<![CDATA[Gecko Hospitality: talent_showcase]]> https://TALENT.GECKOHOSPITALITY.COM/ en-us <![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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<![CDATA[General Manager]]> Exceptionally talented, results-driven management professional with outstanding longevity and over ten years of Controller experience at a full-service property. They have completed over 50 Marriott training courses! This hard-working individual has a well-rounded hospitality background having been in management roles in almost every department.

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<![CDATA[Executive Chef - Open to Relocation]]>
  • Hands-on teacher and trainer who takes the time to coach and educate his staff
  • Restructured the menu and regularly updated it to reflect new trends and consumer tastes
    • Removed unpopular items that drove food cost up and replaced them with dishes that became instant hits
  • Rewrote and improved the catering menu, which led to the doubling of catering sales

  • Salary Expectations:
    $65,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Director of Culinary Operations - National Concepts]]>
  • Over 10 years of Director-level Culinary Management experience with nationwide Full Service and Fast Casual brands
  • Developed an appetizer for a national casual dining chain that led to a total appetizer sales increased over 10% because of the addition of this specific item
  • Looks at current culinary trends and dives deep into them to help create recipes and work on execution
  • Likes to think outside the box with his ideas, yet makes them easy enough that they can be executed at the store level with the employees and equipment they have

  • Salary Expectations:
    $140,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to California, Washington, Oregon, and Texas

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    <![CDATA[Strong General Manager]]> This candidate is currently a Manager with a casual concept, a position he has held for around 6 months.  The current situation and an incomplete training program, has made him re-evaluate his current role.  He is responsible for hiring, training and scheduling employees, as well as new staff onboarding. 
     
    His previous role was as Training General Manager for a well-known pizza concept, where he was responsible for training all levels of management, including fellow GMs.  He created and managed the budgets, closely analyzing financial information and making the necessary changes to maintain and increase profit levels.  He also managed the inventory for food, beverages and supplies.
     
    He has a friendly and approachable demeanor and is excellent at recognizing and utilizing talent.  During his tenure, he won a coveted award and was rewarded with an all expenses paid trip to the Caribbean. He consistently hits his targets and passes inspections. 
     
    He is a strong trainer and developer of his team and is a patient teacher who leads by example.  
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    <![CDATA[District Manager - Casual Dining]]>
  • Experience overseeing 7-10 locations averaging $3 million per store
  • First hire for the company in the state of Colorado and grew into a Multi-Unit role with several new store openings
  • Built an extensive network of talent and create excitement in his restaurants that could spread from dishwashers to General Managers
  • Created a strong culture that people wanted to be a part of, which helped their retention rates in the state

  • Salary Expectations:
    $90,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "Bryan is passionate and loyal to the brand and the company message." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[Restaurant Manager - Full Service High Volume experience]]>
  • Management experience with establishments dong up to $16 million per year in sales
  • Opened 12 locations from coast to coast with his current employer
  • Able to get his hourly teams to see the big picture and their path to grow with the company
  • At his location, the store was on-track to do $1 million more in sales than the previous fiscal year before the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Salary Expectations:
    $75,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

     

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    <![CDATA[General Manager Fast Casual Theme]]> This candidate is currently the General Manager with a fast casual concept in Lincoln, a role she has held for over 3 years. She is responsible for growing sales and developing business relationships. She also looks after the payroll, accounting and guest correspondence. She has successfully maintained a top 10 position in the Midwest market leader charts. She is highly organized and disciplined, which ensures a flawless operation in her restaurant. Her previous role was as a Manager with an Italian fast casual, where she spent 8 years. 

    She is a hard-working leader, who engages her team with words of encouragement and her energetic attitude. She can bring a team together and is an outstanding mentor. Her staff retention rates are excellent and they love working with her.

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    <![CDATA[Sales Manager]]> Results oriented sales manager with over five years of full service and three years select service experience. This polished sales professional helped their property to set revenue records 7 out of 12 months last year! Their property has earned multiple awards, including a President’s Award in 2017 and 2018, and a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

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    <![CDATA[Restaurant General Manager ]]> Solutions-driven restaurant professional skilled at developing and optimizing profitable restaurant locations for both immediate and long-term success.

    Innovative, creative leader willing to work outside the box to succeed in challenging environments.

    A goal-driven leader who leverages corporate policy using effective operation, communication, and problem-solving skills to build and inspire teams.

    Customer-focused with a track record of increasing sales, minimizing costs, and consistently exceeding established company goals. Methodical, strategic, and empathetic with a proven ability to prioritize activities and garner staff buy-in to enhance turnaround of under performing locations

    • Current sales of $11,000,000 a year with 110-employees.
    • Recognized as Most Improved Restaurant in 2016.
    • Manage, lead, and provide guidance to 7 management-level staff including 6 FOH Managers and 5 Kitchen Managers
    • Consistently beat quarterly budget forecasts, producing average labor costs of 17% and food costs averaging 25%
    • Foster a commitment to employee engagement and continuous staff development by actively managing, guiding, and mentoring employees; efforts have produced numerous cost-effective internal staff promotions including 8 Staff to Managers, 3 Managers to AGM, 2 AGMs to GM positions
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    <![CDATA[Vice President of Franchise Operations]]>
  • As VP of Franchise Operations, net income of the frachises rose from $4.5 million to $7 million and only once during the past decade did the franchise community not see a year over last increase in net income
  • Improved sales of franchised stores by 7% over her final two years with the company
  • Able to get various franchisees to buy into different programs and limited time offerings that corporate had in place
  • Under her watch, many of the franchised stores ran better than corporate locations and were looked at as examples of how to run a successful store
  • Corporate adopted many of ideas that were thriving in the franchise level, such as ways to improve staffing at restaurants and maintaining low food costs
  • Salary Expectations: $130,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "She is excellent at building, developing, and maintaining new and long term business relationships with vendors, Franchise Partners, superiors, and subordinates. She is clear and organized in maintaining large areas of responsibility and keeps her attention on the important details." - Former Supervisor

    "She is very trustworthy and exhibits professionalism in all her interactions. She is not afraid of conflict and maintains composure and represents the company well in challenging situations and conversations. She is a strong operations professional and has a strong business acumen." - Former Employer

    "Wanda has strong communication skills, is highly organized, and has the ability to manage multiple task at any one given time. Wanda is capable of doing this because she knows how to effectively train and develop the team around her." - Former Employer

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    <![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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    <![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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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Director of Food and Beverage - Four and Five Diamond Background]]>
  • Most recently oversaw annual F&B volume of $24 million
    • At previous property he oversaw annual F&B volume of $35 million
  • Extensive Management experience at 4 and 5 diamond properties
  • Extremely respected by staff and regularly received the highest Managerial favorability scores at each of the last two properties (over 95% at each)
  • Strong sales building background; at one property in Hawaii was able to increase F&B sales at one of their outlets by $2 million annually within 2 years
  • Has worked internationally and is able to adapt to any culture and how to interact with people from different backgrounds.
  • Outstanding job tenure

