“We have always had a great working relationship and good success with the folks at Gecko as well as the candidates they have provided us over the years.”

Bamba Admin

Gecko Hospitality helped me fill a unique position in a fraction of the time it has previously taken. Chris used his extensive resources and knowledge of the hospitality industry to provide us with multiple, qualified applicants. Gecko saved me the time and frustration I usually encounter with the hiring process and filled the position within weeks.  I will definitely use them again.



Marla Neely | Vice President – Special Events, Foundation For The Carolinas

I had the pleasure of working with Chris Shatto and Gecko Hospitality and had a great experience from beginning to end. The process went smoothly and the communication was direct and thorough. This team found exactly what I was looking for and would highly recommend their services for myself and for my hotel.  Thank you Chris and Gecko Hospitality!

Schuyler Clark

Thanks for your dedication and response…I had a great experience with your company and I will recommend you to anyone in the search!

Aaron Engholm

It’s been great working with Gecko Hospitality.  They made sure to thoroughly educate themselves on our company culture before seeking out candidates for us, and since, their communication and follow-up has been impeccable from candidate introduction to selection process scheduling.  They’ve matched us with some great candidates that wouldn’t have discovered us through our own ads, and many are succeeding in their current roles.  We look forward to our continuing partnership with Gecko Hospitality.

Thomas Self

We would like to recommend Gecko Hospitality! We were opening our G58 fine dining restaurant and needed a resource to attract top management talent. We contacted Gecko Hospitality and they shared a tremendous amount of information. They gave us references on resources to help with formalizing the interview process and making valuable recommendations. We received quality candidates very quickly! We worked through the process of interviews and in a few weeks we identified our Senior Service Manager. We are very pleased with the professionalism of the Gecko Hospitality team.

Julia Li

We would like to recommend Gecko Hospitality as a excellent recruiting partner. We approached the Gecko office with the task of finding an Operating Partner to develop our new Poke Bar concept. We discussed the details with the Gecko recruiter. Their depth of knowledge in operations and the market helped in making valuable suggestions. We were very pleased that in a period of 4 weeks that we identified a candidate, extended an offer and secured the opening! We plan on calling Gecko Hospitality as we open more locations! Thank you!

Matt Calamari

I was fortunate to be connected with Megan and Chris in my latest search for a General Manager at The Inns at St. Albans. We are a family-owned Inn operation that was needing a professional approach and additional staff to help us get to the next level. We were referred by a world-renowned luxury resort to the team at Gecko Hospitality. From the start I felt comfortable in a process that was new to me. Chris and Megan took the time to travel to our site in Missouri and to spend a few days touring our properties and listening to our needs and vision.  Chris and Megan screened many applicants and pared down the field to 19 successful applicants. I would have never been able to attract that kind of talent on my own. Final round interviews were conducted with 9 candidates and again Chris joined every interview and counseled us after each appointment. I had never been through such an experience and as a small family-owned operator, I would not have known how to narrow the field. A site visit involving two days of meetings was set and again, I was relieved when Chris offered to attend and assist with the final interview. His guidance and opinion helped us make a great decision.  His follow-through continued with designing the offer and incentive compensation package.  We stay in touch still as he and Megan check in on the progress of our business often. I feel like I learned so much through the process and highly recommend the team to anyone hoping to grow their operations. 

Datra Herzog – Owner | The Inns at St. Albans

November 16, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

In early 2017 I introduced “Vault 634”, a new venture under my umbrella of companies that would transform a historic bank building in the heart of Allentown, Pennsylvania into the region’s premier wedding and event venue. We decided to harness the property’s irreplaceable gilded age architecture and invest another $4.5 million to equip the property with nothing short of the very best in modern-day conveniences. With such a substantial investment into the tangible building, we wanted to ensure we staffed the operation with the highest caliber people on the market and were quickly referred to Gecko Hospitality by numerous colleagues.

Working with Gecko Hospitality was a refreshing experience. Within a few short days of signing the contract, we were promptly receiving vetted quality candidates. Marty and his team were quick to make suggestions and provide reports which allowed us to focus on laying the groundwork for our up-and-coming venue. Each of the individuals we decided to interview ended up being better than the last, and after a very brief screening period, we were able to narrow down our selection to two candidates.

Gecko, once again, took charge to make our lives as easy as possible. Within a few short days, they had coordinated reference reports and set up our second round of interviews. Within a week and a half, we had an executed employment letter and our new Director of Operations on staff.

Gecko Hospitality was efficient and thorough. Given we had such a positive experience with Marty and his team we could not think of using another service to recruit in the future.

Zachary J. Jaindl – Chief Operations Officer, Vault 364

Great Experience, working with Marty Tarabar. He is a true professional.

Mitch Merrill – Sioux City Country Club

I wanted to thank you and your company for the tremendous guidance we received on our recent hiring of a Food and Beverage Manager for Westwood Golf Club. Karl Ludeke was outstanding in guiding us through the process and made my job very easy. He culled through the candidates only aligning us with the candidates he felt would be a good fit for our operation from a skills perspective. Then it was all about finding the right cultural fit.

