<![CDATA[Gecko Hospitality: talent_showcase]]> https://TALENT.GECKOHOSPITALITY.COM/ en-us <![CDATA[Director of Human Resources]]> I am a seasoned human resources professional, executive leader and licensed attorney. I recently relocated to the Cape Coral/Fort Myers area and am seeking to continue my career in my new community. I have held top human resources leadership roles in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, banking, and building material supplies. I have managed teams of up to 15, and direct reports have included staff attorneys, VP of Human Resources and Directors of Training and Safety. I also have over 8 years' experience as a human resources consultant, providing HR expertise, compliance advice, leadership training, and HR solutions to clients of varying industries, including healthcare, education, and manufacturing. I am licensed to practice law and hold both SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. I am quite proficient in utilizing Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
I transformed 2 companies' human resources functions from purely administrative support departments to effective and respected business partners with seats at the executive leadership team tables.
Created, developed and implemented comprehensive, structured merit-based compensation plans for companies who previously had had no structured plans. The new plans assured that the companies' compensation was externally competitive, internally equitable and rewarded top performers.
Converted a 600-employee company's benefits package from a very basic offering with few choices, a high-cost structure and a number of "holes" in coverage to a comprehensive flexible benefits package that included a choice of medical plans with HSAs, FSAs, etc., new wellness plans, more voluntary benefits offerings and the introduction of a Paid Time Off ("PTO") program.

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-DD2E98A3-9C01-35A2-A41E-FCFF5692E6AB.jpg
<![CDATA[Operations Manager]]> Dedicated and experienced Operations Manager

Turned an F rated store into a platinum-rated 'A' store for IHOP
Issued Award of Excellence certificate by EcoSure for food safety
Mentored numerous team members to receive next-level promotions within current company

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Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-4E51A958-F8E7-3D1B-B555-1FEA8E6C1861.jpg
<![CDATA[Rockstar General Manager]]> This candidate has a wealth of experience and is the safe pair of hands you need in your restaurant.

He is currently the Managing Partner of a fast casual restaurant, but he feels the time is right to move on and look at new opportunities. He oversees operations for 2 restaurants and knows the P&L like the back of his hand. His previous role was working for a food wholesale supplier, but he left when the business was sold. Before that, he was the General Manager for a well-known fast casual concept.

Prior, he was the Area Director for a famous QSR, where he was responsible for 14 locations with sales of nearly $15m. During his time there, he coordinated the opening of 2 new locations and remodeled 2 more restaurants. He also has District Manager tenure with a lesser-known fast casual brand.

He is a very strong leader with a calm and direct attitude. His team says he’s hands-on and will always be there to muck in, he’s also very focused and goal-driven. He is a P&L expert and knows exactly what needs to be done to keep the restaurant on an even keel.

He can be available quickly. He will pass any Background Checks.  He can easily commute to Col Springs or Denver - he has done it for years.

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Mon, 03 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-D3D94932-7A71-32B2-AA22-75CA5AE42C93.jpg
<![CDATA[Sales Manager]]> Sales Manager Full Service, Cincinnati, OH

 Self-motivated sales professional seeking a proactive role in managing high volume accounts. Establishes strong relationships and partnerships with local business and major government contractors. Some examples are; booking and planning high-profile government groups and events such as the Dayton Peace Accords Dinner for President Clinton and foreign dignitaries, Senator John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate announcement campaign in Dayton, OH and other events which involved working hand in hand with the Secret Service to insure the security of the event. Experience working with major franchise brands such as Marriott, Hilton, IHG both full service and mid-scale, as well as, resorts and conference centers in the Greater Cincinnati market.

 Additional Training Includes:

 2011 Hilton Director of Sales Certification

  • 2010 Marriott Event Planner Certification
  • 2009 Government Sales Certification
  • 2009 Sales and Service Foundation of Sales
  • 2008 Foundation of Leadership
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Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-A67F397E-F81B-3CAE-B5ED-421961FB0A6C.jpg
<![CDATA[General Manager - Hotel/Condominium ]]> A seasoned General Manager of Hotel/Condominium rentals with experience with Association Management, Capital Project Management and Owner/Board relations. Grew Gross Revenues 15% over the past 5 years. Transitioned the Food and Beverage operations from third party vendor to in-house in 2013, generating about a million dollars of gross revenue per year.

 

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Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-62AB9537-BCA7-398E-AE22-894313581A75.jpg
<![CDATA[Executive Chef - Upscale and Luxury Hotel/Fine Dining]]> Accomplished and experienced Executive Chef eager to manage and improve single or multiple venues. This Chef managed and increased the resort’s F&B sales to an annual revenue of 13.8 million (11% increase) and lowered the labor operating costs by 7%. This chef has made Multiple National Television Appearances and has several awards and accolades under his belt.

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Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-C94F6ED6-EC10-33DC-8AC4-E1B318E7B0E9.jpg
<![CDATA[Executive Chef - High Volume Experience - Resort]]> Currently helping in the conversion of a 14 million Upscale Resort Property as the Task Force Executive Chef, this award winning Chef comes with High Volume experience ranging from 15-35 million annually in F&B. Prior to taskforce he ran one of Orlando’s most awarded restaurants with a volume of 18 million and ran a F&B department with a profit of 41 percent YTD.

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Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-55F86991-DFC3-32D8-97C3-17BB45614DE8.jpg
<![CDATA[Director of Catering]]> 20+ years of food and beverage, wedding sales and banquet management experience in upscale hotels, resorts and casinos.

Top-producing sales executive successful in outselling competition through development of long-term, high-profile client relationships; poised to contribute abundant skills and successful track record to your organization.

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Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-81AB8701-857F-3F31-AECD-1100F8935568.jpg
<![CDATA[District Manager]]> DISTRICT MANAGER - OPERATIONS - FINANCE Strategic focused Restaurant District Manager with over 20 years of experience in multi-unit planning, operations, and development of high performing teams and profit growth. Proven track record of generating new business, growing strong teams, and strengthening the position of the business to achieve success. Managed operations for 8 restaurants in the Charlotte and Rock Hill areas through effective follow up of profitability, corporate as well as local inspections/ordinances, staffing and development of management to lead all restaurant operations and maximize guest service. Later in his career, he managed all aspects of operations of 10 restaurants located in the Charlotte Metro area. Achieved several awards including Highest Sales growth, Lowest Turnover Award, Best Hospitality, Most profitable area award, and District Manager of the year. Facilitated 7 new restaurant openings and 3 remodels.