  • Salary Expectations:
    $90,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Mon, 18 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He is a dynamic person not only in the operational business but also in the management area. He was constantly creating new ideas to improve his department." - Former Supervisor

    "He is a dedicated and passionate person with his work, no matter the amount of hours and the challenges he had, he was always was with a smile doing the best he could with enthusiasm and optimism." - Former Supervisor

    "We worked together in a very challenged property, where we had a lack of staffing, a lack of tools and needs to be able to reach our goals, we had a poor support from our management in the hardest times. Even with all of this, he was a tolerant person and always with optimism that things were going to be better in the future." - Former Peer

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    <![CDATA[Director of Sales & Marketing]]> A focused and highly skilled sales management professional with more than ten years of successful task force leadership at midscale, full service, and luxury boutique properties. This Sales Director has been an integral member of management teams in numerous property change overs, creation of sales departments, and large-scale property renovations. They are also efficient with new sales systems setup and training – their main proficiencies include Delphi, MICROS, Salesforce, OPERA, MARSHA, and FOSSE. Their expertise has been utilized in multi-unit sales management roles as well!

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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Executive Chef - Upscale Concept Background]]>
  • High volume background; has been an Executive Chef in restaurants doing between $6-8 million per year in sales
  • Everywhere he consulted, he's been able to put successful systems in place and worked with ownership groups to properly cost out their menus and ensure food costs can remain in line
  • Specialties include whole animal butchery, rustic/wood fire cooking, and foraging
  • At the most recent restaurant he worked at, he was able to build a garden to grow ingredients locally, not only using fresher ingredients but being able to save money on ordering. Changes led to sales increasing over 20% by the time he left

  • Salary Expectations:
    $100,000 - $110,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Executive Chef - Strong Country Club Background]]>
  • Nearly 20 years Executive Chef experience at Country Clubs ranging in F&B volume from $1.2 million to $3.5 million per year
  • Able to drop food cost 15% within his first year of employment at his current employer
  • Increased food sales by 30% and wine sales by over 55% since he started
  • Improved rapport between members and club employees
  • Strong business acumen and is able to handle financial obligations with ease
  • Excellent job tenure

  • Salary Expectations:
    $75,000 - $85,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![CDATA[Director of Operations - National Concept]]>
  • Experience overseeing up to 10 locations and $45 million in annual sales
  • Strong experience with growing a concept; most recently helped a company open nearly a dozen new restaurants in 3 years
  • Has built training programs and systems from-scratch
  • Excellent analytical skills, using as much data as possible to help make better informed decisions for his restaurants

  • Salary Expectations:
    $100,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    <![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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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Casual or Fast Casual Concept General Manager]]> This candidate is currently the General Manager with a well-known fast casual concept and although she enjoys the role, her commute is very long, so she would like to find something nearer to her home. Her responsibilities include recruiting, coaching and scheduling over 30 staff at her location. She also takes care of the budgets and ensures her costs are as low as possible. Her location has annual sales of around $3m.

    Her previous role was with a famous brand casual theme, where she was Restaurant Manager. Her role included growing customer base using social media and monitoring and rectifying guest complaints. She developed a training program to get her team cross-trained, in order to step into any role, as required. She also gained a working knowledge of the brewery equipment, process and operations. She also has tenure with another casual theme concept as Culinary Manager.

    She is an assertive and decisive leader and enjoys sharing knowledge with her team. She is a problem solver.

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    <![CDATA[Membership Director - Country Club - Houston Area]]> Highly skilled Membership Sales Director with over 20 years experience in exceeding targets. This proven Sales Director has successfully launched new membership programs that directly lead to an increase in new Social and Young Executive memberships while ranking #1 the US for Initiation Fee Revenue ($2.8M). He has a passion for leading the successes of his team and celebrates the successes of his Country Club.

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    <![CDATA[Director of Food and Beverage]]>
  • Extensive high volume resort experience; has managed volume ranging from $16-20 million per year
  • Upscale Casual District Manager experience with a national concept for over 5 years
  • Strives to build a culture that people not only want to be a part of on a daily basis, but draws people in
  • Ability to build year-round sales in a resort town; at his most recent resort he increased Food & Beverage sales 17% over what they were when he arrived
  • Improved the guest experience; Guest Survey Scores saw a 16% increase at his most recent resort

  • Salary Expectations:
    $120,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Sales Director]]> Outstanding Sales Director with over three years of experience at a private upscale golf club. This impressive sales professional has booked over 300 events in one season with guest counts up to 300. They increased their properties yearly event profits by 75% while growing their portfolio.

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    <![CDATA[District Manager - Full Service]]>
  • Oversaw sales volume of nearly $40 million with 7 locations
  • In his tenure as District Manager, each restaurant in his market saw annual sales increases over the prior year
  • All restaurants were profitable and saw year over year increases in profitability
  • Worked with his GM's to improve their store-level hiring and bring in talented individuals who strengthen their internal pipeline

  • Salary Expectations:
    $85,000 - $100,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He has a very strong business acumen, interpersonal skills, and the ability to inspire people to follow him." - Former Supervisor

    "He is a highly qualified multi-unit leader. He has a high degree of integrity and works hard to build trust among his direct reports. He was on the short list for advancing above a District Manager role." - Former Supervisor

    "He was really great to work for and I’d do it all over again in the future, should the opportunity arise." - Former Employee

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    <![CDATA[Executive Chef - High Volume Property Experience]]>
  • Experience overseeing Food & Beverage of up to $20 million
  • A strong leader who isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves and jump in the trenches with his staff, leading by example and working with his team to continually coach them on areas they can improve upon
  • His property is currently #1 in the franchise group in cost control
  • Part of the team transitioning from one flag to the other; rewrote their menus and adjusted the pricing to be more flexible not just to the market, but what made the most sense for the property
  • Specializes in Southwestern, Creole/Cajun fusion, and Coastal cuisine

  • Salary Expectations:
    $115,000 - $125,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![CDATA[Chef - Michelin Star Experience]]>
  • Chef experience at establishments ranging from $2-4 million per year in annual sales
  • Chef experience at a Michelin-star rated restaurant
  • Background with menu development and pairing with beer/spirits
  • A strong team builder who works hard to create a culture that BOH staff want to be a part of

  • Salary Expectations:
    $65,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    <![CDATA[Sous Chef - Chef de Cuisine]]>
  • Versatile in the back of the house and isn't afraid to jump on the line
  • Prides himself in creativity with the menu
  • Uses his creativity to not only highlight tasty dishes, but make them cost effective as well
  • Great rapport with both local farmers and larger vendors to get great ingredients
  • Ability to balance the menu so if they are highlighting an expensive item, he's able to balance out the rest of the plate with ingredients that won't drive food cost up

