About Hedquist 

Mary Sova has been with Hedquist since its inception in 2001. Mary is the operations manager and administrator responsible for supporting all search activities, assisting with candidate sourcing, financial management and reporting. Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University. Prior to Hedquist, Mary worked in Human Resources; Training and Development for Zurich American Insurance.

The Hedquist Team

“Great Vision Without Great People is Irrelevant”          
Jim Collins – Good to Great


Based outside of Chicago in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Hedquist International is engaged in the recruitment of leadership roles for our clients that include officers, presidents, vice-presidents, directors, strategic and critical non-management positions, and board members. Founder Jeff Hedquist formed his company with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to streamline and personalize the process for his business clients.  


Jeff shares “recruiting was a natural fit for me with my sales background and my passion for business matchmaking - connecting top candidates to opportunities at some of the leading companies in the healthcare industry. My company has enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships with hundreds of outstanding professionals in healthcare over the years and our clients rely on our access to a deep bench of talent for our “search and select” process for senior level candidates critical to their operations.”

Jordan Lund has been with Hedquist since 2014, and is the Director, Executive Search for the firm. Jordan orchestrates the internal search process that includes sourcing, interviewing, qualifying, presenting and pre-closing candidates. Jordan is also responsible for maintaining relationships with top healthcare industry candidates and developing new business with corporate clients. Prior to Hedquist International, Jordan worked as a Sales Director for Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Jordan attended the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

Kris Zeile is a communications consultant for Hedquist responsible for developing candidate profiles for business clients and managing marketing and business communications for the firm. Kris is a former communications executive from the healthcare industry who now runs her own enterprise, Zeile Communications. Kris has held previous leadership roles at Maxicare Health Plans, Baxter Healthcare and Caremark/CVS. h here.

   “We understand the value of human intangibles that are not readily apparent in the selection process through a LinkedIn profile, a website or a Skype interview. It’s an undisputable truth that it is still humans in collaborative relationships driving business, not machines. Our relationship with hundreds of top candidates combined with our knowledge of the industry enables us to target searches very effectively and expedite the selection and hiring process for our clients." 

- Jeff Hequist

Hedquist also works in a consultative role for organizations that are expanding rapidly, merging, reorganizing or in the midst of an industry-driven transformation.

Jeff Hedquist is the Founder and President of Hedquist International. Jeff provides oversight for business development, establishing search project teams, execution of domestic and international executive search, establishing and developing client relationships that include leading healthcare organizations and premier senior-level candidates. Prior to Hedquist International, Jeff was the Vice President of Managed Healthcare for The McHenry Group.