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Paul Freed

Managing Partner


Paul is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Herd Freed Hartz, the top retained executive search firm in the Northwest (as named by Forbes Magazine in 2017). 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 media and was chosen as one of 20 recruiters nationally to participate in The Art of Recruiting DocuFilm and featured in Top Recruiter – Season 4. Paul also heads up the recruiting strategy consulting division (www.TheArtofRecruiting.com) and a global speaker on “The Art of Recruiting”.

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 of Entrepreneur Organization (EO) and recently served on the Seattle chapter Board. Paul and his wife Rachel make their home in Bend, OR, with their young daughter enjoying the sun, outdoor adventure and travel (80 countries so far).

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Paul's hobbies & interests

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

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