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Hospitality Executive Search in Finance

Bristol Associates’ Hospitality division recruits for senior and executive management finance positions in the hotel industry. Our practice is led by Senior Vice President Kelly Nelson.

Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of hospitality industry clients including:

  • Interstate Hotels
  • Benchmark Hospitality
  • Sage Hospitality
  • Pyramid
  • Remington
  • Walt Disney Resorts
  • American Express
  • Royal Carribean
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Travel Impressions
  • Tauck Tours
  • Carnival Cruises

Examples of Completed Searches

Our Hospitality Division placed successful candidates in a variety of key finance positions. Our placements include positions such as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Vice President Finance, Vice President Accounting, Controller, Director of Internal Audit, Accounting Manager, and Tax Manager.

Below is a sampling of completed searches.

Vice President – Chief Financial Officer

Our client is a hotel management company with over 35 hotels located in the Northeastern United States.  They were looking for a seasoned CFO to reorganize their financial team to create a culture of enhanced financial responsibility and control.  The position is charged with responsibility for the company’s banking relationships.  The position oversees a Corporate Controller, Internal Auditor, and a Corporate Tax Manager.  Other administrative oversight responsibilities include human resources, purchasing, and MIS.

Corporate Controller

Our client is a hotel corporation that owns and manages full service hotels and resorts.  The company is located in Florida.  They operate a decentralized accounting system with each property maintaining a Director of Finance and staff.  The position description called for an individual who could supervise the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual operating statements on both a property specific basis as well as via consolidated reporting.  The Controller insures compliance with GAAP, Federal and State Regulations, and company specific practices and policies.

Corporate Director of Internal Audit

Our client is a diversified hospitality company operating hotel, conference centers and restaurants. The company headquarters are in Colorado. They were looking for an experience Internal Auditor responsible for ensuring that monetarily, the company is running efficiently, public records related to finances are kept accurately, and taxes are paid properly and on time. The audit director checks for mismanagement, waste or fraud and prepares reports identifying areas of potential internal exposure and areas for improved operational efficiency.


Qualities of a Great Finance Executive

With over 50 years of experience placing hotel executives, we know what makes a great leader. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Proven track record in being a strategic business partner to the CEO and Executive Team with the capability of long term strategic planning
  • The ability to provide financial planning, budget management, capital expenditures, and cost controls
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal and State financial regulations and reporting requirements
  • Ability to be an organized and analytical leader with impeccable honesty and integrity
  • Demonstrated track record of knowledge of technology including point of sale and accounting systems
  • Proven education backgroudn in finance, accounting, and business administration with a strong preference for CPA

Division Leader

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.

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