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Paul Freed

Managing Partner


Paul is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Herd Freed Hartz, the largest retained executive search firm in the Northwest. He brings 20 years of executive recruiting experience ranging from startups to public companies across Technology, Consumer, Health, Manufacturing and Non-profit industries. Sample firm clients include: Starbucks, Premera,T-Mobile, REI, BECU, Darigold, Vigor, Getty Images, Zonar Systems, INRIX, Precor and Alaska Airlines.

As a recruiting industry spokesperson and public speaker, he is President Emeritus for the Northwest Recruiters Association – the largest professional recruiting organization in the Northwest. He has been interviewed on a variety of recruiting topics by King5 TV,Seattle P-I, Seattle Business Magazine, Washington CEO Magazine and the Puget Sound Business Journal. Paul has won several “Recruiting Best Practices” presentation annual awards held by Staffing Management Association (SMA). He was chosen as one of 20 recruiters nationally to participate in The Art of Recruiting DocuFilm and featured in the upcoming Top Recruiter – Season 4.

Before co-founding Herd Freed Hartz in 2001, Paul worked as Chief Recruiting Officer for StartupAcademy at Scimitar Ridge, the Northwest’s premier service provider to the venture industry and Fortune 1000 clients, providing accelerated executive offsite strategy and team building success. Prior, Paul spent four years as President and Founder of Northwest Search, Inc., a Seattle-based executive search firm specializing in the technology, manufacturing and medical device industries.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and graduated with honors from the University of Puget Sound in the Business Leadership Program. His prior alumni volunteer involvement has included National Alumni Board, Seattle Chapter Chair, and a Business Leadership Program Mentor.

He is also an active member with Entrepreneur Organization (EO) and recently served on the Seattle chapter Board. He also has created a helpful resource for people in career transition with Job Search Roadmap. Paul and his wife Rachel make their home in Seattle with their young daughter.

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Paul's hobbies & interests

Foodie, Travel (62 countries), geocaching, hiking, EO, CrossFit and SharkTank.

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