Paul Pompeo


Principal with The Pompeo Group started his recruiting career with Search West, Inc. based out of California in 1986. Search West was the largest national executive search firm based on the West Coast and, at one point, employed over 100 recruiters. Paul was with the firm for over sixteen years. Paul was recognized as the Top Producer for every branch he was in for eleven of those sixteen years, including his last two years with the firm. While at Search West, Paul also shared in over six Office of the Year awards. Paul Pompeo was the only recruiter with Search West to have won Account Executive of the Year for eight consecutive years in two different offices. In March of 2003, after 36 years in business, the principals of Search West retired and ceased operations, at which point Paul founded The Pompeo Group.

In September 2004, Paul was elected as President of the Rio Grande Section of the IES where he served as President for two one-year terms. This section had been dormant for over 10 years but quickly progressed to be one of the fastest-growing new sections in North America.  He continues to be a member of their Board of Managers and has spoken at Lightfair, Luminarias as well as at IES Section Lunch programs.  Paul has also written the Careers & Hiring column for LD+A Magazine (the leading lighting publication in North America) for the past 6 years.

Paul was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent over 20 years in California working in the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange offices of Search West before returning to New Mexico in 2001. He is married with a young son and currently resides in Albuquerque.


"As busy as we are with everyday opportunities, we need a recruiter that can manage the hiring process for us.  Paul and his team are the professionals that can actually make this happen effectively and efficiently.  I am always impressed with the number of qualified candidates they can bring to the table.  Whenever we have an opening available, The Pompeo Group is the first number on our speed dial."

Troy Lee