Lee Frederiksen, Ph.D.
Lee Frederiksen wears the boots at Hinge, leading the firm’s unprecedented research initiative to understand how high-growth firms approach marketing.
“I find it very rewarding to apply a research-based approach to the marketing of professional services firms, a field that had never been approached with the level of rigor I think it required. It’s exciting to be one of the pioneers conducting research in how organizations in this field grow and become more successful.”
With a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology, Lee left a tenured professorship to lead the Organizational Consulting Practice at one of the ‘Big 8’ accounting and consulting firms (yes, once upon a time there were 8). Then he became an entrepreneur and never looked back. Lee has focused his career on helping businesses grow. Building on his experience and a deep interest in human behavior and business strategy he explains that he uses his psychology degree every day!
Lee has written and co-authored numerous books based on his research, including The Visible Expert®, Online Marketing for Professional Services, Spiraling Up and Inside the Buyer’s Brain. He also revised the latest edition of Marketing Professional Services. He has written extensively in professional journals and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur and Advertising Age. As a Visible Expert in the industry, Lee has lectured around the globe on strategy, marketing and organizational management.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Lee earned his Bachelor’s degree at Augustana College and his Ph.D. at Ohio University. He taught at the University of Mississippi Medical School and at Virginia Tech, where he trained and mentored Ph.D. students to become practitioners.
Throughout his life, Lee has been drawn to velocity. “I love driving fast,” a passion he can trace back to his youth. Lee bought his first car—a wreck, really—at age 15, before he even had a driver’s license. He soon began repairing it and competing in races – dirt tracks and drag races. He doesn’t see himself as a risk taker—but admits that the fact that he’s both raced cars and skydived might create that impression.