As employee #1, Rick Gillis was involved in the incredible success of the first job board in the greater Houston, TX area in the Neolithically-early days of the Internet: 1997. Over a period of ten years of calling on people who professionally hired others, he learned how job search really worked.
Being in the forefront of the online employment movement, Rick began speaking on search, promotion and advancement across the US, as well as on terrestrial radio and in online interviews in Australia, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, and the UK. Rick has been featured on NPR, PBS, Business Insider; in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., the Houston Chronicle, CIO, Huffington Post, and more. Rick has also produced and hosted both radio and TV shows in Houston.
Rick has written four books on job search and a fifth book, PROMOTE, written for those professionals who aren’t comfortable promoting themselves on the job, is the little book that ‘begat’ The Quotient where, rather than write about equal pay for equal work, Rick advocates for the proper pay for the best performance.
Rick says, “I have come to the conclusion that there is really no such thing as equal pay for equal work, and in fact, enterprise should strive to pay those people who do the best work the best pay—which, if you think about it, removes any hint of discrimination from the discussion. Pay parity is the logical result.”
Rick and his wife, Mary, an attorney, care for their dogs which always includes a ‘foster failure‘ or two. When not speaking, Rick might be found riding his motorcycle along the Texas gulf coast or knocking around in his ‘fully stocked’ music room or art studio.