Hotel and Resort Recruiting and Executive Search

Your Hotel and Resort Recruitment Specialists

We are Bristol Associates, a boutique executive search firm, founded in 1967. A founding pillar of our company’s long-standing Hospitality division is the Hotel and Resort recruitment team. Our experienced hospitality recruiters use comprehensive industry knowledge, an extensive network, and an ever-expanding database to place exceptional talent with industry-leading companies and have successfully completed hundreds of assignments since the 1980s. Our contacts and connections throughout the industry are vast, and we value and foster those relationships with great care. Bristol is regarded as one of the top hospitality executive search practices in the country and has an excellent track record working with a wide range of clients nationally and internationally.

We have conducted executive searches for a broad spectrum of hotels and resorts of all sizes. These include boutique and lifestyle properties, deluxe full-service hotels, domestic and international hotels, destination resorts, domestic and international resorts, lodging and camping facilities, private country and city clubs, spas and athletic clubs, and operators of select service hotels. Over our agency’s 55-plus years of history, our hospitality team has had experience recruiting executives across all functions and verticals.

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.

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 Hotel and Resort Companies That Already Recruit with Bristol Associates

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

“I enjoyed working with Bristol Associates on a tough to fill Executive position. They were professional, in tune with our industry and offered a few marketing suggestions that quickly produced a nice short list. Ultimately, Bristol helped us secure our top candidate who fits right in with our culture and has elevated the leadership team at our property.”

Shelley Ferguson

Director of Human Resources, Marriott - Kansas City Downtown

“The expertise, recommendations, and personal touch have been invaluable to our success in building a strong management team. If you have the opportunity to work with Bristol Associates, their dedication and high quality results will speak for themselves.”

Andrew Helmer

Vice President of Human Resources, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts

“The Hotel Group retained Bristol Associates to conduct a confidential search at our firm. The search was professionally conducted and successfully concluded. We would not hesitate to use Bristol’s services for our future search needs.”

Doug Dreher

President, The Hotel Group

“Bristol Associates has a great national reputation and our personnel has had previous experience working with them in both Casino Gaming and Hospitality capacities. The team displayed professionalism and support for onboarding candidates, providing negotiation assistance, and fulfilling timely placements. We appreciate Bristol being open-minded to operational needs as we’ve worked to reconfigure and rework our company.”

Merrick Dresnin

Corporate Director of Human Resources, Cote Family Destinations

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 Hotel and Resort Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Chief Financial Officer

We placed the Chief Financial Officer for a luxurious wellness and lifestyle destination resort located on a famous beach in the South. This renovated 580-unit Condo Hotel was named the #1 resort in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler. The resort features a 65,000 sq ft luxury spa with 25 treatment rooms, four swimming pools, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The hotel also has four dining venues and several bars. The CFO is responsible for managing all aspects of accounting, reporting, operational analysis, and internal control for the property. Our placed candidate establishes strategic plans and provides leadership and support to the management team.

Senior Vice President of Operations

One of Hawaii’s leading hotel and resort management companies was our client for the Senior Vice President of Operations search. The company is a subsidiary of a NYSE listed corporation with significant holdings in the hospitality industry, and they manage over 50 hotels, resorts, and condominiums in Hawaii. They are committed to creating hand-crafted experiences and leaving lasting impressions over their five proprietary brands designed to suit any lifestyle, taste, or budget. The Senior Vice President of Operations is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and managing enterprise-wide property operations for all brands. Our placed candidate establishes and monitors fiscal and operating goals for the company, including the development and maintenance of brand standards, operating budgets, and standard operating procedures, and also manages guest and owner satisfaction.

Corporate Director of Food and Beverage

Our firm was selected by a leading international hotel company to conduct their search for the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage. Our client operates and franchises highly themed hotel and casino properties in some of the world’s most desirable locations. The Corporate Director of Food and Beverage is responsible for providing support, leadership, and oversight of the food and beverage strategies and activities for the organization’s global hotels and casinos, both managed and franchised. Our placed candidate is a business partner to the corporate and property teams and helps achieve food and beverage goals by proactively researching markets, trends, and the development of key programs and concepts.

Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing

Our client is a Midwest based hotel corporation that owns and operates destination resorts and recreation facilities. They have a portfolio of leading resorts located in two states. The company is privately held, well financed, and a long-term profitable enterprise. The Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing manages all brands, distribution channels, and deployment of sales for the organization. Our placed candidate is responsible for overall attainment of company revenue and oversees leisure/transient sales, business travel, catering/conference, and group sales. Our candidate also oversees digital marketing, advertising, social media, and public relations.

We Can Fill Your Roles Across the Hotel and Resort Industry

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Chief People Officer (CPO)
  • Director of Bars and Restaurants
  • Director of Engineering
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Food and Beverage
  • Director of Housekeeping
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Marketing
  • Franchised Director of Human Resources
  • Franchised General Manager
  • General Manager (GM)
  • Regional Director of Sales
  • Senior Director of Hospitality
  • Vice President of Business Development
  • Vice President of Revenue Management

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