Ryan Butler

Director, Executive Search

As an Director of Executive Search, Ryan is a Director in our Knoxville office specializing in the procurement, assessment and placement of Human Resources professionals. He recruits for a variety of positions including CHRO,  Human Resource Busines Partners, Talent Acquisition and Compensation and Benefit leadership roles, as well as recruiting, staffing and training and development roles of all levels.  For over six years Ryan has partnered with his clients with an interest in building the most effective workforce possible for them.


Prior to Blue Rock Ryan specialized in industrial staffing recruiting skilled trades, light technical, and light industrial candidates in Manufacturing and Production, Facilities Support and Services, and Distribution and Warehouse.


He has a passion for linking ideally suited talent to companies that offer what he believes would be an unquestionable culture fit for both parties.

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Ryan was an avid football player in school and is a fervent football fan off the field.  In another life time though, Ryan could have been a cowboy in the days of the wild west, given his favorite book is Lonesome Dove, his favorite movie is Lawless, and his favorite singer is Johnny Cash.


Ryan owns a boat and when there is no snow on the ground, as early in the spring as possible, you will find Ryan on his boat enjoying the surrounding lakes in his beloved Tennessee. Ryan resides in Knoxville, TN with his wife Leanna and two dogs, Maddux and Abbey

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Ryan's Charity of Choice

“Mission of Hope is a very important charity in the East Tennessee Region as we are fortunate to have the mountains of Appalachia in our backyard. Mission of hope provides a much-needed service of charitable assistance to the families in need in Rural Appalachia. Being born and raised in East Tennessee this is a cause I am very passionate about supporting.”

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