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Our Leadership

 
 
 
 
 
 

As the leaders of this company, we take responsibility for ensuring our values are incorporated into our business practices through leading by example. We come from many different backgrounds with different areas of expertise, but one thing remains constant:

We are unreservedly committed to our clients’ success.

And while we have the formalized leadership team you see above, you will find leaders everywhere throughout the company, regardless of their title or position. After all, it takes many different great people to build a great company.

John Uprichard, President & Chief Executive Officer

Vicki Peek, Chief Operating Officer

Rick Ratchford, Chief Financial Officer

Steve Hall, Vice President of Business Development

Betsy Anthony, Vice President of Professional Staffing

John Uprichard, President & Chief Executive Officer

John UprichardAfter graduating with a BA in Liberal Arts from Auburn University and an MBA from Brenau University, John started his professional career as a Naval Officer serving overseas in submarines and an aircraft carrier. He specialized in finance and logistics while holding several key positions over his naval career, including controller of an aircraft carrier. Prior to FGP International, John was in a leadership role with a large international staffing company. In 2002, John and a group of investors bought Phillips International, a Greenville-based executive search firm with a focus in the Apparel and Textile Industry. Under John’s leadership as president of the company, they began a re-engineering process that included the implementation of new technology, the creation of new areas of specialty, and a corporate re-brand, winning the International ReBrand 100 Award of Merit in 2005.

In the past ten years, FGP has experienced over 1500% revenue growth, launched new business lines, and acquired another company, Align HR (now FGP HR Consulting). As FGP has grown, the company has been recognized as an Elliott Davis’ Fastest Growing Company in SC four years in a row (2005-2008) and also as an Inc. 500/5000 company four years in a row (2006-2009). In addition, FGP has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. John’s success doesn’t stop with FGP. John is a partner in Performance Payroll, a payroll provider that combines outsourced payroll services with the latest “thin client” technology.

John is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, a Liberty Fellow and board member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. He has been recognized as one of Greenville’s Best & Brightest under 35 and was a finalist for the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Award for 2005. He was also a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO). But all the awards and growth that have occurred are because Find Great People is a culturally-driven company—a culture that is shared by everyone including John. Believing that success in business begins by investing in people, John dedicates a significant amount of time as a youth soccer coach. On the personal side, John keeps busy with four children under the age of fourteen. His wife, Kris, is a pediatric dentist in downtown Greenville.

Vicki Peek, Chief Operations Officer

Vicki PeekVicki has been with FGP since 1992 and has been involved in all aspects of the business. Through her involvement and leadership in the organization, she has seen FGP become one of SC Fastest Growing Companies and also a Best Place to Work in South Carolina. While at FGP Vicki has held positions in administration, finance and human resources. In 2008 Vicki was promoted to Chief Operations Officer.

In addition to Vicki’s years at FGP, she is an adjunct professor in the School of Business Administration at Bob Jones University. As a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class 34, an active member of Meals on Wheels, a career counselor for local college graduates and a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors, Vicki is committed to giving back to those within the Greenville community. Vicki has her Masters in Human Resource Development from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Bob Jones University. Vicki and her husband Stacey have two children, Lauren and William.

Steve Hall, CPC - Vice President of Business Development

Steve HallFor close to two decades, Steve has successfully completed several hundred searches for great people on behalf of Find Great People (FGP) clients throughout the U.S. His industry focus has included Retail, Manufacturing, General Services, Consumer Goods, Insurance, and Financial Services and his clients range from emerging business to Fortune 100 companies. Functionally, Steve works within all divisions and handles further client requests. His searches range from Executive level down to Director and Manager in HR, Finance, Technology and Operations.

In January of 2004 Steve was promoted to Director of Professional Recruiting at FGP International and during his leadership the search division has seen a growth in revenue of more than 500%. As Steve started to delve more into the realm of business development, we realized the value he added to the team by expertly communicating the FGP purpose: to build great companies. So in 2009, Steve was promoted to VP of Business Development and has been successfully connecting FGP to great people and great companies since that time. A Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) since 1994, Steve is on the Board of Directors and has served as President for the State Recruiting Association SCAPS. He is chairman of Youth Leadership Greenville, a Greenville Chamber of Commerce program, and is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and Leadership South Carolina. He also serves on the board of directors for the Greenville County Human Relations Commission and is chairman of the board for Water of Life, a nonprofit providing access to clean water in impoverished countries. Steve received his BS in Marketing Management.

Betsy Anthony, Vice President of Professional Staffing

Betsy AnthonyBetsy Anthony is responsible for leading the strategic direction, development and growth of FGP International's Professional Staffing practice. The group handles all mid-level administrative and professional placements, including direct hire, temp-to-hire, contract or temporary positions.

As Vice President of Professional Staffing, Betsy oversees both the Greenville and Columbia offices, which provides professional staffing solutions throughout the Upstate and Midlands regions. Under her leadership, the practice has grown to account for 43% of FGP's annual revenue, which has seen remarkable growth over the past three years, landing on the 2013 Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Betsy is recognized as an expert in professional services and workforce solutions with a special emphasis on customer service, finance and accounting, human resources and sales and marketing. As a Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist, Betsy is committed to staffing and recruiting excellence.

 

Rick Ratchford, Chief Financial Officer

Rick RatchfordA native of Louisville, Kentucky, Rick graduated with honors from The University of Louisville in 1982, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting.  He started his professional career in public accounting with Big Eight firm Arthur Young & Co CPAs.  He received his Certified Public Accounting license in 1984 in Kentucky. After leaving public accounting he worked in internal audit for manufacturing firms, and relocated to South Carolina where he received his South Carolina CPA license in 1989. 

After internal auditing, Rick designed and implemented internal controls for local manufacturing plant of a national high tech business. Since 1991 Rick has held several key financial and accounting positions of increasing scope and complexity, including Controller, Corporate Controller and since 1999, Chief Financial Officer.  His experience includes manufacturing, catalog retailing & distribution, real estate development, and the construction industry.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the local Piedmont Chapter of the SCACPA.

 

 

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