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Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-7E5CE1B2-3079-3DCB-8E2E-80E65EAF1FF2.jpg
<![CDATA[Food and Beverage Manager]]> Food and Beverage Manager with 23 years of experience in customer and food service, 10+ years experience in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Fine Dining with extensive culinary and wine knowledge. Balancing a near million dollar budget since 2017. Oversight of staff between 30-50 employees. Promoting a healthy culture within resulting in superior guest service.

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Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-C42DC37B-A838-398C-BA1E-6CFEEC9194E6.jpg
<![CDATA[Vice President and Executive Chef ]]> Vice President and Executive Chef Cincinnati, OH

 Accomplished leader with distinguished culinary and management career spanning fine dining, upscale hotel restaurant management and multi-unit catering. His philosophy is to make each and every experience unforgettable. To offer exquisite service, to create a memorable atmosphere and to stimulate the senses. To use the freshest, local ingredients and technique to develop flavor while keeping costs in line. To cultivate an atmosphere of hands on learning and curiosity to inspire my team and colleagues to be proud of our food and accomplishments. To take pride in attention to detail and leaving a lasting impression to delight each customer.

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Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-9A295959-1080-3105-89A0-3EF4676E6ADC.jpg
<![CDATA[Catering Sales and Event Planning Director]]> Catering Sales and Event Planning Director Columbus, OH

A highly accomplished Hospitality Director with over 17 years of success in Event Planning and Catering. Acknowledged for her ability to build and maintain revenue producing relationships with businesses and private clients. Proficient in hiring, training and supervision of large customer focused staffs. Exceptional attention to detail and excellent problem solving skills. Her career experience includes restaurants, conference and event venues and country clubs in the central Ohio markets. 

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Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-8B7932FA-B25C-3D72-BDB2-4F888F14CA94.jpg
<![CDATA[FOH & BOH Manager]]> 5 years franchise restaurant management experience in both the front of house and back of the house, Work Skills certified, proficient in inventory, marketing, scheduling, and all aspects that come with restaurant management.


Two years marketing experience
1 year kitchen management experience
4 years front of house dining management experience

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Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-9DA23A6F-5001-3B66-9768-D84A93870374.jpg
<![CDATA[Hotel General Manager]]> General Manager Columbus, OH

20+ Years of hotel experience in markets across the Midwest. Certified and trained with several different brands of hotels within the Marriott, Hilton and Choice brands. Well versed with Smith Travel Reports (STR) and strong understanding of Revenue Management disciplines. Over his career he has passed 13/14 QA and BSA inspections and has a strong understanding of excellence in customer service as reflected in his GSS and SALT scores. He is familiar with ADP, Hotel Effectiveness, Property Management Systems and demonstrates a strong understanding of budgeting and cost controls. Looking for an opportunity in the Columbus, OH market.

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Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-CC4EDD26-5350-3C9D-8CA1-04B5379495FA.jpg
<![CDATA[Director of Sales - Full Service Hotels]]> This is an accomplished hospitality sales professional with over 20 years industry experience . This DOS grew RevPAR by 34% and total Hotel Revenue by 31% over the first three years at his current property.  Has a strong background in the following markets:  Corporate & Association in Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Northeast, South Central and West. NFL, MLB & NHL, SMERF.  He has extensive experience in preparing annual budget, and business plans and is an expert at revenue management practices. 

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Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-FD4BEC8A-2668-301E-9FDA-2BB1F00F0A7C.jpg
<![CDATA[Director of Training]]> I am a Learning and Development professional who has been in the restaurant industry for over twenty years. I have a true passion for helping people to grow professionally and progress their careers with my help. Because I come from the operations side of the business, I am able to tie training to tangible results that affect profitability and results. My certifications include Fierce Conversations, 5 Choices, Situational Leadership, and I am a certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor.


Responsible for the promotion and professional growth of over thirty employees


Design and implement a manager learning program

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Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-A240D91E-8B75-31E4-9B43-161D092F0184.jpg
<![CDATA[Director of Operations / General Manager]]> This versatile hospitality leader has led successful teams in both full-service and time-share resorts; working with St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, Waldorf Astoria and Marriott Vacation Club, he is a rooms division expert and has led front office, housekeeping and laundry departments. In his current role, he leads an operation with 300 team members from Front Office, Housekeeping, Security, Food and Beverage and Recreation departments, managing a budget of $38M. This team has consistently improved guest satisfaction scores year over year and was awarded “Resort of the Year” twice in 3 years. He increased F&B revenues from $1.7 million to $2.6 million over a three-year period with marketing initiatives, menu engineering and upselling, increasing profits by 24%. He has experience with a union environment, downtown corporate hotels and beach resorts. He has assisted several resorts on pre-opening projects working as task force expert. While he pushes for and believes on consistent guest satisfaction scores, he is adept at streamlining labor, COGS controls and healthy profit margins. He also takes pride in his ability to have outstanding relationships with his staff, getting maximum performance with outstanding employee engagement scores. Prefers Orange County or San Diego.

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Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-4C313179-62A7-3F9C-9849-480A6007E89E.jpg
<![CDATA[Director of Operations]]> F&B Director and Operations Manager. I centralize focus on reducing costs and negotiating competitive contracts with partners to serve the best interest of the company. I spearhead all areas of marketing, IT, purchasing, supply chain management, menu design, catering, strategic planning, and data analysis. A combination of these strengths aligns me to generate exemplary results and substantiate continuous YOY growth and company advancement. ServeSafe Food Manager and TABC Server/Seller
Grew a local startup from 1 location to 3
Mastered Back of the House to Front of the House Management and Multi-Unit Operations Management
Decades of Hospitality Experience and Company Loyalty

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Sat, 24 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-A0552F01-BC42-3365-95DC-ABD54978291B.jpg
<![CDATA[Regional Director of Food & Beverage]]> Hospitality professional with over 17 years of management experience. Tenure has ranged from fine dining operations and new restaurant openings to overseeing P&L budgets of 15.5 million.   Full expertise in all restaurant operations ranging from facility design and maintenance, P&L management, employee development and customer relations. Created and maintained beverage programs and wine portfolios up to 10,000 bottles as a certified 2nd level sommelier. 

