history

For more than twenty years, Sharf Woodward & Associates has enjoyed a noteworthy reputation as an executive search / recruiting firm with enduring success in providing companies with the finest talent in the marketplace. In 1993, Lee Woodward and Bernard Sharf, SWA co-founders, built a team of professional recruiters and consultants that specializes in exacting corporate searches for passive candidates and those actively seeking career advancement.

As all vibrant organizations, SWA has gone through changes over time: SWA expanded to include an office in Northern California; Lee retired; and, three years ago, SWA President, Bernie Sharf, initiated the Clinical Research area. 

SWA’s consultants continue the tradition of service to the business and professional communities by adhering to well-practiced executive search principles:

  • Each search/recruiting consultant specializes in one industry. Many SWA consultants have more than fifteen years of search and industry specific experience.
  • In-depth company, position and candidate profiles are prepared for each search.
  • Every step of the search process is customized and personalized to meet the specific needs of our client companies and our candidates.

Through years of historic and economic changes, SWA continues to keep the art in executive search.