  • Salary Expectations:
    $50,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    <![CDATA[General Manager - High Volume Background]]>
  • Extensive GM experience at establishments doing between $4 million and $6.5 million in annual sales
  • As GM of a national casual dining chain, his restaurant had the lowest turnover company-wide
  • Builds up a strong culture in his restaurant and an environment that his staff wanted to be a part of
  • Increased sales through better implementing their catering program and initiating the use of 3rd party delivery services to reach more customers

  • Salary Expectations:
    $80,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    <![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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    <![CDATA[General Manager - Upscale Casual]]>
  • 6+ years of General Manager experience with national Casual and Upscale Casual dining concepts
  • As GM has overseen sales volume of $3-5 million per year
  • Turnaround Specialist
    • Has been sent to many underperforming restaurants to fix an array of issues from rampant turnover to rebuilding culture
  • Has built strong pipeline of internal talent at each stop, being able to fill Managerial positions from within

  • Salary Expectations:
    $65,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![CDATA[Director of Food and Beverage - Culinary Director]]>
  • Extensive back of the house experience with national upscale casual concepts
  • Experience as an Executive Chef overseeing annual sales up to $20 million
  • Most recent position oversaw F&B at all corporate locations
  • Built financial systems from-scratch, rewrote recipe books, and reorganized operations at each location
  • Hands-on with all departments within the company

  • Salary Expectations:
    $115,000 - $120,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-986A7817-95F9-38DE-93F3-0A036A6C8A35.jpg
    <![CDATA[Assistant General Manager - High Volume Experience]]>
  • Experience managing restaurants exceeding $4 million in annual sales
  • Able to adapt her teaching style to best suit her employees; she has held workshops at various locations for "train the trainer" programs along with certifying corporate training for the company
  • Quick problem solver; at her most recent location she has dropped food cost variance & raised guest service scores in a matter of a couple weeks
  • Increased same store sales nearly 4% over two years and dropped turnover 10% in a year

  • Salary Expectations:
    $65,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-C25A5420-65E7-333C-A94C-AC9241F82D1B.jpg
    <![CDATA[Director of Sales and Marketing]]> Accomplished and successful sales executive with more than 18 years of experience driving top-performing sales initiatives. Proven track record of success capturing large-scale, multimillion-dollar global contracts. Managed marketing initiatives that propelled revenue increases of up to $22M YOY.

     

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    Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-959DD43F-A10B-3452-AFF0-810BE303CF4F.jpg
    <![CDATA[Full Service Rockstar GM ]]> This rockstar  candidate has experience as a full service and fast casual  GM. He is a fair but firm manager who likes to keep things fun. Throughout his experience he has been in training store locations, responsible for training new managers. He stresses the importance of the tempo of each and every shift. He likes to be there to motivate his staff and they respond well to him. He has strong cost control skills and is used to corporate systems to focus on inventory counts and the details of food and liquor costs. He started in the business at a cashier, rising up through the industry.

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    Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-8ECE055F-84A7-3CF1-BAF6-DED38DAF72CC.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[Director of Sales & Marketing]]> A determined, hands-on professional who has been effectively leading sales teams for over ten years. This experienced director has worked at full service, upscale, and resort properties with over 300 rooms and 15,000 square feet of meeting space. More evidence of their success is their $600K in room sales in one year.

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    Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-78EE15BE-CA2C-3AEF-B1B2-F574F584F803.jpg
    <![CDATA[Area Director of Sales]]> Highly experienced Taskforce Director of Sales has a proven track record of increasing sales within a short amount of time at any given property. His role as taskforce includes acting as the DOS for 100 – 200 room properties and has up to 4 hotels at any given time. His expertise lies in opening hotels, creating local relationships within 2 – 3 months and establishing successful sales teams.

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    Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-022760FB-CBA0-3F43-B71E-7BA7258490E6.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager]]> A quality management professional with experience leading teams at midscale and limited service hotels. This Manager also had practice overseeing multiple properties at a time. Their hotels have seen great improvement such as a 40% increase in guest loyalty enrollment in one quarter and service scores in the top 10% for the brand for a year! This leader also led their property to win the Property of the Year Award in 2018!

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    Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-04DDB0C4-6E11-31E8-84F1-D2F0C0219197.jpg
    <![CDATA[Regional Director - Full Service and Fast Casual]]> This candidate was formerly the Regional Operator for a well-known fast casual concept, overseeing the operations of 40 locations with average annual sales of $42m+. Unfortunately, her role became redundant due to the ongoing pandemic. During her tenure, she opened over 20 new locations for the brand and led the recruitment team, hiring top people that she knew would be able to take the restaurant and lead it to success – her GM retention was consistently high and she was awarded Operator of the Year in 2018.

    Her previous role was with a famous brand Asian concept, where she oversaw between 14-18 locations. With estimated annual sales of $35m for her locations, she managed a team of 40+ Managers and over 400 hourly team members. Her tenure with an Italian concept, saw her start as Executive Chef and move to Managing Partner after 3 years, where she spent the next 6 years. She moved up to the Director of Operations position and led a team of 25 Managers with over 500 hourly staff in 15 locations for the brand.

    She recognizes talent and will utilize her team members’ individual strengths to maintain and improve business. She sets them clear targets and is an excellent communicator. She encourages her managers to learn all aspects of the role, so she can spend her time developing more new talent.

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    Mon, 20 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-4BCBB584-37FB-3054-92BB-174246B4748E.jpg
    <![CDATA[District Manager - High Volume Concepts]]>
  • Most recently oversaw 8 restaurants and $20 million in annual volume
  • GM experience with restaurants doing $3-6 million per year in sales
  • Extensive new store opening experience and opening new concepts in Colorado
  • Created and rolled out a stronger, more structured training program for new hires that was rolled out company-wide
  • Created and launched an internal development plan so hourlies from within their own ranks who want to move into Management have a path to accomplish it

  • Salary Expectations:
    $75,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-67A79397-6F13-3D1B-955A-8DEF6E6E60FA.jpg
    <![CDATA[Chief Executive Officer - Quick Service and Fast Casual]]>
  • Started as an Owner/Operator of one Fast Casual concept and grew his company to encompass multiple Quick Service and Fast Casual concepts
  • In 20 years running the company, 18 of them saw positive sales growth
  • Strong strategic thinker who is able to have a small and large picture view for the direction of his company
  • He worked hard to cultivate people from within his ranks, and created a strong culture that people wanted to be a part of; nearly two dozen of his above store level employees had worked for him for over 10 years and the President of the company worked his way up from being an hourly at the first store. 
  • Salary Expectations: $250,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "In leading his team, he listens and gathers input and then works to form a decision that is best for the team and the Company." - Former Executive