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Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-D75CC102-995B-3C6D-8E02-EDEE3F679AEC.jpg
<![CDATA[District Manager]]> Results-driven operations manager in the franchising arena with a record of achievement, tailoring strategies to drive sales and surpass goals.

Aptitude to conceptualize, develop, and lead tactical campaigns comprised of proven operational methodologies.

Repeated success directing field communications and implementation activities.

Managed teams dedicated to delivering tactical plans, increase sales and improve brand awareness.


Achieved a 16.1% growth in sales at the Peachtree Center location in 2019 YTD.
Realized a 37% increase in arena location profits

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-6D69D208-8252-363B-9ED7-F6388B8A57D6.jpg
<![CDATA[Food & Beverage Manager]]> Extremely dedicated, highly competitive, and professional individual with over ten years of experience in F&B. Focused on exceeding goals through assertive leadership and special attention to details. 

Expertise in:

Beverage Cost Control
Event Planning
Leadership
Sales
Customer Service
Guest Engagement
 

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-0A80570C-9553-3A7C-BE00-558176F9A4AC.jpg
<![CDATA[Executive Chef - Luxury Property ]]> 8 years as Executive Chef at a luxury property. Shared responsibilities for banquet culinary operations of $38M, received QA Audit score of 97% in 2012, achieved Avendra compliance of 97 %, and Employee Engagement scores of 86%. Salute to Excellence award recipient from National Restaurant Association, National Gold Medal Winner of ACF, and competed as captain in the Orlando ACF team culinary challenge placing Bronze.

              

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Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-5D74FDCE-251C-35A1-AF32-1C8D7F5A7E73.jpg
<![CDATA[Food & Beverage Manager]]> I have worked in the Hospitality Industry for 17 years.

From Barista to Supervisor for Starbucks Coffee Company, to Bartender or Server at a resort and hotel and then on to Food and Beverage Manager at LAX, USC or Legends Hospitality, I have enjoyed each tenure and gained a lot of experience throughout my career.

I studied Hospitality Management at UNLV, and am looking to grow and find a permanent home with a company.

Graduated from UNLV in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Management

My position as Assistant Food and Beverage Manager from 2009 - 2012 was with HMS Host. This was my first management position in the hospitality industry which helped me gain a lot of experience working in different food and beverage concepts and training and implementing standards. Also, where I first learned to manage under union contracts opened a new concept in one of the terminals.

Most recently I worked for Legends Hospitality at OUE Skyspace, where I helped build and develop a Food and Beverage department that included a full-service bar and Banquets and Events. In the first year, my annual revenue for the bar was $3 million dollars just from daily sales. This did not include my work in helping plan the first New Years Party, Super Bowl Watch Party; Easter Brunch; Mother's Day Brunch and Father's Day BBQ and Beer Tasting Event. With all that has been mentioned, my experience with Legends Hospitality has set me up for future roles because I implemented procedures, service standards; tip policies; vendor relationships and sponsorships, creating service and organization for a Banquets department.

 


My position of Assistant Food and Beverage Manager from 2009 - 2012 with HMS Host. First management position in hospitality and gained a lot of experience working in different food and beverage concepts; training and implementing standards. Also, where I first learned to manage under union contracts opened a new concept in one of the terminals.

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Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-7C267692-89D6-3131-8321-58F127350C9C.jpg
<![CDATA[Director of Finance - Upscale Hotels]]> Star DOF candidate who comes with a BA in accounting. Currently at a 261-room property with a restaurant and outside bar that does an average of 1.5 million and 20 million in revenue with rooms. He handles all accounting, prepares financials, balance sheets and bank account reconciliation. He is part of the executive committee and part of the decision-making process. This DOF is a loyal employee, spending a total of 23 years with the same management group in the D.C./Maryland area as Director of Operations, Controller and even DOS.

               

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Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-11A4619B-2C97-3F2A-8605-7BAE490E1002.jpg
<![CDATA[Catering Sales Manager]]> Experienced Sales & Sales professional with 5+ years experience selling both the corporate and social market in high end hotels & resorts.  Active NACE member in the Charlotte community.  

Increased meeting planner survey scores YOY by 50%.  Strong prospecting skills with a killer sales instinct to win the business.  Versed at creating custom menus for clients while focused on implementing up-sell opportunities.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-B895AE25-5D6B-3EB7-B380-3BE3C0AB6B62.jpg
<![CDATA[Senior Director of Business Development]]> Client retention 'success rate' of 97% managing a portfolio of 100+ accounts with annual revenues totaling $400,000,000. In addition to a 20+ year career in business development/account management roles, I've gained valuable operational experience that would position me as an outstanding candidate for multi-unit leadership roles of organizations interested to grow and expand their market presence. Developed a "retention risk assessment" tool to identify accounts that pose the greatest retention risk. Utilizing 20+ factors the tool was adopted as a process used across the industry sector I serve.

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Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-3405E694-19BD-3A41-A6DF-0B6255570A27.jpg
<![CDATA[Domestic Operations Manager ]]> A largely successful QSR manager, this candidate has managed businesses for over 13 years. (8 years in hospitality & restaurant management)
Currently serves with the City of Orlando as a student development mentor for Boone High Schools' junior and senior class.
Currently owns and operates a jewelry company
Currently enrolled in college courses for business management

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Sat, 31 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-EBEB279C-07B9-3B8D-B8EB-45231E170856.jpg
<![CDATA[Director of Housekeeping]]> Experienced hospitality profession for the past 11 years. Experience working in operations at the Shore Club, which is a part of Morgan's Hotel Group. 

Has worked with both the Hilton and Marriott brands.

Experience also in advertising and the wine industry as well as serving in the US Navy for six years. All past industries have tied, directly or indirectly, into the hospitality industry. 

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Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-AABEDF07-C836-33BA-8AF5-1FF4E5F127B9.jpg
<![CDATA[Vice President of Sales and Marketing]]> This impressive candidate comes with 25 years’ experience in the Hotel and Resort industry. Oversaw a broad portfolio of unique urban, resort, lifestyle and independent hotel properties generating over $300M in gross annual sales. While at a full-service resort he exceeded the annual room revenue by $1.2M and gross revenue by $1.6M as their Director of Sales & Marketing.

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Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-06F8A380-8C48-37A5-B721-86293937A2CB.jpg
<![CDATA[Training General Manager]]> This candidate is a rockstar who can absorb info like a sponge. She ascended to the Training GM position within 6 months of initially being promoted to AGM. In her three years in this position, she has developed close to 150 Managers for the company.

