Blue Rock Search

Christopher Rios

Founder and Customer Experience Practice Leader

Chris is a Founding Member of Blue Rock Search. He has over twenty five years in Hospitality and Executive Search and leads the Blue Rock CX practice. His desire and passion to deliver an exceptional and engaging Client and Candidate Experience has led him to his current role as Chief Experience Officer. He has over fifteen years of hospitality experience as an executive chef and has been recruiting executive and senior level talent in Customer Experience, HR, and Hospitality for over a decade.

In his capacity as CXO, Chris oversees the retained CX Executive Search practice, which specializes in the identification, assessment, recruitment and onboarding of executive level CX leaders and their teams inclusive of Leaders across all Experience Disciplines (Patient, Digital, User, Employee, etc.), Customer Success, Care & Support, Contact/Call Centers, Professional and Managed Services, VOC/VOE as well as Insights and Analytics.

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Chris is very much the “life coach” and go-to-guy for advice or just a general sounding board for both the Knoxville and the Sarasota offices.  When asked what he’d do if given all of the resources needed, without missing a beat he answered “I’d travel everywhere, not work another day in my life. I would coach and counsel people on becoming their best selves!”


Having been a professional chef for over a decade Chris is the consummate foodie that is regularly sought out for his recipe ideas or opinions on all things cooking and food related.  He collects cooking gear (knives, pots, pans, gadgets).


His hobby is most definitely cinema – movies, movies, movies – with his favorite being the Godfather Part ll


Chris has a love for travel and trying new adventures from racing cars on a closed track to hot air balloon rides in wine country to taking the “comedy” tour through Paris lead by what else –  a comedian.  Chris says when he retires, “I’ll travel as much as I can, visit with my children wherever they may be, and enjoy life to the fullest.”


Chris resides in Sarasota, Florida and has three children.

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Chris's Charity of Choice

“I am a firm believer in the power of thought. Make-A-Wish Foundation is founded on similar principles…’A wish can be that spark that helps these children believe that anything is possible and gives them the strength to fight harder against their illnesses.’ When a child’s wish comes true, little do they know that their inspiring stories are powerful catalysts for many to finally begin living their best lives; their experience ignites the community involved and ironically, many are changed to believe that anything is possible themselves.”

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