Meet Our Senior Leadership

Our experienced team combines extensive industry experience with a market-leading recruitment process to deliver exceptional talent and advice.

Patrick Hurley

Founder and CEO

Patrick Hurley is the founder and CEO of Blackwood Associates.  Patrick specializes in permanent searches across virtually all asset classes for hedge funds, broker dealers, banks, private equity, asset managers, fintech, insurance companies, crypto, consulting firms and service providers.  Through his 25 years’ experience, Patrick has developed countless deep and trusted relationships in the industry which are imperative in helping identify and source the appropriate hire for each search.

Patrick graduated from Fordham University in 1994 and began his career in search.  Upon joining, as it's fourth employee, Patrick helped build and ultimately managed the permanent placement division of International Market Recruiters in NYC.  He has extensive experience delivering on difficult searches across virtually all asset classes in the US and UK. Having placed many of the industry’s current progressive leaders, he has earned a stellar reputation for effectively matching clients and candidates and delivering a high-quality service to the industry’s top firms with the utmost integrity. Patrick is keenly focused on identifying not only the proper skill set, but also the appropriate cultural fit for each client and as a result is thankful to count several of the industry’s most highly selective and respected firms as clients with whom he partners.

Matthew Clarke

Managing Director

Matthew is a Managing Director at Blackwood Associates leading the Permanent Placement Division. His focus is senior and mid-level hires, and full team builds primarily in global markets and alternative investment platforms across all asset classes.

Matt has more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry fostering extensive relationships with top tier investment banks, hedge funds, and various alternative investment platforms. Prior to joining Blackwood Associates, he was the Head of the Permanent Placement Division at International Market Recruiters.

Matt graduated from The University of Scranton with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.