Chicago Area Recruiting and Executive Search

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  • Your Chicago Area Recruitment Specialists

    Chicago, the “Windy City,” overlooks the shores of Lake Michigan and is famed for its architecture and museums. It is the third most populous city in the United States and boasts a wide variety of dining, lodging, and attraction options – there are plenty of restaurants, hotels, and casinos scattered along the iconic skyline. The major airport, O’Hare, is consistently ranked as one of the busiest airport hubs in the U.S. Chicago also has a significant food and beverage presence, especially when it comes to production and manufacturing businesses.

    Chicago Executive Search

    • Bristol Associates was founded in 1967 – we have been in the recruiting business for over 55 years helping companies find exceptional candidates
    • Given our firm’s industry focuses and vast database of talent, we have in-depth knowledge of compensation ranges from C-suite executives to mid-level management employees
    • We regularly advise clients as to current job market conditions in Chicago and consult on matters of compensation including base salaries, bonus programs, commission structures, incentives, benefits, and long-term compensation
    • For a fair rate, we will provide customized compensation information, à la carte to our main retained executive search services of sourcing, screening, and submitting qualified candidates
    • Pillars of our boutique executive search firm, the Hospitality and Food and Beverage recruitment divisions are regarded as #1 for headhunter services for hotel, travel, tourism, attraction, facility, casino and gaming, and F&B search demands, especially in Chicago

    Join The Many Chicago Area Companies That Already Recruit With Bristol Associates

    Our Satisfied Clients Love To Share Their Experiences Working With Bristol Associates

    “Bristol Associates has identified a number of outstanding candidates for us over the 15 years we have worked together. I have found them to be very professional and very accommodating to our needs and timelines. We consider them our ‘go to’ executive recruiting firm for top quality candidates.”

    Edward Stevenson

    President/CEO, SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino)

    “We hired Bristol Associates to help us fill a Director of Sales and HR Manager position. Long term successful talent acquisition requires a strong match for both the team hiring and a candidate’s motivations. Bristol Associates did a great job accurately sharing our employee value proposition and was committed to finding a great match for all involved. I’ve worked with several staffing agencies over the years, some of which have lost interest in hard to fill roles. Bristol’s team stayed committed to the search regardless of the difficulty and advised appropriately to what their team saw in the market so our hiring team could adjust expectations. Bristol brings strong market knowledge, collaboration, and dedication to the hiring process.”

    Chintan Shah

    Chief Operations Officer, Jeneil Biotech, Inc.

    “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

    “We have retained Bristol Associates for multiple executive searches for nearly a decade. They are professional, responsive and proactive in generating candidates that meet our specifications. We have also been impressed with their ability to generate quality candidates across multiple disciplines, such as retail, food and beverage, hospitality and sales.”

    Craig Freeman

    Sr. Vice President, Administration, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

    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 Searches Around Chicago Keep Our Clients Coming Back

    General Manager

    We were retained by a new Tribal casino property with plans for major expansion to conduct this search. The General Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administrative functions of the property, with a focus to increase overall revenue. Our placed candidate is a personable team player that provides hands-on engagement to improve overall guest satisfaction and the training and development program.

    Senior Vice President of Human Resources

    Our client is a hotel management company with over 1,200 employees, based in the Midwest. The company’s objective was to significantly upgrade their approach to human capital management. The Senior Vice President of Human Resources is responsible for ensuring the company’s culture is reflective of the company’s mission statement and values. Our placed candidate oversees organizational development, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, safety programs, associate relations, and training.

    Corporate Director of Finance

    Our client is a Midwest based hotel corporation that owns and operates destination resorts and recreation facilities in three states. The company is privately held, well financed, and a long-term profitable enterprise. The Corporate Director of Finance manages all aspects of accounting, reporting, operational analysis, and internal control for the portfolio. They also help establish strategic plans and provide leadership and support to the management team. Our placed candidate demonstrates a personal philosophy of life and work ethic compatible with the principles and image of the enterprise.

    Corporate Director of Information Technology (IT)

    A Midwest based corporation that owns and operates recreational facilities and destination resorts was our client for this successful Corporate Director of Information Technology search. The company is privately held, well financed, and a long-term profitable enterprise. The corporate position is responsible for providing technology planning, strategy, and vision for the entire organization. Our placed candidate maintains and enforces company-wide security and compliance policies.

    Corporate Director of Arcade Strategy and Operations

    We were retained by a leading family-oriented resort operator to complete their Corporate search. Our client is North America’s Premier Family Entertainment Brand, and their success and accolades have made them the indoor water park hotel industry leader. They operate a portfolio of 17 resorts focused on families with young children. Each resort features a lodge with 300-650 family suites, an indoor water park, F&B, and additional amenities. Additionally, each lodge has a major arcade operation with branded, interactive games and experiences. The Corporate Director of Arcade Strategy and Operations manages the performance of the arcades across all lodges to ensure the goals, strategic initiatives, service standards, and policies meet or exceed expectations. Our placed candidate provides cross-functional leadership that serves to shape and inspire teams to deliver a forward-thinking arcade experience.

    Senior Convention Services Manager

    We placed a Senior Convention Services Manager for a growing Hotel and Casino destination that features a lively theater, over 32,000 sq ft of event space, award-winning restaurants, full-service catering, and a luxury hotel. Our placed candidate was given the responsibility of overseeing convention and banquet events at the property while leading the Banquet, Catering, and Convention team. They are also responsible for planning, coordinating, and effectively executing special events, conferences, and special projects.

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