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Real Estate. Hospitality. Investments. Development.

People.

Who We Are

HIGHRIDGE SEARCH IS A REAL ESTATE AND HOSPITALITY EXECUTIVE SEARCH FIRM.  We partner with investment firms, private equity groups, operators, and developers to attract, recruit, develop, and retain the best talent both for their teams and portfolio companies.

Highridge Search is dedicated to exceptional results for our clients. We empower organizations with the tools they need to make strategic hiring decisions that have a lasting positive impact on their businesses. This involves a technical approach that recognizes that talent is your greatest investment. 

Highridge Search has a unique vantage point in the real estate and hospitality industry. We understand the evolving dynamics and opportunities within real estate executive search and take the time to deeply understand your business, challenges, culture, and goals.  This insight drives our bespoke search strategy, enabling us to deliver candidates who possess the necessary skills, fit, and potential. Importantly and uniquely, we are unabashedly focused on onboarding a successful hire into your organization. This area is a critical component of candidate success and one we focus on as a priority in our process.

Real Estate Executive Search Process

Executive Search Solutions & Beyond

Compensation Analysis

Expert consulting on competitive compensation strategies to attract and retain the best talent.

Leadership Development

Bespoke programs that foster growth, innovation, and long-term success for leaders and teams.

Our Team

Our founding partners bring a wealth of firsthand industry experience to real estate and hospitality executive search. We speak your language and understand your challenges and specific requirements.  Hence, we genuinely comprehend the intricacies of the roles we seek to fill.

Darin Eydenberg - Real Estate Executive Search Recruiter

Darin White Eydenberg

CEO & Founding Partner

Darin is the CEO and Founding Partner of Highridge Search. Highridge Seach is one in a collection of real estate and hospitality talent and search-related brands, which include KangarooStar (kangaoostar.com) and KangarooStar Post (kangaroostar-post.com). 

Prior to founding Highridge Search, Darin was a senior leader at Korn Ferry for 15 years where she led the real estate investment businesses globally. She also led searches in corporate credit, infrastructure, private equity, among other areas. 

Darin brings a technical understanding to search that has served her well helping clients hire senior executives across real estate, private equity, credit, investment banking, and lending and finance. Her past investment experience at both Soros Private Fund Management and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”, through acquisition, Credit Suisse) give her a technical understanding of strategy, the marketplace, and of candidate track records. She has been involved in some of the most notable hires, build-outs, and human capital strategies within these segments.

Darin earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from the Barnard College, Columbia University.

Irina Zavina-Tare - Real Estate Executive Search Recruiter

Irina Zavina-Tare

President & Founding Partner

Irina is the President and Founding Partner of Highridge Search, bringing 15 years of experience in development and hands-on transaction and asset management to executive recruitment of real estate and hospitality executives.

Prior to launching Highridge, Irina led her own investment and development advisory firm focusing on lifestyle-driven hospitality and mixed-use projects, including lodging, multi-family, food & beverage, and neighborhood-making. Irina worked closely with developers, investors, and operators on expansion strategies, project planning, acquisition/disposition, valuation, programming, and capital raising.

Irina held various investment and business development roles at Gansevoort Hotel Group, Credit Suisse Asset Management, Starwood Capital, and American Express. She began her career as an Investment Banking analyst with Merrill Lynch Global Telecom and Media Group in New York, where she focused both on M&A and corporate finance transactions followed by two years in Strategic Alliances at Level 3 Communications.

Irina earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Chicago and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Our Approach

Each real estate or hospitality executive search assignment we undertake is approached as a strategic partnership, where we work closely with our clients to develop a tailored and systematic process that meets their unique needs.

Our proprietary ACES candidate selection methodology encompasses eight interconnected steps.

Real Estate Executive Search Recruitment Process

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Highridge Talent Holdings

Highridge Talent Holdings is a dynamic and innovative talent solutions firm with a collection of executive and professional search brands focusing on real estate, hospitality and leisure, investments, and development.

At Highridge Talent Holdings, we believe that a successful business requires talented individuals at every level. To cater to the unique requirements of our clients, we have developed three distinct platforms. Highridge Search specializes in hospitality and real estate executive search, ensuring top leadership positions are filled by the best in the industry. KangarooStar offers comprehensive professional search services, sourcing skilled individuals across various levels to meet specific organizational needs. Additionally, KangarooStar Post provides an innovative job-matching educational tool, empowering the next generation of talent to find relevant job opportunities.