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Richard Hughes


Richard strives to make meaningful career matches with top operators and serves the Primary portfolio by building best-in-class Talent Acquisition programs.

For over ten years, Richard has been a resource for professionals as they have sought new opportunities. From supporting underserved job seekers to owning executive searches, Richard has a passion for making connections and supporting professionals during career transitions. He prides himself on having seasoned proprietary search practices and his ability to build processes that help internal stakeholders hire top talent. 

Before joining Primary, Richard served as the Director of Talent Acquisition at Managed by Q. He supported executive leadership in talent acquisition initiatives across all disciplines, including engineering, design, business operations, customer success, and finance. While at Q, he hired key strategic leaders in Sales and Product and managed Q’s employer brand. Prior to that, Richard worked at two New York-area recruiting agencies, and was part of ZocDoc’s recruiting team during its biggest growth spurt. 

His passion for talent acquisition began during a formative year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest where he served as an Employment Specialist for a transitional housing non-profit in Boise, Idaho. In that role, he advised people with Substance Use Disorder on their job searches, many of whom were transitioning out of the prison system.

The rest of the story

I was born and raised in Brooklyn but moved to New Jersey in elementary school. I love NYC and proudly root for the Mets and the Knicks. I’m fortunate to have a supportive family and meaningful friendships, all of whom motivate me to be hard-working and grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. And, in turn, I am their go-to person for resume reviews, interview prep, and opportunity sharing!

I currently reside in Park Slope with my fiance and running in Prospect Park is my favorite thing to do. I’m an avid reader, concert-goer, record-collector, and movie-watcher. I love to travel and typically seek out America’s national parks and other immersive experiences.

Stuff you wouldn’t know:

First job: For many summers in high school, I manned the “Penguin Italian Ice” truck in New Jersey. My personal favorite flavor combo was the USA: Cherry, Lemon, and Sky Blue.

Most humbling experience: The last five miles of the NYC Marathon. While my legs and mind were insistent on stopping, the energy of the crowd pushed me forward and fueled every step to the finish line.

Random fact: I was once on the cover of the Boston Globe with Barack Obama while wearing a throwback Michael Jordan jersey.