Speaker Bio

Rikka Brandon is the leading building products and LBM recruiting and retention expert, executive recruiter, author and speaker.

Rikka Brandon started recruiting in the Building Products Industry in 2001. Since then she’s made over 600 placements with a less than 1% replacement rate. She’s the Founder and Chief Executive Recruiter of Building Gurus, an executive search and consulting firm that works exclusively in the Building Products Industry. Rikka’s area of specialty has primarily been roles that either drive top line revenue growth (sales) or improve bottom line profitability (leaders).


Rikka’s the go-to girl for growth-minded Lumber and Building Materials Executives and Owners who want to hire the right people to take their business to the next level. She’s the Recruiting and Hiring Expert for LBM Journal and the National Kitchen and Bath Association and frequently speaks at LBM Industry conferences and events on topics related to recruiting and retention.  

Rikka is focused on results, she talks fast, cracks jokes, and really believes growing your business should be fun. It’s this energy and enthusiasm that has made the national media and business world take notice. Rikka’s been featured numerous times on Fast Company, American Express’s Open Forum, the NFIB.

Rikka led an informal and interactive discussion with those in attendance sharing her knowledge of hiring and recruitment practices as well as key signs to look for when interviewing.
Rikka's outstanding keynote address was exceptionally well received and truly set the stage for a terrific event.
We had great feedback about Rikka's presentation. I was very pleased with how well she kept the audience engaged. Another thing I was very impressed with was her ability to get them to interact/particpate!
Wowser – I just read your reviews. You rocked it!
Rikka is knowledgeable, engaging, and energetic. I enjoyed her sense of humor and straight talk! And I look forward to applying the valuable skills and tips I learned during her session!
I figured Rikka would be one of the best motivational speakers I've ever heard and she did not disappoint.
A great presentation! The audience is still buzzing!
The audience was engaged and excited about Rikka's message; they found the information relatable and informative.

My Most Requested Topics


This keynote is packed with actionable advice and insight including the topics listed below.  It starts by covering the the exhausting cycle we get into when we settle for the best that applied – even when we know they're not likely to be good or great.  Then it shows you simple strategies to help you get more applicants for every opening. 

  • Your Ideal Hire Profile – this allows you to know how + where to show up to get more of the candidates you want.
  • How to supercharge your job postings by using a job ad vs. posting your job description.  (includes a template they can opt in to get if they want it)
  • How to get the word out + going beyond just posting the job.  


Stories and examples pulled from my years as a headhunter, entrepreneur, and a lot of happy hours, this presentation will have your audience laughing harder than they have in ages.

What People Are Saying

What you can expect:

Rikka has several programs that make up the framework of most of her presentations, however she believes each audience should have a custom presentation that meets them where they are at and provides actionable advice that fits their situation and circumstance. So, each presentation starts with a conversation so Rikka is clear about your attendees, your goals, and your wishes. From there you will work together to see if Rikka is the right fit for your event.

Rikka is high energy. She talks fast and cracks jokes during her talks. If you are looking for a stuffy, buttoned up speaker – Rikka isn’t the right choice. But, if you want someone who can get your audience engaged, laughing, and thinking – all while having way more fun than they expected – Rikka’s your girl.

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