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Travel and Tourism Executive Search in Finance

Bristol Associates’ Hospitality division recruits for senior and executive management finance positions in the travel and tourism 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 Travel and Tourism 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 well established tour operator located in the Northeastern United States. They were looking for a seasoned CFO to reorganize their financial team, in order to create a culture of enhanced financial responsibility and control. The position was charged with the responsibility for the company’s banking relationships. The position oversaw the Corporate Controller, Internal Auditor, and a Corporate Tax Manager. Other administrative oversight responsibilities included human resources, purchasing, and MIS.

Corporate Controller

Our client is a corporate travel management firm, located in Florida. 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 would also insure compliance with GAAP, Federal and State Regulations, and company specific practices and policies.

Corporate Director of Internal Audit

Our client is a leisure travel agency chain. The company headquarters are in Minnesota. They were looking for an experience Internal Auditor. The successful candidate would be 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 travel and tourism executives, we know what makes a great leader. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Ability to be a strategic business partner to the CEO and Executive Team capable of long term strategic planning
  • The ability to provide financial planning budget managemetn, capital expenditures, and cost controls
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal and State financial regulations and reporting requirements
  • The ability to be an organized and analytical leader with impeccable honesty and integrity
  • Current knowledge of technology including point of sale and accounting systems
  • Education background 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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