    "He has an extensive background in finance and clearly understands the details of both understand the P&L/Balance Sheet as well as making decision based off of the restaurant level data for sales and labor."
    - Former Executive

    "He is always one to be looking ahead and seeing what he can do to grow his Company and provide a growth plan for his team." - Former Executive

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    <![CDATA[VP of Culinary Operations - National Concept]]>
  • Senior level Director of Culinary Operations overseeing multiple brands under one umbrella
  • Developed and rolled out several menu items that became menu cornerstones
  • One of the first nationwide concepts to incorporate buffalo into a menu
  • Keeps regular track of culinary trends and isn't afraid to incorporate new techniques and flavor profiles into dishes
  • Set the bar for back of the house food and labor costs for multiple concepts
  • Creates menus that are not only diverse, but are simple enough for the store-level staff to execute

  • Salary Expectations:
    $125,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He is honestly the best Director of Culinary/R&D that I have ever worked with. Normally Supply Chain and Culinary butt heads, however we never did or we worked it out together. He’s an amazing Chef!!!" - Former Peer

    "He worked very well with others, was always professional and truly is a MASTER of his craft. He overcame a big leadership change and was able to show his professionalism through his attitude and skills." - Former Supervisor

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    <![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[Executive Chef/Food & Bev Director]]> Highly experienced Head Chef and Director of Food and Beverage who emphasizes highly elevated simple cuisine. Has a passion for creating strong FOH and BOH teams that work cohesively together to provide exceptional experiences.  Anywhere in South Texas.

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    Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-7159A59B-5797-3B47-BA65-684754374E22.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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    <![CDATA[Restaurant General manager ]]> Great leader for local independent restaurant looking to grow sales and profits. 

    • Hands on, culinary and operations savvy with the skills of menu creation and cost control.
    • Achieves Five Star guest service rating through ongoing training and development of his team.
    • Great success as an Operating Partner building the brand of upscale independent restaurants.  In most recent role took a White tablecloth 80's look to a modern industrial urban sheek look and established a local craft beer scene.  
    • Increased sales from $2.2 mil to $3.3 mil a year over a 6 year tenure
    • Brought net profit from a loss to $400,000 profit.  

     

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    Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-47099312-309C-3290-840E-F2B0E2E87C74.jpg
    <![CDATA[President Of Operations - Full Service Concept]]>
  • Has been able to develop and cultivate many leaders from within his own ranks, seeing individuals who started out as dishwashers work their way up into vital leadership positions
  • Modernized his company's training program, moving from piles of notebooks to e-learning and using tablets that could be updated in real time
  • Brought his company's Cicerone program in-house, and created a program to train his staff on the specifics for beer (how to pour, styles, glasses, pairings, etc.). This led to improved sales at the store level, with beer sales increasing 4% over what they had been doing prior
  • Within six months, improved guest satisfaction scores by 10% due to examining customer feedback on issues big and small
  • Most recently assisted with a company-wide office rollout to help improve tracking of inventory, the P&L, and scheduling. This led to food cost dropping an average of 1.5% with some markets dropping as much as 4-5%

  • Salary Expectations:
    $140,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to Minneapolis and the Dallas/Fort Worth areas

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    Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He is continually looking for better ways to work, utilizing best practices whenever possible. He is a great developer of talent and is able to identify transferable skills. He isn't afraid to take a chance on people with different experience if they have the right competencies." - Former Peer

    "He is very good at presenting programs and rollouts to large or small groups. He relates well at all levels of the organization and understands the fundamentals of the business." - Former Supervisor

    "He is a talented leader and has a plethora of experience. He works hard on asking questions versus always providing the answer." - Former Peer

    "He was respected by his team and always supported them - sometimes to a fault. He was a seasoned executive and was a great team player with a positive outlook to any challenges." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[Food & Beverage Director/Executive Chef - Full Service - Austin]]> A Food and Beverage Executive with proven strengths in the areas of creativity, efficiency, and leadership along with extensive experience in guest satisfaction and expense management. Master of improving organizations’ profitability through the effective coordination of human resources and materials

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    Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-C7E790FC-50DD-3EBC-A5F7-9019CBE7502C.jpg
    <![CDATA[District Manager - Casual Dining]]>
  • Casual Dining DM experience overseeing volume exceeding $65 million
  • Casual Dining GM experience at restaurants exceeding $5 million
  • Hands-on leader who is able to get his team to open up and creates a roadmap to accomplish their goals
  • Brought structure and stability to his market, improving their work ethic and making his Managers more operationally sound

  • Salary Expectations:
    $75,000 - $80,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Sun, 19 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-0B6FA23F-02BE-3C8C-AEC7-C0CC84A8D799.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[Executive Chef - Upscale Dining Experience]]>
  • Extensive Executive Chef experience with establishments doing $3-6 million per year in sales
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to keep costs down
    • Analyzes food and labor cost data to make better informed decisions when it comes to ordering and costing out menus
    • Dropped food cost 8% at a steakhouse within a matter of weeks
  • Hands-on teacher who proper trains BOH staff and makes sure they do things the right way & not cut any corners

  • Salary Expectations:
    $100,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-E48AA9AA-340C-3FB1-B61F-5ED9C22D9BCA.jpg
    <![CDATA[Director of Operations]]> Highly skilled and dedicated Director of Operations with a strong background in safety, security and problem solving. He has overseen full transition from one ownership group to another and helped create SOP's for a huge resort destination. Starting off as a security officer and corporal in his career he developed a love and passion for serving his community, hospitality and bringing a smile to families faces.

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    Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-FEFF9694-6653-3B72-9F78-C0F2B475777F.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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    <![CDATA[Area Sales Manager]]> A motivated area sales management professional for select service and economy properties with over 90 rooms each. This individual has been responsible for creating new sales teams and helping with sales team transitions during reflags. This hardworking sales executive has over five years of diverse hospitality experience.

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    Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-783A3F8C-E404-312E-8A54-732CE592AFD0.jpg
    <![CDATA[Rockstar GM ]]> This candidate is an excellent trainer and motivator. He was able to improve the restaurant's hiring standards and bring in team members who would be able to contribute right away. He worked hard to implement systems to the restaurant and help standardize operations.  He was quickly able to raise guest service scores in the FOH from 61% to 76% while increasing sales by 12%. Additionally, he was able to save them money by improving their ordering and creating a standardized inventory system. 

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    <![CDATA[Area Manager ]]> Introducing a well-respected and experienced professional. Please accept and consider him for your open Management role. He is a highly motivated, and knowledgeable Multi-Unit Manager with a solid background in Senior management roles, staffing, and supervision. 

