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Debra Young, PHR, SHRM-CP

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity LLC


Co-founder & Managing Partner
Sheer Velocity LLC

Debra J. Young, PHR, is Sheer Velocity’s co-founder and managing partner. Before founding Sheer Velocity, she was executive vice president of a top-five retained executive search firm. Prior to that, Ms. Young was a managing partner of a national boutique retained executive search firm responsible for starting their Denver office, where she successfully managed the recruitment and placements of senior-level executives. Her human resources and recruiting career started four years prior while working as a human resources administrator for a Fortune 500 company.

Ms. Young’s expertise lies within the following industries: consumer goods, food/beverage, energy/utilities, oil & and gas, capital equipment rentals, life sciences, healthcare and industrial/manufacturing. Within those industries she continues to successfully complete functional assignments for persons in CEO, CFO, president and top senior leadership roles in sales, operations, human resources, supply chain and logistics, transportation and finance. She has significant experience with venture capital, private equity, family-owned and publicly traded companies, and understands the unique nuances of recruiting into each of them.


Ms. Young earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Denver, a paralegal degree from Carthage College, and has her human resources management certification from Villanova University. Additionally, she holds a professional human resources (PHR) certification and is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management and Mile High SHRM. She currently lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with her husband and son and enjoys spinning, running, music and performing charitable work.

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