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Talent Acquisition Leader, CEO of Stride Search 

Host of the Hire Power Radio Podcast 

Keynote Speaker 

Rick Girard teaches people all over the world how to walk the “healing road of hiring” that leads to mastering the art of talent acquisition and achieving hiring success with integrity.  Rick is the Founder & CEO of the internationally renowned Stride Search, host of the popular “Hire Power Radio Podcast,” unconventional public speaker and author (fall 2019).


​Like most of us who get into recruiting, Rick’s journey started down a much different path. It started as a student with a camera who just wanted to create beautiful images to share with the world. The only problem was that he wasn’t a prodigy and the whole “starving artist” lifestyle sucked.


But he knew a guy... who was very successful in the recruiting business who invited him to lunch one day. The offer was made to move to a ski resort town in Idaho to start up a new company.  Without much thought, Rick jumped on board, moved and began the most challenging work of his life. His only goal was to be able to afford to buy a season pass for the upcoming winter. He had been lured into the world of recruiting. The first year he was terrible, but the passion was born and the quest for mastery drove him to succeed.


Rick has been laser-focused on building tech startups in the highly competitive Silicon Valley. Over his career, he has helped build engineering teams for more than 200 software startups.  “Value” and “Impact” are the two main ingredients brought to every interaction to help founders sleep at night. Above and beyond just locating the strongest people, he embeds a structure and process that ensures hiring success. Revolutionary in his approach, Rick has flipped the script on engagement, helping his clients achieve a massive 98% success rate in hiring the people they need to succeed.


While not running a school for Gifted Mutants as Professor X, Rick hosts the Hire Power Radio Show & Podcast, a weekly series on OC Talk Radio which serves as a business leader’s resource to solve their most difficult hiring challenges.  When not on the air, Rick authored his first book “Pain Points” (November 2019), competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has an affinity for adrenaline-pumping activities. Favorite activities include surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing and running with scissors. 

Andrea Ballen
Producer Hire Power Radio Show


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Rick is available for Speaking Engagements, Interviews & Corporate Training.


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