     
    This applicant's references have given him high accolades describing him as a motivational and committed manger, who is very knowledgeable with budgets, P&L's. His management style is one where he not only gives respect and direction to the staff members, but he is open to receiving direction and critiques in order to be the best he can be for his brand. 
     
    • Strategic planning, budgets, and P&L experience
    • Multi-site operations 
    • Works well in a team environment 
    • Complex problem solving 
    • Results -oriented 
    • Recruitment and talent development  
    • Superb time management 
    • Proven track record of leadership and retention rates

    This candidate is interested in the opportunity to interview with you and explore this potential position further. Please let me know your interest in this candidate and when we can arrange for an interview.

     

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    Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT  Multi-Unit manager responsible for leadership or 4+ restaurants. Profitability through leadership development was my focus. Accountability for each restaurants performance and inspection grades was my responsibility. Managing businesses through management teams was the key to success. Grew the Jackson, Mississippi  market into better profitability and the Franchise group sold their shares causing me to relocate jobs. Managed 5 restaurants and supported 2-4 in Memphis Market Average yearly sales per unit: 2.5 million Full HR responsibilities for my market Promoted 2 crew members to Management internally

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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Strong General Manager]]> This candidate was previously the General Manager with a famous casual restaurant concept, but decided to take some time away from the industry to attend to a few personal projects. Now he’s all fired up and ready to get back to work.

    His responsibilities saw him provide operations leadership, starting with some time at Muscatine then he was moved to the Davenport location. He led the team to achieve two consecutive years of sales growth and transformed the team culture for the better, improving staff retention and increasing guest satisfaction scores. 

    His previous role was with a pizza brand, where he was being groomed for the District Manager position. His role saw him opening new locations and training all management teams at those locations. He left the brand to be closer to his family in Iowa. He also has long tenure with a casual theme concept, where he worked his way up from an hourly position, to a successful General Manager of his own restaurant. 

    He has a strong work ethic and is fiscally motivated. He has strict standards and has a track record of fixing troubled locations. He communicates well with his teams and is a great leader.

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    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-576553F2-7486-3910-88E3-B5E88DD519AF.jpg
    <![CDATA[Regional Manager - Casual and Upscale Casual Dining]]>
  • 5+ years of Multi-Unit Management experience with Full Service and Upscale Casual concepts
  • High volume experience; currently oversees 5 restaurants ranging from $2.3 million to $4.7 million in annual sales
  • Able to properly utilize her Management teams' strengths and put them in the best position to succeed without micromanaging them.
  • Hands-on with teaching Managers about financials, how to forecast properly and ensure projections are in line
  • Extensive new store opening experience with multiple concepts

  • Salary Expectations:
    $100,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to the Rockies

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    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "Her knowledge of world class guest service is outstanding. She’s also able to accomplish operational goals by adhering to a strict budget. Lastly her work ethic, infectious energy, and passion for high-performance is superior to most managers you will ever work with." - Former Supervisor

    "She has great business acumen skills and experience and the ability to change and grow a company and staff at fast speed with limited sources." - Former Employer

    "She is passionate about having the information to allow the highest level of performance for herself and her team. She cares about those she works with and leads by example by always working hard with a positive attitude." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[Area General Manager / District Manager - Select Service]]> Ambitious, passionate and driven select service General Manager with over 10 years of General Manager experience. She has experience with new build and renovation projects. Her pride for her properties and passion shines through her energetic and approachable personality. This GM has turned failing properties into thriving properties and has the numbers to back it up. She is ready for a District GM position.

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    <![CDATA[Director of Food & Beverage - Country Club - Austin]]> Highly experienced Food and Beverage Director with proven track record of increasing service standards, efficiency and consistency all while delivering a high level of guest satisfaction. She most recently built up the food and beverage department at a local country club from effectively nothing. In just a short time she achieved growth of over $1 million in F&B sales with two outlets, cut labor cost by 23% and had a high level of guest satisfaction through strong leadership and mentorship. Having earned her level 1 sommelier, she is exceptionally passionate about all aspects of food and beverage.

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    <![CDATA[General Manager - Country Club - Houston Area]]> A highly motivated, results focused executive with over 20 years of hospitality/club management experience. Entrepreneurial thinker with an outstanding record of achievement implementing new business strategies, delivering innovative solutions, and facilitating financial growth. Expansive cross-functional management background with a documented record of increasing revenue and profit gains. Possesses solid business skills, a positive attitude and outstanding organizational and multitasking abilities as well as strong problem solving abilities. Accomplished leader who can identify issues, research solutions and make effective decisions. Resourceful, intuitive communicator readily establishes trusting rapport with colleagues and customers alike. Effectively uses an empowering, participatory management style that breeds accountability, teamwork, and continuous improvement.

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    <![CDATA[Training General Manager - Full Service]]>
  • Quickest individual in company history to ascend from being a Manager to a Training GM in Company History
  • Developed and trained over 150 Managers for the company across the region over the past couple years
  • At her location, increased annual sales by $1 million per year from when she was initially promoted; aggressive with local store marketing and promoting events in the area. 
  • Takes the time to break down shifts with MIT's and go into detail on areas where they excelled at and others where they needed to improve upon. 

  • Salary Expectations
    : 60-65k

    Able to Relocate
    : No

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    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 EST "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." - Former Supervisor

    "She is consistent in accountability, passionate about helping others succeed, and has the ability to be adaptable to any situation while maintaining a calm demeanor." - Former Co-Worker

    "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 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 and has successfully seen dozens of Managers through their training programs and then promote to be successful Managers elsewhere. 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." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[Director of Rooms]]> Polished and articulate professional focused on exceptional guest experience at their luxury hotel property. This individual has overseen teams of up to 35 and 3 separate departments. They have come up SOPs for front office departments at upscale and boutique properties. They have also exceeded front office profit goals by 15% in one year.

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    Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-AF4C9E2E-7102-3159-B999-D84F349491A5.jpg
    <![CDATA[Rockstar Executive Chef]]> This candidate is a very strong and consistent Executive Chef, with a firm belief in putting her guests first. Her 6 year tenure with a famous Italian concept has sadly come to an end, due to the ongoing crisis. During her tenure, she was responsible for hiring, developing and scheduling her team, along with organizing special events within the restaurant and cross-training them to step into any role within the restaurant. She is a strong advocate for spreadsheets showing set par levels and is methodical in her execution, in both monitoring her kitchen’s performance and in the team’s ability to deliver a high quality product – every time. 

    She also has tenure with several restaurants in the area and just under 12 years tenure with a major brand of casual and upscale casual concepts. Her roles included AGM, KM, Executive Sous and Culinary Manager.

    Her team is loyal to her and love working with her. She’s their biggest cheerleader and trains them for success. She is a great team player and will gladly help others whenever she can. She is calm and courteous under pressure and has a rock-solid work ethic.