I believe we have found the right person and it is in large thanks to Karl Ludeke and your organization.


Ricky Lyons – General Manager, Westwood Golf Club

Dear Gecko Hospitality,
I am writing to confirm our experience of working with Gecko Hospitality and team in the recent search and placement of an Executive Chef for Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement
Conununity, Inc. I obtained your contact information from a former Arbor Acres Board of Director member who is also a successful restaurant owner/operator in Winston Salem. We frankly were not making progress in our search until I spoke with you.
After discussing our position and compensation range, you provided me with several very strong candidates. As you recall, we decided to take our time and find the right candidate. I am happy to report that on Monday of this week, our new Executive Chef started his employment. He has been interacting with both residents and staff this week and he is exactly who we had hoped to recruit. I very much appreciate the way you approached our search and the frequent conversations we had. You took great effort to understand who we were looking for and what we were attempting to accomplish. We truly could not be more pleased with the way you managed the entire process.

Kenneth Boyles – Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community

We approached Gecko Hospitality more than a year ago with some very specific hiring needs. Joan and her staff listened to our requirements and has been able to send us some highly qualified candidates. I appreciate the thorough job of vetting the candidates to make sure we only see individuals that meet our hiring needs.  Everyone that I have dealt with at Gecko Hospitality has been professional and extremely helpful.  We are very satisfied with the relationship and job performance of Gecko Hospitality.

Drew T. – McAnderson’s Inc. dba McDonald’s

We enjoy using Gecko Hospitality’s recruiting services. As we grow and add more brands to our portfolio it is always good to reach out to Gecko Hospitality and gather viable management candidates. They do a great job providing us with talented management on an on-going basis but also helped when we opened our new casual fine restaurant “The Cellar.”

Rob Duckworth

I would like to take the time to send in some acknowledgement for Rob Wallace. I personally had the honor to work with Mr. Wallace while seeking out my next opportunity. Rob went above and beyond for me. Not the cliche “politically correct” above and beyond. But, truly Rob took his time to assist me. For that I will be forever grateful. As a token of my gratitude I wanted to take time to acknowledge Rob publicly. Rob was nothing short of outstanding, great personality, wonderful hospitality & very punctual.

Thank you Rob Wallace.

Ray Smith

We were searching for a kitchen manager candidate and the normal job sites weren’t doing the trick. We were spending hundreds of dollars a week and couldn’t find any candidates worthy of interviewing. That’s when we decided to reach out to Gecko Hospitality. Joan from Gecko immediately made us feel comfortable. She was knowledgeable about the industry and knew the right candidates to call. Gecko’s prescreening interview saved us a ton of time, too. Joan was able to find us the right candidate, very quickly and we made the hire. The process was stress-free. I am very confident we made the right decision. We will use Gecko Hospitality again and recommend them to anyone looking for staffing solutions.

Rodrigo Velazco

Pairing up with Gecko to fulfill our staffing has been extremely advantageous, not only for our management team but also for the high caliber candidates that we have been presented with. The professionalism in which they work combined with amazing responsiveness created a strong foundation and business partnership.

Aaron Campos

I wanted to follow up to let you know how much we appreciate you connecting us with our new hire. We understand this is your job but we can’t tell you what a fantastically perfect fit he is for our GM role. We have had a very difficult past 4-5 years with various GMs that were not the right fit and were honestly very detrimental to our business. I know we paid for your service, but I need to extend an extra-special thank you to you for helping us with this most important hire. We are excited and optimistic about our future and this is the single key contributor to that!

If we have future needs for other roles, we wouldn’t hesitate to reach out and will recommend you to anyone looking to fill a hospitality position.

Anne and Rick Becker

Throughout my long-tenured career, I have known many recruiting companies and numerous recruiters.

That said, I can honestly tell you that you preside over the best Hospitality Recruiting Company in the country.

Rest assured, whenever my current company or others in my network need talent, or when industry professionals are looking for a job, I will reach out to Gecko Hospitality.



Chris Abbey

I have had the absolute pleasure in working with Gecko Hospitality this past year, we work directly with Karen Kern on most of our open positions and she has been phenomenal! What I appreciate most about Karen is she takes time to listen to exactly what we are looking for in a candidate, from their experience and demeanor. I can always count on her to be in communication with me and answer any questions I have during the process.  Karen is a very knowledgeable about overall hotel operations and understands recruiting experienced people into these roles at our hotels.

Marty, Karen, and team have been a true asset to our recruitment process and we look forward to continuing to work with them for years to come.

Riley Kishkunas

Karen Kern is one of the best in her industry.  She is very thorough in candidate selection, follow’s up and follows through.  She takes her time and has always giving me the best of the best in candidates.  In fact, her candidates are still with the company today.  Her knowledge, understanding and experience are a true asset to her company and mine.  Her approach and overall demeanor is always very excited, open and precise.   I look forward to working with Karen for many years to come.

