SOURCE: Ryan Search & Consulting

April 06, 2016 14:00 ET

America Adds Jobs; Tennessee Talent Acquisition Firm -- Ryan Search & Consulting -- Adds Additional Expertise

FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwired - Apr 6, 2016) - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, America added 215,000 jobs in March, with a surge of job openings drawing people in the job force at a near record rate. So what's needed next? Great leaders.

On the heels of partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Franklin-based talent acquisition and development firm Ryan Search & Consulting has hired a senior consultant who will concentrate on leadership talent development, allowing Ryan and his company to offer a broader range of services to their growing client base.

Ken Smithmier, most recently president and chief executive officer of Illinois Health and Science, the parent corporation of Decatur, Illinois-based Decatur Memorial Hospital and three other healthcare-related companies, has joined the Franklin firm whose nationwide clients are in the healthcare, architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing and retail fields.

"Our research shows that firms are looking for help in the full range of Talent Development, Talent Acquisition and Talent Succession services," said Dan Ryan, principal at Ryan Search & Consulting. "Ken's skills in Talent Development seemed a perfect match to help us select and hone just the right caliber of leaders for clients. And with the country continuing to gain more jobs while losing a number of key leaders due to retirement, we also believe there will be an increasing need for more well-rounded leaders, which, again, is where Ken and his expertise will greatly compliment what we do."

The CCL partnership was announced last month to further increase the array of leadership development resources offered by Ryan Search.

With a 40-year career in healthcare, the last 30 spent in senior leadership positions, Smithmier has led every size and type of hospital and provided industry association experience at both the state and national level. His hospital assignments include the Decatur Memorial Hospital Health System, Barnes Jewish West County Hospital, St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital Medical Center and Beatrice State Hospital. His Illinois Health and Science work includes global consulting, building academic partnerships and the development and growth of manufacturing centers that produce radioactive isotopes used in nuclear medicine and PET studies.

Smithmier received his undergraduate degree in Biology from St. Louis University and his master's in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

About Ryan Search & Consulting

Headquartered in Nashville, Ryan Search & Consulting provides Talent Acquisition and Talent Development services for clients in the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail fields. 

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