Leadership Team

Nathan Hedrick

Nathan Hedrick

Founder and President

 

Born and raised here in the farm lands of central Indiana, Nate grew up operating and repairing farm equipment on the family farm with his brother Matt. Which he quickly developed a mechanical skill set and a passion for the agricultural industry at an early age. 

While obtaining his bachelors degree in agricultural and biological sciences from Purdue University. Nate started and ran an in-home health care company that is still in operation today. After graduation, Nate attended Parker Hannifin’s accelerated sales training which led to the start of his systems engineering, and later, global account management career for the decade

Throughout his time at Parker, Nate worked alongside engineering teams from companies John Deere, CNH, Oshkosh and BAE Systems. He became very familiar with the recruiting industry and, more importantly, the industrial and mobile equipment manufacturing and distribution industries. 

Regularly being contacted by recruiters and having colleagues who owned their own recruiting companies, Nate felt there was a lack of expertise and people skills with recruiters and recruiting companies in general. Being an entrepreneur at heart, Nate took the plunge and founded PQ Talent in late 2014 with a sole focus on recruiting engineers for the mobile hydraulics industry.

Nate is still very  much “hands-on” in the recruiting industry cultivating relationships with some of the most talented folks and companies that are out there today.

Josh Francis

Josh Francis

Partner

 

Also an Indiana native and still a “gear head” at heart, Josh spent his early days in the garage with his father building hot rods, motorcycles, fast cars and anything with wheels and an engine. Josh gained early experience in the automotive and power sports industry as a sales rep and parts manager and would later go to work for the worlds large off high-way equipment manufacturer and co-founder of a high-performance automotive business.

With early development of a strong mechanical background and the aptitude to grow business, this paved the way for the start of his 8 year career with Caterpillar’s Large Engine Facility out of Lafayette, IN.

During his time at Cat, Josh not only learned the inner workings of a large manufacturing company, he also gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the Oil/Gas, Power Generation, Mining, and Heavy Off-Highway Mobile Equipment Industries.

Josh spent most of his time critical assembly areas for the 33/34/35 and 3600 series diesel and natural gas engines including rotating assembly installs, bearing and clearance checks, valve adjustments, fuel/cooling systems installs and more.

Josh stepped away from Caterpillar and partnered with PQ Talent in mid-2015 with a focus in business development and candidate relations to better serve the industry he came from.