RISE Talent and Sports Trade Group Join Forces

June 9, 2017 – In an effort to tap into more sports-and-fitness related clients, executive search firm RISE Talent Acquisition announced that it has formed a partnership with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), a Silver Springs, MD-based trade group.

“The partnership is a long-term working relationship where RISE Talent Acquisition is born from the industry, and works exclusively with companies in the sports and fitness industry,” said Rey Corpuz, founder and executive director of RISE. “SFIA will work with RISE in reaching its membership to provide recruiting services, and RISE in return will provide services to the membership with discounted rates.”

Mr. Corpuz has more than 25 years of experience in the sports and active lifestyle industry, a key advantages over the competition. “Currently, there are very few firms that work primarily in the sporting goods, active, and fitness space,” he said. “Having this focus requires knowledge of the industry, as well as the different sales distribution channels, marketing strategies, product development processes, etc. Having spent a good portion of my career in these areas of concentration, RISE is able to seek and secure experts in different sport categories that are the right fit for each company’s corporate culture and personnel needs.”

The partnership looks to be a win-win situation. SFIA’s members, in particular, stand to gain experienced, personalized executive search and consulting services. “In response to our company’s continuous growth, SFIA partnered with RISE Talent Acquisition to improve and facilitate the recruitment process,” said Tom Cove, SFIA president and CEO. “We’ve recently identified a need for additional leadership and are confident that RISE will enhance membership value and employ individuals that contribute to our company’s success.”

Recruiters for Sporting Goods / Apparel Sectors

RISE, which is based in Atlanta, secures middle to senior level positions in sales, merchandising, brand & product marketing, product management, design, development and sourcing. “Our goal as a recruiting firm is to provide recruiting and personnel search services to those companies in the sports, active, and fitness industries through targeted search utilizing industry specific knowledge,” said Mr. Corpuz.

Having worked for several large and medium-sized brands, Mr. Corpuz said he noticed that most search firms failed to provide the kinds of service that the market most needed. That led to his founding his boutique operation two years ago.

In his career, Mr. Corpuz has been category director, health and legwear, Benchmark Brands; global business director, football, Wilson Sporting Goods; senior director, global product marketing, McDavid; category business and marketing manager, Russell Athletic, among other jobs.

“This partnership is representative of how our sports community continues to evolve,” said Mr. Corpuz. “As trends and economics change the way we all do business, the strength to continue to build will come from our reliance on our industry partners. The SFIA is at the center of the sports and fitness community through its leadership, politics, research, and membership. This partnership provides a resource for recruiting for SFIA members, as well as an extended network with expertise in the sports and fitness business.”


Recruiting Partnerships

When organizations have multiple positions to fill or they have found an executive search firm they trust, they may ink a longer term contract with their preferred recruiter. Here’s a look a few examples from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Cejka Search has been chosen by Dubai’s Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital as the exclusive physician search provider in the U.S. for more than 15 pediatric sub-specialist positions, ranging from highly-qualified surgeons to geneticists and emergency medicine physicians.


Jobplex has renewed a contract with Microsoft to lead the placement of U.S. military veterans who graduate from the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA). More than 450 candidates have graduated from the MSSA program and either found employment in the tech industry or gone back to school for a tech degree.


U.K.-headquartered search firm La Fosse Associates formed an alliance with Intelligent Partners, a provider of research and education on alternative investments. Through the partnership, La Fosse serves as a ‘talent partner’ to Intelligent Partners. The company turned to the search firm because of its expertise in the technology and digital sectors.


Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a futuristic ground transportation business that claims it will one day ferry people and cargo at nearly the speed of sound, retained Rosenzweig & Company to lead its search for a number of board and executive level positions. Founding partner, Jay Rosenzweig, is spearheading the assignment.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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