Chad Kreller


Independent Agent


My three actress/model daughters with friends in Hollywood, about driving for two hours down a Mexican highway at the age of ten to get my father to hospital, or about being the only white guy at my Hawaiian high school where, as a freshman, I escaped bullying by joining the football team.


If Chad looks like he just stepped off a movie set, it’s because he maybe just did. The father of three gorgeous daughters already making waves in Tinseltown, he got into recruiting to provide them with a better life than a teacher’s salary could provide. Our Fresno, California native attended Waianae High School in Honolulu, and went on to study Ainu culture and the Japanese language at San Diego State University. After graduating, he knew it was time to experience firsthand the country he’d only read about. Within a remarkably short time Chad was a senior director, managing large teams at some of the nation’s biggest firms, but when Robin approached him about coming on as the first Partner of The Agency, it felt like destiny on both sides, and the two began building the tribe. Chad brings to us exceptional market wisdom and analytical skills that, combined, give him the power to conceive and manifest positive solutions.

Comparing us to his former employers, he says it’s “one hundred percent different in all ways. Here we have full autonomy. The purity and honesty of The Agency’s business model – you can’t get that anywhere else in the recruitment market.” When not helping to expand our firm’s national footprint or getting footloose with his superstar offspring, Chad enjoys higher consciousness training, studying esoteric philosophy and the occult, being out in nature, and doing crossword puzzles. And if you’re in the mood to rock out to some death metal, look no further than his band Tristaint, for which Chad serves as – what else? – the front man!

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.