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Jim Herd

Managing Partner


Jim’s recruiting background consists of 22 years of nationwide, executive level placements. His clients range from Fortune 50 to high-profile, venture-backed start-up companies. His experience includes working in-house for a publicly traded, internet / technology company as well as working for both retained and contingent executive search firms. Jim’s industry expertise has been sought after and published by the WSJ, Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, Washington CEO Magazine and King 5 TV.

Prior to co-founding Herd Freed Hartz in 2001, Jim worked at RealNetworks (RNWK) and was responsible for executive level hiring. He is also the co-founder of the RealNetworks Alumni Organization. Before RealNetworks, Jim worked as a Senior Associate for a retained search firm focusing on national searches. Jim began his recruiting career working for a regional search firm specializing in Northwest based high-tech companies where he lead its Executive Search division. He is also a member of the Seattle Vistage CEO group.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Western Washington University.

He lives in Issaquah with his wife and three children.

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Jim's hobbies & interests

Jim truly loves the Northwest and everything it has to offer. Whether that’s skiing, mountain biking, boating, wine tasting and riding his Harley.

He also runs a shuttle service in the evening, taking his kids to their endless baseball and dancing events.

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