Industrial Search Partners Acquires Ference Partners

NORWALK, CONN. – Industrial Search Partners (ISP) has acquired Ference Partners, a Virginia/Metro DC-based recruiting firm founded by Patrick Ference, who now becomes a Managing Partner with Industrial Search Partners. Patrick has over 25 years of experience in corporate leadership and senior executive search focusing on assignments largely in the industrial sector.

“Partnering with Pat will bring a valuable perspective to ISP,” said Jason Ward, Founder and Managing Partner. “As an experienced CHRO, and most recently a successful executive recruiter, Pat brings unique insight and know-how. He will be instrumental in our continued success serving and growing our client base.”

Patrick added, “I am very pleased to create this partnership with Jason. The merging of our businesses will enhance ISP’s presence in multiple markets, and broaden the scope of our service and functional specialization in the industrial sector.”

Patrick was a key contributor to the senior management teams in companies such as Cooper Industries, Brady Corporation, and Alpha Natural Resources. In addition to diversified global manufacturing experience, Patrick adds specific industry experience to ISP including power electrical and electronic products, power/industrial automation, automotive, mining and metals, building products, consumer durable goods, and aerospace/defense.

Together, Patrick and Jason have recruited senior executives within all of the major functions including CEO/President, Finance, Operations and Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing, Engineering/R&D, Human Resources and Independent Board Members.

Additional information about Patrick can be found in his profile.

Industrial Search Partners is a contemporary breed of executive recruiting firm, specializing in targeted talent acquisition dedicated to the fields of industrial manufacturing and services, transportation, supply chain and logistics, mining and metals, oil and gas, aerospace and defense and automotive. Right opportunity. Right candidate. Guaranteed.


Industrial Search Partners
Janet Brown
VP, Marketing

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