She is passionate about her team and is focused on teaching and coaching her Managers. She takes the time to break down shifts with MIT's to go over the shift and areas where they excelled at and others where they needed to improve upon. She is a strong communicator who ensures the line of communication is always open. She's been able to develop a rapport with her hourly team and has earned their trust.

Within her store, this candidate has brought annual sales up $1 million from when she arrived in January 2017. She worked with her team to help promote their loyalty program and taught them improved ways they can upsell to guests. she is aggressive with local store marketing and promoting their specials at events going on in the area. 

 

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  • One of the most organized & timely individuals I have ever met. Will go above and beyond to make sure her team succeeds, whether it is cooking, dishing, or bussing tables. 100% professional, amazing customer service skills
  • Consistency in accountability Passion to serve and help others Ability to be adaptable to any situation while maintaining calm demeanor
  • This is the easy part! She has great hospitality interactions with her guests and her staff. She is a strong leader and has high expectations for their performance as well as her own. She is very knowledgeable about her budget/COG's and labor productivity. She knows where to adjust should the need arise and is able to manage this process effortlessly and quickly. She has rounded out her management skills by training other Managers in Training. She has successfully seen dozens of Managers through their training programs and then promote to be successful managers. She has an amazing work ethic and sees the job through to completion. I would recommend her for anything she sets out to do, she is simply amazing.
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    <![CDATA[Multi-unit F&B General Manager]]> Hospitality professional with 11+ years of experience.

    Results-driven, dynamic executive with extensive experience directing operations across business and entertainment events, expansive restaurant execution, and luxury accommodations. Collaborative communicator demonstrating ability to partner with cross-functional groups, clients, and vendors to align priorities and achieve mutual goals. Analytical leaders skilled in leveraging data to implement process improvements and to influence organizational change. Proficient in Salesforce, Delphi, MICROS Property Expert, and InfoGenisis.

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    Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-132D5AFC-6D3A-37B9-8B82-1FB20DFAF085.jpg
    <![CDATA[Operations Supervisor]]> Operations Leader supporting organizations to drive profitability through team development and innovation

     

    Where I set myself apart is in my energy, relentless positivity, creativity, and passion for helping people. I am laser-focused on driving results. I have built and designed teams to achieve significant goals related to productivity, efficiency and engagement. I create an environment that allows people to be at their best and let their personalities shine. Happy employees = Happy clients.


    Successfully and consistently built strong teams with diverse and varying personalities into a family that takes care of each other which then has produced exceptional results within the food and beverage, retail, distribution, and logistics industries.
    In my last position, I was able to develop 7 associates to realize their talents and potential, teach them how to utilize it, which resulted in them all receiving promotions into leadership positions.
    In the span of six years, I developed multiple associates which resulted in 11 being awarded Associate of the Month, 4 awarded Associate of the Quarter, and 4 awarded Associate of the Year.

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    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-C4223923-D8D0-3C34-A93D-F7D39FED9E52.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager]]> Successfully managed a family restaurant, increasing sales by 122% through quality food and exceptional service. Maintained expenses below budget through accurate planning, waste reduction, and purchasing with cost-effective operating procedures. Accountable for budget control, payroll, profit and loss, and general accounting. Trained service staff to enhance customer service and increase profits by suggestive selling products.

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    Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-4E5B5DA3-90A2-3F63-89DE-FA558D012BED.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager - Boutique and Upscale Hotels]]> This General Manager comes with years of Hotel F&B and General Manager experience and a BA in Hotel Business. He started his Hospitality career in 1999 as the F&B Director and most recently the General Manager for an upscale property that does just under 10 million with an estimated 1.8 in F&B where he attained the highest AOS score in the region, grew revenue by 6% YOY and increased guest satisfaction scores.

     

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-C0FFD2E9-8653-3BA5-96F4-B3F1A869EF5F.jpg
    <![CDATA[Culinary Director]]> I've spent my career working proudly and professionally in an industry that demands nothing less. I've excelled working in the kitchen at 3 Michelin-star restaurants, 5-Diamond resorts, and for James Beard award-winning chefs. I have parlayed extensive experience managing people into a successful career opening several restaurants and independently consulting on aspects of the food industry from menu development, retail, and development.

     

    I've found success in designing and implementing systems that increase efficiency and lead to greater profit. I've built systems from the ground up for everything from daily kitchen SOPs, maintenance, build-out (including sourcing and FF&E budgeting) and made improvements where necessary to already established businesses to the same effect. In addition to my extensive real-world restaurant experience, I am well-versed in all aspects of management including logistics, product sourcing, and tracking finances through P&L review as well as tracking progress through useful tools such as OKRs. My ability to communicate with, train and inspire staff, navigate the logistics and planning involved at this level of the industry, coupled with my knowledge of operations, food and beverage, and management make me an excellent asset to a new food company.


    Opened a successful, profitable restaurant in Manhattan.
    Was part of the team at Eleven Madison Park that won its original 3-Star Michelin rating.
    Growing my career out of the kitchen-showcasing that I'm more than just a chef through increased responsibility at each role.

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    Sun, 08 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-3F982B65-E06E-3358-B2C5-9EBD972F7788.jpg
    <![CDATA[Operations Manager - Owner/Operator]]> Since 2006, I have opened and operated 3 separate restaurants of my own. Having invested over 4 million dollars in total, I can easily look back on the time between 2006 and 2016 as the most expensive lesson of my life. Owning and managing 2 upscale restaurants and one QSR in that time span, I managed a workforce of over 150 employees. In addition, the financial accounting, shareholder responsibilities, and overall marketing efforts of each business was driven by me. Now, managing a luxury resort in the Caribbean, I have the diverse responsibility of overseeing 4 distinct concept restaurants, and an all-inclusive hotel property. To say my management skills are "battle-tested", is an understatement.


    Increased profitability of every company I ever worked for by an average of 100%
    Mentored former employees who became owners, directors, and managers of Restaurants, Hotels, and Medium-sized businesses across the country
    Recognized as an "innovator" by Florida Trend Magazine with my own business, the first multimedia prep sports company, (incorporating print, online, events, and development), with global distribution.

