, and we are proud to support its success of by recruiting key leaders to help you achieve your goals. We have recruited key manufacturing executives across a broad array of industries including: equipment, aerospace, medical, textile, nautical, food & beverage, HVAC, electronics, and more. We can quickly find the manufacturing leader you need to get to the next level.


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.


VP of N. American Sales

VP of Operations
VP of Sales
Les Schwab

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of Accounting

Dir of IT

Dir of Marketing

(Meritage Group)

SVP of Global Innovation

VP/GM of Direct to Consumer
Cadwell Laboratories

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operations Officer
VP Operations
PMI Worldwide (Stanley)

VP of Sales

Dir of E-Commerce
Crane Aerospace

VP of HR

Medical Director (2)
Cascade Corporation

VP Supply Chain

VP Global Manufacturing

VP of IT

Dir of Human Resources

GM (Specialty Finishes)
VP of HR
VP of US Fab
Prog Mgr (US Fab)
Sr. Proj Mgr (Vigor Marine)

(Endeavour Capital)

Chief Operations Officer
DW Fritz

Corwin Beverage

Chief Executive Officer
Peter Pan Seafood

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Smith Brothers

VP of Operations
Lady Yum

Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Chateau St. Michelle

Director of Procurement

(Sycamore Partners Management)

Chief Executive Officer
Cascade Coffee

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

VP Quality

VP of Manufacturing

Dir of Human Resources
Chugach Alaska Corporation

Chief Executive Officer
PhysioControl (Medtronic)

VP Global Operations
VP Customer Care Services
Sr. Dir of IT

(Bain Capital)
Umbra Group

Northstar Attachments VP Operations
Classic Accessories

VP Operations

(CID Capital)
Philips Medical

Global Services Marketing Manager
Beta Hatch

Chief Operating Officer
Frontier Door & Cabinet


Recruiting Consulting

VP Manufacturing

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting Mgr
Randy's Worldwide Automotive

VP of Sales
Plum Creek

Sr. Manager of Corporate Audit
Silver Bay Seafoods

Chief Executive Officer
General Plastics

VP Sales & Marketing

Dir of Outside Sales
Novelty Hill

General Manager (GM)
Bethlehem Construction

VP Construction
First Aid Only

VP of Manufacturing Operations
Thrive Causemetics

VP of Marketing

Dir of E-Commerce
Plastic Bank

Chief Operations Officer
Swiss Water / Ten Peaks

Head of Marketing


VP Food Service
DENNIS Uniform


VP of E-Commerce & Marketing

VP of Merchandise Planning

(SBJ Capital)
Wild Mike's Pizza

VP of Sales
Ponzi Vineyards

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Dir of Marketing
EMPWR Nutrition

VP Sales, N. America

BD Director, N. America

(Waterland Private Equity)
Alaska Traffic Company

VP & General Manager
Intermec (Honeywell)

SVP of Sales & Marketing
PAC Worldwide

General Counsel
Skagit Valley Malting

VP Marketing
Griffith Polymers

General Manager (GM)

VP Engineering

Head of Design

GM & VP Operations

Dir of Sales

Recruiting Consulting
Dairy West

Chief Executive Officer

VP Sustainability

Dir of Corp Communications

VP of Finance

Patriot Erectors

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

(Ranch Creek Partners)
Reliable Parts

Chief Financial Officer

(Svoboda Capital Partners)

COO (Southwest Cheese)

VP of BD (Nutritionals)

BD Mgr (Nutritionals)

BD Mgr (Cheese)
Gravity Power

Chief Executive Officer

VP of Finance
Anderson Hay & Grain

Chief Operations Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of HR

Sales Mgr (Japan)

Chief Financial Officer
Whitman Carpet Care

General Manager (Seattle office)

Dir of HR

Chief Financial Officer


Dir of Marketing
Northwest Wholesale

Chief Executive Officer
Western Partitions

Regional Mgr (Seattle/Spokane)

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

VP Operations
HydraMaster (Nilfisk Advance)

General Manager

VP Sales & Marketing

Dir of HR
Kwik Lok

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Chief Revenue Officer

Chief People Officer
Delta Marine

Dir of Purchasing

Chief Operations Officer

Operations Manager

Coriander Designs

Plant Manager

VP of Operations
InnovAsian Cuisine

VP Marketing

Dir of Food Service Marketing

VP of Human Resources
See Kai Run

VP Sales

VP Product Development
Phoenix Processor Limited Partnership

HR Manager

VP Marketing

Head of Product
Hartung Glass Industries

General Manager (Portland)

VP of Hardware Development
Samson Rope

Chief Executive Officer

VP Sales & Marketing

(Wind River Holdings)
SAFE Boats International

COO/EVP of Mfg

Chief Financial Officer

(McCarthy Capital)
Glacier Fish

VP of HR
Arctic Storm

Director of HR
Pacific Market International

EVP of Supply Chain
Bellmont Cabinet


Dir of Supply Chain
Entre Prises (USA; ABEO Group)

Managing Dir (USA)
Jones Soda

Chief Financial Officer

VP of Sales

VP of Marketing


VP of Marketing

VP Product Development

Director of Engineering

Sr. Process Eng (Electrochemical)
Howell Munitions

Director of Supply Chain


VP of Sales
Lakeside Industries

Director of Safety

Finance Director

VP of Sales

Dir of Logistics

Dir of E-Commerce
American Legend

Director of Communications
Electric Mirror

Chief Operations Officer
Encore Cabinets

General Manager

VP of Human Resources

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.