Daniel O. Hydrick, Founder and CEO
Over more than two decades, Mr. Hydrick established and led senior-level executive search in the firm's Industrial, Federal, Infrastructure and Natural Resources practices for clients that ranged from start up firms to the world's largest Engineering Consultancies. In addition to his continued leadership of the firm, Mr. Hydrick leads client development efforts for Hygun Leadership Solutions.
Dan joined the United States Army after high school, graduating from the US Army School of Engineering with Honors. He proudly served as a Sergeant attached to the Americal Division in Vietnam. Continuing his engineering experience from the military, Dan furthered his education in Colorado and earned his degree in Sanitary Engineering. Dan spent time with Public Service Company of Colorado and as a Union negotiator for the Local IBEW, before becoming the City Manager for the newly formed City of Evergreen. Dan was then recruited to serve as National and International Director for a Geological Oil and Gas Exploration Service Company, assisting in the education and development of new technologies in exploration drilling.
Dan began his recruiting career with Management Recruiters International in the Corporate Banking business during the challenging Savings and Loan Crisis in the 1980's, assisting banking institutions rebuild their human capital need. After several years as one of the top billers and trainer for the MRI recruiting teams, Dan went back to his roots to focus on Engineering and established Hygun Group, Inc.
On a personal note Dan is an avid Martial Artist (7th Degree Black Belt, Korean Karate, 6th Degree Okinawan Karate and a Weapons Master) and has served as a National Chief Referee for the United States Amateur Athletics Union, Tae Kwon Do Associations and has gone on to develop a nationally recognized women's self defense course known as A.C.T. (Assailant Control Techniques) for women.