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    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-97EB638F-6E46-31B2-AA53-FA7BB1BC6EA4.jpg
    <![CDATA[Director of Communications/Public Relations]]> Senior marketing and communications professional with 12+ years of experience storytelling, strategizing and executing campaigns to build brand awareness. Visionary planner, data-driven, relentless in execution and passionate about bringing people together over food.
    Created and led annual, group-wide content and programming including internal and external newsletters, blog posts, social media content, event participation, onsite activations, partnerships and more.
    Developed consistent voice and content strategy for award-winning chef's social media, resulting in the organic growth of communities across Instagram (+912%), Facebook (+190%), and Twitter (+103%).
    Developed company-wide email marketing program including email templates, nurture campaigns, database segmentation, and frequency standards. Saw an open rate average of 27% vs. industry-standard 23% and a click-through rate average of 10% vs. industry-standard 1.51%.

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    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-43DA1BEF-F135-331E-8604-20C0605985EF.jpg
    <![CDATA[Experienced Director of Food & Beverage]]> This F&B Director is an accomplished hospitality professional with over 10 years of leadership experience in the Food & Beverage industry.  Her current location is projected to finish the year .5 million over budget.  She had previously been responsible for leading the daily operations of a four-star, four-diamond, 11MM, Food & Beverage operation and instituted practices which increased average wedding revenue by 21% and overall F&B profit by 4%. 

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-1B5A4F8C-5DB9-3FFB-8EDF-61A98A9361FB.jpg
    <![CDATA[Hotel General Manager]]> General Manager, Select Service – Cincinnati, OH

    A very experienced General Manager with long tenure with two national hotel brands. A graduate of the Ohio State University Hospitality Management Program. Very active within each community that he has worked in and he has actively participated as a board member and President of his local Convention and Visitor Bureau Boards. His development over the years makes him an excellent candidate for any hotel organization to utilize his revenue management skills, control of variable expense to drive strong financial results, as well as, excellence in customer service to deliver an exceptional experience to each and every guest.

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    Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-9D8AC408-1D40-33D3-ACD2-4BCEFD1428FC.jpg
    <![CDATA[Director of Operations / General Manager]]> Experienced in running a multitude of food service styles including catering and banquet operations, quick-service and full-service restaurants, bars, entertainment complexes and multi-unit, high-volume locations.

    Holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu which affords me the working knowledge of food production, menu trends, recipe adherence, and culinary food distribution and service standards. 

    Over 14 years of F&B experience providing strategic direction and leadership to high-volume restaurants

    Experienced in menu development, concept rejuvenation, costing, forecasting, and general financial acumen

    Guest centric business approach of providing an exceptional experience via a hands-on management approach with an emphasis on engaging the guest in order to drive guest loyalty, enhanced brand recognition, and increased profits

    Cross utilization of departments and partners for increased efficiencies and optimal performances of all sources

    Bilingual Fluent in Spanish including verbal, electronic and written communications

    Continually delivering results and proficiently achieving solid financial results and meeting/exceeding financial targets

    Effectual leader with proven ability to build sales and guest counts for increased profitable revenues

     

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    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-FF839488-78E2-3059-98C1-5A8E0E47F31B.jpg
    <![CDATA[Experienced Hotel Director of Revenue]]> Hospitality leader with 16 years of experience in the Industry and over 10 years in a Revenue Leadership role. Responsible for achieving a $16M top line revenue between 2 two hotels while in a complex revenue title and achieving $8.5 M top line revenue for 2014 at a single property.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-8079DE61-845D-3C55-9375-951CB8E84EA5.jpg
    <![CDATA[Hotel Controller- 20+ years Experience]]> Highly experienced, proficient, and dedicated Hotel Controller with 20+ years of progressive and successful experience in the field. This Controller achieved cost saving over $300K in administrative and operational costs and cut payroll/benefits administration costs 30% at his last company.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-0F59C5E2-51A2-3733-9E6C-A16C79A9CA03.jpg
    <![CDATA[Human Resources Manager]]> 6+ years of HR Hospitality Management experience  

    Highly focused and results-oriented in supporting complex, deadline-driven operations; able to identify goals and priorities and resolve issues in initial stages. Experienced in developing and maintaining administrative processes that reduce redundancy, improve accuracy and efficiency and achieve organizational objectives. Demonstrated knowledge of applying sound business practices with excellent time management, organizational and communication skills. Possesses the highest degree of integrity, credibility and maturity, supported by a flawless record of maintaining confidentiality. 

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    Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-7FF52663-176A-3D57-89E8-DC43D3CDFE77.jpg
    <![CDATA[Group Sales Manager]]> An experienced sales and operations professional with over twenty years in hospitality offering diverse skill sets and background including extensive tour and travel, group and community managerial experience with a 4-diamond resort collection. As a goal-oriented sales and marketing expert whom is highly organized, this candidate offers strong problem solving and communication skills and is able to contribute established insight and understanding of increasing revenues and improving efficiencies. Effective and knowledgeable, with a variety of practical work experience, including: B2B / B2C Wholesale & Receptive Sales | Charity Event Organization & Fundraising | Creation of Brand Contracts and Promotions | Cross-Selling Multiple Properties | Customer Service and Client Relations | Database Management | Event Hospitality Representative | Execution of Health & Safety Reporting | Group Account & Performance Management | Group Meeting & Event Planning | Interactive Presentations | Multiple Resort Responsibilities | Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2010: Excel, FrontPage, Outlook, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Publisher & Word | Qualified Business Account Development | Servicing In-house Group | Site and FAM visit coordination for DMO, DMC, CVBs & Tour Operators | Sales & Staff Training | Tradeshows & Sales Blitz | Typing average: 64 WPM | Vacation Rental/Home Sales
    Exceeded budget for 2016 in Leisure Sales

    Successfully led a team to fulfill a $250,000 event contract at Avanti Palms Resort for 2019 weekend event and a $200,000 event contract at Margaritaville Resort Orlando for 2020 weekend event.

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    Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-CC012F97-F84F-3BCE-A476-93EFB56D7100.jpg
    <![CDATA[Director of Engineering - Full Service/Resort]]> Polished engineering professional with 40+ years of supervisory and mechanical experience. Siemens Master Programmers Certification, Universal CFC License, Third Class Steam Boilers License, OSHA Certified and CPO certified. This candidate comes with 14 years of Hospitality DOE experience.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-85DEFEF0-A839-3BCD-A25F-6AC9C8578980.jpg
    <![CDATA[Restaurant Manager]]> A driven individual, seeking a management position within a restaurant group that has a culture that fits me and allows me to excel with the knowledge I have acquired from both working and from school.


