Ray Mitchell

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ray Mitchell, MSHRL, PHR, SHRM-CP, is the Founder and CEO of Thrive HR, Inc. With over 30 years of progressive HR experience, Ray has a proven track record of success in both privately held and publicly traded companies. His expertise spans talent acquisition, employee relations, and HR process improvement, making him a trusted leader in the field. At Thrive HR, Ray’s vision and strategic approach have positioned the company as a leading provider of HR solutions.

Throughout his career, Ray has demonstrated an exceptional ability to implement HR strategies that align with organizational goals. His roles as Chief People Officer and other senior HR positions highlight his commitment to fostering positive workplace cultures and driving employee engagement. Ray's strategic initiatives have consistently led to enhanced organizational performance and employee satisfaction.

Ray holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University and numerous professional certifications, including PHR and SHRM-CP. He is also an active member of SHRM and LSHRM, contributing to the advancement of the HR profession. Additionally, Ray serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentuckiana HR Association, where he supports HR professionals in their career development.

A dedicated volunteer, Ray is passionate about giving back to the community. His involvement with various HR associations and volunteer organizations underscores his commitment to making a positive impact both professionally and personally. Ray's leadership and dedication to the HR field make him an invaluable asset to Thrive HR and its clients.


Founder & CEO
Thrive HR, Inc.
Jun 2020 – Present · 4 years
Louisville, Kentucky

Chief People Officer
Banc Card of America
Aug 2019 – Present · 4 yr 10 months

Chief Humans Resources Officer
Schulte Hospitality Group
Sept 2014 – Aug 2019 · 5 years
Louisville, Kentucky

Chief People Officer
Jul 2013 – Sept 2014 · 1 year 3 Months
Jasper, Indiana

VP of Human Resources
Dean Dorton, PLLC
Jun 2012 – Jul 2013 · 1 year 2 Months
Lexington, Kentucky

Sr. VP of Human Resources
Ceridian Stored Value Solutions
Apr 2011 – Mar 2012 · 1 year
Louisville, Kentucky

Sr. Director of Human Resources
Papa John’s International
Dec 1998 – Mar 2011 · 12 years 4 months
Louisville, Kentucky

Director of Human Resources
CardioVascular Associates, P.S.C.
Nov 1989 – Dec 1998 · 9 years 2 months
Louisville, Kentucky

Licenses & Certifications

Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
Human Resource Certification Institute

Advanced Certificate in Employment Law
Institute of Applied Management and Law, Inc.

Predictive Index Certification
The Oliver Group



Board of Directors
Portland Christian School
Jun 2006 – Present · 18 years