What our Clients Say
John C. Lechleiter
Chairman & CEO Eli Lilly & Company
Rick Kinsley is the best I’ve ever worked with—he has been instrumental in helping executives with a wide range of development and performance challenges. His style is direct and supportive and he has the experience, knowledge and skills to help executives and organizations realize their potential. I recommend him regularly and without hesitation.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Tyson Foods
I have known Rick Kinsley for many years and have relied on Rick and his team to be valuable partners and advisors to me and my organization. Their insights, experience, and capabilities have helped us build and develop “the right leadership capabilities for the right time” in differentiated companies (AlbertoCulver, Discover Financial Services, Hillshire Brands and Tyson Foods) each with unique business strategies and talent needs with one common element – excellence. I highly recommend the Kinsley Group!
Steven P. Grimes
President-CEO Retail Properties of America, Inc.
The Kinsley Group has been a long-standing advisor to our company starting with our platform realignment in 2015. Rick and his teams’ keen sense and experience with change management, culture, and most importantly leadership has been instrumental in helping us to build a world class leadership team and culture here at RPAI.
CEO - CeramTec Group
We at the CeramTec Group use the Kinsley Group on a regular basis. We are impressed by the attention spent for understanding our business and our organizational needs. They are a direct sparring partner to me as CEO, not only helping to define the strategy but they are also involved in supporting implementation through advisory services and delivering the right solutions. We only can recommend the Kinsley group.
Darryl D. Berger
Chairman/CEO – The Berger Company | Chairman/Board Member Tulane University, Board of Trustees
I had occasion to work closely with Rick over the course of a year on a very challenging and unique organizational circumstance. Rick dealt with multiple parties – a Board of Directors, a new Chief Executive, and members of Senior Management – and did a superb job of assessing, advising, and counseling all parties. As a premiere expert in the field of organizational structures and Board/ executive/ management dynamics, Rick has many obvious talents. Chief among them are his unquestioned personal integrity, which sets a critical foundation of trust; his ability to quickly and accurately assess the “360 degrees” of complex organizational and personnel circumstances; and an exceptional ability to work effectively with multiple parties - often with disparate and sometimes conflicting outlooks - towards common solutions. On both a personal and professional level, I would give Rick my highest and most unqualified recommendation
Carol L. Bernick
Former Executive Chairman, Alberto Culver Company & President, CEO Polished Nickel Capital Management
Having talented people is the key to success in every organization. Equally important is the focus and the maturation of that talent, beginning at the top of an organization and eventually expanding to include broader executive teams. Each element of this process is where Rick and his people have made tremendous contributions to the organizations where we have worked together. His first assignments for me have been at the CEO/board level and have gradually expanded to include other key executives. Rick has engaged with our top talent at the board and senior executive level across a wide range of different organizations – consumer products, academia and not-for-profits. In every instance, he has gained the respect of the participants in the process who have found him to be flexible, insightful and committed to designing and delivering programs that both move the organization toward its goals and enhance everyone’s contributions. He creates flexible and personalized solutions and continues long after the initial assignment to be a valuable advisor and sounding board for many of these executives. In any future situation that calls for the enhancement of talent to achieve goals and create growth opportunities – for both individuals and groups – I would not hesitate to call on Rick.
James W. Crownover
Former Director and Managing Partner - McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Without question, Rick is the best HR executive I have ever seen. He has great knowledge of the field and a broad network of advisors he can utilize. He has exceptional interpersonal skills, dealing easily with board members and outsiders of stature. He was a leader among management and fully had their confidence. In fact, he was looked to by management to inform and work with board members to accomplish a CEO transition successfully. He has marvelous integrity and with his easy manner and sense of humor, he is a delight to work with.
Mark L. Heimbouch
Chief Operating Officer - Vantiv
We have been working with Rick for more than a couple of years. I’ve found him to be a great coach, encouraging me to think differently and more importantly helping me to apply learnings in a practical way. He’s been so effective that we’ve expanded the relationship to my entire senior leadership team and now have him lead leading a broader leadership development program across the organization. I would highly recommend him in terms of leadership development and engagement.
CEO - Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
When I was president of USF&G Realty Advisors Inc., Jon of the Kinsley Group was a trusted advisor of mine as we implemented our cultural change initiatives. Moving my team from a successful work-out group to a debt and equity shop was a significant hurdle that needed his expertise in change management, personnel assessment, recruiting and compensation systems.