    Associates of Arts and Business, Moberly Area Community College
    Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and a Minor in Business, Mizzou

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    Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-EF532A68-6351-3E13-BFEC-5A1098E03C0F.jpg
    <![CDATA[Regional Director of Sales and Marketing]]> Starting as the Sales and Catering Manager at a full service branded property within her current company’s portfolio she was quickly promoted after 2 years into a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing role where she has been since 2012. She currently leads and manages the Sales and Marketing for a portfolio of 32 hospitality units (hotels, restaurants, condominiums, retail and resorts) throughout United States. She comes with over 10 years of sales experience in resorts, hotels and country clubs.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-E1C855E9-85C5-37C5-9689-4CA7F5C49C8E.jpg
    <![CDATA[Regional/District Manager - High Volume Experience]]>
  • 5+ years of Multi-Unit experience with Casual to Upscale Casual concepts; currently oversees 5 locations doing $20 million in sales
  • Has single-store volume experience with Upscale to Fine Dining concept exceeding $14 million in sales per year
  • Took a location losing $1.4 million in sales per year and turned it into a regularly profitable restaurant
  • Created training manuals and programs for companies he's worked for
  • Created and built their accounting procedures including developing the P&L's and reporting procedures
  • Strong developer of talent; he's developed 8-10 Managers from within his own ranks
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    Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST "He is excellent at motivating and building a culture that team members thrive and grow in. He is always giving opportunities to those he believes in and cultivating an excellent work environment." - Former Supervisor

    "He has a strong ability to think outside of the box and bring fresh ideas to the table. A lot of procedures we still use in the company today were developed and nurtured by him." - Former Supervisor

    "He has a natural ability to bring people together and work toward common goals and is an intuitive leader who uses a servant leadership approach." - Former Peer

    "He has a very sharp analytic skill set for financials and an innate comprehension of P&L's."
    - Former Peer

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    <![CDATA[Front of the House Manager]]> My current job i started off as the dishwasher and work my way up from there, now I am the front house manager to a Korean restaurant. I have good communications skills explaining how food taste and how it may resemble someone home land dishes. i have my food manger safety certification which is valid until 2023.
    My top accomplishment was getting to go to Anchorage Alaska and getting to run one of my bosses restaurant for 8 months until he had to close it down.
    working my way up the latter learning from the bottom as a dishwasher to front house manager. Getting to my customer and know that I am doing my best to make sure they enjoy there food and service ..
    i know to some this my be something simple but passing my food manager certification.

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    Mon, 28 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-905E06B6-4E90-3191-A5FF-0122C3E6BE85.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager - Full-Service Hotel]]> Sharp, dedicated, and resourceful Full- Service General Manager who grew associate satisfaction scores to Top 15% with the company, had RevPar growth in excess of 7% and an average GOP growth of 10% year over year. He consistently exceeded comp-set in Index growth averaging more than 5% year over year. 

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-2110D11A-6855-35F6-B14C-ACCAE4F377F1.jpg
    <![CDATA[Training & Development Director]]> Evaluated the effectiveness of training programs and developed a more effective pathway to achieve company goals. Coordinated ongoing training and professional development classes for all staff members and managers. Conducted orientation sessions and organized on-the-job-training for new managers and hourly employees in multiple locations. Created a training program that had a common flow through multiple concepts and locations. Improved overall service reviews through in-location mentoring with staff and management. Reduced employee turnover through effective instructional design and accountability. Implemented a culture of kindness, and education through weekly, company-wide pre-shift topics focused on team building and guest satisfaction. Created a FOH & HOH training program for a concept that would be expanded to other markets. Developed a clear road map for the development of hourly staff to management. Drove departmental performance and achievement of service levels through focused team operational reviews, structured coaching and mentoring.

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    Wed, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-3D6AB4FE-048E-3E7A-A492-FC2DA5A18B67.jpg
    <![CDATA[Restaurant Manager/Consultant]]> Highly experienced in all aspects of restaurant management to include new site selection through the new store opening. Has designed very successful training/cross-training programs with the development of certified trainers, creating a very positive and extremely safe work environment with the result of highly motivated inspired and successful teams. Recognized by the corporate sector for stellar financial performance on a regulars basis in all of my employment. Company-wide implementation of designed hourly training program to include the development of certified trainers, their ongoing certification store logbook and monthly meetings w/key speakers. Awarded multiple times as NSO (new store opening), team captain, for exceeding marketing goals and opening sales numbers.

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    Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-9B7BBFBC-D715-3699-9710-82E8A49F333A.jpg
    <![CDATA[Catering Sales Manager]]> Catering Sales Manager Toledo, OH

    Hospitality leader with management experience in sales, catering, events and wedding planning in a fast paced environment for 15 years.  Established client base of organizations, associations and commercial business through direct outside sales efforts. Organized, planned and developed all banquets and catered events at full service hotels, universities and event venues. Past owner and director of a Catering Company and oversaw 22 direct reports and handled events for up to 1,000 people.

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    Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-171BBC0B-0D50-3AE1-8D75-0DFD748C4305.jpg
    <![CDATA[Assistant General Manager]]> Self-motivated restaurant professional with over 30 years in management experience. Highest in sales for the district with current position.

    Proficient in budget management, labor management, new hire training, hiring & scheduling.

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    Mon, 04 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-103378DD-F8F2-3CDA-AFD9-A1BF31E9F66C.jpg
    <![CDATA[Luxury Dual Property GM]]> 20 plus years of upscale and luxury hotel experience. This General manager cut his teeth in F&B before moving into a Director role and now has 10 years GM experience. Managed properties exceeding 40 million in revenue, won Most Improved Profitability in the company in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and over four years improved REVPAR from 86 to 109 with a competitive set.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-825B9C01-8088-39DD-A32D-14672A71599B.jpg
    <![CDATA[Director of Sales]]> I have a 20 year history of delivering sales success at two of the most visited, year-round, resorts in America. I am a results-driven senior sales professional with experience with multiple resort/hotel sales, management, marketing, training and strategic planning. I have a proven track record of developing, training and motivating a successful sales force. I have exceeded revenue goals by 7% over the last 5 years. Oversaw the realignment of sales teams from single property sales to a regional sales model. Saved over $500,000 in operating expenses while increasing production more than 10% in the first year.


