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Your Real Estate & Construction Executive Search Firm Partner

We have a proven track record recruiting key executives across real estate investment, commercial construction, solar, real estate property management, development, architecture, HVAC, senior living, facility services, cabinet & doors, and mechanical systems. Our track record can help you find the right executive leader to keep your goals on track.

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.


Corporate Architect

Dir of Business Intelligence

Regional Director of Operations

VP Search Eng
VP of IT (CIO)
Sr Dir Prod Mgmnt (New Ventures)
Sr. Data Scientist
Sr Dir Data Eng
Sr Dir Zestimates AI
Dir of Prod Mgmnt (Mortgages)
Dir of Big Data Engineering
Dir of Product UX
Dir of Experience Design

Chief Marketing Officer
Master Builders Association

Executive Director
Port of Seattle

Executive Director

Director of HR

Director of Labor Relations

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

(Endeavour Capital)

SVP of Sales

Chief Customer Officer

VP Sales

Inside Sales

(Bain Capital)
Kemper Development Company

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Executive Officer
Columbia Pacific

SVP Loan Origination

VP Asset Management
Chugach Alaska Corporation


VP/GM of Portfolio Management
Isola Homes

VP of Land Acquisition

VP of Construction

Tax Manager

Dir Regulatory Affairs
Plum Creek

Sr. Manager of Corporate Audit

Chief Real Estate Development Officer
Bethlehem Construction

VP Construction
Rosewood Properties

Real Estate Development Mgr (Seattle)

Oakmont Management Group

Chief Financial Officer

VP Accounting & Finance
Lydig Construction

VP Health & Safety


Synder Roofing & Sheet Metal

VP Operations
Mercy Housing

Regional Housing
ActivSpace President

Chief Financial Officer

VP Builder Services
Investco (Tarragon Properties)

Dir of Asset Management
Woodman Construction

Special Project Manager

Project Manager
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)

Portfolio Manager

Sr. Property Mgr

VP Real Estate

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Chief Financial Officer

Dir of HR

Chief Financial Officer


Dir of Marketing
Touch CMA (Windermere Solutions)

Chief Executive Officer
Western Partitions

Regional Mgr (Seattle/Spokane)
HD Fowler

VP Supply Chain / Purchasing

Dir of IT
Apex Facility

VP of BD & Marketing

Dir of Marketing (Retail)



Regional Manager
Conversion Logix

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Neiders Company

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

VP of Human Resources
Fairborne Properties

General Manager
Builders Capital

Sr Risk Analyst, Valuation

Sr Risk Analyst, Borrower Performance
Alliance Partition Systems

Martin Smith

Property Manager

Executive Director
Lowtide Properties

Village Life

Chief Executive Officer

Auburn Mechanical

EVP Construction
Apply A Line

Matheus Lumber

Dir of Human Resources
Port Blakely

Sr Dir of Corporate Strategy
Botanical Designs

General Manager

General Manager (GM)
Bellmont Cabinet


Dir of Supply Chain
Washington Multi-Family Housing Association

Executive Director
NK Architects

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operations Officer


Business Development Mgr
Dawson Construction

VP Construction
Lakeside Industries

Director of Safety

Finance Director
G&W Commercial Flooring

Vibrant Cities

VP of Development
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.