V. James Marino
President & CEO Alberto Culver (retired)
The Kinsley Group was instrumental in helping us build a high-performance senior team. They enabled us to uncover obstacles and provide solid solutions to overcome them. They were able to challenge our thinking and dispel orthodoxies resulting in a far more cohesive environment. Their ability to empathize with each member of the team created significant buy-in to their approach. I’m convinced that our significant increase in shareholder value was partially a result of Kinsley’s work!
Dr. Angelo Brisimitzakis
President & CEO - Compass Minerals (retired)
The Kinsley group was an integral part of our company wide leadership development and culture change efforts, effectively complementing our in-house Human Resource team in designing and delivering effective programs across all levels. These efforts were the foundation of our ‘raise the bar’ initiative and enabled key leaders to grow into effective leaders by removing perceived barriers and providing them with the essential tools to succeed.
President & CEO - Conner Prairie
Before hiring The Kinsley Group I was told they had the ability "to see around corners" and was led by the most adroit human relations professional going. Having worked with Rick and his team, I can confirm everything I heard and add that they listen well, consider issues from all sides, bring about clarity and solutions, and are a genuine pleasure to work with.
President & CEO – Dexko Global, Inc.
In today’s competitive environment talent is invaluable to any organization. But just having talent is not enough. Leaders need to make sure the talent understands their strengths and weaknesses and continues to develop. We have used the Kinsley Group multiple times for individual assessment and development. They provide specific and meaningful feedback that is on target. Rick is a great resource, providing a mature and honest sounding board. I appreciate the contribution his organization has made to the development of our team and will count on him to continue to do so in the future. Our people are better as a result of working with the Kinsley Group.
VP & COO - Merisant
I have had the pleasure of working with Rick for several years and in several different situations. He is one of the most knowledgeable and insightful HR practitioners I have worked with, and uses personal stories and experiences to bring his points to life extremely well. He has a calming and personal approach when dealing with groups that removes any defensiveness and increases receptiveness to change, and this carries through to individual interactions as well. This approach is particularly effective in assisting executives in transition, where he pushes them to think about what they WANT to do…and then helps them develop plans to DO that. This personalized approach is far more effective than the typical networking-focused approach.
Scott T. Harrison
CEO & Board Member, Rea Magnet Wire, Inc
I have been fortunate to work with Rick for well over 10 years across 2 separate organizations. Rick has proven to have the necessary dexterity to work effectively across two distinct cultures in two disparate industries. Rick has worked with us at the senior most levels of our organization and has always been insightful and engaged. We truly are a better company because of our association with Rick and I would reserve my A+ recommendation, without hesitation for the Kinsley Group.
Vice President Human Resources, Maxion Wheels (formerly Hayes Lemmerz Inc.)
In today’s competitive environment, talent is invaluable to any organization. But just having talent is not enough. Leaders need to make sure the talent understands their strengths and weaknesses and continues to develop. We have used the Kinsley Group multiple times for individual assessment and development. They provide specific and meaningful feedback that is on target. Rick and his team are a great resource, providing a mature and honest sounding board. I appreciate the contribution his organization has made to the development of our leaders and will undoubtedly count on him to continue to do so in the future. Our people are better as a result of working with the Kinsley Group.
President & CEO Vertellus Specialties
I was first introduced to the Kinsley Group when looking for a provider of executive leadership training. The Kinsley Group helped me to identify the gaps and tailor a program to fit our specific needs. I was very impressed with the result and I expanded the program to train additional senior leaders in our organization. We were so pleased with the Kinsley Group, when we had the need to grow our team, we utilized their recruiting services. One thing I liked was the thoroughness of their process and their knowledge of our company culture allowed them to supply candidates that were not only qualified, but were also a good cultural fit with the organization. Rick and his team have also provided executive coaching to senior leaders at Vertellus and have become trusted advisors to us as a company. I would recommend the Kinsley Group to anyone who needs a reliable partner for Human Resources, Organizational Development and Recruiting services.
President & CEO The Townsend Corporation
Rick has consulted with our various companies for over 10 years now. We have utilized his team for a variety of assignments including Employee Development, Recruiting and Executive Coaching. My experience with Rick is that we works well in both large and small groups and is especially gifted in his ability to mentor and coach high potential leaders. Rick has extensive expertise in HR and Human performance and has been a valuable resource for our company.