Paul Freed

Paul Freed


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 three years in a row) founded in 2001. He brings 25+ 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, Les Schwab, REI, OnPoint Credit Union, Darigold, Wild Mike’s Pizza 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 ( and a global speaker on “The Art of Recruiting”.

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 has enjoyed his time with fellow CEOs in Entrepreneur Organization (EO) and 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 (82 countries so far).

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