Rich Gates


Vice President of Product
Senior Leadership

Rich Gates advances Kuder’s mission by overseeing research, innovation, and development activities that elevate Kuder's suite of products and services. By leading product strategy, he ensures products align with client program specifications, end-user needs, and career development theory and processes. 

Since joining Kuder in 2003, Rich has worked closely with the research faculty and the development team as well as administration, operations, sales and marketing, and accounting in his roles as research systems analyst, director of reporting and analytics, and most recently as vice president of research. Prior to this, Rich served as a pastor, a systems programmer and analyst in the agriculture industry, a university instructor of statistics, and a business administrator for a nonprofit organization.

Rich holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mathematics from Truman State University and a master’s degree in divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

The exciting aspect of Kuder's research is that it creates openings through which engaged communities and diverse individuals discover paths to grow their vocational gifts and ways to succeed in their career callings.