Rick Deare is one of the top executive recruiters and sales recruiters in the Midwestern U.S. Deare founded DEARE Search Partners in 1998 in Minneapolis, MN

Rick Deare

Rick Deare is one of the best known names among Minnesota executive search professionals. With more than 20 years as an executive, senior management and high-level sales recruiter in Minneapolis, Rick is known for being a direct, honest and aggressive producer for our clients.

Executive Search Practitioner | Management Consultant | Board Advisor 

Executive Search:  Retained search involving business critical sales and senior leadership to C-level
Management Recruiting:  Mid to senior level managers
Sales Recruiting:  High level, complex solutions/services/products sales professionals

A Passion for Extraordinary Results in Executive Search

As a former sales executive, Rick recognized that any success he enjoyed as a leader was owed directly to the collective talent, drive and effort of his teams. As a decision-maker responsible for the hiring and development of both executives and national sales teams, Rick was intrigued by the vast differences in performance between individuals and the complex challenges involved in hiring the right people. Determined to understand the mainspring attributes responsible for the differences in performance, Rick developed a process that led him to pursue a career as an executive search practitioner.

Rick Deare Top Search Firms in Minneapolis, MN Executive Search and Executive Recruiters Deare Search Partners Richard DeareRick began his career as an executive recruiter by developing an emerging technology recruiting practice in Minneapolis for the largest executive search firm in the U.S. He was eventually lured by a Minnesota-based Fortune 100 company to take on executive and management recruiting responsibilities for a $1 billion business unit. In the Fortune 100 recruiting role, Rick wore four hats: Executive Recruiter, Management Recruiter, Sales Recruiter and Recruiting Strategy Consultant. Refining the system he developed as an executive, Rick directly acquired top national talent and implemented a game-changing process that profoundly influenced the global Fortune 100 organization.

Rick founded Deare & Associates, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN in 1998. The recruiting, selection and hiring capability he developed as a hiring decision maker and as an executive recruiter became the basis of our search firm methodology and the key to our consistently exceptional performance for our clients. His passion for identifying, recruiting and hiring A-players and building talent-based teams for his clients is at work every day in his Minneapolis office where Rick and a select team of Minnesota recruiters are dedicated to helping high growth companies attract, compel and hire difference-making talent.

Professional experience

Rick Deare, President and Founder of Deare Recruiting Solutions, a top recruiting firm in Minneapolis, MN• Recruiter and President – Recruiting Services Company
• Executive Recruiter – Fortune 100 Company
• Executive Recruiter – Fortune 500 Global Search Firm
• Vice President, National Practice – $20m IT Solutions Firm
• Principal Consultant – $40m National Manufacturing and W/R Distribution Company
• Vice President National Sales – $30m National Manufacturing and Distribution Company
• Regional Manager/VP – $600m Manufacturing and W/R Distribution Company
• Divisional Training Manager – $600m Manufacturing and W/R Distribution Company
• Sales – $600m Manufacturing and W/R Distribution Company


BS, History, Towson University, Maryland