<![CDATA[Gecko Hospitality: talent_showcase]]> https://TALENT.GECKOHOSPITALITY.COM/ en-us <![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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<![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[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[General Manager - Boutique and Upscale Hotels]]> Dedicated Hotel General Manager with more than 20 years experience, 8 years executive level providing to hotel teams guidelines and leadership to achieve the company s financial results and guest satisfaction scores. Has European experience at French properties and American experience (brand hotels an independent hotels) Multi-property management (850+ rooms), Opening experience, Hotel renovations. Over the past 6 years, this GM has achieved profitability for hotel owners of exceeding 45 million in revenue. This GM devised and implemented operational procedures to increase F&B and other revenues of 2M. Achievement of the annual budget in revenues and hotel cost to 45% profitability year over year and maintained year over year a staff turnover of 30%.

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<![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[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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<![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[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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<![CDATA[Director of Catering and Convention Services]]> As a hospitality professional with a passion for excellence, I have experience in all aspects of Sales, Catering, and Events. This experience includes, Social Catering, Executive Meetings Manager, Convention Services, and Director of Catering and Events. I work best in a high pressure, fast-paced work environment, with strengths that include proactive selling and team member development.

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  • Created the best catering revenue year in 13 years at Embassy Suites DC Convention Center.
  • Created new wedding and event packages at Hilton DC National Mall, which resulted in the immediate booking of 6 weddings within one week.
  • Created the 2020 Catering budget at Hilton DC National Mall, for a newly opened hotel with no history.
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<![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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<![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[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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<![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 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[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[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[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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<![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[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[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[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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<![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[Director of Operations / General Manager]]> Experienced in running a multitude of food service styles including catering and banquet operations, quick-service and full-service restaurants, bars, entertainment complexes and multi-unit, high-volume locations.

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

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

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

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

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

Bilingual Fluent in Spanish including verbal, electronic and written communications

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

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

 

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


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

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<![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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