Adds Strategic Communications to Suite of Services for Executive Searches


Mike Gamble, CEO of SearchWide Global announced a partnership with Chicago-based R4 Communications Strategies, Inc., a boutique strategic communications firm specializing in the travel and tourism industry. This new alliance provides SearchWide Global clients with the opportunity to engage a proven industry leader for a variety of communications strategies, including media relations, advocacy and crisis management support, especially during times of executive transition.


R4 Communications Strategies, Inc. is owned by Meghan Risch, a communications strategist with more than 25 years in the hospitality, economic development, and travel and tourism industries.  She launched R4 in April 2016 after leading the public relations and corporate communications teams at Choose Chicago, Chicago’s destination marketing organization (DMO), for 12 years.


“There are very few communications strategists who are well versed in the DMO industry. Meghan has the experience and the measurable results we are confident our clients are seeking,” said Gamble.  “In many cases, searches are confidential and the Board of Directors may not be in a position to rely upon the internal communications team.  As a result, R4 is a solid and respected resource for our clients as we work to maintain confidentiality during the change of leadership within an organization.”


Earlier this year, SearchWide Global and R4 collaborated to support Puerto Rico’s first privatized DMO, Discover Puerto Rico. R4 developed and implemented a multi-tiered external communications plan to inform stakeholders, including media and customers on the mainland, how the creation of the newly established DMO would positively impact the Island’s economic growth through business and leisure visitation.  Additionally, R4 worked with Discover Puerto Rico to officially unveil the DMO’s new name at Destination International’s Annual Convention in Anaheim.


“It is an honor and a privilege to work with Mike and his team to support an industry that I am so fortunate to be part of,” said Risch.  “R4 is committed to delivering effective and transparent communications strategies to help elevate brand image and reputation for destinations and their respective communities.”

Gamble added, “We believe the time is right to offer a strategic communications component that ensures confidentiality, allows for a smooth transition and conveys appropriate messaging for our client’s goals and objectives.”


R4 currently works with Destinations International, Discover Puerto Rico and DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau.  In 2016, R4 collaborated with Discover PHL on its bid to host the 2017 NFL Draft, an event which it successfully hosted with record-setting attendance.

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Kara Ryan

SearchWide Global



Meghan Risch

R4 Communications Strategies, Inc.



About SearchWide Global

SearchWide Global is a full-service executive search firm primarily for companies in Destination Organizations / Hotels & Resorts / Venue Management / Experiential Marketing, Tradeshow & Exhibition / Industry Associations / Sports & Entertainment. Specializing in C-Level and Director level executive searches for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies and associations. Founded in 1999, SearchWide Global headquartered in St. Paul, MN, USA and operates worldwide.  Visit for more information.


About R4 Communications Strategies, Inc.

R4 Communications Strategies, Inc. is a boutique strategic communications firm specializing in the travel and tourism industry.  The team develops effective and transparent communications strategies that ultimately build connections and resonate with the stakeholders who matter most to an organization. R4 not only represents the four Rs associated with strategic communications – Relevance, Reputation, Respect and Results, it’s also an homage to what keeps our founder Meghan Risch grounded – her family of four.  Visit for more information.