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TauntonKen R. Taunton is president and CEO at The Royster Group, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is a 1989 graduate of the Collat School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. 

 In 2001, Ken Taunton leveraged his expertise in leading senior-level executive searches for private companies and founded The Royster Group, a certified minority-owned business enterprise providing executive search and professional staffing services in the private and public sectors and healthcare industry. As a trusted partner, he provides clients with strategic solutions to solve their long- and short-term human capital needs. Prior to establishing his company, Taunton was a Senior Associate with Korn/Ferry International's Healthcare practice and held various recruitment and sales positions at Merck & Company.

Taunton has successfully grown his company from a one person operation to one of the fastest growing staffing firms in the nation with over 100 employees. In 2015, The Royster Group was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies for the third consecutive year. In addition, the company has been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) as National Supplier of the Year. He is a graduate of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program and of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging 200 Initiative Program, a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities.

Taunton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business. He is a Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth graduate, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development council (GMSDC), and a member of the American Staffing Association, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the National Classification Management Society.

Ken was also a member of the inaugural UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class in 2013.

The Royster Group