Shannan Barnes


You are a great “people picker” and talent developer! Tara is terrific and reps you well.

I am on to the next phase of interviews!

Tara’s ‘tude’ is contagious and she motivates me, but keeps me grounded.

Thank you!
Ron Pullen

Gecko Hospitality has been a huge asset to us in our hiring needs.  Our company has been experiencing a huge influx of growth, and Gecko Hospitality is always quick to provide new candidates, and are always there for us for anything we need.  The candidates they send are professional, qualified, and are exactly who we are looking for.  We look forward to our continued partnership with Gecko and to receiving more of their referred talents.

Tanya Scannelli

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gecko Hospitality on several job searches as well as a candidate.  Gecko  demonstrated the highest degree of integrity, kindness, skill, insight, and perseverance. The Gecko Team is friendly and professional keeps the interest of its clients at heart.  I highly recommend Gecko if you are looking for top quality talent or seeking career development.

Evelyn Scalora

I wanted to write a quick thank you for all of your hard work in presenting us with magnificent candidates. As you know, Gecko Hospitality is a new partner with Hard Rock but we are already seeing great results in the candidates you are providing us.
Your communication and screening of candidates to match our needs are working.
Keep up all of the great work.

Kim Creighton

Since 2014 I have had the pleasure of working with Gecko Hospitality. At the time our collaboration began, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop maintained 4 existing establishments in the Los Angeles and Orange County Markets. With expansive growth on the horizon, Greenleaf partnered with Gecko to recruit key candidates to build our restaurant leadership team. Over the years, Gecko has placed General Managers, Managers, and Chefs within the Greenleaf Organization, helping to support our growth to 9 locations. Each time we were presented with talented candidates who matched our specific criteria and needs. Gecko’s personalized services seek to know and understand your business to ensure that all candidates presented will be a true fit within the organization. Please accept this letter and my personal and professional endorsement of Gecko Hospitality and the services they provide.

Stephanie Siegal

I just wanted to say thanks to you and your staff for your strong level of commitment and your willingness to work with Bakers Square in resolving our management openings.
For the past three years you have provided our Company with management candidates who are experienced in the restaurant industry and who display a high level of professionalism.
My regional managers have commented on the quality of your management referrals and they have collectivity chosen Gecko as their agency of choice for identifying and hiring the best management candidates.
Again, thanks for your help and I look forward to many more years of working together.

Calvin Overton

Gecko Hospitality has worked with us at Yard House for 5 years. In that time we have used them in all of our markets. Gecko has shown great ability in understanding the type of candidate we look for and their candidates are always prepared for our process. They have also shown great flexibility and determination in finding “diamonds in the rough”. Its their performance on that level that gives us confidence in using Gecko wherever we may need Managers.

Adam Starbird

I want to thank you for all of your assistance this year with attracting high quality talent for our unique concept. I especially appreciate your recruiting efforts in tough markets. You are first on my list to call regarding new openings.
Gecko Hospitality is one of the very few agencies I work with to place managers at GameWorks. Your firm is a true asset.
You and your team have very high standards and integrity.
I look forward to working with you and your team in the future.

Mindy Robbins

Victoria is an excellent recruiter to hire when in need of restaurant managers. I recently asked Victoria for help in a very tough to hire region and she provided me with great candidates, one of whom we recently hired. What I appreciated most about working with Victoria was she took time to select candidates that met our requirements for the position we were looking to fill. She is also an excellent communicator and always kept me aware of the candidate’s she was submitting for consideration.
I highly recommend Victoria for any restaurant concept that is looking for additional recruiting support. She is trustworthy and very reliable and a pleasure to work with.

Kimberly Moore

Kevin Kalstad was prompt and professional. Our new General Manager is a perfect fit. We look forward to enlisting the help of Gecko Hospitality as we continue to grow. Cheers, Kevin!

Christian Ettinger

I would like to thank you and your staff for the hard work put forward in presenting qualified candidates to me in staffing Cracker Barrel Restaurants. Your recruiters’ diligence as well as follow-up to details are second to none. All of your recruiters are very cordial and I enjoy working with them. I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with yourself and Gecko Hospitality. Keep up the good work.

Tony Walker

I have worked with Gecko Hospitality for approximately 5 years and in that time they have displayed nothing less than professionalism, integrity and hard work. They have come through for us on multiple occasions in bringing solid candidates to fit our needs. Gecko Hospitality has done an excellent, consistent job over the years and their dedication, determination and follow-up are exemplary. We have had a great working relationship that I hope will continue for many, many years.

