Amid explosive growth, recruitment firm IQTalent Partners relocates to Nashville

11 March 2019

IQTalent Partners is relocating its corporate headquarters from the Bay City Area to Nashville, TN. The talent acquisition and consulting firm also hired four directors as a result of 60% growth in staff since January 2018.

Founded in 2009, IQTalent Partners provides executive search, candidate sourcing and research, and full cycle recruiting services to clients in the tech, life sciences/healthcare, entertainment/digital media, automotive/industrial, and retail sectors.

Rather than working on the standard recruitment industry commission model, the firm instead employs a professional services model where clients pay for services rendered.

IQTalent will be moving to an expansive Nashville location with an office footprint of 24.000 square feet at 4th and Church, including a 12,000 square foot expansion that will be completed this month. With a massive 60% growth in its workforce, IQTalent decided to move to Nashville – which has the benefit of having much more affordable leases and rents than the San Francisco Bay Area. It is, however, a growing hotspot for tech and startups – alongside Denver and Austin – as a growing number of firms seek to escape the high costs of setting up shop in Silicon Valley or NYC. Amid explosive growth, recruitment firm IQTalent Partners relocates to Nashville"I never let go of Nashville after graduating from Vanderbilt in 1999," said Chris Murdock, senior partner and co-founder. "Although I worked in three different states and then founded a company in Silicon Valley, ultimately, I wanted to return to Nashville. The people, the economy, the culture - all of it – just fits the way IQTalent Partners does business."

Before founding the recruitment consultancy, Murdock was a sourcer within Yahoo!’s internal executive recruiting team, and an associate at Heidrick & Struggles, where he recruited for software, hardware, and semiconductor clients. He has a BA in history from Vanderbilt University.

With its move to Nashville, IQTalent will also be adding four new management positions to handle the firm’s growth in staff. The four new hires are John Beck, Director of Technology; Kendra Deas, Director of Human Resources; Mark Israel, Director of Account Management and Business Development; and Stacie Kinder, Director of Marketing.

"We are thrilled to have such talented and diverse leaders join the IQTP team,” IQTalent Partners CEO David Windley remarked. “Their combined experience and enthusiasm position us well for our next phase of growth as we celebrate the start of our 10th year in business."

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