    You need to speak with this Executive Chef today - I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-63058A39-0766-3E0D-B424-5D1ABCB984EC.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[General Manager - Fine Dining - Relocatable]]>
  • Extensive Upscale/Fine Dining General Manager background
  • Has overseen restaurants exceeding $4-7 million per year in sales
  • Outstanding people developer; developed over a dozen Managers for prior employers including three GM's who started out as servers for him
  • Hands-on leader who can get his team to see the big picture

  • Salary Expectations:
    $100,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to Texas or Arkansas

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    Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He was very in tune with our Guests: the likes, dislikes and Personal needs, always prepared before the guests evened arrived." - Former Peer

    "His all around knowledge for all departments was very strong, capable of stepping in with hands-on assistance when necessary." - Former Supervisor

    "He treated his staff on the same level of professionalism regardless of their position in the company, showed no bias towards department, and made sure there were no issues between departments." - Former Peer

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    <![CDATA[General Manager - High Volume Full Service]]>
  • General Manager experience at establishments doing between $5 million and $12 million in annual sales
  • Has brought stability to each location he was sent to at his most recent employer, improving presence with the staff and guest relations
  • Takes the time to invest in his team, improving the training they received, and building a strong culture
  • Brought a restaurant that was 70k in the red and turned it around to being over 300k in the black within a couple years

  • Salary Expectations:
    $65,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-80E9D8B4-9FE1-3B58-9026-9A15ADFA3A23.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[Luxury Hotel Chef]]> Well versed Chef with a diverse hospitality background including experience at luxury and full-service hotels. This culinary leader has great practice with scratch cooking and has overseen teams of 30+. The Chef has prepared cuisine for up to 600 guests at a time. During conferences or event days they were preparing three different meals for guests; totaling 1,800 meals per day!

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    Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-F6B79EF6-92FC-39AF-8724-A6C9D301A415.jpg
    <![CDATA[Upscale and Lifestyle Hotel Director of Sales]]> This is an accomplished, results-oriented DOS with over 19 years of Hotel Sales experience. She most recently worked as Director of Sales for an upscale lifestyle property with 200+ rooms, 5 F& B Outlets, Rooftop Bar and 14,000 sq. ft of meeting space. She consistently exceeded 100% Group RevPAR Index goal and built the hotels business transient market from scratch. She comes with heavy catering, events and wedding background at her properties.

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    Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-C7541D0D-928E-3D39-8202-89D89D07E6F7.jpg
    <![CDATA[Events Manager]]> Highly-experienced Meeting & Event Specialist with 8 years focused in planning and managing small to large-scale events, conventions, and projects with strong leadership skills and an eye for detail. Results-driven professional with exceptional communication, strategic planning, customer relations, financial acumen, and business-resolution skills. Creative, efficient, and a quick-thinker with enthusiasm for collaboration but comfortable as an individual contributor.

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    <![CDATA[Assistant Director of Events and Catering]]> Highly experienced Director of Events and Catering with a passion for strategic planning and building strong passionate teams. She brings a technical eye and strong understanding of data analytics to the table. Experienced with implementing programs to increase incremental revenue with Association and SMERF markets as well as successfully executing events such as Super Bowl, Presidential Debates and Multi National Conferences. This highly motivated and energetic professional is who you want as your Director to help strategically plan for the future.

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    <![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[Assistant General Manager - High Volume Experience]]>
  • High volume background: has managed restaurants doing between $6-12 million per year
  • Strong cost management: most recent employer he was able to cut Labor Cost from 48% to 25% within 8 months
  • Excellent trainer, ensuring his team is thoroughly cross-trained in multiple positions
  • A team player who has traveled to may locations across the country for previous employers

  • Salary Expectations:
    $60,000 or above

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to most areas of the country

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    Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-DB44EA50-6075-3DD2-83E2-DE58C6E1FCFC.jpg
    <![CDATA[Assistant Director of Food and Beverage - Boutique/Luxury]]> Highly knowledgeable Assistant Director of Food and Beverage with a passion for creating and cultivating unexpected guest experiences. This unique professional has a strong passion for the culinary arts, wine (level 2 sommelier), beer, the culture surrounding varied cuisines and enjoys teaching staff and guests alive about those passions. Highly experienced and passionate about building F&B teams from the ground up, this hospitality soul will not be on the market for long.

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    Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-643D3835-A021-396D-9E9E-BD1D03B54878.jpg
    <![CDATA[Executive Chef - Executive Sous Chef]]>
  • Executive Chef of an upscale concept exceeding $10 million in annual sales
  • Builds a strong culture in his kitchen and an environment that people want to be a part of and grow within
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent with the P&L and keeping costs down
  • Able to drop food cost 4% in a matter of months due to changes he oversaw

  • Salary Expectations:
    $75,000 - $80,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "His work ethic is bar none. Any task he is given is done thoroughly with all efforts exercised. The care and love he has for his peers and his team cannot be rivaled. There is nothing he wouldn't do for the wellness of those around him." - Former Supervisor

    "His attention to detail in all aspects to his career, operations or administrative, ensures every task is completed to the best of his abilities with the betterment of the company, the restaurant, and his team in mind." - Former Supervisor

    "Chef is passionate about mentoring his kitchen staff and being able to develop culinary talent for our company from within." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[Executive Chef - Chef de Cuisine]]>
  • High volume experience; has been a Chef at restaurants ranging from $2 million to $10 million in annual sales
  • Experienced with creating stocks and sauces in-house and use ingredients that might usually be discarded and use them to enhance dishes
  • Able to better cross utilize dishes and improve ingredient versatility
  • Extensive experience with menu creation and kitchen layout

  • Salary Expectations:
    $70,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Sun, 19 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-EE9B4179-DB47-361E-BF1D-0C7343677D05.jpg
    <![CDATA[Strong General / District Manager]]> Until he sold the business last year, this candidate was General Manager and Operating Partner of an upscale concept. His previous role was with a QSR franchise for just over 6 years, the last 3 as the District Manager of 6 locations, with around $10m in annual sales. Prior, he was a General Manager for the brand, where he trained and developed 6 future GMs, due to his location becoming a national training unit.

    Prior, he spent 5 years with another franchise company at both a pizza and a QSR concept. He coordinated the planning and opening of the new location and his grand opening sales for the first week, were just under $100k. He hired and developed his team of 80+ staff, using the training program he’d developed.

    He is a numbers driven person and had previously held the best food costs in the company. His locations are fully staffed, with a low employee turnover.  He sets clear expectations for his staff, is straight forward and firm but fair. He takes the time to coach his team about how their behaviors and practices impact the numbers.  He has a solid track history of developing his team and many of his managers are now running their own stores. 

