Frey Search, Inc. is a highly-successful contract recruitment and executive search firm providing strategic recruitment solutions with personalized service. We represent corporations in numerous industries throughout the United States who are recognized as the innovative leaders in their field.


Ann Frey

Ann Frey established Frey Search, Inc. in 2001 after a successful corporate career managing recruitment and executive searches for leading companies.  Frey Search’s principles derived from her expertise and insight regarding what client’s truly need from contract recruiters and executive search firms.  The firm is renowned for its progressive, personalized approach and providing exemplary customer service. 

Prior to launching Frey Search, Ms. Frey managed executive recruiting projects for a leading technology-based venture capital firm.  She additionally served as Senior Associate at Heidrick & Struggles, and was a member of its International Technology and Financial Services Practices.  Moreover, her recruitment background involves her tenure at Irvine, California-based Witt/Kieffer Ford Hadelman & Lloyd, a national healthcare search firm.   A Southern California native, Ms. Frey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College in Claremont, California.


Carol Chaffee
Executive Recruiter

Ms. Chaffee is Frey Search Executive Recruiter and brings more than 20 years of experience and success to the company’s team.  At Frey Search, she oversees candidate research and development, candidate presentations, and ensures clients receive an exemplary level of customer service.  Ms. Chaffee has overseen Frey Search’s successful placement of senior scientists with a leading contact lens manufacturer, as well as the placement of high-level pharmaceutical representatives within a four-month period.  Moreover, she has participated in several CXX level searches (CMO & CIO.) 

Her impressive career in sales includes most recently serving as Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Worldwide Sales for AMD of Sunnyvale, California, as well as Vice President of Sales for Sharp Systems of America in Huntington Beach, Calif.  Moreover, she is the former Principal of Heidrick & Struggles of Irvine, California.   Ms. Chaffee earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.


Susan McElroy

Susan McElroy is an Associate with Frey Search, Inc., and specializes in research, candidate development and referencing for the firm.  Previously, Ms. McElroy served as Vice President of Institutional Sales for Jefferies and Co., an investment banking firm in Los Angeles, California.  During her 11-year-tenure with the firm, she and her partner focused on arbitrage trading and received numerous awards for being one of the top producing sales teams in the nation.  Ms. McElroy earned her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. 


Tanya Johnson

Tanya Johnson is an Associate of Frey Search and specializes in research, candidate development, and referencing on a national level.  Prior to joining Frey Search’s acclaimed recruitment team, Ms. Johnson served as an executive search consultant with Larsen and Lee, Inc., a leading retainer-based search firm in Bethesda, Maryland.  During this time, she successfully managed national searches for partners and senior management for the country’s top financial planning and tax consultant firms.   Ms. Johnson’s executive recruitment accounts have taken her coast-to-coast, resulting in placements of senior management and executives at Fortune 500 companies and leading financial institutions. 

Professional drive and personal attention to clients’ needs make Ms. Johnson a highly-successful Associate.  Her early career background includes the senior management of marketing programs on the East Coast, including sales and marketing, as well as marketing analysis.   

Ms. Johnson earned her master’s degree in Business Communications and Public Relations from American University, in Washington, D.C.  She earned her bachelor’s degree with majors in English and Psychology, and a minor in Spanish, from Berea College, in Berea, Kentucky.


Katherine E. Lowe
Research Assistant

Katherine E. Lowe is a Research Assistant for Frey Search, and provides key support services such as compiling candidate profiles, references, and account research. Overseeing the firm’s detailed account data, Ms. Lowe works directly with Principal Ann Frey and all Associates.  She personally explores key elements that result in a well-researched, confidential and accurate candidate profile.

Prior to Frey Search, Ms. Lowe successfully managed numerous diverse sales teams throughout California’s high-end retail industry, including designer collections, home décor and furnishings.  Her sales management expertise continued in buying and specialized department group sales.   Ms. Lowe earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from San Diego State University.

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