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The HQ Companies is actively involved in enhancing corporate and board diversity, including introducing 300 corporations to 1,000 Board Directors in three years. Our process is to collaboratively engage with CEOs/Boards to define their growth goals, then tap into our extensive relationships to find Executives and Directors that fit each company’s unique culture. DIVERSE CORPORATE & BOARD PLACEMENT via coaching, consulting, reverse and retained search—that’s The HQ Companies, Inc.

Talent Success

  • Success In 100 Days
  • 10 Years Average Firm Tenure
  • Completely Confidential
  • For Your Most Important, Hard to Find, and/or Time Sensitive Positions.

Talent Consulting

  • Strategic Analysis
  • Tactical Assessment
  • Practical Recommendations

  • Top Results for Family Offices, Private Equity, Public & Private Companies.

Selected Examples

TALENT ALIGNMENT: Identified personnel key constraints slowing finance department's digital transformation for large nonprofit. Suggested successfully implemented solutions.

TALENT ALIGNMENT: Identified & then suggested digital transformation changes in org structure, talent, & processes in HR & PMO groups that were successfully implemented in HIGH TECH high growth private firm considering IPO.

TALENT ASSESSMENT: Transformed in ninety days via assessment/GAP analysis/org restructure/coaching a finance department with high turnover & low productivity into new group ready to launch corporate growth initiative.

ASSET MANAGEMENT TALENT SUCCESS FOR: Alternatives/traditional at consulting firms, companies, family offices, hedge funds, money management firms sell side/buy side, & in banks, insurance, pension funds, & trading firms.

CORPORATE TALENT SUCCESS FOR: Small/national/large/global privately held/publicly held companies in most industry sectors.


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  • Over 250 Clients Since Inception
  • +80% of Clients Successfully Reach Goal
  • Completely Confidential
  • 12 Different Customized Services
  • Priority for Interviews, Offers, and Negotiations
  • Collaborative Approach
  • No Completion Time Limit



  • For C-Suite & Board Goal Realization
  • Customized for Executives
  • Collaborative Approach
  • No Completion Time Limit


Selected Examples

YCC C-Suite: Senior executive in multi-million dollar position with significant nonprofit and private company board experience—identified next corporate career move and timing, changed public profile, recommended changing nonprofit affiliation to another more closely aligned with branding of corporate and boards—within 2 weeks of changed public profile, approached for multiple public company board positions.
YCC: CEO sold company, hired to identify next career choices—recognized current location and industry were not growing, brainstormed new location and transitional entry into vibrant community—now running another firm in desired industry, desired location.
YCC: Unemployed Global Chief Investor Relations Officer (CIRO)—identified reasons job search had stalled, corrected/repositioned to growth areas—within 3 months secured dream job with growing global company.
YCC: Senior Consultant/former Engineer in top tier consulting firm—identified new career path, secured Senior Strategist position reporting to Chief Strategist Officer in Fortune 50 manufacturing firm—rare for someone to go from consulting to manufacturing. Fast forward to when ready for next move: identified next step as strategic CFO—secured strategic CFO position in 3 months. Referred sibling to YCC—similar success story.
YCC: Unemployed for over 2 years business development consultant, top MBA and achievements—created and secured Chief Marketing Officer position at double previous compensation.
YCC: IT professional transitioning to asset management in 2009-10 when unemployed highly experienced money managers were many—followed YCC system, resulting in hire as Researcher/Portfolio Manager.
YCC: Stay at home mom for 3 years, previously Equity Analyst for boutique investment firm with MBA/CFA—hired in less than 6 months as VP, Portfolio Manager with major asset management bank.
YCC Junior: Started program senior year, BS, Molecular/Cellular Biology; BA, English, with some college intern experience—hired within 2 months from graduating as Analytical Lab Chemist for a company—rare for someone to go directly right out of college, usually work temp jobs first.
YCC Junior: Recent college graduate, BA, Telecommunications & Media, with some high school and college intern experience—one of the few from his class hired by a major TV station affiliate. BOTH YCC Juniors had MULTIPLE OFFERS.

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Chicago Headquarters
Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Contact Kathy Graham
Phone: (630) 466-7095