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Franchise Partner, Joan Koelbel, celebrates 20th Anniversary

Franchise Partner, Joan Koelbel, celebrates 20th Anniversary

Anniversary celebrations are often about the people who make such milestone accomplishments possible. Joan Koelbel’s long-time commitment and dedication to Gecko Hospitality as a franchise partner is a key reason why the company is celebrating 20 years in the hospitality industry.

Koelbel was Gecko Hospitality’s first franchise partner, joining founder and president Robert Krzak in providing staffing and recruiting solutions. The staffing of the management teams for restaurants and hotels includes existing operations, turn-around situations, and new store openings.

Koelbel currently owns and operates successful restaurant recruiting offices in three states, including the North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington DC markets. Joan is a member of the President’s Club and consistently a top producer year after year. A veteran of the restaurant industry, Joan not only managed restaurants, but she worked in food sales and distribution. Her award-winning energy in these roles, lead her to desire the freedom of becoming her own boss, where she could help others find the same successes she found. Her prior work with the Board of Directors of the National Association of Personnel Services was instrumental in her career. She has been a great support in continuing education and active member of N.A.P.S. for years, supporting and advocating for the Credentialing, Bylaws and Ethics, and Membership committees, and is exceptionally engaged in the annual conferences. She is a member of many hospitality organizations and is involved in her community.

“I love helping candidates find more rewarding and lucrative jobs, and my clients are partners in the success of the franchise,” Koelbel said. “Even with a franchise and the lowered risk of having an established business model, some of the challenges are the recruiting field itself. We work with human capital, and the twists and turns will keep your attention!”

Added Krzak: “We congratulate and thank Joan as a valued franchise owner as we celebrate her 20th Anniversary with Gecko Hospitality. It’s unusual in today’s work environment for employees to stay so long with one company, and this is a significant accomplishment. At Gecko Hospitality, we pride ourselves on our client-centered approach to doing business. Joan shares this focus, along with expertise in her markets – and we wish her continued success.”

About Gecko Hospitality

Based in Fort Myers, FL, Gecko Hospitality is the largest hospitality recruiter in the U.S. Gecko Hospitality’s national network of recruiters and franchise partners connects top-tier talent to companies within the hospitality and restaurant industries. Their rigorous seven-step interview and placement process ensures only the best candidates who fit the requirements and the culture are presented to clients, leading to extraordinary results. Gecko Hospitality: Connecting people and changing lives, one career at a time. ® Visit geckohospitality.com to see how Gecko does recruiting as you’ve never experienced before.

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