    As our company grew we needed to find alignment across our company in both culture and processes. I wrote a "filed guide" outlining company policy and procedures during a time in which we on-boarded 4 resorts.

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    Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-7AA89F89-33DD-340A-8153-C2E8073D2207.jpg
    <![CDATA[Full Service Hotel General Manager]]> High performing, results driven Full-Service General Manager who produced an increase in occupancy of 12% and room revenue up $1.2 million this year. 20 years of major flagged property General Manager experience.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-BFA5699A-F507-3B98-9F67-870077867B31.jpg
    <![CDATA[VP of Hotel Ops - Full Service Properties]]> Currently an Area General Manager for 3 full service branded properties (soon to be 5 in total) in the South Florida market. This GM spent an impressive 10 years with one of the nation’s largest management companies. He achieved the highest Guest Scores at all 3 hotels in over 5 years and increased revenue up $1.5M to Budget in 2017.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-6118AEEE-2FC3-3123-A0A7-5E93342B3C83.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager - Boutique and Upscale Hotels]]> Dedicated Hotel General Manager with more than 20 years experience, 8 years executive level providing to hotel teams guidelines and leadership to achieve the company s financial results and guest satisfaction scores. Has European experience at French properties and American experience (brand hotels an independent hotels) Multi-property management (850+ rooms), Opening experience, Hotel renovations. Over the past 6 years, this GM has achieved profitability for hotel owners of exceeding 45 million in revenue. This GM devised and implemented operational procedures to increase F&B and other revenues of 2M. Achievement of the annual budget in revenues and hotel cost to 45% profitability year over year and maintained year over year a staff turnover of 30%.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-92A1060B-AA13-3078-8BAA-450D87627761.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager - Upscale and Full Service Hotels]]> This GM offers more than 20 years of hotel top-level revenue and operations management experience. He has a history of successfully maximizing overall revenues and increasing REVPAR. As his resume dictates this GM has a very strong background in managing all distribution channels and has consistently exceeded budgeted revenue goals. He has extensive experience in budgeting, proven forecasting accuracy, increasing market share, and comp set analysis.  He's negotiated OTA contracts and has successfully reduced OTA commission percentages. He has consistently increased REVPAR, ADR, and overall group and transient revenues vs. budget and prior year. He was responsible for all company assets with over $158 million in revenues and due to his skilled revenue management direction, the company’s overall top-line room revenue grew from $123M to $158M with 79% NOI vs. prior 72 months. ]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-778D4B8F-AB92-3955-83E4-D86D7EF4CFB2.jpg <![CDATA[Hotel General Manager]]> General Manager Cleveland, OH (Open to Relocation in Ohio)

    Experienced General Manager with proven results in managing and repositioning distressed premium upper mid-scale hotels. Twenty years’ experience in multi-brand hotel management for leading Third Party Hotel Management Companies, U.S. hotel brands, including: Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Embassy Suites, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House and Courtyard by Marriott. Extensive operational experience and expertise in brand and company operating systems and procedures. Proven abilities in motivating, training and developing supervisory staff and associates, to achieve franchise leading results.  Seeking a challenging new career opportunity to further hotel management expertise for personal growth, available for relocation

     

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    Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-FAACC65D-4F18-30E2-92D9-6AD781123CC2.jpg
    <![CDATA[Country Club Director of Food and Beverage ]]> Hands-on Country Club Director of Food and Beverage with extensive experience and a proven ability to direct large-scale operations and deliver measurable performance results. Tripled P&L results within a three-year period, Tripled banquet revenue within the same three-year period by increasing golf tournament revenue and grass root marketing in the community. Cut liquor cost 5.6% and food cost 14.4%.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-034D28D9-ED3A-349D-A97F-BF624BC36B2F.jpg
    <![CDATA[Head Golf Professional/ Manager ]]> A talented, experienced and award-winning Class-A Golf Professional whose background includes over thirty years of successfully managing premium golf operations. Responsible for increasing rounds of golf by 30% and revenue by 99% from 2011 to 2017. Increased revenue $1,107,000 in 2017.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-F0E0746D-7531-3570-B8A4-BEB750CEFFA8.jpg
    <![CDATA[Dining Services Director - Food and Beverage Director]]> Seasoned Culinary Expert with Extensive Management & Leadership Experience

     

    Exceptionally innovative Certified Food Protection Manager with more than two decades of success contributing to stellar reputations of renowned restaurants including the establishment of own premier catering company in the heart of the competitive Central Illinois market.

     

    Adept in managing and leading a culinary staff, including increasing restaurant affinity and loyalty while meeting and exceeding client expectations. Creatively prepare and design menus and themed events. Solid record leading, training, developing and fostering dedicated teams focused on quality, presentation, and food safety.


    Creative Menu Development Staff Recruitment & Development Leadership & Management Full Project Lifecycle Specialized/ High-profile Event Planning Staff Retention Customer Loyalty Budgeting & Finance


    Formally commended by Executive Chef for significantly improving unique menu selections and presentations.

     

    Enhanced employee retention and morale by promoting team spirit and instituting positive means of coping with stress in high-volume operation.

     

    Streamlined kitchen operations by creating more accurate prep sheets, standardized recipe files, and product-rotation systems.

     

    Promoted, marketed, and grew the business through networking and tenacity.

     

    Increased annual profit margins. Designed and created theme events and menus for clients.

     

    Coached and implemented service development plans and conducted operation assessments.

     

    Formulated, wrote, and implemented new employee orientation manual and handbook.

     

    Managed catering/banquet events for groups up to 5,000 guests.


    HONORS & AWARDS University of Illinois: UofI Hospitality Club, Distinguished Services Recipient

    University of Illinois Alumni Association Life Member: Recognized as distinguished Alumni for Gifts and Giving University of Illinois President's Circle

    University of Illinois Chancellor's Capitol Council Parkland College Alumni Association Life Member

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    Sat, 26 Oct 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-3EEC6B1A-BDEE-36CF-8518-C632849D8A1B.jpg
    <![CDATA[Culinary Director - Inspiration Officer]]> This candidate has been a leader in the hospitality industry which includes positions with the Peabody Hotel Group, Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, and the Disney Institute.

