Our Philosophy

Every hiring decision puts your company’s profitability on the line.

Hiring mistakes are costly and rehiring only compounds those financial blows. Integrating the wrong candidate into your organization also wastes other precious resources: time, energy, and morale. At Sheer Velocity, our executive recruiters operate efficiently and transparently to maximize returns on your human capital investment. We will never cut corners on diligence simply to force a placement, and our guaranteed transparency means that you will always know exactly where you stand in the search process.

We also understand that speed is integral in signing top talent, so you can count on us for swift results. And we remain lean by design, to assure you a straight-forward fee structure with no hidden expenses. With Sheer Velocity, you will receive the benefits of agility without limitations, and unmatched expertise to extend your reach.

At Sheer Velocity, we pride ourselves on the fact that most of our client relationships are long-term. We earn your loyalty by being consistently effective, energetically responsive to your needs, and tenaciously committed to your ongoing success.  Our experienced consultants work closely with you to bring your strategic talent and governance needs into sharp focus, then help you craft and successfully execute thoughtfully focused action plans.

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Our Team

Sheer Velocity’s consultants have owned boutique retained executive search firms and served at the highest levels inside industry-leading top executive search firms. What’s more, we’ve worked on the other side of the curtain, at entrepreneurial start-ups and large corporations. Matching proven performers with critical roles inside our own organizations has galvanized our respect for the challenges you face hiring professionals. Sheer Velocity puts this valuable perspective to work on your behalf.

Sheer Velocity proudly encourages our team members to give back to the communities that support us by volunteering at not-for-profit organizations that feed their individual passions.

Jon Gordon

Managing Partner

Jon E. Gordon serves as Sheer Velocity’s Managing Partner and Co-Founder.


Debra J. Young

Managing Partner

Debra J. Young, PHR, is Sheer Velocity’s Managing Partner and Co-Founder.


Michael Burroughs

Practice Leader

Michael Burroughs serves as the Practice Leader of Sheer Velocity’s Executive Integration offering.


Kirsten Parus

Director of Strategic Accounts

Kirsten Parus serves as the Director of Strategic Accounts in our Denver office.


Todd Cowles

Managing Director

Todd Cowles serves as the Managing Director in Sheer Velocity’s Seattle office.


Bill Petry

Executive Vice President

Bill Petry serves as Sheer Velocity’s Executive Vice President in our St. Louis Office.


Larry H. Munson

Managing Director

Larry Munson is Sheer Velocity’s Managing Director in our San Francisco office.


David Quigley

Managing Director - Denver, Colorado

David Quigley serves as Managing Director in our Denver, Colorado office.