Tom Bull is the recruiter and placement specialist for Gecko Hospitality in District of Columbia and Virginia. His ability to understand the operations side and determine the sense of urgency for the staffing of the restaurants is what makes him a natural. He is passionate about identifying the unique skills each candidate possesses. Tom is a tremendous coach of people.
Graduating from the Greenwich University Business College in London, England in 1983. During college and immediately after graduation he worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for what was then one of the largest hospitality companies in Europe, Grand Metropolitan.
In 1987 following his dreams and with "opportunity as his fuel" he moved to the USA and began working as a manager for an independent operator of a restaurant bar/club. He did very well and was recruited to Gilbert Robinson (Houlihan's), where he worked for more than 5 years at several locations throughout the East. In 1992, he landed in Long Island, NY as the GM of one of their busiest and most profitable locations!
Looking for a challenge he decided to help a start up group based out of Philadelphia with multiple independent units throughout Tennessee, NJ, Upstate NY, and NC. He enjoyed the test of using his corporate experience to help establish an independent chain of restaurants.
As an Area Director with Battleground Restaurant Group (Tripps Restaurants, NC) for 6 years Tom worked with a group of people who became lifelong friends. He enjoyed the challenge of finding the right managers to staff this unique concept across a multi-state area.
Continuing his career he joined a well known 'big brand' Applebee's. Working with this Franchise, the Apple Gold Group, as a multi-unit Director he became a stable force for the Charlotte market. Dedicating over nine years to this franchise in the NC market and enjoyed every minute!
Tom's blend of independent / chain / hotel / restaurant / experience will be a winning edge for any client and over 30 years of recruiting top talent is no secret! For several years, he has worked closely with Gecko on the client side of the relationship. Through this experience Tom gained valuable insight into the importance of timely, open and honest communication shared between a client and recruiting firm. He has also seen how a professional recruiter can bring a top notch manager to an organization that just can't be found through advertisements. He is thrilled and excited to help great candidates find great careers. Give him a call!
Tom and his wife, Valerie, have a two children. Tom enjoys family life, has a passion for cooking, is active in his local church and is a car enthusiast with the BMW car club of America.
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