<![CDATA[Gecko Hospitality: talent_showcase]]> https://TALENT.GECKOHOSPITALITY.COM/ en-us <![CDATA[Restaurant General Manager - High Volume Casual Dining]]>
  • Full Service GM experience at establishments doing 2-3 million per year in sales
  • As a Director of Ops, took a group of restaurants that were losing 280k per year and within a year made them profitable units
  • Hands-on teacher who emphasizes the importance of smart ordering & accurate inventory and improving their knowledge of restaurant financials
  • Expert with building local rapport with businesses in the community

  • Salary Expectations:

    Open to Relocation: Yes, to Arizona

    Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He has become an outstanding operator. He is a confident leader with the respect of his team" - Former Supervisor

    "In an ever-changing environment, he showed an ability to stay flexible and incorporate ever changing company goals and standards. His leadership was never in question as well as his positive impact on his Team, the guests, and the Brand." - Former Supervisor

    "He is a very spirited leader who has a keen eye and good insight to the needs of his team and guests." - Former Direct Report

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    <![CDATA[Food and Beverage Manager]]> My credentials include: 20+ years of food and beverage experience including large resort hotel settings. An uncompromising emphasis on quality, efficiency, sanitation, waste reduction and cost savings. A track record of increasing sales by driving and improving high standards of excellence. Strong attention to detail focusing on the guest experience and guest perception. Respected leadership skills with advanced experience training and motivating a diverse staff to work together as a team. Expertise in menu planning and food/beverage/supplies ordering. As a leader in my career, I've maintained an excellent performance record and earned a reputation for dedication, teamwork, and a lead by example work ethic.
    Implemented a new and successful wine program through training, coaching, and setting standards of wine service.
    Created service training program resulting in improved guest experience reflected in 20% rise in guest survey scores
    I was part of a new restaurant opening Manager Training Team and a regional MIT Trainer

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    <![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[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[Restaurant District Manager - Director of Operations]]>
  • Nearly 10 years of multi-unit experience overseeing 8-15 locations
  • Outstanding Managerial retention rate; his turnover percentage was 25% in his market
  • Ability to connect with his Managerial teams quickly, helping them identify their strengths
  • At current employer, was able to make the franchise profitable within his first six months as DO
  • Salary Expectations: $90,000

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![CDATA[Restaurant General Manager - Growing Brand Experience]]>
  • Full Service GM experience at restaurants doing between $3-4 million per year in sales
  • Extensive new store opening experience in multiple markets across the country
  • A strong communicator who takes the time to meet with his team and break down everything going on within the four walls
  • Has turned around several underperforming locations as a GM

  • Salary Expectations:

    Open to Relocation: No

    Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He has a passion for hospitality, culture and taking care of people. He has a high energy and drive to succeed and improve every day. He's able to build relationships and be a leader for his team." - Former Supervisor

    "He has one of the strongest desires to be successful I’ve seen in a long time. He has an excellent work ethic and is passionate for what he does, and his team he works with." - Former Supervisor

    "A leader without an ego, there to serve and develop his team. If he was able to relocation, I'd quickly hire him again." - Former Supervisor

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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:

    Open to Relocation: No

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    <![CDATA[Director of Operations - Turnaround Specialist]]>
  • Extensive Multi-Unit experience with a couple years of 2nd level multi-unit background overseeing a dozen District Managers
  • Most recently overseeing 14 restaurants doing between $2-8 million each per year
  • Able to identify talent that may have been overlooked previously and help mold them into key contributors
  • Strong believer in upholding company standards and creating a vision for the company that every employee can relate to
  • Ability to build sales and bring money to the bottom line; with one of his employers, 30% of the entire company's profits came from his region alone

  • Salary Expectations:

    Open to Relocation: Yes

    Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He is an extremely hard worker willing do anything at anytime. He cares about team members and everyone knows it which makes people want to work hard for him. He's able handle just about every situation because of his experience. He has seen it all and can give an opinion on just about any subject. All in all, he's one of the most experienced and well-rounded restaurant individuals I've had the pleasure of working with." - Former Supervisor

