1074. Helping Grads to Grown-ups Get on Their Path to Success
“When we sold our executive search firm, for a couple of years we had non-competes. My partner and I decided to develop training programs for the recruiting industry, and one of them became one of the biggest training programs of its time. We would go to different cities around the world for a week at a time and would share the Rice Cohen Training model with a hundred recruiters and 50 recruiting firm owners. We ended up with over 2,000 recruiting firms buying our training model. But after 2 years, I was just bored out of my mind! Once a month we were doing the exact same 5-day training. I missed doing the searches myself. That’s just what my passion was, that’s what I loved doing and where my talent was. So, we ended up re-acquiring our old company. I think one of the goals every human should have is to find something they sincerely love doing, and then doing it well enough that they can make a living from it. I found that! I found that in the executive search business.”
Gene Rice’s business career includes working for a Fortune 100 firm–where he was promoted 5 times in 7 years–to co-founding Rice Cohen International, a successful executive search firm. He has placed over 1,000 C level executives while mentoring many young professionals. In 2008, Gene and his wife started a nonprofit charity, The Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation, which has enabled over 800 children from low-income households to pursue their passions. Gene and his daughter, a teacher, have recently co-authored the book “Grad to Grown-Up.” His greatest successes are his marriage, his children and grandchildren.
On His Bookshelf
Grad to Grown-Up, 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life, by Gene Rice and Courtney Bejgrowicz
Connecting With Gene Rice
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