About Us

For 50 years, Wray Executive Search has successfully provided executive search and advisory services, recruiting impressive leadership teams for many of the nation’s most successful restaurant, foodservice, hospitality, franchise and retail companies. Our primary focus has always been and remains aligning candidates who have the appropriate blend of knowledge, skill, attitude, experience and commitment with our clients’ needs. Our client partners range from multinationals to entrepreneurial startups both private and public.

Our team of executives has developed broad-based expertise coupled with an impeccable reputation for creativity building the teams and human capital strategies that contribute to the progress of bringing the brands to the top of their respective segments. We are vested in the process and the ultimate success of each candidate placed.

We provide an unparalleled commitment to the recruitment of an organization’s most critical players—C-level professionals, Functional Vice Presidents, and Director- level executives. Services are tailored to our clients’ specific hiring and assessment objectives. We work tenaciously until an assignment is complete, with a strong client focus and a commitment to quality on every engagement.

Wray Executive Search has depth and breadth of experience conducting searches both domestically and internationally in the following areas:

  • Board Members • C Level • Operations • Financial • Marketing
  • Human Resources • Business Development • Supply Chain
  • Manufacturing • Culinary • Construction • Training
  • Quality Assurance • Franchise Sales • IT

Our clients include billion dollar brands, mid-market and emerging companies. We work closely with both public and private boards and leadership teams. We boast relationships with many of the top industry involved private equity firms. We are engaged as a “Retained” firm to represent our client’s interests and deliver the most talented executives within their respective segments.

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Wray Executive Search is led by an elite recruitment team of accomplished professionals who combine personal experience in the restaurant, foodservice, hospitality, and franchise industries with expertise in executive search.

 

Solutions And Expertise

What We Do – We provide an unparalleled commitment to the recruitment of an organization’s most critical players—C-level professionals, VP’s, and Director level executives. Services are tailored to our clients’ specific hiring and assessment objectives. We work tenaciously until an assignment is complete, with a strong client focus and a commitment to quality on every engagement.

Executive Talent Disciplines – Wray Executive Search has depth and breadth of experience conducting searches both domestically and internationally in the following areas:

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Board Services
  • Career Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning
Industries
  • Consumer Products
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • C-Level
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Research & Develop.
  • Supply Chain

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Wray Executive Search Appoints Partner

Wray Executive Search, a provider of executive search and advisory services in the restaurant, foodservice, retail, and franchise industries, has named Kevin M. Stockslager as partner. He will now be responsible for growing Wray’s executive search operations across North America, continuing to build a dedicated recruitment team and driving the implementation of technology to enhance client

Press Releases

Wray Executive Search Names Kevin Stockslager Partner

June 15, 2021 – St. Petersburg, FL, June 15, 2021 – Wray Executive Search, a leader in executive search and advisory services in the restaurant, foodservice, retail, and franchise industries is pleased to announce that Kevin M. Stockslager, PhD has been named partner. Mr. Stockslager will be responsible for growing Wray’s executive search operations across North America,

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