Leadership Recruitment for Series A/B/C and PE Firms


The Free Agent

We are a private network of pioneering leaders ready to make your growth journey extraordinary. 

We are not your typical recruiting firm composed of the same old players.

We’re building a network of the best executives in the world who love partnering with brands like yours to bring about real change in a short amount of time.

There was a void in the marketplace...

The majority of executive recruiters  cater exclusively to the needs of the Fortune 500. But, other enterprises–including growing startups to leading-edge brands–are often the most dynamic, with the most potential. They’re in the position to maximize the benefits of exceptional expert help.

The Free Agent is designed to disrupt the leadership recruiting space by offering these hypergrowth companies a matching service tailored uniquely to their goals, operations and culture, so that they can achieve their vision without the bureaucratic burden. 

We are Guided by 5 CORE VALUES:



Open and honest.



Own the outcome, either positive or negative.



Quick and clear communication.



Intimately understand customer’s needs.



In the trenches with customers and employees alike.

Meet the founder

I built The Free Agent with one goal in mind:

“To be the connective tissue between high-value leaders and the companies that need them for extraordinary journeys.”

Beau Billington

Founder & General Manager

“Over the last several years it has continued to be apparent that there is little innovation and forward-thinking in the talent acquisition space. And so, I built my company, The Free Agent. I built the Free Agent precisely to overcome these gaps by enhancing the candidate and company experience, all while disrupting and rebuilding an industry that is long overdue for an overhaul. We enhance the experience, specifically, by heavily vetting both the candidates and the positions in our network and our virtual exchange. Gone are the days of sifting through multiple candidates, and fake or already closed positions, as we take care of the heavy lifting on the front-end.

I assure you that we are different. We care about both the candidates and the companies and focus on reducing the distance between the two. While money and margins are important, our goal is to make connections that matter, when they matter most. “


Meet the team committed to your success at the The Free Agent

The Free Agent Conducted a Confidential Search to help fill our Chief Product Officer Role

“I’ve worked with many executive headhunters over the years – some not so great, and some spectacular ones. The Free Agent fall into the latter. Beyond the superior quality and fit of the slate of candidates, they were extremely professional, provided superior candidate overviews, and his follow through and responsiveness was top notch – everything you want in executive headhunters. Highly recommend!”

Taryn Owen
President & COO, TrueBlue, Inc.

Feedback from a Confidential Search

“I wanted to let you know, you have done an incredible job staying in contact, staying involved, and helping to drive the discussion and engagement with both the client and me.  You are running laps around the competition in the executive search space.”

Head of Sales
Head of Sales (Candidate)

The Free Agent has helped us fill important roles across sales, delivery, technology, and leadership.

“We first engaged with The Free Agent about 2 years ago. They have established themselves as trusted advisors to our business and to me personally, often extending beyond talent placement to talking through strategic initiatives. I have interacted with many other firms in the space and The Free Agent is the best, I highly recommend them.”

Rob Tate
SVP of Possible Now & CompliancePoint

In the recruiting and talent acquisition space you will not find a better partner.

“I have worked with Beau for several years now, as both a candidate and a hiring manager, and his dedication and attention to detail and skill set is unmatched. In the recruiting and talent acquisition space you will not find a better partner than Beau.”

Cheryl Poole
Head of Client Relationships, Americas

I now get excited when The Free Agent submits a candidate because I know it's someone we'll strongly consider for the position.

“Working with The Free Agent has been an excellent experience. They take time to understand your business, so they can identify candidates that not only deliver, but also align with your culture and business values. Unlike other firms we’ve worked with, The Free Agent screens and fully vets candidates before recommending them.”

Matt Cagle
VP of Operations, CompliancePoint

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