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"Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi

Paul Beard, CPC


Paul is one of the co-founders of SkyWater Search Partners and has helped lead the organization to be the largest search firm in Minnesota.  Paul’s clients include privately held, private-equity backed and public companies ranging in size from early growth stage to Fortune 100.  He has over 25 years of executive search industry experience and is a generalist who partners with his clients helping them fill positions across all functions of their organization.  He works nationally and his production is ranked in the top 1% of all recruiters.

Prior to incorporating SkyWater, Paul spent just under 10 years with McKinley Group where he was a Founding Partner and their President & CEO.  Prior to that, he spent the first 12 years of his career working for Hayden and Associates before they were sold to a public company. As the youngest person ever hired by the firm, Paul quickly rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming responsible for the leadership of the entire organization.

Beard is a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Personnel Services (MAPS). He has won numerous industry awards and has been featured as an industry expert in a variety of print and media outlets including Fox 9, KARE 11, WCCO, KFAN, Minnesota Business, and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.  Paul is married and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at their lake home and working on his tree farm and hunting property.

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