Operations Specialists for Hotel and Resort

Founded in 1967, we are a boutique firm with over 55 years of executive search experience. The retained recruitment service Bristol offers includes sourcing, screening, submitting qualified candidates, scheduling interviews, and negotiating employment and compensation packages of selected finalists.

Bristol Associates’ Hotel and Resort practice recruits within the Operations segment of the industry. Our hospitality recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key operations functions. We specialize in senior, executive, and management positions.

Simply put, placing top executives is what we do, and we know what makes a great leader. Below are just some of the qualities and skill sets in this discipline that we look for:

  • Experience and expertise in specific operational disciplines
  • Meets or exceeds targets through planning and time management
  • Develops strategies that enhance revenue and control expense
  • Works with business partners to identify, develop, and implement solutions for improved performance
  • Maintains positive relationships with all stakeholders, including owners, investors, managers, and employees
  • Has tremendous attention to detail
  • Creative imagination, vision, and innovation

Are you looking to hire exceptional talent with the skills listed above? Submit an employer inquiry and one of our consultants will be in touch with you soon!

Do these qualities describe you? Submit your resume today to be considered for our current openings.

Join the Many Hotel and Resort Companies That Have Filled Their Roles 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 Operations Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Vice President of Hotel Operations, North America

A world-renowned company selected us to find a key operating executive. Our client operates and franchises highly themed hotel properties in some of the world’s most desirable locations. They are building a portfolio in North America that will soon include 20 locations. The hotels are rooted in a rock ‘n’ roll spirit, and each hotel embraces the unique culture and character of its location. The Vice President of Hotel Operations, North America is responsible for strategic oversight and continued growth of the company-owned and franchised hotel business within the continent. Our placed candidate works closely with the hotel partners to ensure that all operational and brand standards are being met while executing the development and growth strategy of the organization.

General Manager

We were retained by a hotel and resort corporation that owns and operates a portfolio of leading resorts located in two states. The resort property for this GM position features a newly constructed boutique hotel, impressive room accommodations on breath-taking grounds, a variety of dining options, an expanding spa facility, and award-winning golf courses. The General Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the resort to maximize revenue and reach company goals. Our placed candidate leads the department heads in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Resort Manager

We were chosen by a Midwest based owner operator to fill their Resort Manager role at their Four Diamond flagship resort. The high standard of service and dedicated staff have made this property a highly awarded and leading destination resort, which stretches over 750 acres with 2,500 feet of sand beach, a golf course, food and beverage outlets, a spa, and venue amenities. Additionally, the resort provides year-round activities and experiences for all ages. The Resort Manager works with the Managing Director in efforts to maximize revenue and ensure business effectiveness and efficiencies and is responsible for delivering results contributing to the mission and overall success of the Resort. Our placed candidate ensures and supports all departments in terms of coverage, scheduling, and service, and sets goals to promote and improve service of all departments. The organization also plans to transition our placed candidate into a future Managing Director role within the organization.

We Can Fill Your Operations Roles in the Hotel and Resort Industry

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Corporate Director of Operations
  • Corporate Vice President
  • Director of Hotel Operations
  • Director of Housekeeping
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of People Operations
  • Executive Director
  • Executive Vice President
  • General Manager (GM)
  • Managing Director
  • President
  • Room Division Manager
  • Senior Director of Hospitality
  • Senior Vice President
  • Vice President
  • Vice President of Operations