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    <![CDATA[Restaurant General Manager - Developer of Talent]]>
  • Several years of GM experience at full service concepts doing between $4-5.5 million per year in sales
  • Strong training and development skills; was able to develop 3 salaried Managers from within his own ranks and trained several others in the market
  • Brought stability and structure to a location that had prior issues with keeping talented Managers and hourly employees
  • Part of opening Management team for a new concept in the state; helped build rapport in the community and drive sales

  • Salary Expectations:

    Open to Relocation: No

    Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He truly cares for his team and builds lasting relationships with his team. Representation of oneself is representation of the company itself; he always showed up to work well groomed and looking good as well as he was always on time." - Former Supervisor

    "He is able to easily deal with troubled guests that pose challenges in the restaurant and turn them into regulars. He’s one to set personal goals and work on achieving them. You would be lucky to have him." - Former Direct Report

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    <![CDATA[Star General Manager]]> I have been a manager and leader of people for over 30 years. In that time, I have learned a great deal about leading wonderful people. I have a BA in Business Administration and have been the General Manager of a couple of different concepts. As a servant leader, I believe that all people have value and abilities that can be nurtured and grown. I enjoy the relationships that I build with my employees, guests and vendors. I know my experience and ability to develop and maintain these relationships would make me ideal for your organization. I have supervised as many as 300 employees and been responsible for the service of as many as 2000 guests a day. I have extensive experience in planning, organization, budgeting, inventory, hiring, training and coaching of staff members. I am comfortable with resolving problems and facilitating communication. But most importantly my joy of life makes me open and receptive to new experiences.
    My greatest accomplishments are the training and development of others. I have been a training manager at every concept I've worked. The managers I've trained have gone on to run locations of their own and even become Multi-Unit Managers
    Every location I've worked has consistently operated in the top 10% of the company and been nominated Location of the Year multiple times.
    Ran a $10,000,000 a year location that was in the top 3 of guest satisfaction, employee happiness and financial success twice in a 4 year period.

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    <![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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    <![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:

    Open to Relocation: Yes

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    <![CDATA[Restaurant General Manager]]>
  • Extensive GM experience at full service concepts doing between $2-5 million per year
  • Turnaround specialist who has been able to leave a restaurant in better position to succeed than when she arrived
  • Is able to create a team environment and a culture that people want to be a part of
  • Strong ability to rebuild morale in her restaurants

  • Salary Expectations:

    Open to Relocation: Yes

    Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 EDT "She knows how to reach peers, subordinates and supervisors equally well with superior communication skills. She believes in accountability beginning with herself. She is truly a strong leader who does what she says she will do and always chooses does the right thing even when nobody is watching." - Former Supervisor

    "She consistently takes the time to develop those around her, giving those who are willing to learn the opportunity to grow with hands on training and consistent coaching. She consistently coaches and educates her front and back of house staff on ways they can impact costs (I.e. proper recipes, tool usage and prepping to a par during peak/slow times, etc.). She held all staff to high quality standards to uphold the integrity of our product through consistent line checks, recipe audits and sanitation best practices." - Former Supervisor

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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[Restaurant General Manager - District Manager]]>
  • Casual Dining GM experience with restaurants doing between $4-5 million annually
  • Quick Service & Fast Casual District Manager experience overseeing 10-15 stores doing between $1-4 million per location
  • Able to take younger Managers under his wing to develop them and sharpen their leadership skills
  • Spearheaded the expansion of a national concept in Colorado and helped their corporate team create state-specific food & labor costs to take into account higher minimum rages

  • Salary Expectations:

    Open to Relocation: No

    Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 EDT "He is excellent at team building, building a strong culture in his restaurant, and holding his team accountable. I would love to have him back on my team" - Former Supervisor

    "He is a great team leader who has contagious energy which spreads throughout the team." - Former Direct Report

    "He is a dedicated professional, that has the unique ability to get all of the people around him to buy into his vision and the vision of the company. He learns quickly and is able to pick up technological and financial changes very rapidly. People like him and enjoy working for him; each one of the locations he worked at for me, he developed a staff that was committed to him and did not want to see him go." - Former Supervisor

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