About Sheer Velocity

A Retained Executive Search Firm with International Reach

Sheer Velocity is a boutique retained executive search firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado with additional offices in Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Boulder, San Francisco, and Scottsdale. We also partner with INAC, an association of globally retained search firms in over 30 countries, for international clients needs. We specialize in finding the right fit for our clients corporate DNA mapping, personality assessments, and onboarding processes.

Our Recruiting 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.

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.

Our Executive Search Process

We’re more than simply headhunters; we work closely with you to find candidates who will fit in with your culture for maximum retention and ROI.

Our Practice Areas

We work with leaders across nine essential practice areas ranging from startups, private equity backed companies, to large publicly traded companies.


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.

We proudly encourage our team members to give back to the communities that support us by volunteering at nonprofit 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.


David Quigley

Managing Director - Denver, Colorado

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


Todd Cowles

Managing Director

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


Gina Kubacik


Gina Kubacik serves as Partner in Sheer Velocity’s office in Chicago, Illinois.


Angie Engel


Angie Engel serves as Partner in   Sheer Velocity’s office in Chicago, Illinois.


Kirsten Parus

Director of Strategic Accounts

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


Bill Petry

Executive Vice President

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


Michael Burroughs

Practice Leader

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


Larry H. Munson


Larry Munson serves as an Advisor to Sheer Velocity and is based in San Francisco.