Christina Driggers

It has been a pleasure working with Larry Friedkin from Gecko Hospitality – it is obvious how deeply he cares about his profession and helping to link candidates to find their best possible next career. Larry has certainly done his research in understanding our company’s needs and interests, and presents timely candidates who often work out and end up being great additions to our bakery-cafes. He is quick to respond, be it setting up interviews, reviewing interview feedback and/or making sure each candidate is treated with respect, dignity, care and timeliness. Larry is conscientious, dedicated and interested to work with us to find the best possible candidates and managers. Our partnership continues to be enjoyable and a success.

Julie Epstein

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff at Gecko Hospitality for the wonderful service you provide to Bravo! Development, Inc. In today’s market, seeking the best hospitality candidates can be a complicated task. With the timely and precise help of Gecko, Bravo! Development has been able to fill several key positions with extraordinary candidates.
Thank you again for providing the exemplary service I have come to expect from your company. Bravo! Development looks forward to a continued partnership with Gecko Hospitality.

Lynn Ginsburg

It is with pleasure that I recommend the Gecko Hospitality organization. I wanted to say a special ‘thank you’ to Joan Koelbel who helped us with the recruiting efforts during a critical time of expansion process of our restaurants. We spent time discussion the particular qualities and the critical attributes that this person must possess in order to help propel our brand. Immediately, she was able to set up meetings and interviews with qualified candidates. We worked together on the recruiting process and she was timely and very professional. I would highly recommend working with Joan or the Gecko Hospitality organization again!

Joanne Kohn

I just wanted to say thank Tom Bull and his team for helping us fulfill the Market Chef position for Washington, DC. I’m truly appreciative of his support along with the quick response from his team and most importantly identifying the ‘right fit’ candidate for us. We are very excited to get our new Market Chef started in DC.

Beth Czaykowski

In today’s competitive labor market, developing relationships with quality vendors is one of the keys to success. Working with ethical, talented individuals outside as well as inside a company is necessary in order for an organization to maximize its potential. At Ryan’s, we are selective in the companies that represent our brand.
I’m happy to say that Gecko Hospitality assists us in meeting our management staffing needs.
The staff at Gecko continues to earn our trust by accurately portraying Ryan’s to applicants. They are diligent, honest and perceptive in executing our job orders. Most importantly, they present fine quality candidates to us that meet and exceed our hiring criteria. Like Ryan’s, they have built a successful business by treating people right. That is a business strategy that will never go out of style!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding our satisfaction with Gecko Hospitality.

Tom Schapp

When I joined the Krystal Company in September 2009, Sterling Smith was the first Recruiter that contacted me to establish a partnership. Sterling and I spent time on the phone week after week discussing candidates and their backgrounds so that he could get a best understanding of the Krystal culture and present the candidates that were the ideal fit for our various markets.
Due to his dedication, persistence and ability to make the connection between candidate and company, I am very proud of the fact that my first placement with my new company came from Sterling!
Any company that decides to partner up with Sterling and Gecko Hospitality is considered lucky in my book; he’s proven to me to be the ideal extension of our recruiting efforts!

Michelle L. Denius

In the past two years, Apple Gold has developed a strong recruiting relationship with Gecko Hospitality. They have done an exceptional job helping us successfully hire both Restaurant Managers and Area Directors.
Before sending potential candidates to us Gecko does an outstanding job of screening candidates ensuring we can make a good fit and create a beneficial match for both parties. During the time we have worked together the Gecko recruiters have demonstrated strong knowledge of the casual dining industry as well as a comprehensive understanding of our needs.
Overall, we immensely value our relationship with Gecko Hospitality and recommend them to other organizations.

Tina Musselwhite

This is a letter of recommendation for Gecko Hospitality. Gecko Hospitality has played a vital role in Houlihan’s success over the years with its support of our management staffing and recruiting. Whether it is through open houses, career fairs, or direct staffing Gecko hospitality has always been there to provide the support that we need.
One of the areas that I feel is so important not only in the Hospitality field but in all fields is customer service. The people at Gecko Hospitality are what I like to consider ‘Leaders in our Industry.’ They truly understand what it takes to get the job done, but do it in a professional yet personable manner.
Thank-you very much for many years of partnership and success and I look forward to many more years of continual success and friendship.

Thuan Nguyen

I have used Robert Krzak’s services for years. He listens well to a client’s needs and delivers on them. Robert has great follow up and follow through. He has excellent resources and an extensive network. Robert is a pleasure to work with.

Stuart Paster

Over the past 8 months, Kevin and I have worked together on my staffing needs for my team with P.F. Chang’s. Kevin took the time to find out what my needs and expectations are and only sends me the highest quality of management applicants.
While I don’t know Kevin Kalstad on a personal level, I know he has done his research and is clearly aware of my ‘likes and dislikes. As a recruiter, this is a great way to do business and create long lasting professional relationships.
Thanks Kevin!