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    Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-8551BB76-3CB9-3CC3-8F7E-44CEDA01B067.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager - Casual Dining - Regional Trainer]]>
  • Strong trainer; he has developed many Managers and General Managers from within his own ranks
    • Took advantage of the company's hourly management program and used it to help strengthen managerial skills
  • Won multiple GM awards in his region
  • Passionate about customer service and does everything he can to ensure the guests are taken care of
  • Salary Expectations: $70,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "If you have the opportunity to put him on your team it would be a severe mistake not to do so. He is a team builder and strongly follows a promote from within philosophy. I have personally seen him develop new hires from entry level positions to GM positions more than anyone I have ever worked with in any restaurant." - Former Peer

    "He is very organized and methodical. He pays great attention to detail and is very analytical. He is a great numbers guy and is extremely intelligent when it comes to budgets and P&L statements."
    - Former Supervisor

    "He excelled at sales building and was able to growing sales year over year. He adheres to company standards and pays attention to details in all aspects of his job." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[Restaurant General Manager ]]> Hospitality driven individual with a passion for team focused operations who excels at building sales while developing those around him.

    • 23 years of hospitality experience and leadership to bring your team.
    • People focused-Setting up my team for success and empowering them to grow individually
    • Sales obsessed-Currently up 19% over last year with sales in excess of $9,000,000 a year.
    • Proven sales builder-Able to understand the needs of the guest and adapt to current market trends. Building sales within and outside of the facility
    • Innovation in the workplace-Analyzing systems to enhance performance and the ability to put new systems in place
    • Menu Development-Using a guest focused approach to build sales and create new items
    • Cost Control-Able to effectively operate the business while managing offerings
    • Business Management-Budget writing, forecasting and positive flow through

     

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    Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-42040BC8-6F96-31CC-A3FB-B7B2B041D408.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager - High Volume Background]]>
  • Passionate about hospitality and taking care of his team; he's hands-on with his staff, continually coaching his Managers and helping solidify their skills.
  • Extensive high volume background; has been a GM of restaurants doing $5+ million per year in sales
  • Became a turnaround specialist with his most recent employer
    • Took a location that had a revolving door of Management for a decade and within a year turned around operations to the point it became a corporate training program
    • Next location was able to build sales 40% in his first 3 months due to aggressive community outreach and improved guest service
  • Salary Expectations: $70,000 - $75,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to Texas

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    Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He has a strong drive to succeed and is able to motivate his team to be productive in any environment." - Former Supervisor

    "He has excellent guest interaction skills. His attention to detail and organization ability is second to none."
    - Former Peer

    "
    His managers and crew love to work for him. There’s nothing he needs to improve. He would be a huge asset to your company." - Former Peer



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    <![CDATA[Catering Sales Manager]]> Eager Catering Sales Manager with two years of practice at large midscale and full-service properties with up to 20K sq. ft. of meeting space. This enthusiastic professional booked over 50 catering events per quarter with guest counts up to 500. One of their largest bookings was with Pepsi.

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    Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-12523209-6110-3799-B2C6-AC78F4934D5C.jpg
    <![CDATA[General Manager - Casual Dining - New Opening Experience]]>
  • High volume Casual Dining GM background at restaurants doing between $4-6 million annually
  • As GM opened 6 new restaurants in a new market
  • During Coronavirus outbreak was able to boost Friday/Saturday curb-side sales from $4,000 to $12,000
  • Passionate about his people, making sure they are fully prepared for their roles and are taken care of
  • Strong job tenure; only 2 jobs in the previous 16 years

  • Salary Expectations:
    $60,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He has an incredibly sound foundation as a manager who is very composed during high volume or stressful situations." - Former Peer

    "He is extremely organized and his understanding and ability to implement statistics into day-today operations is next to none." - Former Supervisor 

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    <![CDATA[Director of Events]]> Highly experienced, energetic Events Executive. Experienced with building events team from the ground up and experienced with creating and growing conventions of 15k – 60k attendees with budgets of $7MM. Currently manages annual budget of $10MM and oversees an events team of 70+ located world-wide. This events executive is passionate about creating events and cultivating her team into future event executives.

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    Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-4F4325F3-C358-39AB-8E03-1CBB6980EC89.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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    <![CDATA[Catering Manager]]> This high-energy leader has over five years of practice in negotiating contracts, event planning, and large event execution! This banquet professional’s property has numerous large banquet spaces that can hold over 300 guests. They often coordinate up to five successful events at one time!

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    Mon, 11 May 2020 00:00:00 EDT 1 https://talent.geckohospitality.com/images/talent/101097/thumbs/talent_thumb2x-25BE751B-FB17-3306-B636-512950ACB197.jpg
    <![CDATA[Director of Culinary Operations]]>
  • Proven ability to elevate the culinary experience from Fast Casual to Upscale Casual concepts
  • Quickly identifies areas of opportunity within a menu and helps improve upon weaknesses
  • Experience with creation of recipe books and developing Back of the House SOP's for large concepts
  • Actively involves Director, VP, and C-Level Executives in the culinary process to show them hands-on the improvements bring made
  • With a national brand, his changes led to a 20% increase in customer satisfaction scores and nearly 2 years of positive same store growth 

  • Salary Expectations:
    $125,000 - $150,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    Sun, 19 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "His culinary knowledge is incredibly high. He understands classic, international and modern cooking equally well. He is always thinking ahead of trends and teaching himself new things to stay relevant and competitive." - Former Peer

    "I've never met a person who loves food and food creativity more than him, and he brings that to his work. Not only does he know food, he knows operations. As a result, he rarely creates products that can't be executed at all, but also incorporates an appropriate amount of "stretch" so the brand can get credit from the consumer, and/or the Ops team will embrace." - Former Supervisor

    "He is great with people and team members, and is easy to be around. He is extremely creative concerning food and is very supportive of everyone he works with." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[General Manager - Casual Dining]]>
  • Full Service GM experience at establishments doing $2-3 million per year
  • Strong job tenure - only two employers in the past 10+ years
  • Took a location in the market that was struggled into a certified Managerial training store in the region
  • Sales at this candidate's restaurant has increased more than 10% over 2019

  • Salary Expectations: $65,000 - $70,000

    Able to Relocate: No

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    Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He was passionate within his team and workplace. He has a tenacious focus on financial results and the desire to learn, grow for himself while coaching and developing others." - Former Peer

    "He is a dependable General Manager who is honest with his staff and dedicated to making everyone in the building successful." - Former Employee

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    <![CDATA[Executive Chef - High Volume Background]]>
  • Chef experience in restaurants exceeding $4 million per year in sales
  • Created a BOH training program from-scratch which was implemented company-wide
  • Reduced BOH spending 75% by bringing the production of certain menu items in-house instead of ordering them from vendors
  • His restaurant was the only one operating in the black among the concepts this group owns

  • Salary Expectations:
    $55,000 - $60,000

    Open to Relocation: No

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    <![CDATA[District Manager]]> This candidate is currently the Chief Operating Officer for a creative services agency, where he is responsible for overall daily management for the brand, including planning marketing strategies, creating live events and financials. Sadly, his contract is coming to an end.

