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All About Our Co-Founder: Chris Murdock

Co-Founder & Chief Sourcing Officer at IQTalent Partners

Chris Murdock is a recruiting and talent acquisition veteran. He founded IQTalent Partners in 2009 and now leads search execution and client relationships for his 300+ person firm. Before establishing IQTalent Partners as a talent acquisition leader, Murdock worked with Yahoo!’s internal executive recruiting team, gaining in-depth experience across the technology recruiting sphere. 

Founded in 2009 and merged with Caldwell in 2020, IQTalent Partners was established with the mission to offer a better way for organizations and candidates to find a match.  Through an on-demand business model, IQTalent Partners acts as an extension of a client’s internal team. A Co-Founder of IQTP, Chris Murdock continues to lead research and sourcing for the firm while working to deepen client relationships.

Chris Murdock is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter available to the media as an expert source on workforce planning, corporate culture, candidate research, talent acquisition, and recruiting.

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IQTalent Partners: Hot Off The Press

IQTalent Partners Named #1 Largest Recruiting Firm

This List ranks Nashville-area recruiting firms by number of retained permanent placements. Information was obtained from firm representatives. Information on The List was supplied by individual companies through questionnaires and could not be independently verified by the Nashville Business Journal.


Alex Barron Named To The Top 40 Under 40 List

IQTalent Partners’ practice leader, Alex Barron, was included on this year’s Top 40 under 40 list of most outstanding young professionals. She recently was announced as one of the 2022 40 Under 40 honorees by the Nashville Business Journal.


Caldwell Partners’ David Windley Named to Savoy Magazine’s 2021 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

Technology-powered talent acquisition firm Caldwell Partners (TSX: CWL; OTCQX: CWLPF) announced that David Windley, a member of the company’s board, has been named to Savoy Magazine’s 2021 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors list.


IQTalent Partners Community Initiatives

Community service and outreach is important to everyone at IQTP.

At IQTalent Partners, we believe in investing back into the community around us. We take pride in our hometown city and work hard to support those in need through a variety of initiatives. Some of our most prominent community efforts include:

  • We donate our 16th-floor office space, overlooking downtown Nashville, at no charge to local non-profit organizations for fundraisers, awards, dinners, meetings, and more.
  • We give a quarterly corporate donation to local non-profits, decided on by our employees.
  • We serve as a proud Corporate Partner for “Tennessee Kids Belong.”

Giving at a Glance

We’re proud to be able to give back to our community.

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To local non-profits.


100 books

Book Drive for Nashville Adult Literacy Council.

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Causes Close to Our Hearts

See what causes are near and dear to us at IQTalent Partners.

Alongside state and local member programs, CASA supports volunteer advocacy for every child in need.

Providing holistic support to incarcerated scholars as they pursue college programs in Tennessee prisons.

Dedicated to stewarding high school students toward graduation with mentorship and/or job opportunities.

Creating a more literate Nashville and igniting children’s passion for reading with support from volunteers.

Helping support a successful new beginning for people returning to our community after incarceration.

Advocating for equitable opportunities and systems that improve the quality of life for Black people.

Promoting and facilitating giving and volunteerism in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond.

NALC is dedicated to teaching reading, writing, and English-speaking skills to adults in the Nashville area.

Providing survivors of interpersonal violence and their children safe, accessible and compassionate housing.

IQTP Awards And Recognitions

50 Fastest Growing Startup Companies in Nashville – 2022

IQTP was ranked #14 in Growjo’s list ranking Nashville-area startup companies.

Largest Recruiting Firms by Retained Placements in Nashville – 2021/2022

IQTP was ranked first in this list ranking Nashville-area recruiting firms by number of retained permanent placements.

IQTP Named to Hunt Scanlon Top 50 List – 2019/2020/2021/2022

IQTalent Partners, Inc., a talent acquisition and executive search firm, announced its placement on the annual Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiting Firms report.

Top Workplaces of Middle Tennessee – 2021/2022

For 2021, 96 employers earned recognition as Top Workplaces. In all, 1,144 employers in the region were invited to have their employees take the survey.

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