Meet the Partners
As search experts, Eric and Anne have almost 50 years worth of experience in executive search, building high performance teams, creating talent acquisition strategy and optimizing recruitment processes.
Anne Richards Gustafson
Anne Richards Gustafson is a results-focused talent acquisition leader with the experience and knowledge find, engage and assess top talent in organizations across multiple industries. Anne provides full life cycle recruitment to help organizations improve performance and maximize their investment in people.
Anne fell into her career in talent acquisition during the late 1990’s in Chicago. A natural entrepreneur, Anne joined a small start-up firm consisting of 6 people. The firm at the time specialized in assisting Fortune 500 companies hire Accounting, Banking, Finance and Insurance professionals through large scale, national recruiting efforts. With a passion for business development and talent acquisition combined with her drive for success, Anne quickly became a top sales leader producing an excess of $500K in annual revenue while also being responsible for hiring, managing and leading her own sales team. A partial list of Anne’s long-term clients included Morgan Stanley, Allstate, NASD, Abbott Labs, and Accenture.
After the post 9/11 economic fallout and a calling to begin a family, Anne put her Chicago city life behind to move to the Milwaukee suburbs. Through a former client, Anne was led to Novo Recruiting, Inc where she spent many successful years conducting mid to senior level full cycle search projects in Management Consulting, Professional Services, Technology, Finance, Marketing, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation and Consumer Product Goods.
Anne is a natural connector. She thrives on hard work and identifying talent while building long term relationships with both clients and candidates. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Outside of work, Anne enjoys raising her three sons who are very active in sports, school and extracurricular activities. If there is any time left over, you may find her running, boating, reading, volunteering or spending time with family and friends.
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.