About Us


We’re “People” people.

At Bristol Associates, we believe that people are still at the core of our business. We focus on building lasting, real relationships with client companies and candidates. That’s how Bristol Associates has placed exceptional talent with leading companies for 50 years.

Our History

Bristol Associates was founded by Jim and Sandie Bright in 1967 (pictured right). In 1982, Lucy Farber and Jim Bright became the owners. Now, President Ben Farber represents Bristol Associates’ third generation of family ownership.

Our Team

Ben Farber

Casino Gaming and Hospital & Healthcare
Ben Farber joined Bristol Associates in 2003 with his focus in the Casino Gaming Division. As one of the top executive recruiters in the casino industry, he has filled hundreds of executive-level positions across the country.


Kelly Nelson

Senior Vice President
Hospitality and Travel
Kelly Nelson joined Bristol Associates in 1995 with initial responsibility for our long standing Hotel Industry Practice. Kelly was instrumental in the development of additional lines of business including Travel, Facilities and Concessions.


David Alford

Food & Beverage Manufacturing and Restaurant
David is a new addition to the Bristol team. He has been in the staffing industry for 17 years and has placed people at companies throughout the US and Canada across a broad spectrum of industries and skill-sets.


Nicole Santos

Associate Account Executive

Nicole joined Bristol Associates in 2015 to provide administrative and recruitment assistance to our office in the Healthcare Division. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Sociology she has since gained an understanding and appreciation of the recruitment field.


Erika Castro

Marketing Associate

Erika recently joined Bristol Associates in an effort to strengthen her administrative and marketing experience in a positive work environment. Erika graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology.