The Public Finance Specialist

Representing Companies and Recruiting
Municipal Finance Professionals Nationwide

H. Friedman Search, LLC

Experience You've Come To Expect.
Results Beyond Your Expectations.

We specialize in the Full-Time placement of all levels of Public Finance Bankers, Housing Bankers, Health Care Bankers, Municipal Financial Advisors, Compliance Officers, Traders, Underwriters Institutional Sales & Bond Counsels.  Unlike our competitors, opportunistic hiring is our watchword, we do not need “job orders”.  Our client companies know & trust us to find the best people nationwide for them.

Practice Areas

Sourcing, presenting, negotiating and closing candidates

Proud Member of the Pinnacle Society since 2018

Member of the Pinnacle Society

  • 1. Public Finance Bankers
  • a. General Government Bankers
  • b. Housing Bankers
  • b. Health Care Bankers
  • c. K-12 / Charter Schools Bankers
  • d. Higher Ed Bankers
  • e. Transportation Bankers
  • f. P3 Bankers
  • 2. Municipal Financial Advisors
  • 3. Bond Counsels
  • 4. Traders
  • 5. Underwriters
  • 6. Analysts
  • 7. Institutional Sales
  • 8. Special Situations
  • 9. Interview Preparation
  • 10. Job Seeking Skills

Why the need for another recruiting firm? 

3 Reasons to Hire H. Friedman Search, LLC

01.

Expertise.

H. Friedman Search, LLC is extremely unique within the field of Capital Markets recruiting, as the Principle Harlan Friedman is and has been a Public Finance Banker, JD and a recruiter for a total of 30 years.

How many times has a recruiter reached out to you to not only tell you about Series 7 positions, or if Attorney about legal positions that has nothing to do with your field of expertise?

Or conversely as a Hiring Manager; how much time have you invested by talking with recruiters, reviewing resumes, and interviewing applicants that do not even come close to what you were looking for?

I cannot promise you that every applicant we suggest you chat with you will want to hire, but with our firm I can state succinctly that your time will never be wasted.

02.

Performance.

How can I make such an assertion, quite simply I walk my talk? The professionals that I speak with daily know that I understand their business. The conversations we have are not surface level, but deep meaningful discussions about their career objectives.

When they talk about their frustrations with their current platform, or failure of performance by the desk, or lack of dedication of their firm to the Public Finance space – they know I get it!

Because of their comfort level with my knowledge of the industry and my confidence as a seasoned recruiter, I am told what is their “real story”; not a knee-jerk reaction to get me off the phone.  In addition, many of the people I engage with, I have been chatting with & advising them for years.  

Therefore, when the right opportunity is presented to me, I sometimes (but not all the time) know the right candidate to put in front of the Hiring Manager.

03.

Empathy.

The hardest part of making a move is to deal with the emotional ups & down that naturally occur with such a decision. Because of our vast experience within this industry, we are able to coach you through every step of the process

Knowing and understanding that most candidates will go through an emotional roller-coaster throughout the process is the key to a smooth transition. If you are not feeling this, you are not a serious candidate.

Working with a trusted advisor whom you can confide in should minimize the emotional upheavals you are being subjected to at home and work. We will be with you whether you choose to make the move to a new firm today or in the future. Your employment transition is our number one interest at all times!

HELPING WHERE IT COUNTS

Recent Positions & Hires

We are pleased to share with you our recent hires for Public Finance Professionals including:

  • Public Finance Bankers
  • Municipal Financial Advisors
  • Tax-Exempt Underwriters
  • Municipal Traders
  • Compliance Officers
  • Bond Counsels

Chicago, IL

Head of Capital Markets

Los Angeles, CA

Managing Director Public Finance

St Louis, MO

Municipal Bond Underwriter

Columbus, OH

Municipal Bond Counsel

Denver, CO

Compliance Officer

Dallas, TX

Public Finance Banker

skilled specialist with extensive background experience

In-depth knowledge of Public Finance and legal arenas

Dedicated professional talent acquisition expert

Credentials

Experience

2019

2018

2015

2013

2012

2011

1995

1988

1986

1983

1978

Founded H. Friedman Search LLC
Became a Proud Member of the Pinnacle Society
Recognized for "Excellence In Recruiting."
Became the Second Partner at Armstrong Financial Group
Awarded Associate Partner at Armstrong Financial Group
Promoted to Senior Recruiter at Armstrong Financial Group
Started at Armstrong Financial Group
Continuing Education
Earned a GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) and California Real Estate Broker License, which he currently holds.
Founded h.a.f. Strategies & subsequently Lightning Development Group
A Real Estate Developers Financial Consulting Firm for tax-exempt financings
Started at M.L.Stern & Company As a Public Finance Banker
Graduated from Western State University College of Law (Thomas Jefferson Law School)
Earned a Juris Doctor Degree.
Graduated from The George Washington University
Earned a Bachelor Of Arts Degree.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

What Clients Say...

“Calling Harlan Friedman a “Recruiter” or “Search Professional” does not do him justice...

When he reached out on my behalf, it became very clear to me that, when Harlan Friedman calls with an idea or an introduction, the public finance industry answers. One week later, I’d completed phone interviews with three of the four firms and began discussing next steps with Harlan. To say that I was impressed with how things had progressed would be an understatement...

If you are reading this and you have the opportunity to work with Harlan, I recommend that you jump at the chance.”

— Tiny McLaughlin


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