March 7, 2019 – IQTalent Partners has shifted its headquarters from Los Altos, CA in the northern part of Silicon Valley to Nashville, TN.
The move is a return to the firm’s roots. Nashville was where IQTalent Partners’ co-founders Chris Murdock and Tom Milic first met, at Vanderbilt University. “That, and we were able to grow our Nashville office from 90 to 150 employees in 2018, and we’re not slowing down any time soon,” Mr. Milic said.
Nashville has become an attractive alternative to pricey Silicon Valley. In recent years, San Francisco-based companies such as Lyft, PostMates, Eventbrite, KeepTruckin and Greenlight Medical have opened large offices or moved their operations to Music City, said Mr. Milic.
“I never let go of Nashville after graduating from Vanderbilt in 1999,” said Mr. Murdock. “Although I worked in three different cities, 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.”
As part of the expansion, IQTalent Partners added four senior management positions in technology, human resources, account management and marketing.
John Beck joins the firm as director of technology. His primary role is to identify and implement opportunities for technology to facilitate, ameliorate and augment the business operations. Mr. Beck is the former director of technology at Metova and remains an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt.
Kendra Deas joins IQTalent Partners as director of human resources. She is a strategic HR business partner with nearly 15 years of experience in talent acquisition, employee onboarding, employee relations, policy and procedure and employee engagement. Ms. Deas is the former HR director for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Mark Israel becomes the firm’s director of account management and business development. He is a talent acquisition expert with 20 years of experience in recruiting for Fortune 500 companies such as Barnes & Noble, Experian, Centric Digital, and RecruitLoop.
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Lastly, Stacie Kinder joins IQTalent Partners as director of marketing. Ms. Kinder is a veteran in the marketing and PR industry with experience in entertainment, professional sports and healthcare. She brings to her new role nearly two decades of career development in branding and strategic management of a diverse collection of projects, events, and departments. Ms. Kinder is the former talent and entertainment director for the Tennessee Titans with 15 years of experience in marketing and event management.
“We are thrilled to have such talented and diverse leaders join the IQTP team. 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,” said David Windley, CEO of IQTalent.
IQTalent Partners is a professional services firm that focuses on finding, assessing and hiring key talent. The firm’s focus area is finding key talent for leadership roles, high-level individual contributors and strategic hiring across the organization.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media