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Supply and demand drives the search experience for Belford

After 23 years, JDG Associates’ Paul Belford doesn’t ever want to quit, though his books betray a yen for executive coaching

Sept. 6, 2013
By William Ehart

Paul Belford

Paul Belford got into the recruiting business while the getting was good.

Putting his graduate degree in economics from Fordham University to good use, he entered the field while demand for association executives was high in Washington, D.C., and the supply of recruiters was low.

He half-jokingly credits former President Richard Nixon for his career choice.

After stints with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Treasury Department (including two postings in Vietnam), Belford gained association experience starting in 1979 with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (now PhRMA) lobbying on international issues.