Meet the Partners
As search experts, Eric and Anne have almost 50 years worth of experience in retained and executive search, building high performance teams, creating talent acquisition strategy and optimizing recruitment processes.
Anne Richards Gustafson
For more than 20 years, Anne has helped organizations secure the make-or-break talent they need to focus, flourish, and grow. She’s an entrepreneur who shows clients how to ditch their conventional thinking about recruiting and hiring and find top performers in unlikely places.
Though she’s built long-term partnerships with the likes of IBM, Deloitte, and SC Johnson, Anne especially shines when she’s serving mid-market entities seeking C-suite to senior management positions. She deeply connects with both company and candidate to make productive and lasting matches that go beyond skills to cultural compatibility, often procuring perfect prospects from God-only-knows-where. Anne has an uncanny gift for predicting the types of roles her clients will require six to 12 months down the line, helping them to see and prepare for what’s next. But it’s not all secret-sauce mystique; Anne uses emerging technology, data analytics, and sophisticated processes to find and secure essential people.
Anne and her husband have created a loving home with three very active boys, any number of their friends, and a sweet and spirited golden retriever named Lilly. Her stamina for work and family may seem other-worldly, but it’s simply powered by the passion and grit that drive everything she does —along with the boost she gets from rigorous workouts and Broadway soundtracks. When it’s time to unwind, she and her family retreat to the peace and tranquility of their lake house in Door County.
Professional skills and accomplishments
Founding partner, Gensero
Top annual revenue producer at myjobs.com and Gensero
Founding partner, R3 Strategic Search
Training instructor and coach in the fields of behavioral interviewing and recruiting
Industry and talent specialization
Mid- to senior-level full-cycle search
Focused on executive search in human resources, information technology, and sales
Deeply experienced in talent acquisition in the financial services, health care, marketing, technology, transportation, manufacturing, professional services, and consumer goods industries
Education and certifications
B.S., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bersin Academy (People Analytics, Strategic HR Business Partner, People as Competitive Advantage)
Eric Mraz is an operational driver and connector who has built his career on solving business issues and helping organizations scale through Talent Acquisition. Eric’s clients have relied on him not only for full cycle recruiting but for his insight and ability to create efficient process, while designing objective and comprehensive means to measure, develop and inspire high functioning teams. From creating competency models to leadership development programs and even inside sales programs he has been instrumental in translating ideas into organized realities.
His success in being able to understand the needs of the business combined with his instinct for cultural currency has allowed him to uncover, attract and secure top talent that sticks. His passion for talent acquisition is not just in practice; Eric has helped clients assess, develop and build high functioning recruiting programs to take their TA efforts to the next level. In addition, he has trained hundreds of talent acquisition and HR professionals on best practices and cutting edge techniques for sourcing and selecting top talent.
Before co-founding R3 Strategic Search, Eric worked for The Novo Group and was the Director of Marketing for ANS Home Health Services; a provider of Home Health, Case Management and Long Term Care Counseling to niche underserved populations. During his time at ANS, he was responsible for marketing, public relations, and business development. He was instrumental in doubling revenue while securing relationships with case managers and county health administrators across southeast Wisconsin. Eric graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
In his free time, Eric loves to try new techniques in the kitchen, travel, work out and spend time with family and friends.
Anne gets the job done - her ability to think creatively and find a quick solution always impresses me. Partnering with her on multiple projects has truly been an enjoyable and productive experience.
Eric and Anne are devoted to their work, and their skills are proven in their results. Every business, and personal, relationship with them is genuine and a pleasure.
Eric is one of the brightest, and most resourceful individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He is efficient, organized, reliable, charismatic and genuine.