Michael Wang

Kevin Kalstad with Gecko Hospitality took all of the leg work out of identifying and pre-screening any potential candidates, allowing me to continue to focus on operations while looking for a new General Manager. We are located in a remote area and find it extremely difficult to find senior managers with the experience needed to run a facility of our volume. Within one month, Kevin had identified and put us in touch with a perfect fit for our organization. Should I have any future recruiting needs, I will not hesitate in contacting Kevin and the Gecko Hospitality organization.

Steve Houmes

I have been in the hospitality industry for most of my professional career and have had the pleasure and misfortune of working with recruiters. I have recently found myself inheriting a market in NW Arkansas for a restaurant company called Slim Chickens and have had the extreme pleasure of working with Jacob Tarabar. He is extremely organized, thorough, professional while delivering me credible candidates that fit my needs. I started my search for talent with three recruiters and now solely work with Jacob for he has outperformed your competition with Herculean results. I am very loyal to those that support me in this fashion and have recently even sent Jacob friends that are out looking for their next employment. So simply put Jacob Rocks because he is making the recruitment and hiring portion of my job effortless.

Eric M.Lysaker

We began working with Victoria Epstein in 2010 in the Minnesota market. It is a market where additional recruiting support is absolutely needed. Victoria has had great success in the very short time we’ve worked together. Victoria is incredibly dedicated to listening, understanding not only the specifics of the opening but also our processes and has superb follow through & communication. As Victoria has gotten to know our company culture, she has also asked to proactively bring candidates into our recruiting process to see if a possible fit might exist and we have made a great hire or two in this way.
Victoria also takes the time to build a solid relationship with me as a client. She is sensitive to what is happening in my work world and also wants to get to know me as a person. It has been a pleasure to work with her and hope we can continue to do so for a long time to come.

Christine Hill

Dear Tom,
I just want thank you for the good candidates you have been sending our way. I know I don’t communicate too often with Christina having your region but she is very impressed with the candidates that you are sending to us.
Again, thank you and look forward to continuing the relationship.

Greg Doss

I have twice used the services of Kevin Kalstad to recruit new staff members. The talent pool we were provided was far superior to what we had found on our own.
In both cases, we made a big upgrade in the position by using Gecko Hospitality.

Steve Hall

Gecko Hospitality cares about the quality of candidates and ensures a good fit. They are timely and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Gecko and am happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Marilyn Wineman

I started working with Gecko Hospitality about 2 years ago while with another company. When I switched companies, I decided to use Gecko because of their professionalism, integrity and sense of urgency. Jamba Juice believes in FIBER. Fun, Integrity, Balance, Empowerment, and Respect. These are the values that Jamba is built on and executes everyday. I believe that Gecko Hospitality does the same. There are many firms out there who provide candidates but Gecko does more than that, they provide team members.
Thank you and your team for all of the fine work you have provided to Jamba Juice.

Kimberly Wilson

WOW! That’s the only way I know how to describe the Management Open House you and Gecko Hospitality produced for Buca di Beppo and Planet Hollywood in San Diego and Las Vegas. I will have to admit that I was skeptical when I was told how Gecko Hospitality differed from companies I have used in the past. The professionalism of your recruiters and the attention to detail that was made to ensure quality candidates were sourced out to attend was remarkable. Your database of candidates is extraordinary and I appreciate all of the work that went into contacting these people we would not have seen if it wasn’t for Gecko. Our Divisional Vice Presidents were very impressed with the quality of the candidates and time you took to source out the candidates that did not fit our company profile. You saved us all valuable time which gave us an opportunity to spend quality time with the candidates who best suited our needs in that market. We value Gecko Hospitality as a recruiting partner in our efforts to find the best management personnel and look forward to a great business relationship between our two companies.

Rick Cherra

I am writing this letter in regards to the great job that Gecko Hospitality has provided to Sweet Traditions, LLC. With the competitive market and wide resources they have stood above and beyond the competition. Gecko Hospitality not only has a great sense of urgency, they have sent the highest qualified individuals for placement. John and Robert have shown such professionalism and respect to all employees within the Krispy Kreme organization. I would recommend them to any company who is seeking assistance to find the “best of the best” management candidates.

Melissa Johnson

I first collaborated with Gecko Hospitality in 2014 as Urban Plates was preparing for aggressive growth in California. With a base count of two locations, we needed an experienced recruiting partner to help us build restaurant leadership teams consisting of General Manager, Chef, Sous Chef, and Manager at each new location. Gecko helped us define the ideal candidates for each of our management positions, including experience level, success traits, and compensation ranges. Since that time in 2014, we have opened 10 locations throughout California and thanks to our partnership with Gecko, we were able to meet our talent needs at each of these openings. In addition, Gecko Hospitality has been our source for multi-unit operations positions as well as senior-level culinary positions. For these reasons, I would strongly recommend Gecko Hospitality for any organization looking to increase the number of qualified candidates for their positions and to help them position themselves appropriately in the marketplace to attract the best talent available.

