About Us

Who We Are

Nationwide CFO Partner Network

Founded in 2011 by Karl Hardesty, a respected leader in executive talent solutions for the C-Suite, Hardesty LLC provides best-in-class senior leadership to growing companies through its nationwide network of partners and resources. As Hardesty continues to grow, the firm has expanded from the CFO role to include CEO, COO, CIO, CMO and VP levels, completing the C-Suite of senior executive talent we make available to clients.

High-performing executive talent is a company’s most valuable asset. When key positions are missing for even a few weeks, companies struggle. Hardesty was built to provide rapid deployment to bridge that gap.

Karl Hardesty

Founder & CEO

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Hardesty’s National Presence

We have built one of the largest CFO Partner networks in the U.S. The firm’s headquarters are located in Orange County, California, the sixth most populous market in the country. To date, the firm has placed professionals in over thirty states on both an interim and permanent basis. Clients include public, private, and not-for-profit companies – including private equity firms and their portfolio businesses. Clients range from startups to companies in excess of $1B in revenue.

Partnership. Redefined.

At the core of our operating model lies our competitive advantage – our Partners. These are top executives that have been tested at the highest level. They are Partners – in every sense of the word. It’s an operating model that’s helped attract the very best financial minds – professionals who are deal-savvy and board tested, and who also bring a keen understanding of the strategic and operational side of the business. Add it all up and it’s easy to see why the firm has been honored multiple times as one of Orange County Business Journal’s fastest growing companies.

What We Do

Outstanding Executive And Financial Leaders Who Deliver Optimal Outcomes

Since our inception, Hardesty professionals have helped over 500 companies reach their business goals by providing assistance with strategic, operational, and financial challenges. Our mission is simple: provide clients with experienced, industry-tested professionals who can step into any situation and quickly add value and create measurable results.

Custom Fit.

We offer the most flexible and responsive solutions in the market and tailor each engagement to reflect the needs of our clients. Typically, we are engaged to provide talent that fulfills roles ranging from interim to permanent, as well as special projects and consulting. Many of our interim engagements result in the assigned resource being hired on a permanent basis by our clients. These types of “interim-to-permanent” engagements can be vastly superior to a prolonged search process.

The Hardesty Advantage

Experienced. Responsive. Practical.

Our depth of expertise is extensive with over 500 years of collective experience across a variety of industries and geographies. These engagements are directly translatable to client situations today and allow us to deliver the most comprehensive and practical solution.

Collaborative. Trusted Relationships.

Hardesty Partners are connected. It’s authentic – not some virtual collaboration or alliance. Our Partners are not only closely connected to one another, they also have years of working relationships with senior-level professionals – ranging from investment bankers, CPAs, attorneys, private equity investors, commercial bankers, insurance experts, and board members and advisors. Because our Partners are already pre-qualified for industry and transactional experience, we can deploy them whenever, wherever – and, most important, in whatever form – you need. That’s the Power of Partnership.

Impact Players.

Value creation involves more than procuring talent. It takes a sophisticated framework to ensure that Partners are deployed in ways that deliver optimal, measurable outcomes. That’s why we designed the Hardesty Partnership Platform.

Our architecture ensures that all resources – whether human or financial – support one another. That’s how we help build great people. And companies.

Areas of Practice


Real Estate & Construction

Financial Services/Fintech

Aerospace & Defense

Retail & CPG

Banking & Finance

Emerging Growth

Mergers & Acquisitions

Bankruptcy / Restructuring

Complex Transactions

Manufacturing & Distribution

SAAS & High Tech