Facility and Concession Recruiting and Executive Search

Your Facility and Concession Recruitment Specialists

We are Bristol Associates, a boutique executive search firm, founded in 1967. A significant pillar of our company’s long-standing Hospitality division is the Facility and Concession recruitment team. Our experienced hospitality recruiters have successfully completed hundreds of assignments using our comprehensive industry knowledge, extensive network, and ever-expanding database. Bristol has an excellent track record and is regarded as one of the top hospitality executive search practices in the country, working with a wide range of industry clients nationally and internationally.

In our agency’s 55-plus years of history, we have conducted executive searches across all functions and verticals for spaces such as assembly halls, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, museums, performing arts centers, entertainment venues, retail merchandise concessions, and stadiums. Our client base also includes food service companies who provide culinary options at airports and travel plazas, corporate dining suites, governmental organizations, schools, and universities.

The retained search service Bristol offers includes sourcing, screening, submitting qualified candidates, scheduling interviews, and negotiating employment and compensation packages of selected finalists.  Each search is unique, and we provide personalized service to gain an in-depth understanding of our clients at the start of our relationship. Our strategy is mindfully tailored based on each client’s needs and culture. We strive to find the best fit for our client companies as well as our candidates. The connections we form with both our clients and candidates are valued, and we maintain these relationships with great care.

Given our firm’s industry focus and vast database of talent, we have in-depth knowledge of compensation ranges from C-suite executives to mid-level management. We regularly advise clients on current job market conditions and consult on matters of compensation including base salaries, bonus programs, commission structures, incentives, benefits, and long-term compensation. We can provide customized compensation information (wage studies) à la carte to our main retained executive search services. The salary data we provide is always anonymous, in that it is tied to job titles and not executives’ names.

Join the Many Facility and Concession Companies That Already Recruit with Bristol Associates

Our Satisfied Clients Love to Share Their Experiences Working with Bristol Associates

“Bristol Associates has been a pleasure to work with on several Executive Searches. Our consultant has been the ultimate professional with a strong sense of industry needs and trends. Not to mention finding my personal perfect fit at Team San Jose. I would highly recommend Bristol for your recruiting needs.”

Ewell Sterner

General Manager of Convention Center Operations, Team San Jose

“I’ve collaborated with Bristol Associates for many years now, and I continue to be impressed by their vast network of talented hospitality industry professionals. Bristol is a valuable resource that I covet and respect.”

Jay Kudla

Vice President of Human Resources, Ryan Sanders Sports Services

“Communicative, intuitive, considerate, precise and responsive. These are the first words that come to my mind on my interactions with Bristol. Over the years, the Bristol team has worked with me on several opportunities and have been honest in their approach with integrity always at the top of their mind. If you are seeking an opportunity and Bristol calls you, take it seriously.”

Jay Francis

General Manager of Convention Center Operations, Confidential Facilities Organization

Why Work with Bristol Associates?

Over 55 Years in Business

We have specialized in executive search since 1967, and are now in our 3rd generation of family ownership.


We have unrivaled industry knowledge in the areas in which we focus.

Individualized Service

We provide consultative, individualized service to our client companies. We pride ourselves in conducting our processes confidentially when necessary.

Network of Candidates

With over 1M+ relevant candidates in our private database, and growing every day, we have a strong network of senior-level talent across the board.


Our recruiters value a communicative relationship with our select client companies and candidates, providing updates throughout the search.


Our exceptional lead recruiters each have at least 15 years’ of experience in executive search.

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Our Successful Facility and Concession Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Chief Operating Officer

Our client, located in the Eastern United States, operates convention centers and assembly halls. They were looking for a top industry talent to fill the Chief Operating Officer position. Our placed candidate reports to the CEO and is responsible for operation-related activities for all of the facilities.


We were retained by a North American subsidiary of a large multi-national concession services company with multiple locations, including airports, ballparks, stadiums, and arenas, to fill their President role. Our placed candidate is responsible for overseeing all aspects of their airport division. The position develops and administers policies, procedures, and programs for the department and controls all activities of the business.

Vice President of Concession Services and Merchandise

We completed the search for the Vice President of Concession Services and Merchandise for a significant new force in the concession services and catering industry. Our client is a rapidly growing operator of two premier facilities that provide expertise and carefully honed customer service in multiple categories including food and beverage, merchandise, facilities management, design and consulting, hospitality, and live entertainment. The Vice President of Concession Services and Merchandise is responsible for overseeing the retail operations of the organization. Our placed candidate develops, implements, and oversees strategies related to concession services and merchandising.


We completed the Controller search for one of the Nation’s largest privately held service corporations and the industry leader in the operations of lodging, restaurant, and retail concessions. The company is one of the fastest growing providers of recreational visitor services in America, with an impressive list of well-known clients. The Controller is responsible for all aspects of accounting and finance for the corporation’s Parks & Resorts. Our placed candidate had 15 years of financial leadership experience at the time of hire.

We Can Fill Your Roles Across the Facility and Concession Industry

  • Chief Facilities Officer
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Director of Advertising
  • Director of Facilities
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Membership Sales and Service
  • Director of Special Events
  • Director of Surveillance
  • Director of Ticket Operations
  • Food and Beverage Concessions Director
  • President
  • Regional Marketing Director
  • Vice President
  • Vice President of Development
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Programs and Events
  • Vice President of Surveillance

We Recruit for Facility and Concession Positions Nationwide Including the Following Major Markets

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