    His previous role, was Director of Operations for a well-known fast casual deli concept. His role involved overseeing 300 employees and 25 managers, across 7 locations, controlling all food and labor costs, as well as training all managers at store and district level. He also monitored and reviewed his managers on a regular basis, focusing on their career development and he held regular meetings to update on new procedures and store improvements. He also has tenure with a fast casual Mexican concept, as New Store Opening Manager and GM. He was responsible for daily operations within the restaurant, in addition to promoting the business to local employers and sponsoring sport teams within the area. 

    He is an excellent team builder and helps them to aim for and achieve their personal goals. He is constantly working through analytics and evaluating the business and how he can grow sales. He has experience in marketing for the catering side of the brand. 

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    <![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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    <![CDATA[Director of Sales]]> Candidate has 30+ years experience in a wide range of properties from DOS of 500+ room Convention Center Properties with 50,000 sq. ft. of space to 170 Room Private Resorts in some of the US's most popular destinations.

    He is a 3 time Pinnacle Award winner.

    Nominated as DOS of the year multiple times with several ownership groups.

    He has shown a 3%+ growth YOY in properties under his leadership

    Developed SOP's, Forecasting and Budgeting Experience

    This candidate has a positive can do attitude and sees himself as a coach and mentor to his staff. He has an extreme desire to win and succeed in his market with a track record to prove that he can succeed in any market. 

     

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    <![CDATA[General Manager - Select Service]]> Well established, seasoned Select Service General Manager with a proven track record of beating his comp set in ADR and maintaining a high rank in REVPAR. He trains and empowers his staff to operate his hotel at a high level so that he is able to participate in task force opportunities that brings his knowledge and expertise to other hotels in his company.  Currently in the San Antonio area but is willing to relocate.

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    <![CDATA[District Manager]]> High-performing people-centric operations leader with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Known for being results-focused and building high-performing cross-functional teams that deliver tangible results in fast-growing, rapidly changing environments.  Excellent knowledge of the Hawaii market with strong relationships in all related industries. 

     

    LEADERSHIP AND GROWTH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    • Multi-unit leadership experience that includes high-volume units with sales up to $15M per annum and 275 employees per unit. Responsibility for regions with up to 5 restaurants totaling $30M in revenues and over 400 employees.
    • ServSafe® Food Safety Dual Certified Instructor and Proctor since 2013. Conducted full-day training sessions and proctored exams certifying salaried managers for all units in region. 
    • Maintained an 8-year consecutive growth stint (2008 to 2016) of double-digit percentage increases for two Hawaii units.
    • Developed more than 30 leaders into higher roles from hourly to salaried, manager to AGM, AGM to GM and GM to Regional or Director.
    • Expert in P&L analysis, budget writing and labor modeling, including extensive application of USAR, PRIME and various forms of EBIT/DA/R and flow through.
    • Menu engineering analysis and development, pricing optimization, and key menu item placement.
    • Successful turnaround of distressed units.
    • New concept development and rebranding/repositioning.

    Vision/mission statement and operational pillar development.

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    <![CDATA[General Manager - Turnaround Specialist]]>
  • GM experience at casual dining concepts ranging from $4-6 million per year
  • Current restaurant has seen 35% year over year increase in sales since she started
  • Decreased Food & Labor costs by 5% and 7% respectively within 6 months
  • Within 12 months turned a store on the brink of closure into a profitable restaurant operating in the black

  • Salary Expectations:
    $75,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![CDATA[General Manager - Fast Casual Theme ]]> Until recently, this candidate was the General Manager with a QSR brand in Cedar Falls and during his tenure, he opened one new location and his restaurant was the recipient of Best New Restaurant award. He also set and maintained the staffing par levels and developed a strong culture within his store. He created new opportunities for his team and is a great believer in promoting home-grown talent. 

    He was previously with a pizza brand, where he held several positions. He was originally the GM for a couple of years, until a District Manager opportunity became available. During his time as DM, he looked after the operations of 5 locations for the brand, including creating and reviewing P&L budgets and plans. When the company was restructured, he was given the opportunity to stay in the role with relocation to Texas, but he decided on a GM position at a location nearer to home.  He also opened 7 new locations for the brand.

    He is a strong leader and visionary. His team loves him because he leads by example and takes the time to fully explain his expectations for them.

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    <![CDATA[Assistant General Manager - Upscale]]> Experienced Assistant General Manager for Full Service Upscale resorts. He is well versed in every aspect of running a hotel, including creating budgets, forecasting and high level strategic planning. Has a proven track record of increasing GSS scores, was top 30% of his brand of hotels in North America, and all scores in hotel. Was able to move Balanced Scorecard from second to last to the top in 2 years. This hands on, collaborative professional is ready to be a General Manager of a mid-size resort or Assistant General Manager/Director of Ops at a large scale resort.

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    <![CDATA[Vice President of Operations - Full Service]]>
  • Strong communication who has the background in growing relationships and building bonds with his Managerial teams.
  • VP-level experience with national full service concepts
  • Instituted new training concepts for his most recent concept, along with training the staff on how to roll out new menu initiatives
  • Works to build a strong pipeline of Hourly and Managerial talent from within

  • Salary Expectations:
    $185,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to Arizona, California, or Texas

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    Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He presents himself as a consummate professional and is very adept at building strong business relationships and trust with his Managers." - Former Employer

    "He is a strong motivator, providing strategic guidance to his Teams and setting clear objectives and goals so that each one of his direct reports knows his expectations." - Former Employer

    "He is a great listener and takes the time to seek to understand the underlying issues of a problem before he jumps in and offers his opinion." - Former Employer

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    <![CDATA[Strong General Manager/ District Manager]]> This candidate has a long tenure with a famous casual theme, starting as a General Manager for the brand in 1995. During his tenure, he led the Manager training store and personally developed at least 15 GMs, as well as FOH, BOH and Regional Managers. He was also heavily involved in new store openings. He gained promotion to District Manager, where he oversaw 5 locations in the Iowa market for around 7 years. He took a step back to take over a location in the Des Moines area and stayed in the GM role for 5 years.

    He is a people person and takes great pride in delivering first class service to his guests. He is a thorough and attentive trainer and thrives on watching his team flourish and gain promotion, with his guidance. He is very strong with his financials, has an in-depth knowledge of labor laws, hygiene codes and responsible alcohol service. He has also earned GM of the Year and Operations Excellence Awards.

    His team says he’s a very hard worker and he leads them with clear and concise direction. 

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