Brian Szymchack

I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for all Gecko Hospitality has done for us. Since joining up with you we have seen so many great candidates. Your company’s meticulous background searches and references make us feel very comfortable bringing on your candidates. I continue to pass along your company’s name and number to those seeking a solid, reputable and reliable recruiting company. Thanks again and thank your staff, they do a great job!

Connie Ohm

I wanted to take the time to thank you for the level of service you have provided me. Some time ago I set out to find a recruiting firm that “specialized” in Chicagoland. After speaking with several firms, you and your team stood out from the rest of the pack. I am a firm believer that what makes a great recruiting firm is not only competent recruiters, but the ability to listen and actually hear what is being said; you have met those expectations and have gone beyond!
As you know, the profile at Baja Fresh Mexican Grill is a unique one in itself. I ask a lot from the companies I partner with, and have been thrilled with the quick learning curve and results Gecko Hospitality has provided, in particular, John Bisceglie. John has been an added value in my relationship with Gecko. He takes and receives feedback with an open mind and an eagerness to truly learn as much as he can about Baja Fresh Mexican Grill.
With 2021 right around the corner, I am looking to Gecko Hospitality to continue our partnership.
I look forward to having you as an essential part of my recruiting strategy.

Scott Barshay

Kevin,I really appreciate your help! You are on fire with your hires!! The references you have provided to me was the key to an open door. I want you to know that!!!!
Thanks for all you do!

Klara Coleman

I am writing to let you know how pleased I am to be working with Joan Koelbel from your Charlotte office. For more than a year, Joan has diligently recruited for Texas Steakhouse & Saloon. She has made a special effort to understand our company culture and refer to me only applicants that are truly compatible.
Joan has a delightful, straightforward way of dealing with people that serve your company well. I hope that you appreciate what an asset she is to you.

Ann Lupton

Larry Friedkin has been a great partner with me in my Maryland market.   Even in my most challenging market, Larry continues to find great candidates.  He really listens to me and understands what we are looking for.  And he delivers!

Penny Storcz

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kevin over the past year. Kevin does a great job at matching the needs of our company with the needs of his clients. I highly recommend Kevin for any hiring needs in the Northwest and I also have and will continue to recommend him to anyone looking for employment in the Northwest.

Nina Baldwin

I can count on Gecko Hospitality to send qualified candidates. Their follow up is excellent, and they are consistently professional and efficient.

Deana Trowbridge

I began working with Gecko Hospitality in May of 2007, initially for our restaurants in Arkansas and Colorado with Franchise Partner Marty Tarabar. Over the last 13 years our relationship has expanded to the point that CRO now works with all the Gecko offices in states where we have company owned restaurants.
I’ve found the folks at Gecko to be very courteous, professional, dedicated, and knowledgeable. In the last five years CRO has hired more managers from Gecko Hospitality than from any other employment agency we use.
I would highly recommend Gecko Hospitality to any company looking for an outstanding nationwide agency to provide talented restaurant managers.

Rob Weaver

Gecko has proven to be a high-performing dependable partner that has helped us with our staffing needs throughout our concept.
They have a thorough screening process which helps select the top candidates for my recruiting needs. I have enjoyed our business partnership and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ralph Ruocco

When I need an experienced recruiting professional, I count on Gecko Hospitality. They have the ability to listen to our needs and respond with qualified candidates for our organization. They genuinely care about their clients and candidates and it is a pleasure to work with them.

Laurie Beecher

Please find this letter of referral for Gecko Hospitality. I have worked with several of their recruiters and have found a common thread of sincerity throughout their organization. They take a unique interest in educating themselves on our restaurants so when they are marketing Maggiano’s it is with a partnership attitude.
When we have a need in a specific area they respond quickly and follow through to ensure support. We have hired several of the individuals that they have presented and are very pleased with the quality of management candidates.
You will find professionalism within their company that you will not find elsewhere. I would highly recommend Gecko Hospitality as a resource for recruiting.

Carol Felsenthal

Gecko has proven to be a great resource for us. I will continue to recommend Gecko to all of the operators in our portfolio. I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.

Chad Cohen

I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for all Gecko Hospitality has done for us. Since joining up with you we have seen so many great candidates. Your company’s meticulous background searches and references make us feel very comfortable bringing on your candidates. I continue to pass along your company’s name and number to those seeking a solid, reputable and reliable recruiting company. Thanks again and thank your staff, they do a great job!

Connie Ohm

Bonnaroo Restaurant Group has used Dennis Borders with Gecko Hospitality for over two years helping us to source “Qualified Management Team” candidates. We have been very pleased with the level of understanding that Dennis has for our needs and the level of diligence that he has provided to ensure that we are receiving the best candidates available.

Brett Summers

Thank you for your hard work in getting positions filled. You have been by far the most helpful of all recruiters in all the markets that I cover. Well done.

