February 18, 2015 – TalentRISE, a Chicago-based executive search firm, selected Rick Gray to join its staff as chief executive officer to execute on the company’s business plan and lead the development and implementation of its longer-term growth strategy. Mr. Gray previously managed the operations of Gray Talent Group, a Chicago-based talent agency representing professional actors performing locally, and in New York and Los Angeles. Prior to that, from 2003-2012, he served as chief marketing officer of Hudson. “Rick brings a unique blend of recruitment industry experience and insight, professional services branding expertise, and operational management acumen to our firm,” said Carl Kutsmode, TalentRISE managing partner. “I am very excited that he is taking the lead for our next phase of growth, freeing me to spend more concentrated time in the field with clients as we strategically expand our footprint locally and nationally, and further differentiate our offerings.” As management consultants with expertise in talent acquisition, talentRISE helps clients address their recruiting challenges by optimizing internal corporate recruiting capabilities and delivering customized on-demand or retained executive search services.