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

Based in Minneapolis, MN
Executive Search:
  Senior Sales and Marketing Leadership to C-level
Management Recruiter:  Mid to Senior-level Management
Sales Recruiter:  Apex-level Sales Professionals in Technology, Complex IT Solutions, Software, Digital Business, Digital Marketing, Professional and Business Services

Rick is among the best known, most trusted and highest performing executive search professionals in Minnesota. With more than 20 years of experience as an executive search consultant, senior management headhunter and sales recruiter in Minneapolis, Rick has earned his reputation as a direct, veracious and powerful producer for our clients.

 A Passion for Extraordinary Results in Executive Search

As a former sales executive, Rick understood that he owed any success he enjoyed as a leader to the collective talent, drive and effort of his teams. Responsible for the hiring and development of executives and national sales teams, Rick was intrigued by the striking polarity in performance between individuals doing essentially the same work. Determined to understand the mainspring attributes responsible for the differences in performance and to solve the pervasive challenges involved in hiring the right people, Rick developed a game-changing process and capability 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 starting an “emerging technology” search 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 handle 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 a sales executive, Rick directly acquired top national talent and implemented a process that profoundly influenced the global 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 methodology and the key to our consistently exceptional performance for our clients. Rick’s 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 he and a select team of Minnesota recruiters are dedicated to helping high-growth companies compel, attract and hire difference-making, course-changing talent.

Professional experience

Rick Deare, President and Founder of Deare Recruiting Solutions, a top recruiting firm in Minneapolis, MN• Recruiter/President – Executive Search, Talent Acquisition Solutions Firm
• 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/Distribution Company
• Vice President National Sales – $30m National Manufacturing/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