Michelle Turner

I have worked with Robert Krzak from Gecko Hospitality for the past two years and would highly recommend the recruiting services offered by Robert and his team. Robert has assisted Panera Bread with the placement of General Managers, Assistant Managers and Recruiting Managers. He has used creative methods to source candidates in difficult markets and has, himself, held a job fair in one of our bakery-cafes.
Robert and his team present a professional image and possess a vast amount of knowledge about the food service industry. Feel free to contact me should you need any additional information.

Pam Kandel

Gecko Hospitality has provided excellent candidates for exactly what my specific needs are. I can trust that they are working to represent my company with the most accurate and detailed feedback on each candidate.

Ruth Steele

It is a pleasure to work with Robert for our recruiting needs. He’s consistently given us great results, and caring, personalized service. It’s evident that he is passionate about placing candidates in the best position for them, and he does so with the highest level of professionalism. I would recommend Robert as a recruiter to anyone in the hospitality industry.

Giuliana Schettino, PHR

We love working with Kevin Kalstad and Gecko! Over these last few years, I have had a few tough recruiting challenges and without Kevin’s help I would have struggled more. Kevin is responsive, professional and is connected to great talent in the Pacific NW. I am thankful for the partnership and look forward to many successful placements in the future.

Marne Garcia

Dennis Borders is always a pleasure to work with. He is courteous and takes the time to understand the exact sort of candidate I am looking for. I appreciate that he considers not only our best interests but the candidate’s as well.

Lisa Nelson

Allow me the opportunity to thank you for your recent efforts in helping us fill our Front of House / Catering Director position with our company.   I was most impressed with your ability to react quickly to our need in such a timely and short time frame. We were in need to replace a retiring manager and only had three weeks to get a new candidate hired, allow them to work their present employer notice and still be on board with at least a week to train under the retiring manager before his last day. You provided us 5 or 6 qualified candidates within 3 days! After the second interviews with the finalists we brought back, we were able to meet this short window of time and fill our need with a new manager hired from the candidates you provided.   Please accept our sincere thanks and gratitude for making our job easy in the search and fulfillment of this position. We will definitely call on you again when the need arises.   My sincere thanks.

Carl Wrenn

I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for all Gecko Hospitality has done for us. Since joining up with you we have seen so many great candidates. Your company’s meticulous background searches and references make us feel very comfortable bringing on your candidates.
I continue to pass along your company’s name and number to those seeking a solid, reputable and reliable recruiting company. Thanks again and thank your staff, they do a great job!

Connie Ohm

Since the onset of our partnership with Robert Krzak and his team at Gecko Hospitality we have been nothing short of elated. Their relationship-based, business culture is unmatched in the industry. Their want to understand your candidate profile, general business practices and ‘get the job done’ attitude is stellar.
We have had a number of great placements with Gecko Hospitality in very difficult operating markets. When given the daunting task to hire an executive- level Home Office team member, I contacted Robert and his team with the job specifications. In a matter of one week, I had a number of viable candidates to interview all possessing the requirements we were searching for. Though we were working with other sources, within four weeks it was one of the candidates that Gecko had brought to us that we hired. As I expected, their quick response, thorough screening and get it done attitude during the process was excellent.
In the future when asked to hire those typically difficult high-level executive positions Gecko will be my first and only call.
Thank you to Robert and his team for a job well done!

William Bemis

Thank you for your assistance in our search to find a General Manager at our TopGolf Kingstowne entertainment facility. I thought that you provided us with a number of well-qualified and experienced candidates. Our recruiter’s experience and background were exactly what we felt we needed to re-energize our Alexandria, VA location.
I appreciated that you really listened to the type of candidate and experience we were looking for and that you only provided us with well-qualified candidates. I was impressed by the number of qualified candidates that you provided to us. Your additional insights upon forwarding the resumes were also very helpful.
Thank you again for your conscientious and professional assistance in helping us find the right candidate. We will definitely look to Gecko Hospitality in the future for management-level positions.

Randy Starr

Cantina Laredo first connected with Gecko Hospitality in 2007. Since then, we have come to rely on the expertise of their Franchise Partners to bring to us the best talent available. The Gecko Hospitality partners have gone out of their way to get to know our concept and our culture.
With market partners dedicated to individual territories, Gecko knows the restaurants, chefs and managers who can provide us with the best possible staff. Their dedication and professionalism has made them a key partner in our growth, as opposed to just another employment agency. Cantina Laredo has hired more managers from Gecko Hospitality than any other agency we use.
The team at Gecko Hospitality has also been invaluable as we enter new markets around the country. I highly recommend Gecko Hospitality for their service and expertise as hospitality recruiters.

JoseLuis Magana

It has been a real pleasure working with Gecko Hospitality during our search for a Restaurant Manager at Larks Restaurant in Ashland, Oregon. Our recruiter, Michael, took the time to really understand our unique needs and found us multiple outstanding candidates who were not only a good fit for the job but also fit with our organization. My expectations were exceeded and I am sure we will use their services again in the future.

