Rick Gray

Chief Executive Officer

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Rick Gray

Rick is charged with executing TalentRISE’s business plan and leading the development and implementation of its longer-term growth strategy.

He previously managed the operations of Gray Talent Group, a leading Chicago-based talent agency representing professional actors. From 2003-2012, he served as the global chief marketing officer of Hudson, a specialized recruitment and talent management firm serving clients and candidates in nearly 20 countries. As a member of the firm’s global leadership team, Rick essentially built the company’s brand from scratch, capitalized on the vast market opportunity for Hudson in recruitment process outsourcing and effectively leveraged the web for business lead generation.

Earlier in his career, he led the Midwest Professional Services practice of Ogilvy PR Worldwide, primarily serving global accounting firm client Deloitte. He also served as chief marketing officer of Lante, a leading web development and consulting firm during the dot.com market frenzy, managed public relations globally for management consultants A.T. Kearney and ran the Midwest Advanced Technology Practice at Hill and Knowlton.

Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Sociology at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas in 1978, serves on the Advisory Boards of The Entrepreneurship Institute and Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness LLC, and is a member of the Metropolitan and Executives’ Clubs of Chicago.