RAI Resources: Human Resource Consulting, Professional Search & Outplacement Services

Customized resources and expertise designed to help corporations and individuals thrive.



Professional Search

RAI provides the recruitment and talent services needed to ensure your corporate success. As a provider of diverse recruiting resources, we are able to be an all-inclusive resource to our corporate clients for their various search needs.

HR Consulting

RAI provides comprehensive support related to all aspects of Human Resource Consultant Firm. Our Partners and support staff have a strong foundation and a deep understanding of the vast requirements and challenges of managing your organization’s most important asset-your employees.

Corporate Outplacement

RAI offers outplacement services for our clients experiencing organizational restructuring or the displacement of senior personnel on an individual basis. Fundamentally different from the standard offerings in the traditional outplacement provider marketplace.

Individual Career Coaching

RAI has the practical knowledge, professional networks, and a proven tool kit to help individuals design a career plan and attain success in their professional life. Careers at many times hit a crossroads – finding yourself at that point can be difficult to navigate.

About RAI Resources

Established in 2000, RAI Resources is a premier provider of employment related professional services. Our services include professional search, HR consulting, outplacement, and career coaching. With strong roots in human resources management and many years of proven recruiting success, RAI Resources has reached that unique level where we can deliver comprehensive services to our corporate and individual clients alike.

With respect to our foundation and strength in recruiting, over the last two decades we have developed recruiting processes that focus on finding the right qualifications and cultural match while also educating our clients on market trends. We use a “partnership” mentality for our clients and enjoy a mutually value added relationship. We have been recognized by both clients and candidates alike, for our professionalism, confidentiality and commitment to the success of the recruitment process. We offer various services that can be customized to work within our client’s resources and requirements.

Our Company

Our principals, researchers, and consultants are critical thinkers who have a bias for action and an appetite for impact. Our collective experience in both Recruiting (search firm and corporate talent management) and Human Resources Management has resulted in our ability to consistently deliver recruiting and human resources related services that routinely exceed our client’s expectations.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Robert Austin

President and Founder of RAI, knows that staying competitive requires strategic focus coupled with highly motivated individuals that have diversity of skills, vision, and a growth mindset. In his last leadership role in a corporate setting serving as Director of North American Recruiting for AMEC Foster Wheeler, Robert was able to bring structure and focus to talent management in the high volume recruiting of professionals within the energy markets.

This proven success has been fully integrated into RAI. In addition to dual Bachelors of Science Degrees, Robert has Graduate level studies in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior. He has held Leadership roles in Human Resources Management to include Compensation and Benefits Administration, Diversity Training, Employee Relations Management, and Recruiting. His HR Management experience expands over several different industries to include: Manufacturing, Construction, Engineering and Assembly & Distribution.

These positions were held with global leaders including ABB, Siemens, and AMEC Foster Wheeler. This experience has allowed him to fuse proven corporate recruiting and employee development models with classic search firm recruiting methodologies. It also brings a practical real life perspective on what employers want in their employees.

Michael Strum

As a Partner at RAI, Michael Strum has been instrumental in the development of RAI as a premier provider of recruiting services to organizations of all sizes and complexities. He has also proven to be an excellent partner with individuals and corporations in outplacement and career consulting activities, providing a “real life” and a “hands-on angle” to these processes. Starting with RAI in 2005, Michael has grown from a Full Life Cycle Recruiter to Senior Principal.

His expertise in developing relationships with clients and candidates as well as designing and executing search strategies has resulted in hundreds of successful Searches throughout his 11-year career. His knowledge of and experience with world leading Original Equipment Manufacturing, Power Generation, Energy, Oil & Gas, and Industrial Companies is expansive.

He has built an extensive network and has developed precise skills in candidate sourcing. He has also been critical in the skill development and training of RAI’s staff in internal sourcing, relationship building, and search processes. Michael attacks each Search with a high degree of energy, integrity, and professionalism. He understands that regardless of the level, all positions are important to RAI’s clients. Michael has a degree in Finance from the University of Delaware.

Richard Lively

Dick is a Partner at RAI Resources, joined the firm in 2018 after a very substantial career in senior Human Resources Management roles including his most recent position as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Wood Group, formerly Amec Foster Wheeler. Having managed HR teams and functions throughout the world, Dick excels when given opportunity to directly impact the bottom line with his practical and equitable approach toward HR Management.

His tenure with global entities has enriched his background with a global view, cultural sensitivity and overall general knowledge of the local legalities of HR Administration both domestically and internationally. Throughout his career, Dick has been a pivotal asset in HR support of businesses with or without HR teams. Having developed Compensation, Benefits, and Health & Safety Programs of varying degrees of size and complexity, Dick can bring an immediate contribution to employee retention and company profits.

Furthermore, his diverse HR background includes serving as a HR Business Partner in both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing environments as well as HR Administration for all commercial and industrial support disciplines. From establishing SOX compliant programs to labor & employee relations management to diversity awareness and harassment avoidance training, Dick has real life experience to help our clients avoid costly missteps.

Along with his rich employment experience, Dick also possesses a BS BA with an emphasis on Human Resources, graduate course work toward an MBA and is certified in the DDI approach to individual assessment and leadership training. Dick is leading RAI’s Human Resource Management Consulting practice.

Madeleine Elmgren

Madeleine joined RAI after a long successful career in corporate IT and establishing her own career coaching practice.

As Associate Partner she is leading RAI’s outplacement and career coaching practice. Her professional career started as a help desk support technician troubleshooting operating systems and hardware failures. She worked her way up to Director of IT for Wang Laboratories in the first eight years of her professional career.

Most of Madeleine’s corporate career was spent at Hewlett Packard, where she worked in various roles for almost twenty years. During her time in the corporate IT world she mentored and coached peers and sharpened her HR skills in the hiring process. Madeleine then established her own personalized career coaching practice, MEcoaching365, LLC.

Joining the RAI team and leading RAI’s Outplacement and Individual Career Coaching was a natural progression for Madeleine. Her approach to outplacement is the same as that for individualized coaching, to provide a safe, comfortable environment where clients can discuss career concerns, challenges and goals. Through a collaborative relationship between client and coach and a deep respect for an individual, she teaches clients skills necessary to move ahead in their careers and achieve their goals.

Madeleine graduated from Montclair University with a dual major Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.

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