Jeannette Trumm

We are delighted to recommend the team of professionals at Gecko Hospitality. They have played a critical role in the senior management of Hotel Management Services. We started our search for a Senior Vice President of Operations for our group of hotels. They helped us every step of the way. They met with us and drew from that meeting a better understanding of the culture of our company. We, in the past, have used management companies, for the staffing of our hotels as well as trying to source people directly. The work Gecko Hospitality did was unique. They understood immediately what we needed. Their resources proved to be true. In four short weeks we secured the best Senior Vice President for our organization. We are very pleased! The candidates were excellent and Gecko Hospitality helped keep the process moving. Their follow through is great. We are pleased with them and will definitely use them again.

Philip Cox

Paul Cook, from Gecko Hospitality, has been headhunting for Drury Hotels and he has been doing a solid job. He has forwarded management candidates for selected open Operations and Sales Management Positions, and our Internal Recruitment Team has been able to utilize the candidates he has sourced for us.
Paul Cook is also very positive, customer service oriented, and quick to respond to our requests/feedback. He has done the necessary research and follow up, in order to find qualified candidates who possess the necessary background, experience, job stability, and Drury Culture.
I would recommend Paul Cook as a headhunter/recruiter to assist with positions within the hospitality and customer service industries.
Thanks, Paul!

Rose Henzel

I wanted to follow up with you on the candidate that you recommend for our Embassy Suites in Destin, Florida. WOW, she is awesome. I actually visited the property last week and we went out to make sales calls and she is great. She is professional, friendly and not afraid to knock on anyone’s door. She was the perfect fit for our team there.
I appreciate all your efforts in finding us the perfect fit. You made everything SO easy and saved me a lot of time and searching. I will definitely be calling you again should I need another “perfect fit” at another of one of my hotels. I have also shared your information with some of my counter parts.
Thank you again Tom, it was a pleasure to work with you.

Debi Fontenot

I recently worked with you and Gecko Hospitality to fill a management position within my hotel, Hilton Garden Inn. I found the experience to be nothing but positive. You filled the position fast and sent only very qualified candidates. I found Gecko to be very professional and reliable in this process. I am very happy with the candidate that ended up placing, and am overall very happy with the entire experience.

I look forward to working with you and Gecko Hospitality in the future!

David Glass

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.

Ted J. Torres  CHA

I was skeptical because the market where we wanted the General Manager is remote and trying to find solid talent in remote markets is increasingly difficult today. Gecko met that challenge immediately and provided us with qualified candidates. They followed the process and were ready to help. We now have a General Manager that we otherwise would have missed! We were able to secure the opening in three weeks. Gecko Hospitality is truly a great resource for finding talent quickly. They provide that niche in the hospitality industry, and we will certainly use them again.

Paul Niswonger

Gecko’s help in finding a General Manager for our historic inn was invaluable. Their persistence to provide qualified candidates was amazing. I am delighted with their guidance and knowledge

Anne Lantry

We really enjoyed working with Gecko Hospitality. They quickly provided experienced candidates for GM and DOS positions and made the hiring process a walk in the park for us! We have recommended Gecko to others in the industry and will definitely be returning to them for our future hiring needs!

Katie Agnor

I have used Gecko before in Chicago and they landed me some great positions. I then moved to Las Vegas and was having a hard time getting a job. I went to the Gecko website and found Frank’s email address and sent him an email describing my situation. He called me within a few days and after reviewing my resume he submitted it to an incredible company and after 3 interviews I landed the position. Now I can stay in the sunny state of Nevada. Thanks Frank and thanks Gecko!!

Mike Husar

I was very happy with Gecko Hospitality! Justin from the Temecula office in Southern California did a great job making sure I received an offer, from initial interview, to the last he was always available to any questions. Within few weeks’ time I did indeed get the offer I wanted with an exciting new company. I owe it all to Justin who always checked on me and passed on any information available. Really happy! Recommend 100%!

Branislav Dragutinovic

Wendy was great to work with. She was relatable and sincere and made me feel very comfortable and informed. Thank you!

Amy Hinman

Had a great experience with gecko! My rep, Tara Gates, took all the stress out of the job searching experience. She took care of setting up my interviews and provided great feedback at each stage of the interview process so I could present myself as a strong and knowledgeable candidate. I really felt like she was in my corner for anything I needed during my job search. If you’re looking for that next big promotion, gecko can definitely make it happen!

Ben Boyd

Jim Koehler is the best! I could say a ton about this gentleman. Easy going, honest, doesn’t pressure you, but he really genuinely cares and wants you to succeed, his priority is your happiness and placing you somewhere you will succeed. He gets right back to me every time. You’re awesome Jim! Keep doing what you do best.

John McBride

You are a great “people picker” and talent developer! Tara is terrific and reps you well.  
I am on to the next phase of interviews!  I truly feel I am a good pick for JGilberts.

Tara’s attitude is contagious and she motivates me, but keeps me grounded.

Thank you!

Ron Pullen