July 21, 2021 – 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 services. “We are truly delighted to have Kevin become a partner following his exceedingly successful tenure as senior vice president at Wray Executive Search,” said Bob Gershberg, CEO and managing partner. “He has been an integral part of the firm’s growth and laser focus on client needs. Kevin’s experience and relationships established during his tenure will serve him well as we continue to grow our practice, set exceptional standards and expand our capabilities.”
Mr. Stockslager joined the firm in 2016 and has been instrumental in building relationships with the next generation of industry leaders, providing executive search and advisory services to partners. He helps top companies recruit elite talent including C-level, senior vice presidents, vice presidents, and directors for both domestic and international locations. Mr. Stockslager regularly attends restaurant industry conferences including the Restaurant Leadership Conference, ICR xChange, Franchise Times Finance & Growth Conference, and the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference.
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Prior to his recruiting role with Wray Executive Search, Mr. Stockslager was an evaluator for a statewide educational project, responsible for evaluating all aspects of the implementation and improvement of the initiative. He holds a bachelors’ degree from the University of Rhode Island and a doctorate from the University of South Florida.
“It has been an incredible journey working here at Wray Executive Search,” said Mr. Stockslager. “We have created a world-class team and it gives me great pride to work alongside a team of professionals dedicated to providing exceptional value to our clients and stakeholders. I look forward to contributing to the continued growth of Wray Executive Search now and in the future.”
For more than 50 years Wray Executive Search has provided executive search and advisory services, recruiting leadership teams for many of the nation’s top restaurant, foodservice, hospitality, franchise, and retail companies. Wray is a purpose-driven executive search firm and human capital advisory, specializing in C-level, senior executive, and functional leadership search. As advocates of our clients’ businesses, we take ownership of their recruitment needs, working in close partnership over the long-term. The firm is headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL.
Wray recently placed Ken Kuick as the new chief financial officer at FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fatburger, Johnny Rockets and seven other restaurant concepts. Mr. Kuick most recently served as CFO for Noodles & Company. Prior to that, he was chief accounting officer for VICI Properties.
“I am thrilled to join Andy and the entire FAT Brands team and play a role in helping to lead the organization as it continues its growth strategy,” said Mr. Kuick. “FAT Brands has an impressive portfolio of brands, tremendous growth potential and a dedicated team. Along with joining the strong FAT Brands team, I am equally looking forward to working with the amazing franchisees and serving as a resource for them.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media