    After completing his MBA from Stetson University, his leadership was well-known within the top educational Institutes such at the Art Institutes, Orlando Culinary Academy. His years of inspiring young culinary professionals has allowed him to support business development projects in Pittsburgh and California, using shared space that incubates new concepts that have been grown and seen national success. This candidate is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, the premiere culinary school in the nation. Graduating at the top of his class and listed as the class's most promising alumni. Later, he served on the alumni board in Hyde Park and Napa Valley, CA.

    His career has spanned 20 years, working in resorts and the high-end hotels in Florida, and California, this candidate has held the position of Executive Chef and is certified with the American Culinary Federation. He has supported sales teams for companies like Spice World, based in Orlando, Florida. He has also helped develop product lines with the California based company, Two Chef s on a Roll. He completed his Master Degree in Business Finance at Stetson University and entered the field of higher education, where he served for the Art Institutes and the Le Condon Bleu Colleges. Today he looks to join a team to support sustainable purchasing and sales for the leaders in foodservice commodities and wholesale markets. Member of the opening team of Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks at the Disney Institute and the Animal Kingdom Lodge, he was responsible for the opening product specs. This included all the small wares, produce, seafood and meat selections. While looking for small wares needs he developed a relationship with KitchenAid . This relationship later blossomed into a Whirlpool sponsorship of the Disney Institute program. Sales of KitchenAid products were added to the Disney stores and later a Whirlpool Gold membership to the original EPCOT food and Wine festival. He was made part of the Global MAT team (Materials Acquisition Team) and worked with local farmers to develop a vine ripe tomato product that was first designed to meet the needs of the resorts.


    Incubation Talent Resource Training for Operations to Funding
    Leadership of the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institutes and Le Condon Bleu
    Executive Leadership Training selection with Walt Disney World

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    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-DF5C6A4F-1FE1-38E6-9E36-B16063448510.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager]]> As the opening General Manager of the award-winning Artesian Hotel and Spa, our team navigated a number of unique challenges to achieve success.

    Successfully opened 81-room boutique hotel in August 2013, providing 4-diamond service; indoor/outdoor pools, bathhouse, full-service spa, ballroom and meeting rooms, fitness center, two full-service restaurants, and nine retail shops. - Averaged 88% occupancy with an average daily rate of $201 which aided in us in meeting and exceeding budgetary guidelines for each year of operation.

    Effectively managed headcount and employee engagement resulting in a 19% turnover rate against a national average of 70% for the hospitality industry. 

    I am seeking a position that will continue my growth in the hospitality industry. I approach new opportunities and challenges with equal zeal. My ability to be a change-leader further enhances my appeal and commitment to getting it right.

    In 2016 I joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard after a lifestyle overhaul, losing 150 pounds and getting into shape. In 2018, I received my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. I serve as a Platoon Leader for a Combat Engineer Unit in Muskogee, OK. My time commitment to the National Guard is one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. I am a hotelier by accident but that accident has become a calling. I would be delighted to speak more about opportunities where my skills can aid your goals.

     

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    Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 EST 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-380FF9C3-ED70-37BB-BFD9-2E0B4BD7F95B.jpg
    <![CDATA[Food & Beverage Manager]]> Seasoned food and beverage manager that brings experience in high end resorts for 5+ years.  Currently responsible for $8m in annual sales with three food and beverage outlets.  Has been through both the Salamander training program as well as Forbes training program.  Also is a level 1 Cicerone in craft beer.

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    Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-B2DA4B29-D390-38B0-AE70-828535CCF84D.jpg
    <![CDATA[Restaurant Consultant]]> Operated and achieved sales and profit markers in all foodservice segments, including Full Service, Fast Casual, QSR through all types of concepts from American to European to Mediterranean to Asian. Passionate about staff training, operational execution, and fantastic customer experience.

    Opened over 50 different venues and worked on project teams for restaurants, theme parks and non-commercial foodservice concepts. Developed training programs and policies and procedures to develop high performing teams. Skilled at aligning culture with work flow processes to ensure employee engagement that achieves the best results.


    Full turnaround of oldest fast-casual concept store through training of general manager and staff and operational execution to bring sustained sales at #1 in entire company.
    Trained and developed talent across all levels that have become Executive Chef, F&B Directors, Area Directors and Area Managers.
    Developed training, operational and marketing programs as a consultant that have increase client revenue by 22% and adoption of new technology and best practices in the industry by 50%.

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    <![CDATA[Hotel General Manager]]> General Manager Columbus, OH

    Experienced and skilled General Manager with expertise in hotel management, food operations, vendor/customer relations, profit and loss management, revenue management and people leadership. Successful background in improving operations, customer satisfaction and revenue management. Long term tenure throughout their career affiliated with major brands operating corporate owned upper mid-scale hotels. Due to the recent sale of the hotel he is looking for his next opportunity. Hiring this candidate is an opportunity to have an accomplished General Manager that will have an immediate impact and who is able to take on more responsibility.

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    <![CDATA[Owner/Operator ]]> Currently owner/operator of two bars. My first bar opened in 2013 and has shown positive growth every year since. I purchased my second bar in 2018, with success in the first 2 years as well. Heavy bar and FOH management experience.


    Successful owner of 2 bars
    Low employee turnover rates - same employees in the last 6 years
    Consistent growth of my first bar allowed me to expand ownership to a second location

     

    Looking to relocate to Greensboro, NC in the near future.

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    <![CDATA[General Manager]]> Recent experience includes General Manager at TGI Friday s, Brinker Concept Cozymels and Panera Bread. This candidate is also a wine salesperson in California and was a Territory Sales Manager for Mars- Wrigley Confectionery. She also held positions for restaurant companies behind the scenes in Marketing and R & D Beverage where she completed menu rollouts and other programs.
    Top 25 Sales people in 2018 Mars - Wrigley
    Lowest turnover at Panera Bread at 4%
    Manager of the Year in Region at TGI Friday's

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    <![CDATA[Regional Director of Operations]]> Talented hotelier with a career-long record of success, consistently exceeding position expectations for some of the nation’s most recognized hospitality operations.
    Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to build rapport with staff members and guests to succeed in high-pressure, challenging and deadline-driven environments.
    Exceptional communicator with strong logistical skills and a keen ability to improve productivity and employee engagement through organizational improvements and a focus on ongoing training.
    Broad experience encompassing all areas of hotel operations, with simultaneous management of up to 5 properties and more than 300 team members spanning multiple states.
    Expertise in turning around failing properties, with a long track record of success in individual and team awards for exceptional performance.
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