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

News Briefings

How Employers Can Adapt to Remain Competitive in Today’s Labor Market

Worker confidence is at an all-time high, with a majority of job seekers believing it’s easier to find a job this year than the previous year and one-third feeling comfortable quitting a job without having another lined up, according to the 2022 Job Seeker Nation Report from Employ Inc., the parent company of Jobvite, JazzHR, and NXTThing RPO.

How Emotional Intelligence Has Become a Key Leadership Trait

Effective leadership is critical to drive and grow our rapidly changing organizations. Emotional intelligence has been identified by many as a crucial element needed for effective leadership. By definition, emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Popularized by psychologist Daniel

Wray Executive Search Opens New Office in Miami

Wray Executive Search, a provider of executive search and advisory services in the restaurant, foodservice, retail, and franchise industries, has opened a new office in Miami. Rebecca Patt, who brings 18 years of executive search experience with Wray as senior vice president, will lead the Miami office. “Rebecca has and continues to be a major

Jobless Claims Continue to Fall at Steady Pace as Recovery Continues

The Labor Department reported that 419,000 Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020 when it was 256,000. This was well above the 350,000 Dow Jones estimate and more than the upwardly revised 368,000 from the previous period. The previous week’s level was

Press Releases

Executive Chat – Dick Wray and Bob Gershberg – April 2022

Wray Search 50th Anniversary Special: Executive Chat with Wray Search Founder & Chairman Emeritus Dick Wray and current CEO & Managing Partner Bob Gershberg By Rebecca Patt, SVP Development, Wray Executive Search This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wray Executive Search, led by Founder & Chairman Emeritus Dick Wray and CEO &

Wray Executive Search Announces the Opening of Miami Office

(March 16, 2022) Wray Executive Search is pleased to announce the expansion into the influential Miami market with the opening of an office in the rapidly growing city. Rebecca Patt, who brings 18 years of executive search experience with Wray as Senior Vice President, will lead the Miami office. Rebecca has successfully completed searches for

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,

Multimedia

Thought Leadership
Viewpoint July 2022 – Retention, Turnover – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Viewpoint June 2022 – Remote, Hybrid or On-site
Viewpoint May 2022 Emotional Intelligence is a Crucial Element Needed for Effective Leadership
Viewpoint April 2022 – Building a High-Performance Leadership Team
Viewpoint March 2022 – Women in Leadership
Viewpoint February 2022 – Employee Engagement can Help
Viewpoint January 2022 – The Great Resignation
Viewpoint December 2021 – Onward and Upward 2022 The Restaurant of the Future Arrives Ahead of Schedule
Viewpoint October 2021 – Bob Gershberg on Emotional Intelligence
Viewpoint August 2021 – Building a Championship Team
Viewpoint July 2021 – Great Leaders Need to be Great Communicators
Viewpoint May 2021 – Make Great Hires: What a Concept?
Viewpoint May 2021 – Post-Merger Success: Increasing the Odds
Viewpoint April 2021 – The War for Talent Rears its Head Again
Viewpoint March 2021 – Building a High-Performance Leadership Team
Viewpoint February 2021 – Building a High-Performance Culture is More Important Than Ever

Executive Chat
Executive Chat with Don Fox, CEO at Firehouse Subs
Executive Chat with Richard Snow, Chair of the IFA Black Franchise Leadership Council
Executive Chat with Meredith Sandland, co-author of Delivering the Digital Restaurant
Executive Chat with Rebecca Patt, SVP Development at Wray Executive Search
June 2021 – Executive Chat with Rebecca Patt, SVP Development, Wray Executive Search. Featuring Tony Lam: Shark Tank Winner, Human Connector, Foodie Techie, Serial Entrepreneur, Marketer, Investor, Mentor
January 2021 – Interview with Sheila Bennett, Executive Director of CORE, January 2021 Update

Firm Overview
Why a Retained Search?
The Team
8 Step Search Process
6 Points of Distinction

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