Mike Gates

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"The Greatest Pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
Mike Gates
Illinois, Illinois - Northern, Illinois - Southern, Illinois-(Central)
Tel: 312-533-7443

Like many in the hospitality business, Mike started in restaurants as a young adult, working as a busser, server and prep cook. He graduated from Colorado State University with a business degree and moved to Aspen to start focusing on his hospitality career. While working in the fast paced resort restaurants, he eventually became Executive Chef of Guidos Restaurant for the next seven years. Mike then went on to pursue catering and the private chef industry.

He joined Gecko Hospitality in 2015, and works with Gecko Partner Bob Gates, recruiting for the state of Illinois.

Mike enjoys developing relationships with candidates and is intuitive and passionate about finding people with talent, integrity and energy, also working with clients to find the best match.

Besides enjoying the beautiful mountains of Colorado, Mike is an avid traveler and enjoys seeing what the world has to offer.

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As an experienced hotel developer, operator and owner, I recently took over a property in a new city and needed to staff it with a high quality, sales oriented General Manager on very short notice.  This was not an easy request.   However, having previously worked with her in a major market hotel management position, I contacted Dossandra Lazar at Gecko Hospitality to handle the search for me.  Based on the criteria for the position, Dossandra was able to present several talented candidates for me to select from.  Gecko assisted in the entire hiring process from pre-screening, background checks and references.  With the high caliber of candidates she presented to me, I was able to hire an outstanding General Manager for our new property.  I will most certainly use and wholeheartedly recommend Dossandra Lazar and Gecko for any future hospitality recruitment needs.

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